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Prominent women in sport voice support for #WISPAA

Women Sport Australia (WSA), the national advocacy body for women in sport, is excited to have the support of several of Australia’s most prominent sportswomen for the 2020 Women in Sport Photo Action Awards (#WISPAA).

Trailblazing Australian golfer Karrie Webb is passionate about the importance of showing women in action while playing sport:

“Women Sport Australia’s #WISPAA competition positively showcases the strength and beauty of the female athlete as she strives, sweats, runs and dives.”

Australian gymnast Georgia Godwin, who has earned a quota spot for the Tokyo Olympics, agrees that there is a need to highlight the physical nature of sportswomen:

“This is a wonderful competition demonstrating the incredible athleticism of Australian women in sport.”

President of the Richmond Football Club Peggy O’Neal believes #WISPAA plays a key role in creating strong role models for the next generation:

“It is extremely important to empower women with the message that strong and fit is beautiful. In portraying the strength, skill and athleticism of Australian sportswomen we showcase positive role models to young women.”

With the #WISPAA competition closing in less that two weeks, photographers are being encouraged to enter action images of women playing sport that were taken between 1 May 2019 and 30 April 2020.

The 2019 inaugural #WISPAA competition attracted hundreds of images from around Australia in both the professional and amateur award categories.

Victorian Michael Willson was crowned the professional winner for his iconic AFLW image of Tayla Harris, ‘The Kick’, while West-Australian Johan Schmidt was named the amateur winner for his women’s rugby union image ‘The hit-up’ featuring Sera Ah-Sam and Tayla Stanford.

To enter in 2020, photographers can submit up to three photos of Australian sportswomen in action via WSA’s dedicated #WISPAA web page.

Photos submitted must show an Australian sportswoman or sportswomen aged over 18 actively participating in sport at any level in Australia. The sport can be amateur or professional. Judges will favour photos that depict the athleticism, strength and the skill of a woman or women aged over 18 participating in sport. Further terms and conditions can be found on the #WISPAA website.

#WISPAA entries will close on May 31.

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