CTK photo reporter Roman Vondrous has won a prize in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) contest, the jury awarding him for his series of photos with fans watching matches of their favourite Bohemians 1905 Prague football team from ladders leant against the stadium wall.
Vondrous's series, headlined Loyal Fans In COVID Era, has won the first prize in the sports series category.
Organised by the Missouri School of Journalism since 1944, the POYi competition is viewed by many as the world's oldest international contest of journalistic and documentary photography.
The international jury annually assesses over 50,000 photographic works from more than 70 countries. Vondrous also succeeded in the competition in 2017, when he won the second place in the Sport Action category with his photo from the Great Pardubice Steeplechase event.
Vondrous ranks among the Czech photo journalists who are the most renowned on both the national and international level.
In 2013, he won the World Press Photo contest in the sport events category with his series of photos from the Great Pardubice Steeplechase.
Last year, he won a prize of the International Sport Press Association (AIPS) for a series of photos from horse racing, the sport he has been documenting for 20 years.
He became the absolute winner of the Czech Press Photo 2020, his snap Disinfection being chosen by the international jury as the photo of the year.
A graduate from the Institute of Creative Photography at the university in Opava, north Moravia, Vondrous has been working in CTK since 2005. He also works as a teacher and combines his work for the press agency with free creation.
Until the end of February, the Czech Photo Centre offers an exhibition of Vondrous's works, Fragments of the Metropolis, which highlight the life in Prague streets amid the coronavirus pandemic. The gallery is closed within the government's COVID restrictions, but Vondrous's snaps are on display in the shop window and are available online.