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5 women in sport photographers to follow

Sport photography has long been dominated by men, but not any more. Some of Australia’s premier sport photographers are women. Here’s a handful to follow.

Chelsea Randall in action for the Crows. Image: Megan Brewer
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Chelsea Randall in action for the Crows. Image: Megan Brewer

A key part of sport—especially modern sport—is photography. We love to look back at our favourite athletes in action, celebrating a goal or win, or commiserating a loss. Sport photography fills our instagram feeds and we go looking for the best shots after a big win. I don’t know about you, but half of my phone’s camera roll might just be photos of my favourite teams on game day. Some of our favourite photographers in sport are women, so here’s a short list of photographers to follow. 

Megan Brewer

Karolína Muchova at the Australian Open, 2020 Image: Megan Brewer
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Karolína Muchova at the Australian Open, 2020 Image: Megan Brewer

What better way to kick off this list than talk about Siren co-founder Megan Brewer? Megan’s been kicking around the sport world for a while and supplies most of the AFLW photos you see on Siren.

Lisa Sthalekar and Alyssa Healy after the Women's T20 World Cup Final, 2020 Image: Megan Brewer
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Lisa Sthalekar and Alyssa Healy after the Women’s T20 World Cup Final, 2020 Image: Megan Brewer

In 2019 Megan was a finalist in the inaugural Women In Sport Photo Action Awards with this image of a Tiarna Ernst tackle on Tilly Lucas-Rodd, and has also shot for ABC Grandstand, The Outer Sanctum and Getty Images.

Find Megan on Instagram or her website.


Ann Odong

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“This is for you. ⁣ ⁣ For all of you who 50 years ago pulled on the boots when who you were was considered unlawful; by football authorities or by society. For those of you who defied the narrow definition of what it was to be a footballer, or a woman. ⁣ ⁣ For all of you who followed your dreams, when that was all that was possible. For those who used every last meagre dollar to travel the world and represent Australia when we barely knew you were playing for us. For those who played in the shadows. ⁣ ⁣ For all of you who fought to have teams at your local clubs, endured the bad pitches, the muddy pitches, wearing hand me down jerseys and shorts too long. For those who weathered the indifference, the opposition and didn’t care because you loved the game, your teammates and nothing was going to stop you. For those who now play or watch the game because to do anything else would not make your life complete. ⁣ ⁣ For all of you who battled for us to be seen as equal and now battle for the big trophies. For those who train their lights out to be world class and then make us cheer and smile and cry when you are out on the world stage because we are so bloody proud. ⁣For those of you who raised and supported them. ⁣ For all of you who took the photos that would record history, mailed the letters from lands away, sent dozens of faxes, that wrote the words and stories when few cared – until everyone cared. ⁣ ⁣ This is for the Joseph’s, Shell’s and Nicole’s, the Cheryl’s and Emily’s, Teo’s and Lachy’s, Sarah’s, Emma’s and Danielle’s and now the Rach’s, Anna’s and Sam’s as part of a new generation writing and chronicling the next exciting chapters. ⁣ ⁣ This is for the Trixie’s, Julie’s and Sue’s, Elaine’s and Heather’s, the Moya’s and Jo's, Cheryl’s and Joey’s, Di’s, Melissa’s and Lisa’s, Sam’s, Steph’s and Ellie’s, and hundreds of more names whose stories should be told over the next three years. This is for the Matildas of yesterday, the Matildas of today and the Matildas of tomorrow. ⁣ ⁣ This is for you.” – Ann, Sydney/Perth⁣ ⁣ #AsOne #AsOne2023, #FIFAWWC #womensfootball #wleague #matildas #youngmatildas #womeninsport #herstory ⁣⁣⁣#football

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Ann is a powerhouse in women’s football and was one of the key minds behind Australia’s successful 2023 Women’s World Cup bid (thanks Ann!), but what really started it all was photography. Ann’s women’s football photos are stunning, and she tells their stories on the Instagram account @futbolxstories.

Find Ann on Instagram and Twitter.


Charli Brown

Katie Loynes, Carlton Blues co-captain, round 4 2020. Image: Charli Brown
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Katie Loynes, Carlton Blues co-captain, round 4 2020. Image: Charli Brown

I came across Charli on Instagram and was immediately taken with her photos, little did I know, she is just 16 years old. Based in South Australia, Charli spends a lot of time at her local footy club the Hectorville Hounds, but also gets out to shoot the AFLW and SANFL.

Find Charli on Instagram or her website.


Sarah Jane Muirhead

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Sarah came to our attention at Siren when co-founder Danielle Warby put a call out on twitter. Her rugby photos immediately stood out, but Sarah shoots a wide range of sports including baseball, athletics and surf lifesaving.

Find Sarah on Instagram or her website.


Steph Comelli (She Scores)

Daisy Pearce carries her infant twins post-game. Image: She Scores
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Daisy Pearce carries her infant twins post-game. Image: She Scores

AFLW fans will have seen Steph’s photos before—whether they realise or not. I spoke to Steph earlier this year about her journey in footy photography.

Steph was a finalist in the 2020 Women In Sport Photo Action Awards with this photo of Anne Hatchard.

Find Steph on Instagram and Twitter.


But also…

Rachel Bach (By The White Line)

Three Matildas take a moment on the sidelines. Image: By The White Line / Rachel Bach
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Three Matildas take a moment on the sidelines. Image: By The White Line / Rachel Bach

This list wouldn’t be complete without shouting out our official Siren Collaborator Rachel Bach. Working for Nike and developing an impressive portfolio full of Matildas players, Rachel is one of the premier sport photographers in the country.

Find Rachel on Instagram or her website.

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