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The Best Sports Photographers

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

    213
    25
  • 2

    Walter Iooss Jr.

    93
    42
  • 3
    42
    27

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Neil Leifer (born December 28, 1942) is an American sports photographer and filmmaker known mainly for his work in the Time Inc. family of magazines.  ...more
  • 4

    Darren Heath

    Age: 51
    18
    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
  • 5

    Bob Martin

    19
    14
  • 6

    John Rooney

    27
    26
  • 7

    Chris Burkard

    11
    5
  • 8

    Art Streiber

    Age: 59
    9
    4

    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
  • 9

    Adam Pretty

    8
    3
    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
  • 10

    Hy Peskin

    Dec. at 89 (1915-2005)
    11
    8

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Hyman "Hy" Peskin (November 5, 1915 – June 2, 2005) was an American photographer known for several famous photographs of American sports people and celebrities published by Sports Illustrated and  ...more
  • 11

    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
  • 12

    William James Crawford

    8
    5
  • 13

    Andrew Milligan

    12
    11
  • 14

    David Cannon

    9
    7
  • 15

    Robert Aspland Hatt

    7
    4
  • 16

    Jason Arnold

    7
    5
    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
  • 17

    Charles M. Conlon

    Age: 153
    11
    10

    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
  • 18
  • 19

    Edward Ramsden Hall

    11
    11
  • 20

    Albert Wilkes

    Age: 147
    6
    5
    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
  • 21
    Dec. at 81 (1907-1988)
    13
    15

    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
  • 22

    Andrew D. Bernstein

    9
    9
    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
  • 23

    Colin Elsey

    8
    7
  • 24

    Alexei Khomich

    Dec. at 60 (1920-1980)
    7
    7
    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
  • 25

    Ozzie Sweet

    9
    9