Steele makes final for 2020 World Athletics photograph of the year

By Anton Rippon SJA member and 1988 sports photographer of the year Michael Steele has been named one of three finalists for the 2020 World Athletics photograph of the year award. Steele, a veteran sports photographer with more than three decades of experience, joined Getty Images in 1999 where he specialises in athletics coverage. From […]

World Athletics looking for best photograph of the year

By ANTON RIPPON World Athletics will present an award for the best athletics photograph of the year at this year’s virtual World Athletics Awards 2020 on Saturday 5 December. Any professional photographer who has attended an athletics event in 2020 can take part. Photographers are requested to submit one photograph by email to waphotoaward@worldathletics.org, and […]

London Marathon photographer Shearman ‘very disappointed’ to miss first race since 1981

By ANTON RIPPON IN more ways than one, Sunday’s 40th running of the London Marathon will be different from the previous 39. Only four photographers have received press accreditation for the 2020 race. Mark Shearman will not be one of them, which is a great pity, since the 77-year-old freelancer from Surrey had hitherto covered […]

How sport tried to play on in WW 2 as the air raid sirens sounded

By ERIC BROWN With British sport trying to cope during the current Covid-19 pandemic, award-winning author Anton Rippon has gone back 80 years to highlight the challenges of playing on during the first full year of World War 2 . Four months had passed since Britain declared war on Germany and citizens uneasily waited for […]

Mike Ingham MBE looks back at amazing career with a special mention for SJA Doug Gardner award

Mike Ingham, for many years the voice of football on BBC radio, has written his autobiography, reviewed by ANTON RIPPON. On 29 May 1985, Mike Ingham was preparing to commentate on the European Cup final between Liverpool and Juventus at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels. Ingham and his BBC colleague Peter Jones were waiting to […]

Success of women’s world cup means more football journalists looking ahead to 2023 edition

By ANTON RIPPON The 2019 press pack who followed England women to the FIFA World Cup provided a watershed moment, both in terms of national print coverage and the number of female journalists. The tournament has become one of the world’s biggest sporting events and as the women’s game enters a new era, it will […]

Birmingham 2022 thumbs up with promise of ‘fantastic’ Commonwealth Games

By Anton Rippon SJA members looking to cover the 2022 Commonwealth Games will be pleased to know that the Commonwealth Games Federation Coordination Commission this week underlined their confidence that Birmingham will deliver a fantastic games, while at the same time acknowledging that, with little over two and a half years until the event begins, […]