2nd Place: Tokyo Twenty Twenty One by Adam Pretty
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics were postponed for one year and held under really unusual circumstances. Athletes and media were kept inside a bubble and tested every day, with no fans able to witness the greatest sporting show on earth. This series takes a look at the Olympic and Paralympic sports that I was assigned to cover in Tokyo. I tried to find unique and challenging angles to minimise the visual impact of not having a crowd or any fans (and atmosphere) and also to illustrate the beauty and strength of the athletes and sports as well as their emotions from slightly different angles. It was perhaps the most challenging Olympics I have ever been part of, and I can only imagine what a roller coaster of emotions the athletes were experiencing. I was very grateful when these emotions spilled over in the heat of competition.