Al Bello graduated with a Liberal Arts degree from the University of New York at Stony Brook in 1989. In March of 1990 Al worked as Darkroom Manager for The Ring boxing magazine. Al soon found his way by photographing boxing on a weekend basis while processing, and printing film during the week. In 1993 Al landed a position as a junior photographer at Allsport which is now a part of Getty images.
Since Joining Getty, Al has become Chief Sports Photographer in North America on a very talented staff. He is assigned to cover major sporting events and people in sport worldwide. He has just covered his 11th Olympic Games this past Summer in Rio De Janeiro Brazil. He has been lucky enough to have shot portraits from Mike Tyson to Michael Phelps. He has shot picture stories from Cockfighting in Puerto Rico to Santa Claus School in Michigan.
Al has won various awards from World Press Photo, National Press Photographers Association, and most recently been named this year’s Pictures of the Year International Sports Photographer of the Year.