Pim Ras was born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands and first knew that he wanted to be a sports photographer at the age of eight, after going to a football match at the local Feyenoord stadium. His attention was drawn more by the sports photographers and their telephoto lenses than the game itself. Eight years later, his dream came true when he was asked to take photos for an Ajax football team program. But his career truly began after making contact with the cycle-photographer Cor Vos and the newspaper for which Ras still does most of his work, the Algemeen Dagblad. For the past 25 years, Ras has been active with the paper and it sports section AD Sportwereld and, after winning the 1998 Canon Sports Photo prize, became its first sports photographer. He has covered four Olympic Games and two Winter Olympics, as well as eight European and World Cup football championships for the paper.
In addition to sports photography, Ras covers news topics and shoots portraits for the Algemeen Dagblad, and also works for Panorama magazine and Voetbal International. He is represented by the Hollandse Hoogte photo agency. Ras has won numerous prizes in his career, including, in 2009, the Zilveren Camera—the highest Dutch award for news photography, for his coverage of an attack on the royal family.