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|| News Item: Posted 2000-08-28

Official Oly Info
By Robert Hanashiro

The requirements of accredited photographers covering the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games are a high priority of the Press Operations team.

A wide range of Photo Positions exist at every venue in an attempt to provide clear, unimpeded views close to the field of play, the best possible angles, background and lighting to help produce excellent photographic coverage.

Every competition venue has a Venue Photo Manager and Photo Marshals who will do their best to ensure that the needs of accredited photographers are met. The Venue Photo Manager is the photographer's on-site liaison with the SOCOG Photo Chief and all other functional areas within the venue. This person is the contact for any special requests, access or assistance. Any special requests with regard to remote cameras or unusual photographic needs should be raised with SOCOG Photo Operations well in advance of the competition.

Additional support will be available for the shipment of film and disks to either the Venue Press Centres or via a motorcycle courier to the Main Press Centre (MPC) for processing. Olympic sponsor Kodak will provide full services for all accredited photographers, for the development of Kodak film as well as work stations for film scanning, editing and transmission.

Photo work areas are located in each Venue Press Centre to accommodate the use of digital cameras in the venues. These areas will be equipped with television monitors, INFO terminals, power outlets and phones for the photo editing and transmission process. Private phones may be ordered through the Press Rate Card.

Each accredited photographer will be issued a specially designed photo vest for identification purposes which will serve as a mandatory supplement to the press accreditation badge. Photo vests will be distributed from the Kodak Image Centre or the Photo Chief's office in the MPC. Photographers must have first obtained their accreditation badges.

Photo vests must be worn whenever photographers are working from any Olympic Games photo position. Photographers not wearing their assigned vest risk suspension of their access privileges. Vests are marked to indicate Pool and non-Pool photographers. Lost vests will not be replaced.

When accredited photographers pick up their vests from Kodak/Photo Chief's Office, they will be requested to sign a document drawn up by the IOC Directorate of Legal Affairs, in which they undertake to respect all of the provisions of the "Olympic Charter" and of the present IOC Guide for the Written and Photographic Press. They also must promise to refrain from using their photographs for any use other than editorial use without having obtained the express written authorization of the IOC.

Because accredited photographers are often in the public view, they will be asked to respect a simple dress code. Photographers should not wear sleeveless shirts, cut-offs, gym or running shorts. If wearing shorts, they should wear socks and shoes.

Accredited journalists and photographers are reminded that all SOCOG venues are designated non-smoking public areas. Smoking is prohibited in all photo positions, whether inside or outside.

(Source: The official Sydney Organizing Committee newsletter.)

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