Andy Ryan studied BA (Hons) Photography at AUB, graduating in 2013. Since graduating, Andy quickly found his style as a sports photographer, landing his dream job as Official Olympic Photographer for Team GB. Andy has photographed a variety of events, most notably Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and Winter Olympics in South Korea earlier this year.

We visited Andy to hear about his time capturing behind the scenes moments with Team GB, and what it’s like to get up close and personal with the world’s best athletes.

Have you always been interested in photography?

I’ve played sport my whole life, and always been interested in sports. By the time I was about 14 I started getting really into photography and cameras and found a natural merge between the two. I started photographing sport when I was pretty young at school and became the school’s photographer, I used to photograph the rugby team and other events.

It kind of went from there.

How was your time at AUB?

To start with I found my time at uni quite daunting. It was a very arts-based course, and I was more sports and commercially orientated, although perhaps I didn’t realise it at the time. I didn’t really understand the difference between commercial and editorial and arts- based. But I soon found my feet. It was different going from being one of the best at your school to being challenged by everyone, but I kind of enjoyed that.

By the end of it I’d really found my feet and was enjoying the work I was putting out.