Photographer Trevor Jones, who forged a long and successful career covering sport and horseracing, has died at the age of 72.

Trevor covered racing around the world in a career which spanned more than 40 years.

Marcus Townend, president of the Horserace Writers and Photographers Association, said: “Trevor was a very modest man but he was recognised among his colleagues as being an outstanding photographer which was reflected in his long, successful career. He was respected and very popular in the press room and he will be sadly missed.”

For much of his time working in racing, Trevor lived in Worlington near Newmarket.

Trevor’s work was seen in Pacemaker International magazine for over two decades. He also took photographs for Juddmonte Stud for two decades, taking many pictures of the superstar racehorse turned stallion Frankel.

Many more studs commissioned Trevor to take pictures of their stallions, mares and foals.

Trevor was made the first official photographer of the Dubai World Cup at its inception in 1996.

Before focussing on horseracing, Trevor covered sporting events around the world for Allsport. Among his photographs was one of Diego Maradona during the 1986 World Cup which featured on the front of Sports Illustrated in America.

Trevor, together with his wife, Gill, ran their own freelance agency, Thoroughbred Photography Limited,  from their home in Worlington from the mid 1990s until Trevor retired in 2015.

Cameras had always been part of Trevor’s working life. He started with a job in a camera shop in Eastbourne before graduating to cover events from World Cup football to Wimbledon.

When he retired, shortly before undergoing major heart surgery at Papworth Hospital, he and  Gill moved back to the south coast to be closer to their family.