From pool deck to podium: Australian Sports photographer Delly Carr’s 2019 pick of the pics

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A PICTURE TELLS A THOUSAND STORIES: This is a happy man. Photo Courtesy: Delly Carr Sports Photography.

Photographer Delly Carr lives and breathes for those special moments in sports that capture the exact milli-second of an athlete in flight, in fierce competition, those rare behind the scenes training moments that depict the emotion, the pain and the gain.

The light, the shadows, the sun and the darkness help shape those images that only the athlete and the photographer can relate to.

Delly is the official photographer of the Australian Dolphins Swim Team and has spent 2019 capturing those rare moments from couch to camp, from pool deck to podium and from dawn till dust.

He is affectionately known as “The Ninja” – now you seen him – now you don’t.

The man behind the lens has been there for all of the magical moments and all the behind the scenes moments, travelling the world with the Dolphins from Adelaide and Brisbane, onto Cairns and Gwangju and London and it’s only fitting that Swimming World publishing his most popular snaps from the past 12 months to celebrate 2019.

Says Delly…”The sports photographer puts a little of his own self into his grand vision and ultimately the exhibition of that captured moment.”

And “The Ninja” will again be on deck in 2020….he’ll spot you but you may not spot him..thanks for these memories Delly and we look forward to may more “captured moments” in this the Olympic and Paralympic Games year.

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SUNSET SESSION: Cate Campbell prepares to finish off another session at the Dolphins traiing camp in Tobruk Memorial Pool. Photo: Delly Carr. Nikon D5 240mm 1/1600 sec f/4.0 ISO 400.

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ROCKET WOMAN: Cate Campbell about to launch at the SA Sports and Aquatic Centre. Photo: Delly Carr.

Relay Team AUS, Mens 4x200m Freestyle Final, 18th FINA World Swimming Championships 2019, 26 July 2019, Gwangju South Korea. Pic by Delly Carr/Swimming Australia. Pic credit requested and mandatory for free editorial usage. THANK YOU.

GOLD TO AUSTRALIA: Dolphins 4x200m men’s freestyle relay team Mack Horton (in water0 Alex Graham, Kyle Chalmers and Clyde Lewis after winning World Championship gold in Gwangju. Photo: Delly Carr.

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AN OMG MOMENT FOR KAYLEE MCKEOWN: Silver 200m backstroke in Gwangju.Photo: Delly Carr.

Kyle Chlamers AUS, 100m Freestyle Final, 18th FINA World Swimming Championships 2019, 25 July 2019, Gwangju South Korea. Pic by Delly Carr/Swimming Australia. Pic credit requested and mandatory for free editorial usage. THANK YOU.

FLYING FISH: Dolphins sprint king Kyle Chalmers flies off the blocks.Photo: Delly Carr.

Minna Atherton AUS, 100m Backstroke Final, 18th FINA World Swimming Championships 2019, 23 July 2019, Gwangju South Korea. Pic by Delly Carr/Swimming Australia. Pic credit requested and mandatory for free editorial usage. THANK YOU.

ARCHWAY TO HEAVEN: Minna Atherton shows her start style on her way to World Championship silver. Photo: Delly Carr.

Mack Horton AUS protests Sun Yang's CHN Gold Medal, 400m Freestyle Final, 18th FINA World Swimming Championships 2019, 21 July 2019, Gwanju South Korea. Pic by Delly Carr/Swimming Australia. Pic credit requested and mandatory for free editorial usage. THANK YOU.

MACK HORTON’S PROUD PODIUM MOMENT OF 2019: Olympic champion Mack Horton ‘stands down’ for his rights in Gwangju: Photo: Delly Carr.

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STAYING AFLOAT: Aussie backstroke star Mitch Larkin all arms. Photo: Delly Carr.

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SHORT COURSE FLYER: They’re off in the men’s 50m freestyle at the Australian SC Championships at MSAC. Photo: Delly Carr.

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DIGGING DEEP: World, Commonwealth and Olympic golden girl Bronte Campbell draws on all her inner strength in this session in Cairns. Photo: Delly Carr.

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POOL DECK REFLECTIONS: Cairns training camp. Photo: Delly Carr.

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MIND IS LIKE WATER: When its calm everything becomes clear. Sara Tazaki, 2019 Australian Open Water, Brighton Beach. Photo: Delly Carr.

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THE ‘Y’ FACTOR: Taylor Corry at the World Para Championships in London. Photo: Delly Carr.

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OFF TO A FLYER: Re-born medley man, Mitch Larkin. Photo: Delly Carr.

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TOP OF THE WORLD: Australia’s girls (Brianna Throssell, Ariarne Titmus, Madi Wilson and Emma McKeon) win gold in the 4x200m freestytle in a new world record in Gwangju. Photo: Delly Carr.

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THAT’S A YES FROM ME: Tiffany-Thomas Kane greets her team mates with a golden thumbs up at the World Para Champs in London. Photo: Delly Carr.

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FEEDING FRENZY: Australia’s Kareena Lee on her way to the Olympics in Tokyo with her top 10 finish in Korea. Photo: Delly Carr.

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DONE: Cate Campbell’s last moment of a hard set in Cairns.Photo: Delly Carr.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM. 14 Sep, 2019. during 2019 World Para Swimming Allianz Championships - Day 6 Finals at London Aquatics Centre on Saturday, 14 September 2019. LONDON ENGLAND. Credit: Taka G Wu/Alamy Live News

THAT’S ALL SHE WROTE: Our man behind the lens Delly Carr with Paralympians Ahmed Kelly and Grant Scooter Patterson at the World Paras in London. Photo: Taka G Wu.

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