Naomi Osaka Rescue Butterfly Wins Sports Photography Awards
An artistic shot of tennis star Naomi Osaka saving a butterfly won first prize at the 2022 World Sports Photography Awards. Sports photographer David Gray captured the winning image at the Australian Open, when a butterfly landed on her dressed. By playing with the shadows, Gray was able to perfectly capture the moment.
Professional sports photographers from around the world had their work honored at the contest, as these specialist photojournalists documented moments of athleticism, strength and skill. Gray was one of 24 photographers who were honored in the third annual competition. Over 7,000 images were submitted in categories such as basketball, racquet sports, water and gymnastics.
“I was incredibly impressed with the quality of this year’s entries,” shared Sophie Collins, Marketing Director at MPB, the contest sponsor. “Photography captures a moment in time, the emotion, the ups and downs. It tells a story that has the power to change the way the viewer feels and inspires them.
The winning images are not only technically sound, they also offer a compelling look into the world of sports. These photographs immerse you in the present moment, whether it’s a moment of action, a moment of quiet reflection or a joyous celebration. Check out these winners below.