Photographer up-top runs (carefully!) for shot of Azza Besbes

May 1, 2012 | By Clive Brunskill | Olympics, Sport

This image is of the athlete Azza Besbes, of Tunisia, at Beijing 2008. For me, it sums up what the Olympics is all about; that one moment after all those years of hard work. And getting the Olympic rings in the picture is the icing on the cake!

We had amazing up-top access which gave a unique angle of the fencing venue. The image itself came from the final qualifiers. I heard the crowd getting excited but it was hard to see the scoreboard from the cat walk. So I ran carefully across and put my camera through the iron girders of the roof. That’s how I got her, perfectly in frame, with the rings!

 
 
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Azza Besbes of Tunisia celebrates winning in the Saber Round of 16 in the fencing event held at the Fencing Hall of National Convention Center during day 1 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 9, 2008 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Editor’s note: Over the years, Clive has covered four Summer Olympics, five Winter Olympics, two FIFA World Cup Finals and over 50 Grand Slam tennis events. His work has been published in over 50 countries and in major publications including Time Magazine and Sports Illustrated, in addition to international newspapers and global advertising.

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