Since ancient Greece, people have looked forward to the Olympics. It’s that one time every four years where you get to see all kinds of different people compete in sports you didn’t even know existed. And every four years, it’s a huge source of entertainment and powerful images. The joy of a gold medalist winner goes hand in hand with the disappointment of the athlete that ended in fourth place, not getting to bring home a medal to show for his efforts.
Egyptian vs. German team, women’s beach volley, 2016
Already probably one of the most powerful images in the 2016 Olympics, this shows the Egyptian beach volley team in full hidjab. Whether you consider this a positive image of cultural differences or a negative one that illustrates repression against women – it’s an image that sparks a debate.