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Getty Images appointed Official Photographer for M2006

15 Nov 05 00:43
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15 November 2005

Getty Images, the world’s leading photography agency, has been appointed Official Photographer for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Building on its strength in sports photography and ongoing association with the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF), Getty Images will deploy 16 talented photographers from Australia and abroad to capture the defining moments that make up the 12 day event.

The Getty Images team will also include seven picture editors and a support team to ensure full coverage of all events, including the opening and closing ceremonies.

“This appointment recognises our reputation as the leading photography agency and our experienced, passionate and award-winning team of photographers,” says Getty Images Vice President Asia Pacific, James Nicholls.

“As official photographer, we will ensure the latest imagery from the Games is accessible globally via within minutes of the action taking place.

“With 71 nations competing across 16 sports and 24 disciplines, we are thrilled to be a part of this major sporting event once again.”

Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Mr John Harnden, welcomed Getty’s involvement with the Games.

“As the Official Photographer for the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, we’re delighted to welcome Getty Images on board,” Mr Harnden said.

“It will be a pleasure to work with the Getty team as they help to capture the multitude of magic moments from the biggest sporting and cultural event that Melbourne has ever hosted.”

The Getty Images library maintains the most extensive archive of images from the Commonwealth Games spanning the last 30 years, with further coverage of the Empire/Commonwealth Games dating back to the mid 1930s.

Accredited as photographic partner to more than 50 international sports governing bodies, Getty Images is official photography agency for the International Olympic Committee and has a growing number of agreements with national Olympic federations and other national sporting organisations around the world.

Images taken in the lead up to, and during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, can be obtained by contacting Luke Deayton at Getty Images on (02) 9004 2250.
The Games will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness 4500 elite athletes from 71 nations taking part in the XVIII Commonwealth Games to be held from 15-26 March 2006.

For further information on the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games, go to


About Getty Images

Getty Images is the world’s leading creator and distributor of visual content and the first place creative professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage imagery. The company’s award-winning photographers and imagery help customers create inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites. Headquartered in Seattle, WA and serving customers in more than 100 countries, Getty Images believes in the power of imagery to drive positive change, educate, inform, and entertain. Visit Getty Images at

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Kylie Speer
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
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