Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, has announced the successful applicants of the industry’s first ever female sport photographer internship. Southampton photographer Naomi Baker will join Swedish photographer Linnea Rheborg as the two candidates to take up the paid internship, chosen from nearly 250 global applicants.
Baker, aged 24 from Burridge, 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 Baker 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, 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.
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 Naomi and Linnea joining us. They will learn from the best in the business, and we look forward to watching them development over the next 12 months.”
Naomi Baker said of the opportunity: “What excites me the most about working for Getty Images is being able to learn from the best sport photographers in the world. I am also looking forward to developing new skills and gaining experience photographing a wide variety of sports.”
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.
Swedish photographer, Rheborg, has a degree in photo-journalism from the Nordic School of Photography. As a freelance photographer she regularly contributes to weekly business magazine Aﬀärsvärldenand the Stockholm based Bildbyrån Photo Agency.
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.