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Serena, 2004. © Bob Martin (British, born 1959)

Enter your best photos to win a prize and get your image displayed at The Olympic Museum!

A new series of photographic exhibitions and events has just been launched at The Olympic Museum, exploring sports photography from numerous different angles.

Called “The Art of Sports Photography”, the new program of events runs until 19 November 2017 and includes a special competition in which the public is invited to submit their best photos, showing family, friends and neighbours playing sport in unusual places, in fun, fantastic or acrobatic ways… indeed whatever way you fancy!

Whilst everyone is familiar with the images of sport practiced at official competition venues, not everyone appreciates the many other ways in which sport can be played, in the parks, bedrooms, back yards, beaches, picnic areas, and even bus shelters! So, The Olympic Museum invites you to get creative and think about how you or your friends might like to get more into sport within your neighborhood.

To find out more about the competition, which closes to entries on Tuesday 11 July, visit the official website of the contest here. Prizes range from three different cameras in the Jury competition to headphones, or a watch or book in the Public competition. There will be a prize for the photo with the most likes on Instagram, and another for the most retweeted photo on Twitter!

In addition to the photo competition, The Olympic Museum is also running the following events:


  • “Who Shot Sports: A Photographic History, 1843 to the present” exhibition in the “Focus” space (level 1)
    Providing a journey through the history and evolution of photography via cultural, historical and aesthetic perspectives, this touring exhibition is organised by the Brooklyn Museum in New York, and is a result of the research conducted by photography historian Gail Buckland. Click here for more information.

The Olympic Museum Sports Photo Event Copyright CIO


  • "Rio 2016, seen Through the Lens of Four Photographers” exhibition in the “Galerie” (level 2)
    This exhibition includes a selection of images from the Rio 2016 Games, taken by Mine Kasapoglu Puhrer (TUR), David Burnett (USA), Jason Evans (USA) and John Huet (USA), one woman and three men who travelled back and forth across Rio and the Olympic sites over three weeks. As well as visiting the areas that were open to accredited media, they were granted access to the training zones and were able to accompany the athletes as they prepared for their events - even at the competition venues, before the arrival of the crowds. Click here for more information. 
  • “Photographing the photographers exhibition in the “Art Lounge” (level -1)
    This special exhibition gives a face to those who immortalise the Olympic Games, the athletes, and the small and great moments.
  • “Anamorphosis” on the building
    Providing a fun and participative touch to this special progam of events, this section shows a photo distorted by anamorphosis. Visitors are challenged to find the exact angle to view the photo and can effectively step into the shot, giving the illusion that they are actually shooting a photo.
  • Coached tours of the exhibition, exhibition support material, workshops and educational resources are provided for schools on the theme “I Shot Sport”. Click here for more information.
  • At the end of the summer, on 2 and 3 September, a “Sports Photography” weekend has also been arranged, with film screenings, friendly meet-ups, activities for youngsters, chats with the Rio Games photographers, and much more! Visit the website (details below) to find out further details about this event nearer the time.

The Art of Sports Photography: 25 May - 19 November
The Olympic Museum
1, Quai d'Ouchy
1006 Lausanne
021 621 65 11
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My DIY Sports Venue Photo Competition
Entries close Tuesday 11 July 2017
Click here for the rules.