Mr. Riemann, congratulations on the main price! How was it as you’ve learned about it?
When the call came, I could not believe it first. It was unreal. A 3rd place in football, maybe. But the grand prize? I had to sit down first to understand that.
When and where was the winner’s photo?
On November 23, the agency Getty Images had sent me to Kiev, where Bayern had to compete in the penultimate group game of the Champions League at Dynamo. The game itself was no longer so important because the Munich had already reached the K. O. phase prematurely. They won at the end with 2: 1.
Before the kick-off, the conditions were extremely difficult to get pictures where not only snowflakes are sharp…
How was the atmosphere? It looks more uncomfortable in the photo.
I came to the Olympic Stadium, and it had started shortly before snowing right. The playing field had to be cleared first, in the Getty Center in London, she wondered if the game would occur at all. Before the kick-off, the conditions were extremely difficult to get pictures where not only snowflakes are sharp…
The next Corona wave threatened. But you can see occupied grandstands.
It was not clear at first whether viewers are admitted, and if so, how many. The stadium was about half full. Nevertheless, the mood was good.
And how were your working conditions?
I arrived at the stadium, my temperature was measured, I got my accreditation, brought my photographer bodice, then I’m out and have checked my technique – all of course with mask, but I’ve been wearing it anyway for almost two years.
Did you have a special order or personal plan, what you wanted to photograph?
For me, it was clear that I make the Bavaria in attack. It should not sound arrogant, but Bayern is now Bavaria. People are looking rather on the Munich than Kiev, whether they win or lose.
Where is your position?
(laughs) I have hedged the advice of my professor of 20 years ago: Do not sit down where all sits. That is, I did not position myself on the coach side, but on the other. The Bayern made her game – then it came to this scene…
If the focus slips, maybe a snowflake will be sharp in the foreground. So it’s just a nice action.
…? The gate of Robert Lewandowski to 1: 0.
I agree. Honestly, I was just happy in the snow forward that I had the picture and that it was sharp.
That Lewandowski comes so free to the fallback – amazing.
Left beside him stood players, but thanks to my eye-catching, he is completely alone here. And then with open shoe bands… the English Sun has added this detail extra.
What is special for you?
On the one hand, of course, that Robert Lewandowski is perfect in the air and just hit the ball. Then the well-visible open laces, the snowflakes – yes, and that it is just sharp. If the focus slips, maybe a snowflake will be sharp in the foreground. So it’s just a nice action.