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When I was standing under the roof above the top of the 10-meter platform and saw these young kids performing breathtaking jumps, I realized this was not a sport for wimps.

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Ezra Shaw, a Getty Images photographer, shoots divers at the 14th FINA World Championships:

“Like any event, I am always trying to get something a little different each day. We had just got a 800mm lens shipped in from London and I decided to take it over to the diving pool and see what I could get. I set up down on the pool deck for the men’s 3-meter springboard prelims. After the first diver went, I realized it was going to be much more difficult to capture the type of images I wanted because the divers were jumping so fast, and the 800mm lens was so tight. However, I started to get the hang of it, and by the end of the session, I got a handful of pictures that I really liked showing the different faces of the divers.”

All photographs by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

Yahel Castillo of Mexico

Jonathan Joernfalk of Sweden

Kai Qin of China

Espen Valhein of Norway

Sho Sakai of Japan

Sergej Baziuk of Lithuania

Rashid Alharbi of Kuwait

Qin Kai of China

Kristian Ipsen of the U.S.A.

Yorick De Bruijn of the Netherlands

Paola Espinosa of Mexico dives during the women’s 10-meter Platform event.

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