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Top 10 Best Action Sports Photographers in the World

Playing sports is one of the most interesting things that you can ever do since it allows you to enjoy your time whether it is alone or with your friends. What makes the different sports that we play or even just see more exciting is adding adventure to them when they are played. You wish you can see those exciting moments that rarely happen while playing sports more than once but it is impossible to happen without capturing photographs of those fascinating moments that show the skills of the players. Action sports photographers allow us to enjoy those exciting moments that take place while playing different sports. The photographs are captured in a unique way using professional photo editing service making them different from those photographs that we usually take while playing or watching sports. If you want to learn more about the world of action sports photography in order to become a professional action sports photographer, you have to take a look at the photos that are captured by professional and experienced photographers. Here is a quick glance at the top 10 best action sports photographers in the world with being based on their experience and creativity in capturing their photos.

10 Tristan Shu – France

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Tristan Shu is a freelance photographer who specializes in capturing action sports, landscape, lifestyle, portrait, architecture, real estate and commercial photographs. His action sports photographs are considered to be amazing since he aims to capture the right moments and looks for the stunning landscapes or places in which he can capture his fascinating photographs. Presenting new ideas through Tristan’s photographs, such as the interaction between athletes and other ordinary people while playing, makes the photos more impressive.

9 Zak Noyle – United States

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Zak Noyle is a surf photographer who works as a senior staff photographer for Surfer Magazine. He spends most of his time in the water waiting for the right moment to capture. His surf and wave photographs are just amazing thanks to choosing the right place and moment to capture the photos. Zak Noyle’s work has been featured in several magazines such as National Geographic, Surfer Magazine, ESPN and London Times.

8 Thomas Morel – Norway

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Thomas Morel is a creative photographer who has the ability to capture the right moment which makes his photographs stunning. He captures photographs of those amazing and special moments that do not last for a long time and are considered to be impressive. In addition to capturing the right and special moments, Thomas Morel’s photographs are considered to be energetic especially those photos that are captured of flies, birds and action sports.

7 Jimmy Chin – United States

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Jimmy Chin is one of the most famous adventure sports photographers in the world. He is also a skier, climber and filmmaker. He has worked with famous climbers, skiers and adventurers. He captures commercial photographs for National Geographic Magazine, Pirelli, The North Face and more. He has won several awards for his creative work from Communication Arts, PDN and American Society of Magazine Editors.

6 Sarah Lee – United States

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Sarah Lee aims to capture photographs of the stunning beauty that surrounds her. She specializes in photographing those swimmers and surfers in a creative way. What helps Sarah Lee to capture her amazing photos is her passion for photography, especially surf and underwater photography. Sarah Lee is also an athlete which gives her the strength and makes her capable of capturing impressive photographs especially underwater.

5 Tim McKenna – Australia

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Tim McKenna is one of the best outdoor photographers not just in Australia but in the whole world. He specializes in capturing nature and action sports photographs and he focuses more on capturing the impressive sporting performances and moments to create his fascinating photos. Tim McKenna has spent over twenty years traveling around the world to capture his photos. His work has been featured in numerous advertising campaigns and publications which shows his creativity.

4 Eugene Tan – Australia

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Eugene Tan specializes in capturing photographs of the daily beach life at sunrise. What is photographed by Eugene Tan includes waves, sunrise, swimmers and surfers whether they are professional or just beginners. Eugene Tan’s passion for photography and surfing helps him to capture the right moments and create his amazing photos. He tries different angles to capture his photos as he can shoot from a cliff, in a helicopter or underwater to finally get his creative and catchy images.

3 Ben Thouard – France

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Ben Thouard’s passion for photography and surfing is highly responsible for encouraging him to travel to different areas around the world for capturing his unique photos. He spends a long time in the water waiting for the right and special moments that are really impressive to capture. With trying new ways of shooting and looking for new places where there are breathtaking landscapes and stunning waves that have not been surfed before, Ben Thouard can definitely capture his impressive and unique photos.

2 Chris Burkard – United States

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Chris Burkard is an award winning photographer who specializes in capturing outdoor, surf, lifestyle and travel photographs. He focuses in capturing his photographs on the breathtaking landscapes, adventure, amazing colors and the special moments that quickly disappear. To create unique images, Chris Burkard chooses those wild and remote destinations. He has received several awards for his creative work such as LOOK BETWEEN invitee 2010, The World Open 2nd place winner-Open category 2012, Red Bull Illume Winner Spirit 2013 and more.

1 Morgan Maassen – United States

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Morgan Maassen is a creative and professional photographer, artist and filmmaker. He captures photos for advertising and editorial purposes. He shoots for National Geographic, New York Times, Elle, ESPN, Apple, Audi, Nike, Red Bull, Samsung and more. He has received several awards for his unique photographs such as 2014 Olympus Pro Photographer Showdown Finalist, 2013 Red Bull Illume “Lifestyle” Winner, 2013 Red Bull Illume “Athlete’s Choice” Winner, 2013 Monster Children Black & White Finalist and 2010 Follow The Light Grant Recipient.

Are there any other professional action sports photographers whom you know and are not mentioned here on this list?

Who are they???

2 comments

  1. Chrystal Wright!!!!! I think you may have somewhat confused action sports photographers with lifestyle photographers, but your list is impressive. But I would put Chrystal Wright in there ahead of a couple of the other choices.

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