The best of sports images of 2021 in black and white, part 1


The unmissable moments of 2021

(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images)

(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos / Getty Images)

The ability of a photographer to capture an entire story in a fraction of a second frame of action remains one of the most extraordinary things in sports. And while most images today are packed with vivid colors that bring the moment to life, a black and white photo remains undefeated in grabbing the attention of readers.

The simplicity of a black and white image is sports photography at its best, left to the viewer to find all the little moments hidden in the shadows.

With that in mind, here are some of our favorite black and white sports photos from around the world in 2021.

Kaede Maegawa at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

(Photo by Alex Pantling / Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy on the tee

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox / Getty Images)

Sky Bet Championship game between Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City at Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

(Photo by Ryan Pierse / Getty Images)

Tom Wilson of the Washington Capitals prepares for a game against the New York Rangers

(Photo by Bruce Bennett / Getty Images)

Anthony Joshua prepares for his heavyweight title fight

(Photo by Julian Finney / Getty Images)

Full focus: Sergio Perez leads Russian F1 Grand Prix at Sochi Autodrom

(Photo by Mark Thompson / Getty Images)

Xander ScHotele at the 43rd Ryder Cup

(Photo by Richard Heathcote / Getty Images)

Matteo Berrettini, Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Laver Cup 2021

(Photo by Clive Brunskill / Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Field fireworks in Birmingham, England

(Photo by Harry Trump / Getty Images)

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

(Photo by Ezra Shaw / Getty Images for IRONMAN)

US Open champion Emma Raducanu

(Photo by Al Bello / Getty Images)

The next generation in Hove, England

(Photo by Charlie Crowhurst / Getty Images for Fred Perry)

Roman Zhdano at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

(Photo by Adam Pretty / Getty Images)

Braden Hamlin-Uele at Moreton Daily Stadium

(Photo by Albert Perez / Getty Images)

Zsuzsanna Krajnyak of Team Hungary faces Jing Rong of Team China during wheelchair fencing

(Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

Manny Pacquiao

(Photo by Michael Owens / Getty Images)

Sophie Hahn at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

(Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

Thomas Young of Team Great Britain celebrates after winning gold

(Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

Jordanian Khetam Abu Awad’s Olympic-level concentration

(Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

Elizabeth Marks of the American team and Anna Hontar of the Ukrainian team

(Photo by Adam Pretty / Getty Images)

Oscar Allen and Brodie Grundy face off in their AFL game

(Photo by Darrian Traynor / Getty Images)

Medal ceremony in the Men’s Eight A-Final at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

(Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

Medal moment for Team China

(Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

Australia’s Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith, Harriet Hudson and Caitlin Cronin celebrate after winning bronze in the women’s quadruple a-couple A final

(Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

2021 US Open champion: Jon Rahm

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images)

Nick Mayhugh of Team USA at Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

(Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

Dutchman Max Verstappen enjoys his F1 Grand Prix victory

(Photo by Mark Thompson / Getty Images)

Matt Derbyshire takes defeat after Melbourne City v Macarthur FC game

(Photo by Jason McCawley / Getty Images)

India’s Virat Kohli prepares for day two of the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand at the Hampshire Bowl

(Photo by Alex Davidson / Getty Images)

Family comfort for Jack De Belin of the St. George Illawarra Dragons

(Photo by Jeremy Ng / Getty Images)

New Zealand Breakers’ Finn Delany reacts after NBL Round 18 game against South East Melbourne Phoenix

(Photo by Darrian Traynor / Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts

(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Upcoming MLB Legend: Shohei Ohtani

(Photo by Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

Barclays FA Women’s Super League match between Birmingham City Women and Aston Villa Women at Damson Park

(Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

Stevie Spark vs. Jack Brubaker

(Photo by Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images)

Britain’s Jacob Peters 2021 British Selection Trials

(Photo by Clive Rose / Getty Images)

2021 W-League Grand Final match between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory

(Photo by Jason McCawley / Getty Images)

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

(Photo by Alexander Koerner / Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Longines Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens

(Photo by Jason McCawley / Getty Images for the Australian Turf Club)

Canterbury Bulldogs vs Penrith Panthers NRL game at Bankwest Stadium (Sydney, Australia)

(Photo by Mark Kolbe / Getty Images)

FA Women’s Continental Tires League Cup Final

(Photo by Naomi Baker / Getty Images)

William Feneley at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare International Freestyle Skiing World Cup

(Photo by Tom Pennington / Getty Images)

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

(Photo by Alexander Koerner / Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Felix Auger Aliassime

(Photo by Jack Thomas / Getty Images)

Jessica Macaulay at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

(Photo by Dean Treml / Red Bull via Getty Images)

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

(Photo by Alexander Koerner / Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Citizens Bank Park

(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Romanian Constantin Popovici dives from the 27-meter platform

(Photo by Romina Amato / Red Bull via Getty Images)

The eyes of a champion: Simone Biles of Team USA

(Photo by Patrick Smith / Getty Images)

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