SIX OF THE BEST: Specialist Sports Portfolio

In the second of our ‘six of the best’ series, we are delighted to showcase the work of the finalists shortlisted in the Specialist Sports Portfolio category. The 2016 British Sports Journalism Award winners and highly commended will be revealed at a gala dinner at the Westminster Park Plaza on Monday, February 27.

From the baked earth of Bangladesh to the swimming pools of Rio, via Hackney Marshes, The Somme, and a quick diversion to the sport of kings, we have taken one image from each candidate’s entry and they are published here, in alphabetical order.

SMOKIN’: Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh (Philip Brown/Freelance)

PILE-UP: Wayne Hutchinson parts company with Midnight Prayer at Cheltenham (Alan Crowhurst/Getty)

BAR MAN: Players on Hackney Marshes dismantle the nets (Eddie Keogh/Reuters)

IN MEMORIAM: Sheffield Wednesday scarf at The Somme (Carl Recine/Action Images/Reuters)

SUN-KISSED: Diver trains in Rio (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

HELLO BROLLY: Race-goers on first day of Ascot (Edward Whitaker/Racing Post)  

If you want to be part of our 40th awards presentations, being staged for the first time at the Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, you are advised to book your tickets now. For full details visit our ticket-booking site here: