23 January 2019 – The AIPS Sports Media Awards, attended by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, was held on Monday in Lausanne.
After narrowing down 1,273 submissions from 119 countries worldwide, 24 finalists received awards throughout 8 different categories. There was one Croatian candidate among the finalists.
Drago Sopta, the Croatian Football Federation’s official photographer, was a finalist in the Photography –
The photo went viral at the time and was a huge hit on social media. There were even replica cakes and tattoos made of the photo.
PHOTOGRAPHY – SPORT ACTION
- VINCENT RIEMERSMA, Skating Shadows,
- ALEXEY FILIPPOV, Fourcade, Sputnik (Russia)
- NORBERT SCHMIDT, Mud Fight, Norbert Schmidt Sports Photo (Germany)
- DRAGO SOPTA, Šime Vrsaljko on flag, HNS (Croatia)
Founded in 1924 in Paris, AIPS is the peak professional body representing the international sports media, with more than 9,000 members worldwide, from leading international daily newspapers, websites, periodicals and radio and television channels across five continents.
The AIPS Sport Media Awards are the highest international accolade in the sport media industry.