Welcome back to Mail Sport’s Soul of Sport series. Throughout 2023 our photographers have been showcasing the greatest sporting events as you’ve never seen them before.
Instead of just focusing on the action, they have been capturing what goes on behind the scenes to provide a different perspective of events.
ANDY HOOPER and KEVIN QUIGLEY have chronicled the sporting year from major events including the Ashes, Rugby World Cup and Manchester City’s Premier League title celebrations as part of their Treble winning year.
Their photographs have shown a different side to staples of sporting calendar in UK from the Burghley Horse and Grand National, through to the Henley Royal Regatta and The Open Championships.
Hooper and Quigley have also captured the action from the British Speedway Championships, Oleksandr Usyk’s world heavyweight title fight against Daniel Dubois in Poland and the ongoing World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace.
Here, Mail Sport looks through the best of the Soul of Sport series during 2023.
One fan attempted a unique way to drink their cocktail during the PDC World Darts Championships at Alexandra Palace
Sam Watson, riding Sap Talisman, was one of the few to clear the trout jump under Lion Bridge at the Burghley Horse trials
A horse gallops up Warren Hill at sunrise at the Newmarket Gallops, which are used to train 3,000 horses on a daily basis
A Dutch gymnast is pictured in multiple exposure as they competed at the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships
One horse begins walking back to the stables after failing to jump on day one of the Grand National festival at Aintree, with the view across Melling road showing the race continuing over the fences
Fallers are seen following the chair jump during the Grand National, as jockey Derek Fox wins the famous race on Corack Pics
Young Everton fans approach a mural of Graeme Sharp near Goodison Park as the club battled against relegation back in May
Dust swells up on track as three riders compete for the lead during a stop on the British Speedway Championship in Poole
Stuart Broad, pictured with James Anderson, is given a guard of honour as he came out to bat for the last time in his career
Two spectators have perfect seats on the water to watch races at the famous Henley Royal Regatta rowing festival back in July
The famous Harlem Globetrotters basketball team entertained the crowd in Birmingham during the UK leg of their world tour
Oleksandr Usyk is pictured ahead of successfully defending his world heavyweight title against Daniel Dubois in Poland
England head coach Steve Borthwick appears in the shade ahead of their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Fiji in France
Sussex wicketkeeper Oli Carter shows off his Union Jack ‘Budgy Smuggler’ pants ahead of the County Championship season
Polish middleweight boxer Robert Talarek recovers after his defeat by Shakiel Thompson in a bruising bout in Manchester
Manchester City supporters gathered outside the Etihad Stadium to begin celebrating a third straight Premier League title
Wrexham manager Phil Parkinson has beer poured over him in the dressing room after the club’s promotion was secured
Defending champions South Africa were crowned Rugby World Cup winners for a record fourth time by beating New Zealand
Captain Siya Kolisi celebrates South Africa’s victory after edging the All Blacks 12-11 in a dramatic final at the Stade de France
Wales got up close with England a Rugby World Cup warm-up, particularly when George Martin’s shorts were pulled down
Declan Rice lifts the Europa Conference League trophy after West Ham beat Fiorentina 2-1 in the final in the Czech Republic
South African rugby supporters show their country’s colours outside a damp venue during the Rugby World Cup in France
The Open Championships returned to Royal Liverpool Golf Club at Hoylake as Brian Harman claimed his first major title
The crowds were determined to enjoy the action despite challenging weather conditions during the weekend’s two rounds
The heat was intense as Ben Stokes and his England team prepared for the first Ashes Test against Australia at Edgbaston
Fans got creative with their fancy dress at the Ashes as four friends show outside Edgbaston’s infamous Hollies stand
Dressing smart is key at Ascot as two racegoers show off their attire, including the addition of top hats, in the Royal enclosure
World number one Iga Swiatek serves as she sought progress through the women’s singles competition at Wimbledon
Friends dressing as the cast of Shrek appeared at Edgbaston, but Australia would win the opening Test match by two wickets