AIPS Sport Media Awards 2021 category presentation: Photography Sport Action
June 8, 2021 – From figuring out the kind of camera to use to setting
up in the best position possible, while anticipating the action of
fast-moving subjects, sports photography is as challenging as it is
exciting. And there is hardly ever a second chance to get that one
iconic shot of a fleeting moment.
AIPS Sport Media Awards, which has been an incredible showcase for the
best sports photos from all corners of the world, is inviting all
professional sports photographers to take part in its fourth edition which opened in April and will run until October 4, 2021.
The photography categories are: Sport Action and Portfolio.
Sport Action, which is the focus of this article, an applicant is
expected to submit “an image that depicts a moment of excellence or
athletic skill from a particular sporting event.”
Participation is free and each person can submit a maximum of two submissions published between November 10, 2020 and October 4, 2021
for a chance to win 8,000 US Dollars for the first place, 3,000 US
Dollars for the second place and 2,000 US Dollars for the third place.
Click here for ten steps to join
Polish photographer Andrzej Grygiel’s submission “Crash”
claimed first place in the last edition of the Awards. It captured the
horrific accident that occurred at the finish line of the Tour de Poland
cycling race after Dutch cyclist Fabio Jakobsen, who was in first
place, was hit and sent into the barriers by compatriot Dylan
Groenewegen. Jakobsen had to be put in a medically induced coma for
three days. Fortunately, he has recovered well. Groenewegen received a
nine-month suspension for his action.
As Grygiel pointed out to AIPS in an interview
after his win, no one wishes for such an incident to happen, he however
hoped that his photo will remind athletes that “the will to win should
not obscure the rules of fair play”.