Ronald C. Modra was a Sports Illustrated photographer for 25 years. He has seventy SI covers to his credit and several of his photographs were selected forSports Illustrated's 40 Best of All Time and The Century's Best Sports Photos. He is also the two-time winner of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Best Photo of the Year award.
He has shot covers for some 200 publications worldwide and contributed to dozens of publications including Time, Newsweek, People, National Geographic, Playboy, New York Magazine, TV Guide, Philadelphia and Parade to name a few.
A frequent contributor of fishing, outdoor, and travel photography, Modra’s work has appeared in publications and websites including Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, outdoorlife.com, Saltwater Sportsman, Sport Fishing, Sports Afield, Gray's Sporting Journal, Florida Travel & Life, Florida Sportsman, Power & Motoryacht, American Airlines' American Way , Diversion Magazine, espn.com, and ezoutdoors.com.
Modra is one of eight photographers to be selected for an international photo exibit at the IGFA (The International Game Fish Association) Hall of Fame in Dania, Florida and he is currently leading photo safaris for Guy Harvey Outpost to exotic locales including The Galapagos Islands.
Modra has done commercial work for Coca-Cola, Kellogg's, Reebok, Easton, Dodge, Slimfast, Columbia Sportswear, The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Florida Keys Tourism Council, and NASCAR IMAGES, among others.
He has contributed to many books including Baseball in America, The NBA: 50 Years, and A Day in the Life of the NHL, The Great Book of NASCAR Lists, as well as several Sports Illustrated books including The Baseball Book, Slideshow, and The Covers. He has also published thirteen collaborative books with his wife, writer M.B. Roberts, including Bear's Boys: 36 Men Whose Lives Were Shaped by Coach Bear Bryant (Thomas Nelson, 2007), and a series of illustrated how-to books including Soccer: The Player's Handbook, and Rugby: The Player’s Handbook (both Sterling Publishing, 2010) and A Baseball Life: Four Decades Inside the Game (Zapbam), a collection of Modra's photographs and essays by Bob Costas, Tim Kurkjian, Peter Gammons, Tom Verducci and Leigh Montville as well as an foreword by MLB Commissioner Allan H. "Bud" Selig.
Modra has created album and book cover photography for country music stars including Brad Paisley, Brooks & Dunn, and Travis Tritt. He has shot feature stories and concert photography for performers including Merle Haggard, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Toby Keith and the Mavericks, among others.
Modra’s stock photography is available on Getty Images.