Sports photo of the year 2023.

Graduate Tom Weller wins in several categories simultaneously.

1st place in the "Young Talent Award" category: Rhythmic gymnast Katharina Romanyuk jumps with a ribbon during her freestyle routine in the individual all-around final at the PSD Bank Dome in Düsseldorf on 07.07.2023. Photo: Tom Weller

Graduate Tom Weller can be proud of himself: He won four awards in the “Sports Photo of the Year 2023” competition. He came second in the main category “Sport in general: Action” and won first prize in the category “Special Olympics Berlin 2023 and Para Sport”. He was particularly successful in the junior category. There the 24-year-old was represented twice: He won first and third place simultaneously. Tom Weller was already shortlisted last year in the “Young Talent Award” category .

Tom Weller completed his photography studies at Hanover University of Applied Science and Arts in 2022. He now lives in southern Germany, in the Baden-Württemberg town of Süßen. Since completing his bachelor’s degree, he has travelled internationally as a news and sports photographer, often for clients such as the Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) or “24passion”. For example, he reported from the Football World Cup in Qatar, the Olympics in Beijing and the World Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp. “This diversity is simply great because you always have to reinvent yourself, you always have new challenges and that keeps you creative,” Tom Weller recently said in an interview with the local TV station Regio TV Stuttgart.

The “Sports Photo of the Year” competition is organized every year by the sports magazine kicker and the Association of German Sports Journalists (VDS). The young talent category is supported by the camera manufacturer Nikon. Our graduate Marvin Ibo Güngör was also on the jury this year. He won first prize in the main category last year.

3rd place in the "Young Talent Award" category: Simone Biles from the USA is in action on the uneven bars at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Sportpalais in Antwerp during the women's qualification on 01.10.2023. Photo: Tom Weller
2nd place in the category "Sport in general: Action": Rhythmic gymnast Darja Varfolomeev throws a ball into the air during her routine in the individual all-around final at the PSD Bank Dome in Düsseldorf on 07.07.2023.
1st place in the "Special Olympics Berlin 2023 and Para Sport" category: Niko Kappel from Germany celebrates after his men's shot put competition in the F41 category. He won the silver medal at the World Para Athletics Championships in Paris on July 12, 2023. Photo: Tom Weller


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