Australian named top sports photographer26 April 2013
AOC: Experimenting partly to keep himself sane has helped an Australian sports photographer beat thousands of entrants to a prestigious award.
Adam Pretty was named sport photographer of the year at the Sony World Photography Awards in London on Thursday night.
The Tokyo-based Getty Images snapper won for a stunning series of black and white shots taken at the London Olympics last year.
Mr Pretty said being stationed predominantly at the aquatics centre during the Games had forced him to think outside the box.
"It can be a little bit like Groundhog Day out at the pool, the same thing happens pretty much every day," Mr Pretty told AAP.
"If you want to get your pictures used you need to try and push it a little bit and try a get something a little bit different.
"And just for your own sake too, to keep you sane.
"If you're doing something different and challenging it just keeps you much more fresh."
As well as capturing unique shots of swimming, diving, water polo and synchronised swimming the 35-year-old spent some time away from the pool.
He covered some of the iconic moments of the Games, including Usain Bolt's win in the 100m sprint.
Mr Pretty said it was great to be recognised for his work.
"It also it gives you another avenue to push your work out there and get published," he said.
"It's sad to say but unfortunately awards matter now in trying to get your pictures used."
There were 62,654 entries from 170 countries across all award categories.
Mr Pretty's work will be exhibited at London's Somerset House until May 12.
Fellow Australian and Getty photographer Ryan Pierse placed second in the sport category for his series on the Australian men's water polo team.
Getty Images has been official photographer to the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) since the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin and has worked in an official capacity with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) since the 1992 summer Olympic Games in Barcelona