Photography The Best Sports Photographers  

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This list of the best sports photographers in the world has been ranked by the community to determine the greatest sports photographers. This list includes portfolios and additional information about each photographer, when available. These sports photographers have taken some of the most iconic images in sports history. Who are the world’s best sports photographers?
 
This list includes only the best sports photographers in the world – many of these artists have been featured on the covers of many magazines and many have received multiple awards for their work. Sports photographers have to work quickly to catch every moment, no matter what sport they are covering.
 
This list features the greatest sports photographers in the world. It includes photographers such as Toni Frissell, Walter Iooss Jr., Neil Leifer, Charles M. Conlon, Aaron Chang, Hy Money, and Bernard Cahier. Cast your votes below for the sports photographers you think are the best, rerank this list to show your own opinions, or add a sports photographer you think is the best but isn't already on the list.
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Hy Money is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Hy Money

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57 34
Walter Iooss Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Walter Iooss Jr.

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30 28
Neil Leifer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
age 76 Neil Leifer is a photographer and filmmaker known mainly for his work in the Time Inc. family of magazines.

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10 7
Darren Heath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Darren Heath age 49 Darren Heath is a motorsport photographer specialising in Formula One motor racing known for his creative and artistic coverage of the sport. Covering every Grand Prix Heath works with both ...more

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6 3
Jason Arnold is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Jason Arnold Jason Arnold is a professional photographer, who has become known as one of the top underwater and sports photographers. Jason began his career shooting sports and capturing dramatic action ...more

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25 26
John Rooney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
John Rooney

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15 14
Toni Frissell is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Dec. at 81 (1907-1988) Toni Frissell, or Antoinette Frissell Bacon, was an American photographer, known for her fashion photography, World War II photographs, portraits of famous Americans and Europeans, children, and ...more

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5 2
Christoph Höhne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
age 78 Christoph Höhne is a retired racewalker of the SV Dynamo. He competed at 50 km for East Germany in the 1960s and 1970s. He was trained by Max Weber. Höhne won a gold medal at the 1968 ...more

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5 3
William James Crawford is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
William James Crawford

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5 3
Albert Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Albert Wilkes Dec. at 62 (1874-1936) Albert Wilkes was a sports photographer and football player in the early years of professional football in England, who played for Aston Villa from August 1898 to July 1907. Before playing for ...more

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5 3
Robert Aspland Hatt is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Robert Aspland Hatt

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5 3
Lloyd C. A. Wells is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Lloyd C. A. Wells Dec. at 81 (1924-2005) Lloyd C. A. "Judge" Wells, a Texas Southern University graduate, was the epitome of the American Football League's enlightened policies towards recruiting black athletes. Wells, while ...more

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9 8
Charles M. Conlon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Charles M. Conlon Dec. at 77 (1868-1945) Charles Martin Conlon was an American photographer. He worked for New York City newspapers in the early 1900s, as a proof-reader with a photographic hobby before editor John B. Foster invited ...more

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Aaron Chang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Aaron Chang

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9 8
Sam Knox is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Sam Knox age 47

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Robert Ewing III is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Dec. at 72 (1935-2007) Robert Wilson Ewing III was a sports and underwater photographer for the Monroe News Star in Monroe, Louisiana. According to his obituary, Ewing performed free-lance work for National Geographic ...more

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4 2
Jim Fenwick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
age 84 Jim Fenwick is a former Australian photojournalist most well known for being a Walkley Award recipient and former chief photographer for The Courier Mail.

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4 2
Chris Burkard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Chris Burkard

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8 7
Hy Peskin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Hy Peskin Dec. at 90 (1915-2005) Hyman "Hy" Peskin was a Jewish-American photographer notable for several famous photographs of American sports people and celebrities published by Sports Illustrated and Life. In ...more

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8 7
Ozzie Sweet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Ozzie Sweet

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7 6
David Cannon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
David Cannon

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7 6
Colin Elsey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Colin Elsey

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7 6
Alexei Khomich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Alexei Khomich Dec. at 60 (1920-1980) Aleksei Petrovich Khomich was a Soviet goalkeeper of the 1940s. During his career he played for FC Dynamo Moscow, FC Dinamo Minsk and FC Spartak Moscow. He came to international prominence ...more

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7 6
Robert Riger is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Robert Riger Dec. at 71 (1924-1995) Robert Riger was a celebrated sports illustrator, photographer, award-winning television director, and cinematographer. John Szarkowski, former director of the photography department at the ...more

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Steve Powell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Photographers