Al Bello was a judge in the 2009 Q3 Contest
Al Bello graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from the University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989. Since Joining Allsport/Getty, Al has become Chief Sports Photographer in North America on a very talented staff and is assigned to cover sporting events and people in sports worldwide.
He has worked on editorial assignments for Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Newsweek, Time Magazine, US News and World Report, Maxim, The New York Times, The LA Times, and The London Times. He has also worked on commercial assignments for Everlast, Reebok, Puma, Adidas, Canon, Discovery Channel, Bank of America, Sandisk, and Spike TV.
Some of Al’s favorite events he has covered include many Super Bowls, World Series, and Stanley Cups. He covered 3 Winter and 3 Summer Olympic Games. His tennis favorites include the US Open, the French Open and Wimbledon. Al has also enjoyed covering World Cup Soccer for both men and women. His favorite sport, by far, is boxing. Al has been to countless world title fights and boxing gyms in the last 17 years and he never gets tired of it. Some of Al’s picture stories include “Cockfighting in Puerto Rico”, which won him 1st place in the Sports Picture Story Category in News Photographer's The Best of Photojournalism 2007. He also won 3rd place for Sports Photojournalist of the Year for that same year. His other works include “Senior Athletes” and a photo essay in 4x5 format on “The Faces of Boxing”.
In 2008, Al was named 2nd Place Sports Photographer of the Year for both the NPPA and POYI. He also won 1st Place NPPA Olympic Feature and covered seven Olympic games.