One of my favorite photographers is one I found on Flickr: Rye Voelkel (Flickr: toksuede).
He makes photos at football matches all over Europe, all year long. Next to the national competitions he has also shot the World Cup 2010 in South Africa and the Champions League Final 2010.
Ryu Voelkel will not soon be found on the front page of a newspaper, because he approaches his profession in a special way. He tweaks all possible aspects of his photo: shutter time, aperture, light, composition, you name it! This makes his photo more of an art piece, than a news capture.
Without a doubt, one of my favorite photographers, who I will keep following on Flickr for a long time to come.