SUNSPORT snapper Richard Pelham has won the prestigious Sports Book of the Year Award 2020.
The multi-award winning photographer scooped the honour for his collection of sport’s most iconic moments from the last 30 years.
A Life Behind the Lens was praised by the judges as “outstanding” in the Telegraph’s Illustrated Book of the Year category.
Richard said: “It’s like winning an Oscar – it’s brilliant.
“It has been an honour to cover so many iconic moments.”
Richard has covered six Olympic Games, six World Cups, any number of Test matches and many championship boxing bouts.
He has won Sports Photographer of the Year seven times – with his winning portfolio last year praised for capturing sports’ “intensity, spontaneity and fun”.
Richard said: “The past thirty years have been amazing and this award has rounded it off.
“I have been privileged to photograph so many great moments of sporting history.
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“My favourite picture in the book is of Michael Johnson when he won the Olympic 200m final in 1996.
“I once watched Mike Tyson walk out of a gym with a white tiger – the news desk didn’t believe me when I first told them.”
Richard’s book A Life Behind the Lens: Thirty Years of Award-Winning Photography from Sport’s Most Iconic Moments, is available now.
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