A free exhibition of winning images in the Women in Sport Photo Action Awards has opened at 50 Lonsdale Street in the Melbourne CBD.

#WISPAA Professional Winner and Runners-up: Clock-wise from left. Professional Winner: The Kick, Tayla Harris, AFLW. Image by Michael Willson, Vic. Professional Runner-up: Control, Sam Kerr, Soccer. Image by Luke Hemer, Vic. Professional Runner-up: Clock Tackle, Angela Foley and Tegan Cunningham, AFLW. Image by Daniel Pockett, Vic.

Featuring 30 images taken by the winners, runners-up and finalists in this year’s Women in Sport Photo Action Awards, it represents the first public exhibition devoted solely to action photographs of Australia’s female athletes. WISPAA was conceived to help change media and public perception and portrayal of women in sport. It was triggered by the number of images that depicted elite sportswomen in smiling stationary poses, often with a ball under their arm or a bat over their shoulder. This exhibition showcases the skill, strength and athleticism of Australia’s sportswomen in action.

The awards have been split into two categories: one for professionals and one for amateur photographers. The response was overwhelming with hundreds of images submitted by hundreds of photographers around Australia. Thirty of the best images have been selected for display in the exhibition, which runs until 28 June.