260 matches by 32 national teams (women and men) in 8 weeks in 42 cities in 18 countries: this is the challenge taken up by AFP-Services to cover the first edition of the League of Volleyball Nations (VNL) in text and photo, on behalf of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB).
From May 15 to July 5, 2018, the work of 30 photographers and 11 sports journalists — from Nanjin (China) to Chicago via Santa Fe (Argentina), Ekaterinburg (Russia) or Melbourne (Australia) and Lille (France) — fed the FIVB website in real time for distribution of content to national federations and media around the world.
On the photo side, a total of nearly 6,000 images – actions and atmosphere – were delivered in real time, put online directly onto the client’s dedicated platform. The photographers covered both the men’s and women’s competition with two matches per day over a two-month period.
Two days before the start of the women’s finals however, the FIVB wanted all the players to have their portrait taken and AFP-Services managed to send a photographer with his assistant and portable studio to China for this last minute request.
English-speaking journalists also accomplished the following in real time:
– write their reports, enriched with live statistics from the FIVB, under the control of a remote editor.
– publish the stories, as soon as the matches ended, directly on the FIVB website, together with the photos which were already available and correct metadata.
Each illustrated article — such as this one on the men’s final in Lille won by Russia against France — was thus immediately available for reading or downloading on the international federation’s website.
Up to eight matches per day and 40 per week were handled.
This was yet another successful large-scale operation by AFP-Services in sports. We hope to see you in 2019 for the second edition of the Volleyball Nations League.