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Picture Desk Editors Pick Their Favorite 2016 Images

Getty Images picture desk editors have a nearly immediate front row look at events unfolding throughout the world, with the images captured by our photographers often reaching them in a matter of seconds. The sheer volume of photographs they see on a daily basis is astounding, with the best ones having a staying power that’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

Silent moments, major impact: These Olympic images are quietly powerful

Offering a visual reprieve for the over-stimulated mind and an invitation to explore our senses, these images capitalize on negative space, clean lines and simplicity. Here we silence the clamoring chaos of the world’s premier sporting event to find moments of stillness and grace amidst the chaos – and to experience the quiet restraint and […]

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 […]