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

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Neil Leifer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
age 75 Neil Leifer is a photographer and filmmaker known mainly for his work in the Time Inc. family of magazines.

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Darren Heath is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Darren Heath age 48 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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Toni Frissell is listed (or ranked) 5 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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John Rooney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
John Rooney

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Hy Peskin is listed (or ranked) 7 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 6
Ozzie Sweet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Ozzie Sweet

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Steve Powell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Photographers

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Alexei Khomich is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Colin Elsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Colin Elsey

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7 5
Robert Riger is listed (or ranked) 12 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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David Cannon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
David Cannon

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Bob Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Bob Martin

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Heinz Kluetmeier is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Heinz Kluetmeier age 75 Heinz Kluetmeier is a German-born American sports photographer for Sports Illustrated. He has covered every Olympic Games for the magazine since the 1972 Munich games except one, and has over ...more

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Martin Bureau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Martin Bureau

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Bernard Cahier is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Bernard Cahier Dec. at 81 (1927-2008) Bernard Cahier was a French Formula One photo-journalist. Cahier began photographing F1 in 1952 and in 1968 he was one of the founders of the International Racing Press Association which began ...more

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Vernon Biever is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Vernon Biever Dec. at 87 (1923-2010) Vernon Joseph Biever was an American photographer, most notably with the Green Bay Packers. Biever covered his first Packers game in 1941 for The Milwaukee Sentinel while a student at St. ...more

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Edward Ramsden Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Edward Ramsden Hall

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Andrew Milligan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Andrew Milligan

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5 3
Jim Laughead is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Dec. at 69 (1909-1978) James Laughead was a photographer whose style defined the art of posed sports photography. He developed techniques for posing athletes to appear as if they were in action. He coined the term ...more

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David Bergman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
David Bergman

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5 3
William James Crawford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
William James Crawford

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5 3
Lloyd C. A. Wells is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Albert Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 25 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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Kevin P. Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Kevin P. Coughlin

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5 3
Robert Aspland Hatt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Robert Aspland Hatt

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5 3
Jason Arnold is listed (or ranked) 28 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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Sam Knox is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Sam Knox age 46

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Aaron Chang is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Aaron Chang

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9 8
Charles M. Conlon is listed (or ranked) 31 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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Christoph Höhne is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
age 77 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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Chris Burkard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Chris Burkard

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4 2
Robert Ewing III is listed (or ranked) 34 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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Jim Fenwick is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
age 83 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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Herb Scharfman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Dec. at 86 (1912-1998) Herb Scharfman was an American photographer notable for several famous photographs of American sports people published by Sports Illustrated and other publications. Scharfman, a native of ...more

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5 4
Art Streiber is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Art Streiber age 56 Art Streiber is an award-winning American photographer known in particular for his portraits of entertainment and sports personalities. His images are widely published and range from a portrait ...more

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Andrew D. Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Andrew D. Bernstein Andrew D. Bernstein is an American photographer. Like many of the professional athletes he photographs, Bernstein is recognized as an All-Star in his field. His work has appeared in magazines ...more

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Murad Sezer is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Murad Sezer age 49 Murad Sezer is a Turkish photographer. He moved to Istanbul as a child. He has a journalism B.A. from the Istanbul University and he built a career as a sports photographer in the Turkish media ...more

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Stanley Weston is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Stanley Weston Dec. at 83 (1919-2002) Stanley Weston was a prolific American sportswriter and sports photographer. He promoted the sport of boxing in innumerable ways throughout his career. Weston was inducted into the International ...more

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Marc Muench is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
age 52 Marc Muench is an American photographer who specializes in sports and landscape photography. Muench is also a proud fellow with the International League of Conservation Photographers. The ...more

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Fionnbar Callanan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Fionnbar Callanan Fionnbar Callanan is an Irish sports photographer and journalist.

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Adam Pretty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Adam Pretty Adam Pretty is a professional sports photographer from Sydney, Australia. Pretty grew up in the eastern suburbs of Sydney and attended Sydney Boys High School where his interest in photography ...more

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Howard Bingham is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
age 79 Howard Bingham is a biographer of Muhammad Ali and a professional photographer. He was the son of a minister and Pullman porter. After initially failing a photography course, he was hired by a ...more

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Martin Munkácsi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Martin Munkácsi Dec. at 67 (1896-1963) Martin Munkácsi was a Hungarian photographer who worked in Germany and the United States, where he was based in New York City.

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Brad Mangin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Brad Mangin Brad Mangin is a Bay Area freelance sports photographer. Mangin has done eight cover shots for Sports Illustrated. Mangin graduated from San Jose State in a degree in photojournalism.

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Rich Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Rich Clarkson Rich Clarkson is a Denver, Colorado based photographer that has a long history covering American sports. Rich owns a production company, Clarkson Creative, that specializes in photography, video ...more

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Peter Bush is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Peter Bush Peter George Bush, CNZM, QSO is a New Zealand photographer and photojournalist, best known as the country's leading sports photographer. He has also served as a war correspondent, and is the ...more

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Bill Frakes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Bill Frakes Bill Frakes is an American photographer who has been on the masthead of Sports Illustrated since 1993. In 2008, he cofounded Straw Hat Visuals, a Southern Media Company. Bill was born and raised ...more

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Monte Fresco is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Monte Fresco Dec. at 77 (1936-2013) Monte Fresco MBE was an English photographer noted for humorous photographs of sporting events. He covered seven World Cups, many European Championships and more than 40 FA Cup Finals, and ...more