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“The Bane of My Existence”: U.K. Sportswriting’s Access Crisis – The Ringer

British journalists chronicling mega-events like the Champions League are often operating on a timeline out of their control and with little access to players, publishing stories well after they’ve been reported. Could this be the dark future of U.S. sports coverage?

Favorite Career Moments from 5 of the Best Sports Photographers – PhotoShelter Blog

As fans, the first images that come to mind are those game-winning catches and triumphant celebrations — the kind that end up on the covers of Sports Illustrated. But when we asked 5 of the best sports photographers from The List for their most memorable moments, their answers surprised us. They were moments of quiet contrast to the roaring crowds and fierce competition. And they were examples of the true power of sports and the communities they create. Check out what the photographers had to say below.

The Daily Edit – Runner’s World: Mark Davis | A Photo Editor

If you have ever been to running or sporting events, you know that there are so many colors involved. As I started to shoot this project, it became clear to me that there were frames that just wouldn’t work in color. Neon can be visually overwhelming and really distract the viewer from the subject in the frame. Shooting in black and white gave me the freedom to focus more on form and shapes and not worry about a neon jacket or jersey completely ruining an image.

Meet the female pro wrestlers of Mexico – The Washington Post

Lucha libre is Mexico’s version of what we in the United States refer to as pro wrestling. Its dates to 1863, when a Mexican wrestler named Enrique Ugartechea developed a form of “freestyle” wrestling that was based on Greco-Roman wrestling. Lucha libre began to soar in popularity in Mexico after two Italian businessmen started promoting fights in the early 1900s. It has since become popular around the globe. The sport is mostly performed by men, called “luchadores,” festooned in colorful outfits and masks. But women also take part in the sport, and they are called “luchadoras.” Fascinated by the sport, and particularly with the female participants, Italian photographer Diana Bagnoli traveled to Mexico.

Hours of Sport Events Photoshopped Into Dizzying Single Photos

“Crowded Fields” is a new eye-popping photo project by photographer Pelle Cass, who used Photoshop to combine hours of sporting events and hundrds of athletes into single composite photos.

Pyeongchang Olympics 2018: Photos From the Final Week – The Atlantic

After two weeks of competition, Norway topped the Olympic medals chart with 39 total medals, followed by Germany, Canada, and the United States. Here, a look at some of the events of the last days of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, from ski cross and bobsleigh to hockey, speed skating, the Closing Ceremony, and more.

NFL Insider – The Leica Camera Blog

Jon Willey shares his candid images from the world of the American football

Pyeongchang 2018: Photos From the First Five Days – The Atlantic

After five days of competition, Germany leads the Olympic medal standings with 12 total medals, followed by the Netherlands and the United States. High winds have made alpine events difficult and have led to several postponements, but events at the Olympic Sliding Center, Phoenix Snow Park, and other venues have been going smoothly. Here, a look at some of the competition from the first days of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, from short track and slopestyle to ice dancing, skeleton, ski jumping, and more.

Inside the bizarre world of independent wrestling

Wrestling is flourishing in unexpected places all across Britain. It’s a low-budget, high-energy world where DIY daredevils band together in the belief that teamwork makes the dream work – no matter how unlikely it seems.

101-Megapixel B&W Photos of Pre-War Era Racing

Wenner was equipped with a Phase One XF IQ3 100MP Achromatic camera system that captures a 101-megapixel black-and-white photo with each exposure. The $49,990 IQ3 100MP Achromatic is the world’s only 101MP digital back dedicated to monochrome photos.

Homegrown rodeos make it ‘Cowboy Christmas’ in the Rocky Mountain summertime – The Washington Post

It’s the end of July in a place known as “The Ultimate Rocky Mountain Hideout,” the tiny town of Carbondale, Colo., tucked beneath the soaring mountains just north of Aspen. Winter sports and the cold snows are absent. Summer around here is considered “Cowboy Christmas,” when the landscape is dotted with homegrown rodeos that have cowboys and crowds wandering from one small town to another.

Capturing Camaraderie in a Minor League Baseball Team – The New York Times

In a bygone era, sports photographers didn’t have the benefit of Telephoto lenses, digital cameras or wireless transmission. But their technological limitations had under-appreciated benefits.

“Photographers had to get really close to the ballplayers,” said Fred Conrad, a former staff photographer for The New York Times. “So there’s this wonderfully personal and intimate feeling from the photographs.”

The Grisly Spectacle of Lucha Libre Extrema

assignment for a Mexican magazine, photographer Annick Donkers found herself angling for an invitation to a particular car wash outside of Mexico City. On some nights, this car wash transforms into a venue for the hardcore wrestling style called Lucha Libre Extrema. Illegal in the city for its brutality — Annick told me there are “basically no rules” — it’s difficult for journalists and outsiders to get invited. Once inside, she had to protect her camera for fear that it might get shattered when she approached for close shots of the wrestlers. Intrigued by the appeal this extreme sport holds for spectators, which include women and children, Annick says her work aims to observe but not judge. For Polarr, we spoke about the project.

Overtime With American Football in Russia

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Vasiliy Kolotilov found out about an American football league in Russia where most people discover bizarre, out-of-the-ordinary things: the internet. After a bit of investigation, he pitched a piece on the Spartans — a local football team in Moscow — to a newspaper. In March, he attended some training sessions and published the article. But that wasn’t enough.

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