A stunning image from the Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr fight captured during their bout in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, has won the first World Sports Photography Awards.
Taken by sports photographer Richard Heathcote, the image is a remarkable example of the power of sports photography as well as its technical difficulty.
The image is one of 24 winning images across categories of Joy, Precision, Speed, Focus, Determination, Power, View, Celebration.
They form a remarkable gallery of images, encapsulating the emotion, power, athleticism and drama of sport and the power of photography to tell sport’s stories.
The images represent the work of sports photographers from around the world who have expertly “captured the moment” amid the perpetual movement of sport.
As well as shots of global stars like Ben Stokes, Tom Brady, Anthony Joshua, Kelley O’Hara and Alex Morgan, several of the photographs feature striking shots of stadia, candid behind-the-scenes glimpses and engaging shots of supporters and fans.
The winning images have been selected by a jury of sports industry professionals. Speaking about the awards, co-founder Alan Whiter said: “Sport and photography have a long and powerful relationship.
“The emotion, athleticism and focus that is at the heart of sport is a uniquely captured and communicated through photography. These are an amazing collection of images across sporting disciplines.
"Thanks to our winner Richard Heathcote and all the photographers for entering their images, and to our judges.”