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In the Field with Photographer Bahho Kara: Capturing EURO 2024

The Game Magazine interviews Bahho Kara to gain insights into how young photographers handle major events like EURO 2024. He shares his journey into photography, the challenges, and the routines of capturing intense football matches during the tournament.

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A portrait of Bahho Kara. Image courtesy of Bahho Kara.

Bahho Kara has built his career on a passion for capturing the excitement of sporting events. His journey began with a simple university seminar, sparking an enthusiasm for photography that has taken him to some of the most prestigious arenas in the world.

Covering EURO 2024 stands out as a highlight in Bahho’s career. “The biggest event I’ve participated in so far is EURO 2024, and it’s indescribably beautiful,” he says. With a goal to “enjoy every game and capture the emotions of the fans and players,” Bahho carefully plans each shoot, ensuring all equipment and logistics are in place.

As he covers the event, Bahho closely monitors iconic players and aims to document the important moments of EURO 2024. His routine during the tournament involves early preparations, rapid photo editing, and timely distribution of images to media outlets. Despite the pressures, Bahho remains focused: “Once I’ve sent out the first few photos during a game, I get into my workflow, and the rest becomes routine.”

Read his interview and get an inside look at his EURO 2024 coverage.

“The goal is to enjoy every game and capture the emotions of the fans and players who give their all on and off the field.” – Bahho Kara.

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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Antonio Ruediger, Nico Schlotterbeck, and David Raum celebrate after Nico Schlotterbeck’s offside goal during the Round of 16 match between Germany and Denmark at EURO 2024, on June 29, 2024, in Dortmund.

Bahho, can you tell us about yourself? Why did you start sports photography?

I developed a passion for photography through a simple introductory seminar at university, and it has stuck with me ever since.

Did you cover a major event as a sports photographer? How did it help you?

The Champions League, with its floodlit games, has its own unique atmosphere and character. It offers the opportunity to capture international matches that are followed worldwide. Traveling to places like Madrid or London for photoshoots is an incredible experience. However, the biggest event I’ve participated in so far is EURO 2024, and it’s indescribably beautiful.

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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Daniel Carvajal, Alvaro Morata, and Lamine Yamal celebrating the goal against Italy. Spain vs. Italy, Men’s Football, EURO 2024, Group B match on June 20, 2024, at Gelsenkirchen in the European Championship.

“Two lenses are crucial for a football game: a 400mm and a 70-200mm, both with an f/2.8 aperture. Additionally, a wide-angle lens is useful for the behind-the-goal camera, although I use it only occasionally.” – Bahho Kara.

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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Antonio Ruediger celebrating during the Germany vs. Denmark Men’s Football Round of 16 match at EURO 2024 on June 29, 2024, in Dortmund, European Championship.

Are there any goals you would like to achieve in this tournament? Any challenges so far?

The goal is to enjoy every game and capture the emotions of the fans and players who give their all on and off the field.

Organizing everything before a game is a challenge that requires a lot of time and planning, from accreditation to parking passes to checking all the photographic equipment.

How does a typical day look like for you while covering a football tournament?

In the morning, I recharge all the batteries and clear the memory cards. With the printed parking pass, accreditation, and photo vest, I head to the stadium. After parking and going through security, I enter the media center where colleagues update metadata and team rosters to label the photos quickly and accurately.

Once the game starts, I follow my workflow, and by halftime, I’ve already labeled, edited, and sent out 100 photos for broadcasters and media portals. After the final whistle, I capture the last emotions and then edit and send additional images.

What equipment do you consider essential for covering a football tournament?

Two lenses are crucial for a football game: a 400mm and a 70-200mm, both with an f/2.8 aperture. Additionally, a wide-angle lens is useful for the behind-the-goal camera, although I use it only occasionally.

How do you handle the pressure under tight deadlines?

The pressure sets in early. Once I’ve sent out the first few photos during a game, I get into my workflow, and the rest becomes routine. Unless there’s a technical issue, in which case, improvisation and calm, appropriate reactions are necessary.

Are there any particular moments or players you are focusing on in this tournament?

Ronaldo will probably play his last EURO tournament. As a legend, he is clearly in focus. Besides him, I’m also watching young stars like Lamine Yamal and Arda Güler.

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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Jude Bellingham during the Serbia vs England Men’s Football Matchday 1 of EURO 2024 on June 16, 2024, in Gelsenkirchen, European Championship, Group C.
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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Turkey vs Georgia Men’s Football Matchday 1 of EURO 2024 on June 18, 2024, in Dortmund, European Championship, Group F.
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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Christian Eriksen (Denmark, 10) during the game against Germany in the Round of 16 match of EURO 2024, European Championship, on June 29, in Dortmund.
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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Kieran Trippier and Dusan Tadic during the Serbia vs England Men’s Football Matchday 1 of EURO 2024. June 16, 2024, in Gelsenkirchen, European Championship, Group C.
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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Kylian Mbappe wearing a mask during the France vs Poland Men’s Football Matchday 3 of EURO 2024 on June 25, 2024, in Dortmund, European Championship, Group D.
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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Toni Kroos (Germany, 08) during the Germany vs Denmark Men’s Football Round of 16 match at EURO 2024 on June 29, 2024, in Dortmund, European Championship.
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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Georges Mikautadze (Georgia, 22) celebrating with fans after the final whistle for their first victory at a European Championship. Georgia vs Portugal, Men’s Football, Matchday 3, EURO 2024, June 26, 2024, European Championship, Group F.
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IMAGO / Eibner / Bahho Kara | Kai Havertz (Germany, 07) during the Germany vs Denmark Men’s Football Round of 16 match at EURO 2024 on June 29, 2024, in Dortmund, European Championship.

The credit of cover photo: IMAGO / Bahho Kara


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