Tom Jenkins studied documentary photography under Magnum photographer David Hurn in Newport, South Wales, UK. In 1989, after finishing the course, he freelanced for the sports specialist agency Allsport, as well as The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Express. In 1990, Jenkins began to get regular commissions from The Guardian, and when The Guardian Media Group acquired The Observer, from that newspaper, too. Most of his work is sports-based, but he has also covered a variety of news events.
Jenkins has attended five FIFA World Cups, four summer Olympic Games, four Rugby World Cups, two Cricket World Cups, World Athletics Championships, the Commonwealth Games, and major tennis championships, including Wimbledon on 20 occasions. His numerous accolades include UK Young Press Photographer in 1990, UK Sports Photographer of the Year (five times), four awards at the BPPA’s 2008 The Press Photographer’s Year competition, 2003 Zurich Rugby Photographer of the Year, and the 2011 Barclays Premier League Photo of the Year. In the Moment, a retrospective of his work, was published in 2012 to coincide with an exhibition in London and Newcastle.