Getty Images is official photographic agency for Olympics

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Mumbai, Jul 29 (UNI) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has appointed Getty Images as its official photographic agency for the Beijing Olympics.

Getty Images' sports specialist photographers will again be providing live updates of every sports and medal event at the Beijing Olympics starting on August 8 via direct feeds to the world's media and a live stream on www.gettyimages.com/editorial, a release issued here today stated.

This coverage will be exclusively sourced to the Indian market and rest of the South Asian market by Visage Images, Master delegate of Getty Images.

This year Getty Images will deploy 40 photographers toting 160 cameras with a combined weight of more than 400kg. 750,000 pictures are supposed to be taken, of which 30,000 will be publicly released.

As official image partners of the IOC since 1988, Getty Images will be providing extensive visual coverage of the Beijing Olympic 2008.

A fiber optic network will link all 31 venues at which its photographers are shooting, allowing them to file straight to the main base. This will enable the picture to be transferred form the track to its website in less than two minutes, meaning that at the finish of the 100m sprint it might feasibly have photos at news desk around the world before the winner is halfway through the lap of honour.

''Getty Images believes in telling stories through images and capturing stunning moments that can never be replicated. With hundreds of photographers covering all the venues and events, Visage Images, Master Delegate of Getty Images is poised to bring these images to India and rest of South Asian markets,'' Vijay Chintamaneni, CEO of Visage Media Services said.

He also indicated a 24x7 back-up service wherein a special team has been set-up to attend all client queries.

Getty Images has images from 1968 that covers 20 summer and Winter Olympic Games and have been awarded as the IOC's official Photographic Agency since 1988.

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