Getty Images photographer Lars Baron has been awarded a top sports photography accolade, taking home the Sven-Simon Preis 2016.
The prize, which is widely regarded as one of the top awards internationally recognising excellence in sport photography, was awarded to the German photographer for his image showing Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany being thrown into the air by teammates after his last international match.
“I am very proud and happy to have won this prize. There are two major prizes in Germany for sport photographers and I have now won one of them,” said Lars Baron on winning the prize. “It was a very special image to capture – at the moment Schweinsteiger was in the air, he turned in my direction and looked directly into my camera and I knew I had the image of the year. I have photographed him across his career so it was amazing to finish with this image.”
This is the third time in the prize’s history that a Getty Images photographer has won it and the second year in a row, after Matthias Hangst took the prize home in 2015 for his ‘cloud flight’ image of Spanish diver Carlos Gimeno at the 16th FINA World Championships.
Fellow Getty Images photographer Adam Pretty, who won the prize in 2013, placed second in the competition and Hangst placed two of his images in the top 10 also.
Baron’s award follows other recent success for teammate Hangst, who won first place in the Olympics category in the 2016 Atlanta Photojournalism Contest and was recognised by the VDS (Association of German Sports Journalists), placing second and third in the portfolio and sports action categories respectively.
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