The XXII Winter Olympic Games, hosted with pride by Sochi, Russian Federation, closed with Russia on top of the medal table, followed by Norway and Canada.

As the Olympic handover was made to Pyeongchang, South Korea, hosts of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, our editors have worked tirelessly to select their top 20 pictures from these Games

For the last 26 years – 27 counting the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics – Getty Images has been the Official Photographic Agency of the International Olympic Committee. Throughout the course of the Olympics, Getty Images’ team of 69 specialist photographers, photo editors and support staff have worked tirelessly to capture every angle from each of the 98 Winter Olympic sports.

When the Olympic Games conclude this Sunday, Getty Images’ photographers will have taken over 1 million images in Sochi, of which an estimated 50,000 will be distributed to the world, often in a matter of seconds.

Getty Images can send an image to a publication anywhere in the world in about 180 seconds, making technology a critical success factor. For the past five years, Getty Images has been talking to the organizing committee in Sochi to create a state-of-the-art network to make it all happen. In recent months, Getty Images’ crew has worked behind the scenes, laying down 22km of fiber optic cable on site to transmit images back directly back to Getty Images’ office in the main press center.

Enjoy a look back at the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: Team USA's T.J. Oshie and Russia's Sergei Bobrovski prepare for a shootout to decide their preliminary round game on day eight of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 20: Marie-Philip Poulin #29 of Canada celebrates with teammates after scoring the game-winning goal against the United States in overtime as Anne Schleper #15 and Michelle Picard #23 of the United States react during the Ice Hockey Women's Gold Medal Game on day 13 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Bolshoy Ice Dome on February 20, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: (Editors Note: Image was created using multiple exposure in camera) Akiko Suzuki of Japan competes in the Figure Skating Ladies' Short Program on day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 17: Zhongqing Liu of China competes in the Freestyle Skiing Men's Aerials Qualification on day ten of the 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 16: France's Thomas Mermillod Blondin skis during the Alpine Skiing Men's Super-G on day 9 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 16, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 15: Magnus Hovdal of Norway on the runway before a jump during the Men's Individual Gundersen Large Hill/10 km Nordic Combined training on day 8 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 15, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Gus Kenworthy of Team USA competes in the Men's Slopestyle Skiing Finals on Day 6 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 13, 2014 (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 13: Bode Miller of the United States in action during a training session for the Alpine Skiing Men's Super Combined Downhill on day 6 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 13, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12: The Olympic Cauldron burns on Day 5 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Argentina's Macarena Simari Birkner holds a turn in the Women's Super Combined Downhill on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: Shaun White of Team USA crashes out in the Men's Halfpipe Finals on Day 4 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 11: (Editors Note: Image was created using multiple exposure in camera) Danny Davis of the United States competes in the Snowboard Men's Halfpipe Finals on day four of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park on February 11, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12: Matthew Mortensen and Preston Griffall of the United States make a run during the Men's Luge Doubles on Day 5 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Sliding Center Sanki on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12: Eric Frenzel of Germany celebrates during the flower ceremony after he claimed the gold medal in the Nordic Combined Individual NH / 10 km during day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 12: The United States team huddles around the net prior to the Women's Ice Hockey Preliminary Round Group A game against the Canada on day five of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena on February 12, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Bronze medalist Julia Mancuso of the United States celebrates during the medal ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Women's Super Combined on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Medals Plaza in the Olympic Park on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Bronze medalist Julia Mancuso of the United States celebrates after the flower ceremony for the Alpine Skiing Women's Super Combined on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 10: Julia Mancuso of the United States jubilates during the Alpine Skiing Women's Super Combined Downhill on day 3 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 10, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Kajsa Kling of Sweden rounds a gate during training for the Alpine Skiing Women's Downhill during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

 

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 08: Fredrik Lindstroem of Sweden competes in the Men's Sprint 10 km during day one of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Laura Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center on February 8, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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Now the challenge is yours. We want to see your creativity, passion and skill to capture the essence, atmosphere and action – whether it's ice skating, skiing, curling or sledding -  anything that's a winter sport.

As the Sochi Winter Olympic Games commence, we want you to get out and shoot the winter sports taking place around you - Richard Heathcote and Clive Rose (Getty Images Sports Photographers both in Sochi covering the Winter Olympic Games) will review and select their top 5 favourites, and those photographers will receive an Amazon Gift Card to the value of US$500 each.

The competition run from 7 February 2014 to 7 March 2014 (till midnight GMT). For more details, to enter and to see all entries, visit the competition page. And don't forget to share using #gettymasterclass!

 

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