You cannot talk about American collegiate football without talking about rankings!
In Division-I, it’s the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) which creates controversy and keeps eyes glued to the computer rankings all season. In small college football, the rankings determine how teams are seeded in the national championship, and which at-large teams get selected for the tournament.
Who’s number one? We’re number one!
As the small college football playoffs continue, the BCS championship approaches, and the NFL playoffs loom closer, it’s time for our Top five. But today we aren’t choosing our five favorite NCAA football teams. We are choosing our five favorite royalty free stock photos for use in all your football related designs and articles.
Our criteria for making the top five was simple. The image had to be an eye catcher which depicts the excitement of the college football atmosphere, or it had to capture the power of the players on the field. Second, it had to be free from the need of a model release, so it could be included in any commercial design (such as an advertisement) as well as editorial projects. And it had to flat out kick tail!
Our list begins with Laurin Rinder’s awe inspiring football line stock photo.
The power of American football is most evident “in the trenches.” It is here that the offensive and defensive lines attempt to overpower each other.
The line which wins this battle often dominates the football game and leads its team to victory.
Laurin’s choice to convert the image to black and white is brilliant. The heavy contrasts emphasize the power of football inside the trenches.
Dan Padavona’s NCAA Football Catch and Tackle image is a top seller at multiple stock photo agencies. Whereas Laurin captures the power of American football, Dan captures the speed and grace of the game.
This sharp image is taken just as the receiver catches a pass over the middle, with a defender diving across his back from behind for the tackle. There is no question why this photo has been featured in numerous articles and design projects. It has plenty of copy space, and makes a great splash page for a website.
Our third favorite American football stock image comes from Laurin Rinder again. Laurin has made quite a name for himself as a photographer, but his very popular football images are best sellers at numerous stock agencies.
Laurin captures the beauty of the skill positions in NCAA football in this photo of a running back diving over the line for a touchdown.
The running back is coming right at us. Selective focus separates the running back from the other players, which is an important methodology for drawing the eye to the important subject matter.
Next up is a hilarious photo from Lisa “FX” Young. Lisa has a good sense of humor, and it really shows in this image of a football fan getting a little nutty in his exuberance.
We are reminded now and then that “fan” is short for “fanatic.” This football fanatic image is all in good fun, and could be used in a variety of design projects dealing with American football and its fans.
The image is isolated for seamless inclusion into any white background.
Last but not least on our list is one of the best selling sports abstract images at numerous stock agencies.
This football stadium image has been used in various design and advertising campaigns promoting football ticket sales, television and radio packages, and more. This abstract image utilizes crowd silhouettes with a large football stadium in the background.
The subject of the image is the fan’s enjoyment of the game, and hence the popularity of the image with designers promoting football ticket and media packages.
Warmpicture has all of these American football stock images and plenty more choices online. With new photos being added every day, we can hardly keep up with all the cool choices available!