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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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  • 1

    Hy Money

    232
    25
  • 2

    Walter Iooss Jr.

    91
    45
  • 3

    Colin Elsey

    17
    7
  • 4

    Vernon Biever

    Dec. at 87 (1923-2010)
    16
    8

    BirthplacePort Washington, Wisconsin

    Vernon Joseph Biever (May 21, 1923 – October 13, 2010 ) was an American photographer, most notably with the Green Bay Packers. Biever covered his first Packers game in 1941 for The Milwaukee Sentinel...  more
  • 5

    William James Crawford

    14
    5
  • 6

    Darren Heath

    Age: 51
    15
    8
    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
  • 7

    BirthplaceBorsdorf, Germany

    Christoph Höhne (born 12 February 1941 in Borsdorf, Saxony) is a 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...  more
  • 8

    Adam Pretty

    13
    7
    Adam Pretty is a professional sports photographer from Sydney, Australia. Pretty gr Sydney Boys High School where his interest in photography started and he developed his first skills in using a...  more
  • 9

    Art Streiber

    Age: 59
    16
    11

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California

    Art Streiber is an American photographer known in particular for his portraits of entertainment and sports personalities. His images are widely published and range from a portrait of actor-comedian...  more
  • 10

    Jason Arnold

    16
    12
    Jason Arnold, known by his stage name ShyBoy, is an American vocalist, songwriter, music producer, DJ, and mashup artist. His music has been featured in RuPaul’s Drag Race, Dynasty, America’s Next...  more
  • 11

    Robert Aspland Hatt

    14
    9
  • 12

    Bob Martin

    16
    14
  • 13

    Charles M. Conlon

    Age: 153
    24
    26

    BirthplaceAlbany, New York

    Charles Martin Conlon (November, 1868 – 1945) was an American photographer born in Albany, New York who grew up in the neighboring city of Troy. Conlon started his career working for New York City...  more
  • 14

    Albert Wilkes

    Age: 146
    13
    12
    Albert Wilkes (6 September 1875 – 9 December 1936) was an English sports photographer and footballer in the early years of professional football in England, who played for Aston Villa from August...  more
  • 15

    Toni Frissell

    Dec. at 81 (1907-1988)
    33
    40

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York

    Antoinette Frissell Bacon (March 10, 1907 – April 17, 1988), known as Toni Frissell, was an American photographer, known for her fashion photography, World War II photographs, and portraits of famous...  more
  • 16
  • 17

    Chris Burkard

    8
    5
  • 18

    Edward Ramsden Hall

    24
    29
  • 19

    Ozzie Sweet

    20
    24
  • 20

    Alexei Khomich

    Dec. at 60 (1920-1980)
    16
    19
    Aleksei Petrovich Khomich (Russian Алексей Петрович Хомич; 14 March 1920 – 30 May 1980) was a Soviet goalkeeper of the 1940s. During his career he played for FC Dynamo Moscow, FC Dinamo Minsk and FC...  more
  • 21

    Robert Riger

    Dec. at 70 (1924-1995)
    17
    21

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Robert Riger (June 4, 1924 – May 19, 1995) was a celebrated sports illustrator, photographer, award-winning television director, and cinematographer. John Szarkowski, former director of the...  more
  • 22

    Herb Scharfman

    Dec. at 85 (1912-1998)
    15
    18
    Herb Scharfman (August 24, 1912 – February 21, 1998) was an American photographer notable for several famous photographs of American sports people published by Sports Illustrated and other...  more
  • 23

    Sam Knox

    Age: 50
    20
    25

    BirthplaceBelfast, United Kingdom

    Frank Samuel Knox (March 29, 1910 – May 1981) was an American football guard who played three seasons with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He first enrolled at the University of...  more
  • 24

    Aaron Chang

    19
    25
  • 25

    Bernard Cahier

    Dec. at 81 (1927-2008)
    13
    16

    BirthplaceMarseille, France

    Bernard Cahier (20 June 1927 – 10 July 2008) 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...  more