Michael Willson of AFL.com.au has won the 2022 Sports Photograph Quill for his entry “Buddy Beauty”.
'Buddy beauty' is the epitome of a great sports picture - equally at home on the front or back page!
Swans superstar Lance Buddy Franklin was shooting for his 1000 goal career milestone, probably the 'stand-out' individual highlight of the 2022 AFL season. All the pre-game hype and then the moment when footy fans at the SCG realised it was achievable. As Michael says, I captured 'the kick' and then just ran, along with thousands of other footy fans, creating a massive ground invasion.
With a little bit of good luck and despite the crush, Michael kept his feet and captured an amazing image of joy, chaos and of course Buddy.
The winning entry
Jake Nowakowski, Herald Sun, “Kambosos Jr vs. Haney” (below)
Eddie Jim, The Age, “The G.O.A.T”
Darrian Traynor, Getty Images, “El Toro”