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Freeze-frame: first glimpse of World Sports Photography Awards shortlist

Morgan Harlow
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The first spectacular images from this year's World Sports Photography Awards shortlist have been revealed.

Last year saw the inaugural World Sports Photography award, and although shortlists for all this year's categories have yet to be finalised, the initial entries for 2021 look just as impressive.

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Shortlists have now been released for 13 of the 28 sporting categories, with contenders for the Racquet Sports category released tomorrow and a new category shortlist being published every day until 18 May. The winners of the 2021 World Sports Photography Award will be announced on 2 June.

Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

(Image credit: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

(Image credit: Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP)

Andy Hone/Motorsport Images

(Image credit: Andy Hone/Motorsport Images)

Photographers can submit up to 20 images and must specify which of the sporting categories they are entering. Shortlisted images will then be judged within general categories including Joy, Celebration, View, Determination, Speed, Precision – with gold, silver and bronze awards for each category and one overall winner. 

The overall winner of last year's World Sports Photography Awards was Richard Heathcote for Getty Images, with his jaw-dropping shot of Anthony Joshua punching Andy Ruiz Jr during their world heavyweight title fight in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.

The winners are selected by a jury of sports industry professionals including 11-times Paralympic gold medallist Baroness Tammi Grey-Thompson and former NFL cornerback and BBC presenter Jason Bell.

The World Sports Photography Awards are open to professional and semi-professional sport photographers and specialist sports photographic agencies.

Each photographic entry must have been taken between 1 January 1995 and 31 December 2020 and should specify which of the 28 sports categories it is being submitted for.

Further details can be found on the World Sports Photography Awards (opens in new tab) website.

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Laurence is an NCTJ-trained journalist with nearly 20 years' editorial experience gained on a wide range of publications, from The Beirut Times in Lebanon to The Sunday Times, and including recent freelance engagements with Future's cycling and automotive portfolios, Outdoor Fitness, and The English Home. He has recently been undertaking a sports broadcast journalism MA at Southampton Solent, gaining valuable TV and radio experience, and am currently videographer for Frome Town FC soccer team. He is the author of Bikepacking (Wild Things Publishing, 2016).