Photography is the lens through which millions of extreme sports fans experience the antics of their favourite athletes. Photographers capture every spine-tingling move, as athletes jump from high altitudes or skateboarders perform acrobatic exercises. The art of turning split-second, awe-inspiring moments into magical portraits is growing in popularity.

Yana Stancheva’s images pull viewers into the picture. The detail and lighting create dramatic effects, making the photographs come alive. Stancheva is a sport and action photographer who works with Actiongrapher, a team of artists who handle assignments for some of the biggest brands in the industry. Red Bull, Nissan, and Monster Energy are a few of Actiongrapher’s clients.

Michael Clark’s photographs connect the action figure with his or her surrounding habitat. The vibrant colours and unique artistry combine with natural elements to highlight the creativity of the extreme sports athlete featured in each picture. Clark uses digital cameras, and creative imaging software to turn his photographs into dynamic works of art.

Dave Norhead’s action photos have appeared in many publications. In his use of depth of field, Norhead creates the illusion of movement in the pictures. These photos help the audience to imagine the moment, as bikers race away from a setting sun or athletes make that jump from a high mountain’s edge. Norhead’s photographs are available for editorial usage.

Chris Hitchcock brings the extreme sports athlete into harmony with other elements in the picture. He grabs the audience’s attention using multiple techniques to ensure his photos make the athlete almost jump out of the picture. Hitchcock travels the world, capturing powerful, creative shots for some of the biggest brands.

The exciting thing about being a sporting photographer is that one must be a daredevil to capture those dramatic pictures of athletes who fly through the air, creating unforgettable moments. It takes patience and preparation. Sometimes photographers must climb to extreme heights, and move at break-neck speeds to capture a one-of-a-kind picture.