All posts by Mark Kolbe

I joined sports photography agency Allsport in 1998 working as a part-time filer & researcher and never left. Allsport was bought by Getty Images and as the company, with the industry, transitioned from analogue to digital I played many different roles from filing film, picture editor, live event photo editor, research manager, assignments editor and budding photographer before becoming a fulltime staff sport photographer with Getty Images in 2009. I’ve been afforded a vast range of opportunities throughout my years with firstly Allsport and now Getty Images working at the Olympic Games, Football World Cup, Rugby World Cup, World Athletics Championships, World Swimming Championships, Formula 1, Paralympic Games and numerous other local and international sporting events. Sports photography is my main professional focus but I’m also passionate about trying to tell stories through photo features. After growing up in rural Australia I like to head out of the city and show elements of country life that the larger community may not see. As I’m still a country boy at heart I love taking pictures that represent the people, creatures and wilderness that create the wild diversity offered in rural Australia. Above all these things though I’m a dad and husband. Taking pictures is what I do, my family is what I am.

The Great Race – Bathurst 1000

The Bathurst 1000 is viewed as the pinnacle V8 Supercar race drawing race fans in their thousands to Mount Panorama for the 1000km race. This was not only my first Bathurst 1000 but also my first V8 race and I set out to  cover the event as a whole not just the race itself. I spent a great deal of time on the mountain with the race fans amongst the BBQs, eskys, wood-smoke, fumes, camp-chairs and a bit of alcohol

All images including race coverage can be found following these links:

Fans Enjoy the Bathurst 1000

V8 Supercars – Bathurst 1000

or at

All images are copyright of Getty Images

2014 NRL Grand Final – South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury Bulldogs

These are just a selection of my pictures of the game but I was part of a great team of 5 with Mark Nolan, Renee McKay, Mark Metcalfe and Matt Blyth who was stuck with the hardest job of the night editing and uploading. (Thanks Matt!)

All the images from the 2014 NRL Grand Final can be found at or by following these links:

Best of:

Complete Coverage:

All images are copyright Getty Images

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