Press Release15 Oct 2019

Best photographs of 2019 to be recognised at World Athletics Awards


Photographers at the IAAF World Athletics Championships (© Getty Images)

The IAAF will present an award for the best athletics photograph of the year at this year’s World Athletics Awards 2019 on Saturday 23 November.

Any professional photographer who has been officially accredited at an athletics event in 2019 can take part. 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 Tuesday 5 November.

A panel of experts will judge the photos and will select the top 25 entries. The shortlisted images will also form part of a photography exhibition which will be held alongside the World Athletics Awards between 20 and 25 November in Monaco.

The panel will select the top three images from the shortlist. The finalists will be informed of their selection by 15 November and invited to the World Athletics Awards in Monaco on 23 November. The winner will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards.

Running alongside the contest for the athletics photograph of the year will also be a separate prize awarded for the best photograph of the year taken by a fan photographer.

Entries should be submitted via Twitter between 1 and 20 November by using the hashtag #WorldAthleticsPhotoOfTheYear. Only one image per entrant shall be accepted.

The three finalists in the contest for professional photographers will form the panel to determine the winner of the award for fan photographers. The winner will be announced on 2 December and will receive travel, accommodation and tickets for two people to a Diamond League meeting of the winner’s choice.

Full contest rules.