Best photographs of 2021 to be recognised at World Athletics Awards



World Athletics will present an award for the best athletics photograph of the year at the World Athletics Awards 2021 in December.

This year’s award will be dedicated to the memory of Jean-Pierre Durand, one of the sport’s most prolific photographers and photo chief for a number of World Athletics Series events, who died last week.

Any professional photographer who has attended an athletics event in 2021 can take part in the World Athletics Photograph of the Year. Photographers are requested to submit one photograph by email to and include a caption, the date the photograph was taken and the image’s technical information.

Entries should be no larger than 5MB and must be received by midday Monaco time on Saturday 6 November.

A panel of experts will judge the photos and will select the top 25 entries, which will form part of a digital exhibition which will go live on 22 November.

From that shortlist, the panel will then select the top three images. The finalists will be revealed on 22 November and the winner will be announced live during the World Athletics Awards.

The panellists are:

Raquel Cavaco Nunes – World Athletics Photo Commissioner since 2013, worked as Athletics Venue Manager at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Ivo Gonzalez – sports photographer with 25 years’ experience of covering major events, including six Olympic Games and seven FIFA World Cups. Project Director for Photo Operations at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Pascal Rondeau – experienced photographer who has covered eight Summer Olympic Games and all major sports events. Venue Photo Manager for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.

Akani Simbine – South African sprinter who finished fourth in the 100m at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Member of the World Athletics Athletes’ Commission.

Katerina Stefanidi – Greek pole vaulter who won the 2016 Olympic and 2017 world titles. Member of the World Athletics Athletes’ Commission.

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