The sports world makes for a beautiful palette but individual images can get lost in the constant shuffle. Here are the best Getty Images sports photos from this week.
Chella Choi of the Republic of Korea plays a tee shot on the 14th hole during the first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship at Kapolei Golf Club on April 14, 2021, in Kapolei, Hawaii.
This photo was taken on the island of Oahu during the LPGA Lotte Championship. The course was located inland so there were plenty of beautiful florals around, especially on the 14th hole where there were stunning yellow-flowered trees. I chose the afternoon to photograph when the light was head-on to hopefully add to the color of the trees. In this picture, veteran golfer Chella Choi played a tee shot. Chella has always had a strong follow-through with her tee shots and it makes for great shapes. I believe the combination of the yellow trees and her follow-through form made this photo especially stunning.
— Christian Petersen
Matthew Boyd of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on April 13, 2021, in Houston, Texas.
This photo of pitcher Matthew Boyd of the Detroit Tigers was taken by using a shutter drag technique. There are times later on in the game when hitting slows and pitch counts can drag on, so this is usually a time when I try and get creative with frames. By putting a shutter around 1/15th, the frame will have the motion of the camera and the subject. It’s important for me to get the face sharp in these types of photos or else it just comes out, out of focus.
— Carmen Mandato
Jake Paul celebrates after defeating Ben Askren in their cruiserweight bout during Triller Fight Club at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on April 17, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia.
I was in the ring photographing the aftermath of the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren fight. Jake Paul was very emotional after his quick first-round KO of Ben Askren. He was throwing himself on the floor crying and hugging his handlers and family. I have seen this situation before and was anticipating that he may jump up on the ring rope to throw his hands up towards the fans. The question was which corner he would pick? I watched Paul’s body language and the second he motioned towards one of the corners, I jumped out of the ring and placed myself outside the turnbuckle. I had my wide-angle lens ready, and he put his hands up and then screamed. As Paul was doing this, the stadium exploded behind him in flashing lights and fireworks which was a nice touch to the photo.
— Al Bello
Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is doused with water by Juan Toscano-Anderson of the Golden State Warriors after their win over the Denver Nuggets at Chase Center on April 12, 2021, in San Francisco, California. Curry passed Wilt Chamberlain as the Golden State Warriors’ all-time leading scorer during the first quarter of their game.
This was one of those nights that it was sad that there were no fans in attendance. Steph Curry had an amazing game after passing Wilt Chamberlain for the Golden State Warriors all-time leading scorer during the first half of the game. All night I tried to focus on Curry and I got a few shots that I liked of him. I stuck around at the end of the game while he was doing a TV interview because I noticed off to the side of the bench that teammate Juan Toscano-Anderson was unscrewing a bunch of water bottles from a cooler. It was just a few minutes later that he snuck up behind Curry and doused him with the cold water.
— Ezra Shaw
Anthony Beauvillier of the New York Islanders scores on the shoot-out against Ilya Samsonov of the Washington Capitals at the Nassau Coliseum on April 22, 2021, in Uniondale, New York. The Capitals defeated the Islanders 1-0 in the shoot-out. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Patrick Marleau of the San Jose Sharks warms up before the NHL game against the Arizona Coyotes at Gila River Arena on March 27, 2021, in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Garrett Hampson of the Colorado Rockies tries to keep his hand warm while playing the Houston Astros in the ninth inning at Coors Field on April 21, 2021, in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Tom Murphy of the Seattle Mariners beats the tag by Jason Castro of the Houston Astros to score off an RBI double by Mitch Haniger during the seventh inning at T-Mobile Park on April 18, 2021, in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Carlos Rodon of the Chicago White Sox celebrates with teammates after his no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 14, 2021, in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)
Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres overthrows first base on a single hit by Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the sixth inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021, in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
Kyle Schwarber of the Washington Nationals is doused with water by teammates after hitting a walk-off home run in the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Nationals Park on April 16, 2021, in Washington, DC. Washington won the game 1-0. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
Elfrid Payton of the New York Knicks goes to the basket as Jalen McDaniels and P.J. Washington of the Charlotte Hornets defend during the second half at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2021, in New York City. The Knicks won 109-97. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards is injured against the Detroit Pistons during the second half at Capital One Arena on April 17, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Hawks and the Orlando Magic stand during the National Anthem at State Farm Arena on April 20, 2021, in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Cars race during the NASCAR Cup Series Toyota Owners 400 at Richmond Raceway on April 18, 2021, in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Sparks fly behind Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (33) Red Bull Racing RB16B Honda during qualifying ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna at Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari on April 17, 2021, in Imola, Italy. (Photo by Clive Mason – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)
Darwin Price lands a punch on the face of Saul Corral of Mexico knocking him out in the fourth round during the Super Lightweight fight at the Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall on April 17, 2021, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
Wendie Renard of Olympique Lyonnais looks on during the Second Leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League Quarter Final match between Olympique Lyonnais and Paris Saint-Germain at Groupama Stadium on April 18, 2021, in Lyon, France. (Photo by Catherine Steenkeste/Getty Images)
Gyasi Zerdes of Columbus Crew SC and Alejandro Bedoya of Philadelphia Union jump to head the ball in the second half during their game at the Historic Crew Stadium on April 18, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
Gustavo Sánchez of Monterrey celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during a second-leg match between Monterrey and Atletico Pantoja as part of Round of Sixteen of Concacaf Champions League at BBVA Stadium on April 15, 2021, in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo by Azael Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Sergio Santos of Real Madrid Castilla competes for the ball with Alejandro Chacopino of CF Talavera de la Reina during the Segunda Division B match between Real Madrid Castilla and CF Talavera de la Reina at Ciudad Real Madrid on April 17, 2021, in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)
Gerard Moreno of Villarreal celebrates with teammates Alfonso Pedraza, Samuel Chukwueze and Raul Albiol after scoring their team’s second goal during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between Villarreal and Dinamo Zagreb at Estadio de la Ceramica on April 15, 2021, in Villarreal, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
Brazilian swimmer Wendell Belarmino exercises during a training session at Clube do Exercito on April 13, 2021, in Brasilia, Brazil. Wendell was born with congenital glaucoma and, after a gradual loss of vision, he currently has only two percent of his eyesight. He competes in the S11 category of Para Swimming for completely blind or nearly blind swimmers. Wendell won gold, silver and bronze medals at the London Paralympic Swimming World Championship in 2019 and won six medals at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima. He is already qualified and prepared to participate in the Tokyo Paralympics games. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)