Sweden v England: Quarter Final - 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

The World Cup Through a Different Lens

There is a staggering amount of natural beauty in World Cup photography -- moments made up of spell-casting shadows, vibrant colors, aerial acrobatics, that are inherently stunning. But there is also an opportunity to capture the tournament's surreal motion and gritty details through inventive angles and creative concepts in ways that catch you off guard. Here are some of our choices for the most striking looks at the World Cup through a unique lens.

COOLING OFF Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images COOLING OFF Croatia is on fire, thanks in part to the inspired play of this guy, Luka Modric. GRAND OPENING Hector Vivas/Getty Images GRAND OPENING Russian fans were fired up after opening the 2018 World Cup with a win over Saudi Arabia. LUDICROUS SPEED Robert Cianflone - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images LUDICROUS SPEED France's 19-year-old phenom Kylian Mbappe is scary fast.

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HUDDLE UP Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images HUDDLE UP One of the perks of being an official FIFA photographer? You get to hear the pre-game speech. GUESS WHO Stuart Franklin - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images GUESS WHO This Brazilian star's haircut was the talk of the town at the start of the tournament. A STADIUM FOR ANTS? Matthias Hangst/Getty Images A STADIUM FOR ANTS? With so many photographers in attendance comes the opportunity to see the World Cup from all angles, shapes, and sizes. MIS AMIGOS David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images MIS AMIGOS You don't need color to sense the joy of Mexico players during an unforgettable upset of defending champion Germany. GOING STREAKING David Ramos - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images GOING STREAKING England's Harry Maguire races for the ball against Sweden's Marcus Berg in their quarterfinal match at Samara Arena. TAKING SHAPE Francois Nel/Getty Images TAKING SHAPE The World Cup stadiums provided stunning backdrops, like this shapely shot of Nizhny Novgorod Stadium. WHAT IS THIS, SORCERY? Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images WHAT IS THIS, SORCERY? Brazil may have fallen short of the finals, but Neymar looked dazzling in this surreal shot during their quarter-final match with Belgium. FRENCH CONNECTION Michael Regan - FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images FRENCH CONNECTION The quiet moments of the World Cup, like this one between French teammates Hugo Lloris and Antoine Griezmann, are equally as powerful — and beautiful as action shots.

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