How robots and remote-editing helped photograph the Winter Olympics

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China’s “zero-COVID” policy put the Beijing Winter Olympics under some of the strictest coronavirus protocols in the world.

The Games took place in a “closed-loop” environment comprised of gated “bubble areas”  that contained housing, event locations, and transport links.

There were also no tickets sold to the general public, while many media professionals worked from home due to COVID concerns.

The conditions left Getty Images, the official photo agency for the International Olympic Committee, with reduced support teams on the ground. To tackle the challenges, the team tapped into robotic cameras and remote editing.

This picture taken with a robotic camera shows Chinas Ling Ahi (R) and Chinas Fan Suyuan (L) strategizing around the house during the mixed doubles round robin session 10 game of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games curling competition between Great Britain and China at the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing on February 6, 2022. (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / AFP) (Photo by LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP via Getty Images)