This year marks the 54th rendition of a contest Joe Weider dreamed up one evening as he and Larry Scott were kicking back with a couple of brews, pondering bodybuilding’s future. From such humble beginnings an event would be born that is recognized today as the pinnacle of bodybuilding achievement.

The Mr. Olympia has provided unforgettable memories, and thanks to numerous talented photographers, these indelible memories have stood the test of time. Whether they capture moments of onstage drama or backstage tension or they simply convey the inherent artistry of bodybuilding, these pictures deserve special recognition, as do the photographers who took them.

Larry Scott

The Complete Mr. Olympia Winners Gallery

Take a look at the men who make up the most exclusive club in bodybuilding.

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