Scott Barbour

Sport Photography

Getty Images

“Sport 2017—2018”

Scott Barbour says in his entry statement how proud he is that women’s sport features in three of the five images in his portfolio. “I hope it shows the increasing prominence they are deservingly obtaining in the media landscape.”

Barbour’s timing and technical capacity with light are backed by immense skill and great reflexes. Those qualities combine to get an exclusive angle like his bird’s-eye view of the Richmond Tigers parting the seas of adoring fans with their first premiership cup in 37 years.

Scott Barbour has worked for Getty Images for the past 19 years, based in London, Sydney and Melbourne. He won last year’s Walkley Award for Sports Photography and has previously won awards including World Press Photo.

Judges’ comments

What makes a beautiful sport image is timing. Timing can create something you’d barely catch with the naked eye, like the way Scott Barbour captured the gymnast. There’s something artistic about these images, the wave of colour and patterns as the Tigers players leave the field is almost like an artistic rendition of the game rather than a photo. The lighting is dramatic and almost surreal; Barbour’s technical capacity around light is that good.


Richmond Win AFL Premiership: Richmond Tigers captain Trent Cotchin looks up as his team celebrates with the 2017 AFL Premiership Cup, after beating Adelaide in the Grand Final at the MCG.

Lightning Strike: Players compete for the ball as lightning strikes during a W-League match between Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers in Melbourne. The match was suspended soon afterwards.

Zatopek 10 Athletics: The sun sets during the Men’s 3000m Under 20 race during the Zatopek 10 meet at Lakeside Stadium in Melbourne.

AFLW Celebration: The Brisbane Lions sing their team song and spray Gatorade at Isabella Ayre and Nat Exon, after winning their AFLW match against the Carlton Blues at Melbourne’s Ikon Park.


Commonwealth Games Gymnastics: Hannah Martin of England performs rhythmic gymnastics with the clubs on day seven of the XXI 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.