CTK photo reporter Roman Vondrous has won the second prize in the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) contest in the sports series category, the AIPS announced during a live online broadcast from the Vigevano Italian Castle today.
Vondrous was among the three best photographers in this category for the second year in a row. He won it last year.
This year, the international jury awarded his series of photos of the fans of the Bohemians Praha 1905 football club who were watching the matches of their favourite team from a ladder behind the walls of the stadium in Prague-Vrsovice due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions.
Vondrous advanced among 33 finalists in 11 categories, selected from 1,871 photographs and series. Australian Adam Pretty won in the same category and Clive Brunskill from the UK finished third.
Vondrous's series headlined Loyal Fans in COVID Era, awarded in the AIPS competition today, already won the first prize in the sports series category in the Pictures of the Year International (POYi) contest.
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. In 2020, he was awarded the first prize of the International Sport Press Association (AIPS) for a series of photos from horse racing, the sport he had 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.
The AIPS was established during the Olympics in Paris in 1924. One of its five constituent members was Czech journalist and writer Ondrej Sekora. The AIPS, which associated some 9,000 sport reporters from 130 countries, has been chaired by Italian Gianni Merlo, from La Gazzetta dello Sport, since 2005.