Take a look at some of the best sports photography in the world

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 3:45 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 3:47 pm

A stunning image from the Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr fight captured during their bout in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, has won the first World Sports Photography Awards.

Chris Woakes of England catches Rishabh Pant of India off the bowling of Liam Plunkett during the Cricket World Cup match between England and India at Edgbaston, Birmingham - 30/06/2019©Matthew Impey / Wired Photos

Taken by sports photographer Richard Heathcote, the image is a remarkable example of the power of sports photography as well as its technical difficulty.

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The image is one of 24 winning images across categories of Joy, Precision, Speed, Focus, Determination, Power, View, Celebration.

World Champion Trials bike rider Jack Field of Australia performs the highest backflip on a motorcycle ever recorded as he flips his motorbike upside down on the roof of Melbourne's Eureka Tower during a AUS-X Open media opportunity at Eureka Tower on May 22, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. The largest international Supercross and action sports event in the world outside of the USA, the AUS-X Open will be held at Melbourne's Marvel Stadium on November 30 2019. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

They form a remarkable gallery of images, encapsulating the emotion, power, athleticism and drama of sport and the power of photography to tell sport’s stories.

The images represent the work of sports photographers from around the world who have expertly “captured the moment” amid the perpetual movement of sport.

As well as shots of global stars like Ben Stokes, Tom Brady, Anthony Joshua, Kelley O’Hara and Alex Morgan, several of the photographs feature striking shots of stadia, candid behind-the-scenes glimpses and engaging shots of supporters and fans.

Power category – j ockey Nico de Boinville riding Topofthegame clears the last fence in the Betway Mildmay Novices’ Chase during Ladies Day at Aintree Racecourse on April 5 2019 in Liverpool– Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

The winning images have been selected by a jury of sports industry professionals. Speaking about the awards, co-founder Alan Whiter said: “Sport and photography have a long and powerful relationship.

“The emotion, athleticism and focus that is at the heart of sport is a uniquely captured and communicated through photography. These are an amazing collection of images across sporting disciplines.

Ricky Betar of Australia (bottom left) competes in heat 2 of the Men's 200m Freestyle S14 during Day One of the London 2019 World Para-swimming Allianz Championships at Aquatics Centre on September 09, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

"Thanks to our winner Richard Heathcote and all the photographers for entering their images, and to our judges.”