firo sportphoto

We, Jürgen Fromme and Ralf Ibing, founded firo sportphoto in 1992.

What began in a small backyard led almost 30 years later to one of the leading independent sport photo agencies in Germany.

Our ambition is to find a perfect and outstanding perspective in every moment. Since the early days, this is our mission and we as a team accept this challenge every day.

We have been on the road all over the world and captured moments such as World Championships, European Championships or studio and customized productions, in photographs. Our clients come from various fields: big corporations, advertising agencies, football clubs, magazines, publishing companies and many more. We are proud that we still work together with our earliest customers.

We flew by helicopter over Siberia, Cape Town and Sydney, we photographed sports stars under waterfalls in South Africa and drove through the Arabian Desert. We photographed politicians and presidents and every sports star of the last 30 years, on and off the playing field: Franz Beckenbauer on the Southfork Ranch, Michael Schuhmacher in the pit lane, Boris Becker in his private surroundings and Manuel Neuer in our studio.

Every new job is a new and exciting challenge. No matter what event, a spectacular game or a youth football tournament, we always give 100 % and make the best out of every situation.

Thanks to our international network of partner agencies , we are able to offer a wide-ranging portfolio. Since the early days, we put our trust in the high-quality photographic equipment of Canon and we very much appreciate their support over the last years.

Jürgen Fromme

Jürgen Fromme

Jürgen Fromme, born on the 16.01.1967 in Münster, became a photographer through his passion about football. In 1983, he showed his first pictures to the sport editorial of the Westfälische Nachrichten in Münster. Since that day, he worked for daily newspapers until he was employed by a prestigious photo agency in Essen in 1990. 1992, with an age of 25 years, he started together with his colleague Ralf Ibing their own business in Bochum, named firo sportphoto.
Since over 27 years, Jürgen Fromme is on the move with his camera on the sports fields of the world. He took photos of many World Championships and in total seven European Championships. For his outstanding work, he won many national and international awards including the award “Sportfoto des Jahres” (Best Sports Photo of the year) in 1999, 2007 and 2011. His work has been shown in various exhibitions, recently in the German Football museum in 2017.
Ralf Ibing

Ralf Ibing

Ralf Ibing, born in Bochum, bought his first camera in 1984 and started his photographic career while studying history, geography and geology. After a few additional semesters of Photo Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund, he founded firosportphoto together with Jürgen Fromme in 1992. Firo Sportphoto quickly established itself as one of the leading agencies in Germany. During Ralf Ibing’s time at Firo Sportphoto, he was awarded numerous national and international prizes. For instance, “Sportfoto des Jahres” (Best sports photo of the year) in 2004, as well as, 2nd place at World Sport Photo of the Year in Japan 1997. As a part of his job, Ralf Ibing travels to many countries. He often travels to New Zealand (his favourite country ) to expand the database with photos of these journeys