Here Are Some of the Best Photos Taken from the Rio Summer Olympics 2016

Here Are Some of the Best Photos Taken from the Rio Summer Olympics 2016

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.

 

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13 Comments

Steven Gotz's picture

You missed a lot of really good ones from @joemcnallyphoto

Nick Pecori's picture

Can't disagree with that! Too many to choose from!

Henry Louey's picture

McNally was the one photographer that inspired me to take up photography. The man is a legand!

Richard Lefroy's picture

Fireworks/closing ceremony image near the top is from Beijing?

Lead image is not from Davos Pessos but from Getty photographer Cameron Spencer

Nick Pecori's picture

David, thank you for bringing attention to this. Do you have a link where I can confirm this photo for proper credit?

Elliot Haney's picture

Why hasn't this been edited yet? It's clear that Pessos stole the photo and posted it under his own account, why leave the link up? (sorry David, meant to reply to Nick and can't delete!)

Elliot Haney's picture

Why hasn't this been edited yet? It's clear that Pessos stole the photo and posted it under his own account, why leave the link up?

Nick Pecori's picture

Apologize the delay in addressing this issue. Lead image has been updated, and the stolen image has been reported to Flickr. Thanks to our readers stepping up and catching this! Thanks guys!

Paul Rutherford's picture

The diving heart photo is from 2012.

Tom Lew's picture

Just so damn cool. The human spirit.

All are great pictures. But based on these selections, you can tell that Joe McNally's shots really stand out from the crowd. Immersive, full of expression and not just another typical "freezing the moment using high shutter speed." For me the one that getting close to McNally's calibre is the picture showed Usain Bolt's smiling from the sidelines...