Biography

Vladimir Rys, 1978

Vladimir started taking pictures at the early age of fifteen. Being born and raised in Prague formed his vision and his now recognizable style. His many evenings spent in the dark room made him fall in love with the classic process and classic photography, which has influenced his work from the very start.

In 1996 he became a staff photographer for the largest Czech sports daily, Deník sport, and two years later landed a position as staff photographer with the football magazine Hattrick.  In 2002 he moved to Germany and joined Getty Images, where he remained until 2010.

Vladimir’s work covers a wide range of subjects including sports, reportage, portraiture, and commercial photography.

Since 2005 his main field has been Formula One, where he is considered one of the sport’s most influential photographers. His photographic style has a very distinguishable look without overusing postproduction tools and deriving much of his style from his background in analog photography. This has also brought him vast recognition outside of the Formula One paddock. His classic photographic approach remains a benchmark in Formula One photography, even in the digital age.

His distinctive style has brought him numerous awards and a variety of clients. His awards include “Photographer of the Year 2000” in the Czech Republic, “Photographer of the Year 2010” in Germany, “Formula One Photographer of the Year 2008“ by Red Bulletin Magazine, and „Formula One Photographer of the Year 2014“ by Italian Motorsport Federation Confartigianato Motori.

That magic moment when the eye, light, composition and technical skills merge in a split second to create an extraordinary photograph is what inspires him. He always believes that his next image will be his best.

Vladimir is a proud canon and f-stop gear ambassador, who is based in Athens and Düsseldorf.

vladimir-rys-portrait

awards

2014

Formula One Photographer of the Year
by Confartigianato Motori – Italy

2010

Kicker Sports Photo of the Year 2010
“Photographer of the Year”
1. Prize Sports Picture of the Year
2. Prize in category Football
3. Prize in category Portfolio

Czech Press Photo 2010
3. Prize in category Sports

2008

Kicker Sports Picture of the Year 2008
3. Place in a category Sports Portfolio

“Formula One Photographer of the Year 2008”
by Red Bulletin magazine (UK)

2006

Czech Press Photo 2006
3. Prize in category Sports

“Nikon Prize” for the best picture in sports

Kicker Sports Picture of the Year 2006
1. Prize in a category Olympic Games (Torino 2006)

2004

Kicker Sports Picture of the Year 2004
1. Prize in category Sports General
3. Prize in category Olympic Games (Athens 2004)

2002

Sports Photographer of the Year finalist (CZE)
Story of the Wimbledon 2002

2001

Czech Press Photo 2001
2. Prize in category Sport Stories
3. Prize in category Sport Stories

“Nikon Prize”
for the best picture in sports

2000

100 Sport Photos of the Year (CZE)
“Photographer of the Year”

1999

Czech Press Photo 1999
3. Prize in category Sport Singles

1998

100 Sport Pictures of the Year (CZE)
Nikon Prize