Getty Images @ Rio 2016 by the numbers:
- 120+ – people including an elite roster of award-winning specialist sports photographers
- 1.5+ million – images to be shot
- 62 / 100 – miles / km of state-of-the-art fiber optic cable that will link the photographers from within all 32 venues back to Getty Images editors based in the Main Olympic Press Center. This enables a picture to be transferred from the field of play to the web site in as little as 120 seconds.
- 360 – cameras
The photographers of Getty Images are planning to make this Rio 2106 Olympic Games “the most visual Olympics ever,” planning to shoot over 1.5 million images. 62 km of fiber-optic cabling makes it possible to send an image from any one of the 32 venues back to the gettyimages.com site in about 2 minutes to be processed, and over 85,000 of these images are then slated to be distributed worldwide. With about 360 cameras to be used by the sports photographers, it averages to over 4,000 images per camera.
To give us a glimpse of the gear, Michael Heiman tweeted and posted two pictures on his Instagram account of some of the lenses and cameras being prepared for the task.
Rio 2016 Olympic Games to be the most visual Olympics ever
Getty Images to take you up-close to the intensity and excitement of this world-class sporting event
New York, 20 July, 2016 – Getty Images, a world leader in visual communication, today announces it will be capturing the upcoming Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games with an elite roster of award-winning specialist sports photographers using innovative technology that will transform how the world experiences the Olympics.
Getty Images will deploy a team of over 120 people including an elite roster of award-winning specialist sports photographers. The expert photography team will shoot over 1.5 million images in Rio, of which over 85,000 will be distributed worldwide.
Getty Images will be leveraging approximately 62 miles (100 km) of state-of-the-art fiber optic cable onsite that will link the photographers from within all 32 venues back to Getty Images editors based in the Main Olympic Press Center. This enables a picture to be transferred from the field of play to the dedicated site www.gettyimages.com/olympics in as little as 120 seconds.
In addition to a gigapixel specialist shooting key venues and moments as 360° panoramas, all Getty Images photographers will be armed with 360 cameras, transporting viewers into the heart of the Olympic action. Overhead and underwater robotic cameras will capture coverage daily at ten athletics, gymnastics and aquatics venues.
“We anticipate 2016 to be the most visual Olympic Games yet as we bring our photographic excellence to capture the beauty of Rio and the intensity and excitement of this world-class sporting event. Our photographers’ original perspective on sports, gained through years of specialist sports photography experience, will ensure Getty Images captures the best and most unique Olympic moments as they happen,” said Ken Mainardis, Vice President, Sports Imagery and Services, Getty Images.
As a complement to its live coverage of the Olympic Games, Getty Images’ Hulton Archive offers one of the largest collections of Olympic imagery in the world. Its archival Olympic imagery dates back over 100 years to the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens. More than a century of iconic Olympic and Paralympic imagery can be viewed on Getty Images’ dedicated Olympic website gettyimages.com/Olympics.
To explore and share Getty Images best images from the Rio Olympics visit www.gettyimages.com/Olympics .