Finalists announced for 2022 World Athletics Photograph of the Year

The three finalists for the Photography of the Year award have been selected, less than a month from the World Athletics Awards 2022.

Of the 110 images submitted, a jury made up of Valérie Adams, Raquel Cavaco Nunes, Ivo Gonzalez, Renaud Lavillenie and Pascal Rondeau reduced the applications to 26 pre-selected images before designating the three finalists.

Photographers from 33 countries in the six continental zones submitted entries.

The 25 shortlisted images will form part of a digital exhibit on the World Athletics website which will go live later this month.

The winning photograph will be announced on World Athletics social media platforms in early December, as part of the 2022 World Athletics Awards.

The finalists


Grant Holloway of the United States breaks away from the chasing pack while competing in the men’s 60m hurdles semifinals on day three of the World Indoor Athletics Championships at Stark Arena in Belgrade, Serbia .

Photo by Sam Barnes, Sportsfile

Jereem Richards of Trinidad and Tobago celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 200m Final at the Commonwealth Games at Alexander Stadium in Birmingham, England.
Photo by Phil Noble, Reuters

Germany’s Lea Meyer falls headfirst into the water as she competes in the women’s 3000m steeplechase during day two of the World Championships in Athletics at Hayward Field in Oregon, USA.
Photo by Martin Rickett, PA Media

About the photographers


Sam Barnes

An experienced sports photographer, Barnes is originally from the UK but is currently based in Dublin, Ireland, where he has worked as a photographer for Dublin-based agency Sportsfile since early 2015. He has worked closely with the team at Irish Athletics for many years, covering many major championships around the world in the process.

Phil Noble
Noble is an award-winning photographer based in the North West of England. He has been on staff at Reuters since 2006, covering a wide range of news and sports assignments, including the Summer and Winter Olympics and Premier League and Champions League football.

Martin Rickette
Rickett is an award-winning sports photographer for PA Media based in Manchester, England. Since arriving in 2001, he has covered several Olympic and Commonwealth Games, World Championships in Athletics and European Championships in Athletics. He has also covered many other sports and events, including thousands of football matches, from the Premier League to European Championships and World Cups.

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