Photo of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in tears wins World Sports Photography Award

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in black and white
Boys Don't Cry - Gold winner (Image credit: Neha Ganeriwal)

In sports photography, an image often goes beyond just capturing a moment; it weaves a narrative that resonates not only with athletes' capabilities but with emotions we ourselves as viewers can relate to. In a stunning departure from conventional sports photography, the winner of this year’s World Sports Photography Award taken by Neha Ganeriwal captures Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in tears holding hands showing a softer side of elite athleticism. 

Ganeriwal’s emotive black and white titled Boys Don't Cry shot was chosen as the winner from more than 800 entries submitted by Independent Photographers to the prestigious World Sports Photography Awards 2023. Sponsored by MBP, the awards have become a beacon for acknowledging excellence in the field of sports photography, culminating in a celebration of the finest snapshots that encapsulate the spirit of sportsmanship.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.