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After a monumental year in sport, Women Sport Australia (WSA), the national advocacy body for women in sport, are delighted to launch the 2024 Women in Sport Photo Action Awards (#WISPAA). 

Entering its sixth year, #WISPAA aims to generate greater recognition and respect for the power and athleticism of women actively participating in sport in Australia. #WISPAA will be again supported by News Corp Australia, specifically  CODE Sports as a media partner, providing coverage of the awards and as a partner of the WISPAA People’s Choice Award.

Women Sport Australia is calling for professional and amateur photographers to submit images of women in action in the sporting arena.

Photographers under 21 are also invited to submit images, after the success of the ‘Emerging Photographer’ category, introduced in 2022.

After the profound impact of the Matilda’s at the FIFA Women’s World Cup, the Australian Diamonds World Cup win, and the success of the Australian Women’s Cricket team, there’s never been a better time to try to immortalise iconic scenes from women’s sport. 

WSA President Helena Dorczak is excited about the variety of photos that she hopes will be entered through WISPAA.

“The past 12 months have provided Australians with so many incredible sporting moments and we can’t wait to see how they’ve been captured by photographers from around the country ,” she said.

“It is an artform to capture these change-making moments in freeze-frames for everyone to enjoy and a powerful way to spark conversation about the great athletes’ strength, confidence and skill.”

News Sport Network Managing Director, Michael Wilkins said: “News Corp Australia is thrilled to continue its support of WISPAA this year. We look forward to seeing the industry support the exhibition moving to Sydney in 2024 as well as seeing which photo ends up winning the CODE Sports People’s Choice award this year.”

This year’s competition judges will be announced soon.

Last year’s winners saw professional photographer James Gourley take out the top prize with an image of a Women’s FIBA World Cup match between the USA and Belgium.

Oliver Rachon’s shot of Elysia Kenshole clearing the bar at the Victorian Track and Field Championships captured the crown in the amateur category.

Emma Hoppo’s on-court capture of Abby Cubillo on court for the Adelaide Lightning impressed the judges to win the Emerging Category (photographers under 21).

Over the last five years, #WISPAA has generated hundreds of entries from across Australia. 

#WISPAA 2024 will once again have award categories for both Professional, Amateur and Emerging Photographers

More information about #WISPAA can be found at

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