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|| News Item: Posted 2001-11-26

2002 Winter Olympic Photo Information
By Robert Hanashiro

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For those accredited photographers heading to Salt Lake City in Feb. 2002 for the Winter Olympic Games, the current issue of the Salt Lake Organizing Committee's "E-News" is devoted to information that will be of use to you.

SLOC photo chief David Breslaur gave Sports Shooter permission to reprint the information:


Nearly 600 photographers from 50 NOCs have been accredited to cover the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. SLOC Press Operations has worked to ensure that these photographers will have excellent vantage points from which to capture images and work areas where they can file photos.

IOC-required "Photographer's Undertaking"

As a condition of their accreditation and as required by the IOC, photographers agree to respect all provisions of the "Olympic Charter" and the policies spelled out in the IOC Guide for the Written and Photographic Press. They also promise to refrain from using their photographs for any use other than editorial without the express written consent of the IOC.

The "Photographer's Undertaking", drawn up by the IOC Directorate of Legal Affairs, was provided with each EP-category accreditation form. Photographers who do not have a valid signed undertaking on file with SLOC may complete and sign one when they report to the Photo Chief's office to receive their photo sleeve.

SLOC Photo Chief

David Breslauer, the Photo Chief for the Salt Lake 2002 Games, is responsible for photo facilities and services at all Olympic venues. Breslauer worked at the Sydney 2000 Olympics as a Main Press Center Photo Supervisor and is a former Associated Press photographer who has covered a wide variety of news and sporting events. More recently he has worked as a photo technology consultant.

Venue photo supervisors

Each venue has a photo supervisor who reports on-site to the Venue Press Chief as well as to the Photo Chief. These professionals are on site to guarantee photographers a high level of service. The venue photo supervisors manage a staff of marshals and runners, and are responsible for managing photo positions and the Film/Disk Transport Service from venues.

Venue Supervisor
Main Press Center: Harry Walker
Snowbasin: Bruno Herdt
Deer Valley: Alex Korab
Park City Mountain Resort: Mark Case
Soldier Hollow: Greg Choat
Utah Olympic Park (Jumping): Tracy Frankel
Utah Olympic Park (Sliding:) Vince Heptig
E Center: Greg Fiume
The Peaks: Ted Cordingley
Salt Lake Ice Center: Kenny Irby
Utah Olympic Oval: Mike Martinez
Ice Sheet at Ogden: Steve Conlin
Olympic Medals Plaza: Clyde Mueller
Olympic Village: Brian Jensen
Film/Disk Transport System: Betty Pizac


Photo sleeve

In addition to their EP-category badge, accredited photographers must wear a "photo sleeve" issued by SLOC in order to gain access to official photo areas. Photographers must have signed the International Olympic Committee's "Photographer's Undertaking" before they will be issued a sleeve.

Each photo sleeve is numbered and is non-transferable; per IOC guidelines, they cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. To receive an assigned sleeve, accredited photographers must check in at the Photo Chief's office at the MMC.

Photographers working at Figure Skating events may be asked to remove their Photo Sleeve once they have entered a photo position as a courtesy to competitors, in addition to wearing dark clothing.

ENG/Photo Drop-off

Vehicles with the proper pass may use ENG/Photo pick-up and drop-off points at most competition venues. These areas allow for the dropping or picking up of photographers with equipment. The driver - and all occupants of the vehicle - must be properly accredited; the driver must remain with the vehicle at all times in a clearly designated area. Photographers should plan on walking to and from the Salt Lake Ice Center and Olympic Medals Plaza from the MMC; this will be a shorter walk than from the ENG/Photo drop serving those venues within Salt Lake Olympic Square.

"On Piste" access at Alpine events

Photographers wishing to work on course (or "on piste") at alpine events must request access from the Venue Photo Supervisor in advance. Photographers will be issued an additional access control device that will grant them access to the Field of Play at alpine venues. The Venue Photo Supervisor and the Venue Press Chief will determine eligibility for on course credentials using FIS guidelines.

Photographers expecting to work on course must be accomplished skiers recognized by the FIS, and must be equipped with crampons.

Photographers working on-course must be in place one hour prior to competition for inspection by the FIS and the Venue Photo Supervisor. Photographers not in position for this inspection will not be permitted course access. More information regarding on course procedures for qualified photographers will be available at Games-time.

High-demand, ticketed events

Photographers attending designated "High Demand Events" will require a ticket - in addition to their EP accreditation badge and photo sleeve - for admittance. The IOC, in cooperation with SLOC and selected NOCs, will distribute high demand event tickets for all ceremonies, semi-final and medal hockey rounds at the E Center and all figure skating events.


A wide variety of photo positions have been identified at each venue in order to provide accredited photographers with a clear, unimpeded view of the field of play. These positions will be clearly marked and take into account angles, lighting and background to help produce excellent photographic opportunities. Descriptions of their location and access will be available on venue and via the Info 2002 system.

Photographers may not reserve a position from one session to another. Photo positions are available only on a first-come, first-served basis.

Lighting at indoor venues and the sliding track at Utah Olympic Park will meet or exceed minimum standards for Olympic level lighting. These venues will have a minimum of 1400 lux as measured on a vertical plane (1/500th second F/2.8 @ 800 ISO).

A guide that includes lighting measurements and samples will be available in the Kodak Image Center. At the present time, the expectation is that all lit venues will approximate daylight.

Priority photo positions

Where possible, SLOC has identified photo positions in preferred areas with limited capacity. IOC-recognized agencies will have priority access to these positions. Photo supervisors at venues with priority positions will determine which organizations may use these positions.
Venue (event) Maximum Capacities
Outdoor competition venues About 200 photographers can be accommodated in
photo positions at all outdoor venues.
Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium
(Opening and Closing Ceremonies 400 photographers (High Demand Event, requires a ticket)
Olympic Medals Plaza 50 photographers (special ticketing procedure may apply)

E Center (Hockey) 180 photographers (Semi-finals and Medal Rounds
are High Demand Events and will require a ticket)

The Peaks Ice Arena (Hockey) 60 photographers

Utah Olympic Oval (Speed Skating) 200 photographers
Salt Lake Ice Center 200 photographers (all Figure Skating sessions are High (Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating) Demand Events and will require a ticket)

Ice Sheet at Ogden (Curling) 50 photographers


Kodak will provide complimentary processing and digital services for accredited photographers at the Kodak Image Center, a 20,000-square-foot facility located in the Main Media Center. These services will include processing of Kodak E-6 and C-41 films, push and pull processing services as well as scanning, printing and transmission services. Repairs and loans of Kodak digital cameras will also be provided.

Accredited photographers will be issued an identification card to facilitate order identification and tracking. Preprinted labels with photographers' registration number must be affixed to all orders submitted to Kodak. Kiosks are located in the Kodak Image Center for printing labels for orders. Orders without proper labeling will not be accepted for processing.

Photographers will receive a complimentary replacement roll of Kodak film for each roll of Kodak film submitted for processing.

Kodak Image Center Guide

Photographer registration opens Monday, Jan. 28 2002 0900h - 1700h
Daytime processing services beginMonday, 4 Feb. 2002 0900h - 1800h
Extended processing services 8-24 February 2002 0800h - 0100h
Remote processing at Snowbasin To come To come
Remote processing at Soldier Hollow To come To come
Film/Disk pick-up only Monday, 25 Feb. 2002 0900h - 1300h

(Kodak Ektachrome Films Only)
- 35mm and 120mm sizes accepted for processing
- Processing of sheet film available upon request
-Push processing available (up to three stops, in one stop increments)
- KODAK duplicating film will be accepted in 36 exposure lengths and at the end of the day(No exchange film for duplicating film)
- Normal turnaround is 2 hours or less (depending on volume, additional time required for mounting)

(Kodak Color Negative Films Only)
- 35mm and 120mm will be accepted
- Kodak Professional T400 CN film also accepted
- Push processing available up to two stops (one stop increments only)
- Normal turnaround is one hour or less (depending on volume, additional time required for mounting)

Black-and-White Film Processing
- 35mm and 120mm sizes will be accepted
- Push processing available (up to two stops, in one stop increments)
- Film will be returned rolled and sleeved
- Normal turnaround time is four-five hours depending on volume

Film Mounting and Sleeving
- Available for E-6, C-41, and B& W film
- 36-exposure sleeving, slide mount sleeves, or slide sleeve pages available
- customized text imprinting available on slide mounts

Digital Imaging Services
- Pre-Games digital camera training and tune-up.
- Digital camera loan and repair service. All digital camera loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a 24-hour period
- Image scanning (35mm and 120mm)
- Image Transmission
- Image storage to CD

Photographer Stations (Walk-Up)
- Fourteen workstations
- PC and Macintosh
- Help Desk
- Photographers may join wireless network

- 8"x12" prints only (color or B&W)
- Maximum of five prints per order
- Maximum of 20 prints per photographer for the duration of the Games
- Custom printing is not available
- Normal turnaround time is two-four hours.
- Only Kodak film will be accepted for printing
- Print orders accepted on processed film only

Remote Venue Services at Snowbasin and Soldier Hollow
- Light repair and service of digital cameras
- C-41 processing
- Image Transmission
- Soldier Hollow services to begin February 6
- Snowbasin services to begin February 7


Photographers who do not have private office space at the Main Media Center may work from the Photo Services Workroom, located near the Kodak Image Center. Up to

75 accredited photographers will have access to telephones, light tables, workspace, Info 2002 terminals and printers in an area convenient to the Kodak Image Center. A dedicated photographer entrance to the MMC is located only a few steps away.

At venues, each Media Sub-Center will have space allocated specifically for photographers.

Photo equipment

Photographers are not permitted to use flash during competition. Tripods are also forbidden; monopods are allowed. Photographers may not use stepladders or stand on benches, chairs, etc. And, photographers are reminded to never leave their equipment unattended.

Photo lockers

Lockers are available to all accredited photographers at the MMC and also at competition venues on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to use these lockers, photographers must purchase locks from the MMC Service Center. Unauthorized locks will be removed and the locker and contents secured. Locks can be purchased and photographers may set their own combination.

SLOC bears no responsibility for the loss of photo equipment due to theft or damage of equipment either through negligence or accident.

Ski storage

Park City Mountain Resort and Snowbasin have ski racks located outside the entrances of the Media Sub-Centers. Photographers may wish to provide their own locks to secure their skis.

Photographers working at Deer Valley Resort may take advantage of the complimentary ski check conveniently located in the Snowpark Lodge outside the entrance to the Media Sub-Center.


Using four-wheel drive vehicles, SLOC will provide a timely, efficient courier service for transporting film and camera disks from designated photo positions to Media Sub-Centers and onward to the MMC. Photographers using this service will be expected to use either envelopes provided by Kodak (contents sent to Kodak Facility) OR their own envelopes that are clearly printed with their organization name. Press runners will not accept film or disks that are not in a sealed envelope.

A venue-specific shipping schedule will be available from the Venue Photo Supervisor at games-time. The transport times from venues to the MMC may vary due to weather and traffic conditions. Film/Disk Transport is a one-way service. It is not possible to deliver film or disks back to photographers.


Photographer advisories will be available daily on the Info 2002 system as well as in printed form at Media Sub-Centers. These photo advisories will include venue and sport specific information as it relates to photographic coverage. A typical advisory would include details about where photo positions are located, access to these positions, the film/disk pickup and transport schedule and information about ceremonies.


For general information, news updates and/ or interviews, please contact SLOC Media Relations at +1 (801) 212-2002 or e-mail:

(This information is from the fourth of six monthly issues of E-News Now, the SLOC Press Operations communiqué for officially accredited E-category written and photographic press who will report the XIX Olympic Winter Games. The following information is intended to supplement the 96-page Facilities & Services for Journalists Guide provided to every accredited journalist in May 2001 via their respective NOC. To obtain a copy of previous E-News Now issues, or to direct any operational inquiries regarding press facilities and services for the Salt Lake 2002 Games, please write to: or FAX +1 (801) 212.7644. Editor: Bruce Dworshak, SLOC Press Operations Director / Press Chief, Salt Lake 2002 Games.)

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