– Swedish photographer Linnea Rheborg has been selected for a year-long sport photographer internship with Getty Images
– Launched in conjunction with Women’s Sport Trust, Cerno Capital and Canon, the internship aims to support diversity in the sports industry and contribute to a more positive and varied portrayal in the media of inspirational sportswomen
Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, has announced the successful applicants of the industry’s first ever female sport photographer internship. Swedish photographer Linnea Rheborg will join UK photographer Naomi Baker as the two candidates to take up the paid internship, chosen from nearly 250 global applicants.
Rheborg, aged 26 from Täby, is now based at Getty Images’ London office in Camden for the next 12 months, where she will work alongside and learn from the world’s leading sports photographers and editorial team, building the necessary skills to start a career in the sports imagery industry. The internship will see Rheborg learn all aspects of the sports photography business, shadowing the picture desk, assignments team and field editors as well honing her photography skills with professional Canon kit at high-profile sporting events such as the upcoming Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
Already an accomplished photographer, Rheborg has a degree in photojournalism from Nordens Fotoskola. As a freelance photographer she regularly contributes to weekly business magazine Affärsvärlden and Bildbyrån Photo Agency.
Ken Mainardis, VP Global Sport and Entertainment at Getty Images says: “Getty Images is the industry leader in sports imagery and we believe we can play an important role in improving and maintaining diversity in the industry – whether through the imagery we deliver or the talent we nurture. We are thrilled to have Linnea and Naomi joining us. They will learn from the best in the business, and we look forward to watching them development over the next 12 months.”
Linnea Rheborg said of the opportunity: “What excites me most of all is the opportunity to learn from the most esteemed sports photographers in the industry. I’m excited also to broaden my photographic skills and to learn more about the editorial process at a big agency like Getty Images. I’m also looking forward to the occasion of photographing sports that aren’t as common in Sweden, sports that I probably would have never photographed, if it hadn’t been for this opportunity. Lastly, I’m looking forward to learning more about work ethics, cultures and social patterns outside of Sweden.”
Rheborg continues, “With this internship I hope to achieve excellence as a photographer. I would also like to inspire other women to engage in sports photography, to take their place in a male-dominated industry. I hope also to improve in some way how women are portrayed in pictures.”
The Getty Images Sport Photographer Internship was developed in partnership with Women’s Sport Trust, Cerno Capital and Canon, to encourage women to pursue a career in sports photography. Originally open as a single position, the internship was extended to accommodate two candidates following the high volume of global applications.
UK photographer Naomi Baker has worked as Assistant Photographer to Southampton FC’s Club Photographer, as a photographer for AFC Bournemouth and as a contributor to Sport Magazine and British Rowing Magazine, among others.
The internship was first announced late last year as part of a broader partnership with Women’s Sport Trust which aims to increase the visibility of female athletes and women’s sports, while also challenging the way in which women are portrayed in sports imagery.
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Examples of Linnea’s work can be found on her website, here.