London, 6 July — Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, has taken home seven prizes at the World Sports Photography Awards. Multiple Getty Images staff photographers were honoured, including Richard Heathcote who was named the overall winner for his image of heavyweight boxers Andy Ruiz Jr versus Anthony Joshua during their 2019 ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia.
Heathcote also took home Gold in the ‘Power’ category for the same image and was awarded Gold in the ‘Speed’ category for his image of Ricky Betar, of Australia, competing in the London 2019 World Para-swimming Allianz Championships.
Speaking on his win, Heathcote said, “I feel very honoured to be the overall winner at the inaugural World Sports Photography Awards, especially with the array of photographic talent on show from around the world and across the whole industry”.
Robert Cianflone and Al Bello were awarded Gold and Bronze respectively in the ‘Celebration’ category, with Bello also taking Silver in the ‘Determination’ category. Cameron Spencer also received Silver in the ‘Precision’ category.
“We are extremely proud of our exceptional photographers, all of whom are creative, innovative subject matter experts,” said Getty Images Global Head of Content, Ken Mainardis. “For over 25 years our outstanding team has been moving the world with visuals, capturing the beauty, heartbreak, triumph and sheer power of sport.”
Getty Images has the largest, most comprehensive sports collection available today, covering more than 50,000 events annually, and partnering with many of the most significant sports leagues and governing bodies in the world.