One more has passed, the event that unites the world together showcasing the best athletes on earth has come to a close in Brazil. We witnessed triumph, we witnessed heartbreak, legacies stamped, and living legends made. Packed in the two weeks of the summer Olympic games were hundreds of special moments, some even iconic that we'll remember for years to come. And it was up to the photographers to make sure these moments would live on forever.
Photo agencies like Getty images had a crew of over 120 people including photographers and editors worked around the clock to deliver up-to-the-minute photos across the globe.
“This is the most visual Olympic Games yet,” Getty Images’ Vice President of Sports Ken Mainardis tells PetaPixel. “All up, we are on course to shoot around 1.5 million photos – about an average of 83,000 images each day – over the 16 days of the event.
It doesn't stop there, while 83,000 images are taken per day from just one agency, there is an elaborate network set up to logistically deliver images at the fastest speeds possible. How fast do you ask?
"The digital world demands we get these iconic images onto gettyimages.com at the quickest possible speeds and we have over 62 miles of fiber optic network cables enabling us to connect our photographer’s cameras from the key photo positions inside all of the Olympic venues, directly back to our editors to get images from camera to customer in as little as 59 seconds,” Mainardis says.
It truly is amazing not only the amount images that are moving but how they still retain com quality in the process. It explains the immense pressure these agencies go through with a worldwide spectacle like the Olympics.
Here are just some of the million photos taken from the 2016 Summer games, happy scrolling! What are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!
Lead image from Jorge Andrade's Flickr Under The Creative Commons.