Ultimate Photo Archives by UltiPhotos

The Ultimate Photo Archives  is an ambitious project to create a lasting legacy of Ultimate photography dating back to the beginning of the sport.  The Archives will chronicle the history of our sport through memorable images and will serve as a central location to find and rediscover photos from Ultimate’s first four decades.   They’ll serve as a long-lasting resource of photos for the Ultimate community to view, free of charge. 

The Ultimate Photo Archives is presented by UltiPhotos, who will build and host this comprehensive archive of Ultimate photos.  The Ultimate community has trusted UltiPhotos and its team of professional photographers to provide world-class photography to showcase Ultimate since 2008.

UltiPhotos was inspired in part by the many fantastic photographers who came before and devoted countless hours behind the lens, in the darkroom, and at the computer in a labor of love to produce great images of our sport.  Ultimate is currently experiencing rapid growth at the youth level and increased recognition around the world.  As we enter Ultimate’s 6th decade, we want to assemble a photo history to recognize those who built the sport and showcase the photographers who captured these key moments before their photo collections are lost to time. 

The "UP Archives" are dedicated to showcasing these great photographers and their amazing work, and reconnecting players from across the generations to memories from the Ultimate events they cherish.

UltiPhotos is dedicated to diversity in its photo coverage.  We will strive for diversity across the archive collections by gender, geography, era, and level of competition.  Additionally, we are committed to highlighting underrepresented groups to recognize their historic contributions and raise visibility to encourage a more diverse ultimate in the future.  For example, we will pull highlights from all coverage to create a “Black Alumni through the Decades” collection featuring those who helped found the sport.

A project of such a grand scale will take a lot of work and we need your help!  We have already identified dozens of photographers with collections worthy of including in the Archives.  For each photographer, we will make a detailed survey of their photo collections.  We will then begin the painstaking process to catalogue, digitize (where necessary), upload, organize, and present each contributed collection in the Archives.  Fortunately, we already have several photographers who are interested in being a part of our project!  Please help us bring photos from Ultimate photography legends such as Karl Cook, Dan Hyslop, Scobel Wiggins, and Andrew Davis to a permanent home in the Ultimate Photography Archives. Check out our archives preview, and see our rewards below!

Regionals Tier*

Min. $10 - We will acknowledge you on our Archives’ sponsors web page!

Min. $25 - Receive a thank you postcard from UltiPhotos

*Regionals Tier rewards will also apply to all higher tiers

Nationals Tier

Min. $50 - Get a medium-res digital download of the photo of your choice

Min. $75 - Get a high-res digital download of the photo of your choice

Min. $100 - Choose a 5x7 print to be shipped to you

Worlds Tier

Min. $250 -  Choose one of the following rewards: 

·       A one year mini-subscription to Ultiworld for you or a friend (5 available)

·       A copy of the ULTIMATE-The First Five Decades, Vol. I Ultimate History book by Joe Seidler (10 copies available)

·       A copy of the ULTIMATE-The First Five Decades, Vol. II Ultimate History book by Joe Seidler (5 copies available)
Hall of Fame Tier

Min. $350 – You will be recognized as the sponsor of a dedicated collection within the Archives.

Min. $500 – You get to choose one of the Archives features or initial priorities (e.g. photos from a certain event, photographer, team, etc.) subject to coverage availability. You will be recognized as a sponsor of that section of the Archives.

We will contact you about your reward!  All rewards include free shipping. Donations may be made in memory of someone or in honor of a team of your choice.

Funding for the Ultimate Photo Archives project will go to operational and archival costs associated with building the Archives.  The more funding this project receives, the more photography collections we can add to the Archives.  Hall of Fame donations may be targeted to prioritize specific projects, e.g. archives for a tournament like Fools Fest, archives for events presented by a disc organization like NY Disc, or to support the incorporation of archive photos from a specific photographer.
  • Alan Goldenberg 
    • $50 
    • 11 mos
    • $50 
    • 14 mos
  • Nob Rauch 
    • $350 
    • 14 mos
  • David Blau 
    • $25 
    • 14 mos
  • Heather Waugh 
    • $40 
    • 17 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

UltiPhotos . 
Pittsburgh, PA
Kevin Leclaire