Adrian Dennis (Sport Photographer)
Adrian covers a variety of assignments in the UK and around the world with an emphasis on sports photography. Before joining AFP, he freelanced for different newspapers including The Independent and The Independent on Sunday (1996-2000).
Adrian started his photographic career at a small weekly newspaper, the Wokingham Times before heading off to study journalism at The University of Florida in the USA. While there, he worked for various daily newspapers and magazines ranging from The New York Times to The National Enquirer during his time in America.
Following the Olympic and Paralympics Games in 2012, Adrian was voted Sports Photographer of the Year by The Sports Journalists Association winning the coveted Ed Lacey Trophy.
His photograph from the Olympic Equestrian cross-country event was named Photograph of the Year (The Press Photographer’s Year 2013). The photograph won 1st Place at the International SportFolio Festival (France) and 1st Place Olympic Feature in the US’ National Press Photographers Association’s Best of Photojournalism 2013.
He also won First Prize in the Sports Folio and Olympic Folio of the Year categories in the The Press Photographer’s Year 2013. Later that year, Adrian won Barclays Premiership “shot of the season” for his photograph of Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny celebrating scoring a goal against Manchester City.
Adrian has also been named Paralympics Photographer from the UK Picture Editors’ Guild and was highly commended in the Olympics Games category. In 2013, Adrian won The Nikon Sports Photographer of the year in the same competition and also won Vauxhall England “Best Individual Photograph” for his picture of Steven Gerrard celebrating a goal against Poland to qualify the team for the World Cup finals in Brazil.
After a busy year in 2014 covering The FIFA World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup. Adrian once again won Sports Photographer of the Year by The SJA and the Ed Lacey Trophy found its way back to his mantelpiece proving it wasn’t a fluke in 2012.