Taken by sports photographer David Gray, at the 2021 Australian Open, the photograph reveals a delicate moment reflecting the beauty and power within sport.

The image, one of 24 winning photographs across sports categories including American Football, Basketball, Cycling, Gymnastics and Football has been proudly announced as this year’s winner. With more than 7,000 photographs submitted  into the awards from professional sports photographers around the world, competition was high. 

We spoke to organizers back in April, before they opened for entries in May. The only global awards for sport photography, The World Sports Photography Awards are often entered by the world’s best sports photographers and judged by leading figures from sport, media, brand and creative. 

Naomi Osaka and Butterfly win World Sports Photography Awards.
World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Tennis, Naomi Osaka by David Gray

Speaking on the winning image, World Sports Photography Awards Co-Founder, Simon Burton said, “This is a breath-taking image. Sports Photography captures special moments and tells unique stories, but most of all it draws you in and reveals the unexpected. It forces you to look again and reconsider.”

Sophie Collins, Chief Marketing Officer at MPB said “As a judge, and as a sponsor of the 2022 ‘World Sports Photography Awards’ I was incredibly impressed by the quality of this year’s entries. Photography captures a moment in time, the emotion, the ups and downs. It tells a story that has the power to change how the viewer feels and inspires them. It was great to see some new faces in the ‘Pro’ space being shortlisted for the awards too, the bar has definitely been raised for next year!”

Naomi Osaka and Butterfly win World Sports Photography Awards.
World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Cycling, Ashley & Jered Gruber
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World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Athletics, Samuel Barnes
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World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Equestrian, Mike Egerton
Naomi Osaka and Butterfly win World Sports Photography Awards.
World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Cricket, Muhammad Arbaz
Naomi Osaka and Butterfly win World Sports Photography Awards.
World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Water, Morgan Treacy
Naomi Osaka and Butterfly win World Sports Photography Awards.
World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Boxing, Richard Pelham
Naomi Osaka and Butterfly win World Sports Photography Awards.
World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Acquatic, Ian MacNicol
Naomi Osaka and Butterfly win World Sports Photography Awards.
World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Martial Arts, John Barry
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World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Golf, Richard Heathcote
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World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Winter Sports, Joel Marklund
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World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Formula 1, Clive Rose
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World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Rugby, Steve Haag
Naomi Osaka and Butterfly win World Sports Photography Awards.
World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Ice Hockey, Bruce Bennett
Naomi Osaka and Butterfly win World Sports Photography Awards.
World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Venues & Views, Mark Edward Harris
Naomi Osaka and Butterfly win World Sports Photography Awards.
World Sports Photography Winner 2022 | Other, Isaac Julián Morillas Sánchez
For more information on the The World Sports Photography Awards check out their website.