The three finalists for the Photograph of the Year award have been selected, with less than a month to go until the World Athletics Awards 2023.

From the 134 images that were submitted, a panel of judges – comprising Valerie Adams, Raquel Cavaco Nunes, Joel Marklund, Pascal Rondeau and Blanka Vlasic – narrowed the entries to 10 shortlisted images before deciding on the three finalists.

Photographers from 47 countries across all six continental areas submitted entries.

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

The winning photograph will be announced on World Athletics’ platforms in early December, as part of the World Athletics Awards 2023.

The finalists

Alexis Holmes of USA, left, on her way to winning the mixed 4x400m as Femke Bol of Netherlands falls at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 (© Sam Barnes / Sportsfile).

Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy winning gold in the high jump at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 (© Anton Geyser, South African Sports Images).

Leo Neugebauer of Germany in the decathlon pole vault at the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23 (© Mattia Ozbot, World Athletics Photography Workshop)


About the photographers

Sam Barnes
An award-winning sports photographer currently based in Dublin, Ireland, working as full-time staff for Irish agency Sportsfile. Originally from Reading, UK, Barnes has been based in Dublin for almost 10 years and has covered a broad range of sporting events including multiple World and European Athletics Championships, and the Tokyo Paralympic Games. His work was also shortlisted for the Photograph of the Year award in 2022.

Anton Geyser
A passionate and dedicated sports photographer, Geyser has covered a wide range of events, from grassroots competitions to international championships, and has contributed work to renowned sports publications and websites. Committed to mentoring aspiring sports photographers, he also often uses his photography to support charitable causes related to sports and youth development.

Mattia Ozbot
A freelance photographer based in Milan, Ozbot specialises in sports photography and has a passion for capturing all the emotions sports can bring. In 2023 he was selected for the inaugural World Athletics Photography Workshop, held during the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23.

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