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Year in Focus 2016: A look at the most awe-inspiring, heartbreaking, and shocking moments of the year

In 2016 we saw many things through our photographers’ eyes. There were images that filled our social media feeds and saddened us: rhinos with bloody holes where their horns should be and innocent people wounded or killed in unspeakable acts of terror. There were images that lifted us: that viral shot of Usain Bolt smiling […]

How Cameron Spencer shot this viral photo of the ‘fastest man in the world’

“When shooting the world’s fastest man you always need to be on your toes and ready.” Usain Bolt has once again secured his title of fastest man in the world. If there’s one photo that demonstrates the speed, talent and playfulness of the Jamacain sprinter, it would be this shot taken by Getty Images photographer Cameron Spencer […]

What’s life in Rio really like? See for yourself

Rio is my fifth Olympic games and I am covering everything but the sports so it’s really giving me a different perspective on the Olympics. I’m seeing it from outside the comforts of the Olympic world and instead from the peoples’ view, which is really great. This was the very first picture I shot when […]

Can you believe these amazing shots from Rio 2016 were taken with robotic cameras?

The introduction of robotic cameras to the repertoire of technology photographers use has been game changing. Photographers can now shoot from inventive angles that were never before possible, allowing us to all see the Olympics from new vantage points. Getty Images photographer Richard Heathcote shares some of his favorite images he’s taken from Rio using […]

Rio 2016: Cycling like you’ve never seen it before

I have been working as a photojournalist for 18 years, but Rio is my first Olympic experience.I would say that I have been waiting for this my whole professional life. It has been a privilege to cover the games for Getty Images alongside so many great photographers and I am enjoying every second. Embed from […]

The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Olympics

Body language is a powerful communication tool. Through a simple pose a person can display a range of emotions, from power to pride to grief, without saying a single word. “We make sweeping judgments and inferences from body language,” social psychologist and author Amy Cuddy said in her viral TED talk. “Those judgments can predict enormously […]

Countdown to Rio: 50 Days, 50 Moments

As the countdown continues to Rio 2016, follow along as we deliver a daily dose of unforgettable moments and iconic images from Summer Olympics past.   London, 2012: Mo knows. #50Days50Moments The expression says it all. #MoFarah of Great Britain celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win #gold ahead of Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel of […]

Rio 2016: These photos show why gymnasts are so amazing

As the world watches, Getty Images photographers are busy covering every sport at the Olympics. And gymnastics is one of the most beautiful. “Gymnastics is very fast and intense,” Getty Images photographer David Ramos said. “With photography we have a unique ability to freeze time. I was not able to see how gymnast Jiaxin Tan […]

How intense is Olympic Table Tennis? Look at these photos

Table tennis is a very fast-paced sport that is played in a confined space, and we are constantly looking for an artistic view of the action and reaction. Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty […]

Rio 2016: The story behind these futuristic fencing photos

Preparation and research are the first things you do before stepping foot inside a venue. Depending on your shooting position, you’ll cover off the basic action first. Then you’ll get a chance to be creative and come up with different, more artistic pictures. Embed from Getty Images   Embed from Getty Images   The bright […]

The story behind this Opening Ceremony image, shot from Rio’s favelas

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony was held at Rio’s legendary Maracana Stadium, built for the 1950 World Cup. One of Rio’s oldest ‘favelas,’ or informal communities, Mangueira stands on a hillside above the stadium. In Rio the striking gaps between rich and poor are often clearly visible, with ‘favela’ communities located alongside wealthier […]

How a sports marketing pioneer broke her way into the boys club

It’s no secret that, historically, the sports world has been a male-dominated industry. While many strides have been made and women are more vocal than ever — like the US Women’s Soccer team’s recent lawsuit for wage discrimination – gender equality still has a long way to go. In 2015 for example, only 26% of […]

Who’s Behind the Visual Appeal of Olympic Uniforms? These Top Designers

Olympics season is upon us, and for many, getting a look at each nation’s competitive and ceremonial uniforms is half the fun. This year, design superstars such as Ralph Lauren, Stella McCartney, Lacoste, Dsquared2, and Armani have been selected to outfit their country’s athletes in functional yet stylish performance wear – all while working on [...]

Get a taste of Rio 2016 with these insane underwater photos

“There’s nothing better to me than having an idea in my head and then implementing it into my work.” With the Rio Olympics just a few weeks away, Getty Images’ all-star photography team is gearing up for the big event. Years of hard work and planning go into ensuring that our photographers are prepared when […]

See the messy, grimy, sweaty side of the Olympics

As days increasingly become driven by 2D interactions, abstract concepts and sanitized experiences, people crave a connection to the corporeal, especially in imagery. As a result, the brute force and physicality of sport holds a guttural, visceral appeal like never before. Getty Images search data reveals this increasing hunger for the super-sensory—think: grimy, sweaty, bloody, […]

Entertainment photographer focuses his lens on the Summer Olympics

From the Cannes Film Festival to the front row of Paris Fashion Week, Getty Images Entertainment photographer Pascal Le Segretain can be found capturing celebrities at the most glamorous events. But every four years, he steps off the red carpet and onto the world’s biggest stage—the Summer Olympics. “Every photographer waits in anticipation for the […]

Video: The Symphony of Sport

“I often say the really great sports photographers have an appreciation of sport almost like music…They watch action as if it is rhythm. And it’s when the rhythm gets to that point that they know makes pictures, that they start shooting. The moment it becomes like dance, that’s when it makes great pictures.” – Ken […]

Photographer Adam Pretty on the unexpected moments that keep him passionate

“Shooting a live action event, it’s almost like a condensed version of everyday life.” Photographer Adam Pretty has been to almost every corner of the world, including time spent living in Sydney, LA, Beijing, Tokyo and Munich. Hear the stories behind some of his most iconic images and find out what keeps him hungry for […]