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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189 15
Hy Money is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Hy Money
2
66 36
Walter Iooss Jr. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Walter Iooss Jr.
3
16 7
Darren Heath is listed (or ranked) 3 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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33 29
Neil Leifer is listed (or ranked) 4 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.
5
7 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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6 2
Chris Burkard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Chris Burkard
7
6 2
Christoph Höhne is listed (or ranked) 7 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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7 4
Art Streiber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Art Streiber age 57
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
9
6 3
Robert Aspland Hatt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Robert Aspland Hatt
10
6 3
William James Crawford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
William James Crawford
11
6 3
Albert Wilkes is listed (or ranked) 11 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
12
9 7
Hy Peskin is listed (or ranked) 12 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
Colin Elsey is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Colin Elsey
14
12 11
Bob Martin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Bob Martin
15
15 15
Toni Frissell is listed (or ranked) 15 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
16
25 28
John Rooney is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
John Rooney
17
6 5
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
18
6 5
Martin Bureau is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Martin Bureau
19
6 5
Vernon Biever is listed (or ranked) 19 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
20
6 5
Heinz Kluetmeier is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Heinz Kluetmeier age 76
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
21
10 10
Andrew Milligan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Andrew Milligan
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10 10
Edward Ramsden Hall is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Edward Ramsden Hall
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5 4
Jim Laughead is listed (or ranked) 23 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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5 4
Kevin P. Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
Kevin P. Coughlin
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5 4
Brad Mangin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sports Photographers
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.