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The Associated Press (AP) was founded in 1846 in the USA at the initiative of six New York newspapers in order to collectively cope with the financial cost of covering all the events of the time, most notably the US War in Mexico (1846-1848).
Today it is the largest international news agency in the world with its photographic, television and journalism divisions operating in 250 locations worldwide.
Every day more than half of the world’s population watches the news produced by the agency.
The Athens Photo World hosts photos, courtesy of the AP, in its digital projections program from the first modern Olympic Games in 1896 in Athens until the Rio Olympics in 2016. A total of 63 photos were selected from AP’s huge and historical archive, depicting the most characteristic moments of the protagonists as well as the special moments over these 120 years.
Through the choice of images that we present, the viewer can see the evolution of humanity through sports but also the evolution of the photographic medium.
From archival black and white snapshots to the speed of the digital era:
The static shots of the 1896 Olympics in Athens.
The legendary American track and field athlete Jesse Owens in 1938 in Berlin, shortly before the outbreak of World War II.
The first Olympics of 1948 in London, after the catastrophic war, with the athletes starting on the dirt track.
The full stadiums of 1952 in Helsinki.
Athletes in steeplechase in Melbourne 1956.
The Lighting of the Olympic Flame in Ancient Olympia for Rome 1960.
Eighteen-year-old Cassius Clay –later Muhammad Ali– competing in the semi-finals of the 1960 Rome Olympics. Clay eventually won his one and only Olympic gold medal.
Snapshots from the torch relay for Tokyo 1964 and the decathlon athlete crossing the bar with one shoe.
The 200-meters finish of Tommie Smith and John Carlos in Mexico City 1968 and their raised black-gloved fists during the medal ceremony, one of the most important political reactions of athletes in the history of the Olympic Games.
Mark Spitz at Munich 1972 with his five gold medals in swimming, the first athlete to achieve this success.
The opening ceremony of Montreal 1976 and the absolute protagonist, the first perfect 10, the Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci.
Misha, the bear of the 1980 Moscow Olympics, the most famous Olympic mascot.
Speedster Olympic medallist Carl Lewis, the admirable attempt of Swiss marathon runner Gabriela Andersen-Scheiss to finish while suffering a heatstroke and American diver Greg Louganis at Los Angeles 1984.
Pole vaulter Sergey Bubka, winning the gold medal in 1988 for the then Soviet Union.
NBA professionals making team sports history with their participation in the 1992 Barcelona Games. The best team ever, the so-called Dream Team with the two top-ranking athletes, Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, won the gold medal.
A century after the first modern Olympics, Turkish weightlifter Naim Suleymanoglu and American Michael Johnson, are the absolute stars in Atlanta in 1996.
Cathy Freeman, in her stunning sportswear, being the last torchbearer to light the cauldron in Sydney in 2000.
The unforgettable opening ceremony of the Athens 2004 Olympics, the classic route of the Marathon with the unexpected incidents of the race, as well as the absolute protagonist of the games, the American swimmer Michael Phelps.
Jamaican Usain Bolt with his smashing victories and incredible records and pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva from Russia, the best athlete of the year, during Beijing 2008.
Kobe Bryant standing out with his impressive dunk shot, American gymnast Gabrielle Douglas and the women’s teams of synchronized swimming and rhythmic gymnastics at London 2012
This photographic journey through time closes with images from track cycling, swimming and artistic gymnastics from the last Olympics held in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Photos courtesy of Greg Baker, Mark Baker, Rebecca Blackwell, Luca Bruno, Gregory Bull, Victor R. Caivano, Lionel Cironneau, Richard Drew, Raoul Fornezza, Kevin Frayer, Morry Gash, Eric Gay, David Guttenfelder, Julie Jacobson, Lee Jin-man, Thomas Kienzle, Stephanie Maze, Lennox McClendon, Sadayuki Mikami, Doug Mills, Oliver Multhaup, Anja Niedringhaus, David J. Phillip, Micheal Probst, Susan Ragan, Eric Risberg, Koji Sasahara, Stephan Sevoia, David Tenenbaum, Mark J. Terrill, Suzanne Vlamis.
AP Photo Rebecca Blackwell
AP Photo Lee Jin-man
European Pressphoto Agency – EPA
EPA was founded in 1985 by seven European news agencies.
Today it has nine shareholders, all market leaders in their respective countries.
On September 24, 2020 our dear colleague Srdjan Suki, known as Suki, passed away at the age of 52. The Athens Photo World presents some of the most iconic photos he shot from 2011 to 2019. Suki travelled to every corner of the globe to exclusively cover Formula 1 races for his agency. He was truly the photographic legend of the Balkans and one of the first to work for the European Pressphoto Agency from the moment it was founded.
We at ΕΡΑ are sorry to report the news of the passing of Suki, one of ΕΡΑ’s long standing photographers, joining ΕΡΑ 27 years ago in 1993.
Suki started his career in 1988 working for local Serbian newspapers and then after joining ΕΡΑ, he went on to cover everything from breaking news and the Balkan conflicts, the war in Iraq, to G8 Summits, the Pope, the World Cup and Euro Cup football, and many other sporting events around the world. For the last ten years, he travelled the world covering the entire Formula One Grand Prix circuit. He was a larger than life character who loved photojournalism and left a lasting impression on everyone he encountered”.
Statement European Pressphoto Agency (EPA)
In addition to Suki’s F1 photo section, the European Pressphoto Agency presents at APW2021 aesthetically perfect and technically difficult shots from the MotoGP World Championship.
Apart from Srdjan Suki, contributing EPA photographers are Christian Bruna, Martin Divisek, Toru Hanai, Fazry Ismail, Filip Singer, Larry W. Smith, Valdrin Xhemaj.
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Reuters is an international news agency founded 170 years ago. Its journalists work around the world based on the Trust Principles, according to which Reuters broadcasts the news impartially, with integrity, independence and freedom.
Reuters is supporting the Athens Photo World once again this year, offering ten different sports-content sections for its digital projections.
The first two present the most successful Greek athletes worldwide.
Giannis Antetokounbo with twelve photos of sports action wearing the number 34 of the Milwaukee Bucks from 2016 to 2019, but also with the Greece National Basketball Team at the 2019 Basketball World Cup in China.
Photos by Vincent Carchietta, Greg M. Cooper, Cary Edmondson, Jeff Hanisch, Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports, Steve Mitchell, Benny Sieu, Edgar Su & Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters.
Stefanos Tsitsipas is consistently in the top five of the best tennis athletes in the world in recent years. Twelve photos from his career and his spontaneous reactions in London, Geneva and Melbourne in 2019 and 2021.
REUTERS photographers are Pierre Albouy, Asanka Brendon, Loren Elliott, Jaimi Joy, Peter Nicholls.
Through the amazing collection of Reuters Wider Images, our eight standalone subjects take us to every corner of the globe to see the following:
In Britain and on empty football fields for the last year due to the pandemic, through the photos of Carl Recine.
Two photographic projects by Kim Kyung-Hoon: the Japan Veterans Rugby Club, a project that won 3rd prize at World Press Photo 2020 and in the Sports Stories category.
The Japanese Kenta Kambara through his daily preparation to present a dance with his wheelchair at the opening and closing ceremony of the 2020 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo.
The daily persistent effort and will of a women’s boxing team in Pakistan through the photos of Akhtar Soomro.
The Football Academy in Cameroon where 70 girls from poor areas are chasing the dream of football recognition under the guidance of professional coaches. Photos by Zohra Bensemra.
Staying on the African continent we meet the first female professional windsurf athlete. The photos were shot in Senegal by Zohra Bensemra and depict the passion for sport and distinction.
Lucy Nicholson photographs a community of 38,500 people in Sun City, Arizona, with an average age of 72.5 years. The elderly can participate in any activity they want, from dancing to synchronised swimming.
The digital projection of Reuters closes with 28 photos by B. Rentsendorj from camel races in Mongolia.
REUTERS Loren Elliott
REUTERS Kim Kyung-Hoon
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EUROKINISSI agency was founded in the autumn of 1989 by a group of friends with a common love for photography. Its main activity is the photographic recording of events and the distribution of photographs (printed at the time) in the daily and periodical Greek press.
EUROKINISSI with well-known and renowned contributors-photographers records daily, reliably and fast, all the current events in every field, but also the sports news in Greece and abroad.
The 19 photos from the EUROKINISSI archive include the most important achievements of Greek sports clubs from 1968 to 2018.
The first European basketball trophy, the FIBA European Cup, won by AEK over Slavia Praha (89-82) at the Kallimarmaro Stadium.
The entrance of Panathinaikos FC at Wembley Stadium in London for the final of the 1971 European Cup. Ajax eventually prevailed 2-0, but the match remains until today the only participation of a Greek club team in a final of what was later rebranded as Champions League.
The wins by PAOK in 1991 and Aris in 1993 of the FIBA European Cup.
The lifting in 1997 by Olympiacos of the FIBA Euroleague trophy, and the famous block on the buzzer by Stojan Vrankovic a year earlier which gave Panathinaikos its first Euroleague honors.
The celebration of Krzysztof Warzycha in 1996 after scoring the winning goal for Panathinaikos against Ajax in Amsterdam in the semi-final of the Champions League.
The success of NC Vouliagmeni winning the European Water Polo Cup in 1997.
The Saporta Cup trophy in basketball won by AEK in 2000 and Maroussi in 2001.
The celebration of Dimitris Diamantidis and his coach Zeljko Obradovic in 2011
after Panathinaikos’ victory in the Euroleague
The only conquest of the European trophy Challenge Cup by AC Diomidis Argous in handball with the celebration of Georgios Zaravinas in 2012.
The second trophy conquest of Olympiacos in the Euroleague 2012 with the shot of Georgios Printezis.
Celebrations of the women’s polo team of Olympiacos with the Euroleague trophy in 2015.
AEK in the 2018 Basketball Champions League.
The reactions of the women’s volleyball team of Olympiacos in 2018 with the victory in the final of the Challenge Cup.
Familiar moments that captivated millions of Greek fans regardless of their club preference, at a time when the newspapers were the only print media. Even today, when the speed of the internet communicates the success of the teams faster, photography retains a timeless value in the recording of any sporting event.
The photos were taken by Ellio Castoria, Thomas Chrisohoidis, Markos Houzouris, Takis Sagias, Panagiotis Stolis, Ahmet Tockay
EUROKINISSI Panagiotis Stolis
INTIME sports & news is one of the largest photo agencies of the country with its archive going back to 1950. Its photographers cover daily sports and news events throughout Greece and abroad.
With the selection of photos it granted to APW2021 for its Digital Projections program, the agency focuses on the three greatest successes of Greek sports, basketball and football, at the level of national teams, and closes with the most successful sports sailing duo in the history of the Olympic Games. It covers the period from 1987 to 2014.
In the INTIME photo gallery we see:
The National Basketball Team of 1987 conquering the Eurobasket trophy, 34 years ago in Athens. Unforgettable moments for those who were there and celebrated it, at a time when Greece was significantly different. Since then, the success of Nikos Galis, Panagiotis Giannakis and the other athletes has changed the relationship of the Greeks with sports.
Greece’s second Eurobasket Championship triumph in 2005 after defeating Germany in the finals in Belgrade.
The second place success at the World Championship in Japan with a formidable victory over the mighty USA in the semi-finals. Basketball was the most popular sport for several years.
The biggest surprise and sporting success of all time, in any sport on a global level, in July 2004 in Portugal when the Greek national football team won Euro2004, defeating the host country 1-0 with a header by Angelos Charisteas. The euphoria and celebrations of millions of Greeks lasted all summer.
The Athens 2004 Olympic Games in August of the same year.
The gold medal achievements of Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa in the Saronic Gulf in the sport of sailing. Bekatorou is the most successful Greek athlete with two Olympic gold medals. She is also a four-time world champion and three-time European Champion. Almost all of these accomplishments were achieved along with Tsoulfa.
The 24 photos of the sports section of InTime Sports & News Photo Agency have been shot by Argyris Makris, Yorgos Matthaios, and the friend and colleague who we will never forget and who will always be in our hearts, Spyros Pantazatos 1972-2010.