The best of 2021 sports images in black and white, Part 1

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Must-see moments of 2021

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(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

A photographer’s ability to capture an entire story in a split-second frame of action remains one of the most extraordinary things in sports. And while much of today’s imagery bursts with vibrant colors that bring the moment to life, a black and white photo remains undefeated for grabbing the readers’ attention.

The simplicity of a black and white image is sports photography at its best form, left for the viewers to find all the little moments tucked away in the shadows.

With that in mind, here are some of our favorite black and white sports photos from around the world in 2021.

Kaede Maegawa at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

(Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

Rory McIlroy on the tee

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Birmingham City at The Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium

(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Washington Capitals' Tom Wilson preps from a game against New York Rangers

(Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Anthony Joshua preps for his Heavyweight Title fight

(Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Total concentration: Sergio Perez ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Russia at Sochi Autodrom

(Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Xander Schauffele at 43rd Ryder Cup

(Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Matteo Berrettini, Andrey Rublev and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the 2021 Laver Cup

(Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Fireworks from the pitch in Birmingham, England

(Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

U.S. Open champ Emma Raducanu

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

The next generation in Hove, England

(Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Fred Perry)

Roman Zhdano at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Braden Hamlin-Uele at Moreton Daily Stadium

(Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Zsuzsanna Krajnyak of Team Hungary competes against Jing Rong of Team China during wheelchair fencing

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Manny Pacquiao

(Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Sophie Hahn at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Thomas Young of Team Great Britain celebrates after winning gold

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Olympic-level concentration from Jordan's Khetam Abu Awad

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Team USA's Elizabeth Marks and Team Ukraine's Anna Hontar

(Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Oscar Allen and Brodie Grundy battle during their AFL match

(Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Medal ceremony at the Men's Eight Final A at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Medal-winning moment for Team China

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Team Australia's Ria Thompson, Rowena Meredith, Harriet Hudson and Caitlin Cronin celebrate after winning Bronze in the Women's Quadruple Sculls Final A

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

2021 U.S. Open champ: Jon Rahm

(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Team USA's Nick Mayhugh at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Netherlands' Max Verstappen enjoying his F1 Grand Prix win

(Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Matt Derbyshire taking in the loss after the Melbourne City and Macarthur FC match

(Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

India's Virat Kohli preps for Day 2 of the ICC World Test Championship Final between India and New Zealand at The Hampshire Bowl

(Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Family comfort for St. George Illawarra Dragons' Jack De Belin

(Photo by Jeremy Ng/Getty Images)

New Zealand Breakers' Finn Delany reacts after the round 18 NBL match against the South East Melbourne Phoenix

(Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts

(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

MLB legend in the making: Shohei Ohtani

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Barclays FA Women's Super League match between Birmingham City Women and Aston Villa Women at Damson Park

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Stevie Spark vs. Jack Brubaker

(Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Great Britain's Jacob Peters British Swimming Selection Trials 2021

(Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

2021 W-League Grand Final match between Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory

(Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

(Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Longines Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens

(Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images for the Australian Turf Club)

NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Penrith Panthers at Bankwest Stadium (Sydney, Australia)

(Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

FA Women's Continental Tyres League Cup Final

(Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

William Feneley at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare Freestyle International Ski World Cup

(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

(Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Felix Auger-Aliassime

(Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

Jessica Macaulay at the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

(Photo by Dean Treml/Red Bull via Getty Images)

IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

(Photo by Alexander Koerner/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Citizens Bank Park

(Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports)

Romania's Constantin Popovici dives from the 27 metre platform

(Photo by Romina Amato/Red Bull via Getty Images)

The eyes of a champion: Team USA's Simone Biles

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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