Claire Krol, Head of Media, Communications & Government Relations, Optus Stadium

VenuesLive WA Content Producer Ryan Miller recently scored a front-page coup of The West Australian newspaper, delivering one of the best AFL pics of the year.

During the West Coast Eagles v Richmond game at Optus Stadium, Ryan made his way down to ground level to get a few photos for the stadium’s social channels.

He managed to be the only photographer behind the goals when West Coast’s Josh Kennedy scored a goal in the dying minutes of the game, snapping an incredible pic.

At the time he had no idea what it was going to become.

“I thought it was a pretty good photo, but never in my wildest dreams would I have thought it would blow up like it did.

“Immediately after taking it I knew I had something but was just so panicked that it wasn’t in focus!” Ryan said.

So far his image has amassed more than 4000 likes, 130 shares, and hundreds of comments on the Optus Stadium Facebook page. Instagram and Twitter also blew up, with more than 2500 likes, dozens of comments and retweets.

The image made it to the front and back page of The West Australian the following day, an achievement not many can claim.

“Seeing it on the front page was surreal. When I was at university I wanted to get a front page as a journalist so I never thought I’d get one as a photographer. I’d not picked up a camera until mid-2016 so it was nice to see how far I’ve come as a photographer; it was incredibly satisfying,” Ryan said.

To top it all off, Ryan’s colleagues recently presented him with a copy of the image signed by Josh Kennedy.  Now hanging on his wall at home, Ryan says it’s a prized possession: “I’m really grateful to my colleagues for organising that. It’s a shame it’s a shot of a West Coast player (I’m a GWS fan and grew up in a Fremantle fanatic household) but it’s fit in pretty well alongside some of my other sport and travel photos.”