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NEWSLETTER: March 2004

In this issue –
Reuters, Corbis, Dorling Kindersley, Pearson/FT Group, Zefa Visual Media, Masterfile, Index Stock Imagery, Avenue Images, Chinapix, Universal Pictorial Press & Agency (UPPA), image100, ZUMA Press, DOUBLEtruck, World Press Photo contest, Polaris Images, Sports Features Singles, World Press Photo contest, The Picture Editors’ Awards, ei8ht, Jill Howell, Pictopia, RedCarpetPictures.com, CEPIC Congress, Extensis Inc. and Portfolio 7


Reuters sees Corbis sees Reuters

Reuters and Corbis announced today the signing of a new, global partnership agreement in which the two companies will join forces to develop new content, product lines and services for clients worldwide. Revenues from the newly created lines of business will be shared between the two companies.

Under the deal, Reuters news photography and Corbis’ commercial pictures and rights management services will be combined to create a total solution for sports federations, sponsors, corporations and event organisers around the globe. Reuters will also harness Corbis technology, utilising custom development and digital asset management services to power its Picture Allirchive service, containing over a million images.

“Corbis gives us unparalleled expertise in the area of intellectual property and rights management, along with the best technology infrastructure,” said Monique Villa, Reuters Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Head of Pictures. “Combining Reuters world-class pictures with rights management skills and images from Corbis enhances our offering and provides a powerful alternative to the existing players in the market, ” she added.

“This strategic alliance underscores our commitment to meeting the global needs of market sectors which are presently being under served,” said Jennifer Hurshell, Senior Vice President of Content Development and Corporate Communications at Corbis. “Major enterprise sponsors, sports leagues, and corporate marketers have struggled to find new channels with which to publicise their brands with compelling imagery. Together, Reuters and Corbis will enable clients to more easily access and utilise the broadest, most relevant, and highest quality image content in the world.”

Corbis’ existing distribution deal for Reuters images will also be extended from the US to the UK in the next three months.

Doubled

10.000 new images have been added to book publisher Dorling Kindersley’s picture library website. 20.000 travel, wildlife, heath and lifestyle images are now available to download. To celebrate the launch of a new site and the added images they are holding a bash at their office on the Strand, London. DK is part of the Pearson/FT Group.

see those images: dkimages.com

UK Move

zefa visual media are to market the complete Masterfile image collection in Great Britain. Zefa already markets the North American picture library Masterfile’s collection in Germany, the Netherlands and Italy. “We expect increased attention for our collection in the UK by its presence on the zefa platform”, says Steve Pigeon, Masterfile CEO. “The British market is one of the most important in Europe and can be best served with a strong partner like zefa.”

Tomas Speight, CEO of zefa visual media adds: “With more than 120.000 new Masterfile images on the zefa UK website we have undertaken another major step towards our goal of offering photography users from advertising agencies, publishers and corporations a full range of imagery covering all their creative needs.” The range of images offered by zefa covers a wide selection of rights-managed and royalty-free collections. In addition, zefa visual media also has its own global network of creative top photographers.


Over 30 group partners license the usage rights to the group´s images via its global image portal : zefaimages.com.


Expanding

Index Stock Imagery has announced a new distribution agreement with Avenue Images. Hamberg based Avenue Images will be offering 300,000 of Index’s images to the German editorial and commercial markets. Avenue Images is a relatively new investor-backed company. It began marketing images in June of 2003. Index has been working with the company from its launch. According to Joachim Koutzky, Director of Avenue Images: “Our target audience is Ad Agencies, Graphic Designers, Design Firms, Corporate Offices, Magazines and Book Publishers. We represent nearly all the existing Royalty Free publishers in Germany. Index is currently our largest source of Rights Managed images.” In addition to Avenue Images, in the past year Index Stock has agents in Italy, Portugal, England, Mexico and Chile. It represents dozens of domestic collections and has 650,000 images available online, of which 75,000 are Royalty Free images. Their website supports emailable lightboxes, e-commerce shopping, and customised price grids and high-res comps, for qualified customers. Mac users can enjoy a Mac interface and all of Index’s loyal customers receive gifts through the Image Points Rewards Program.

indexstock.com

Closed

Chinapix Picture Alligency has closed it’s doors. After an enthusiastic launch at last years CEPIC congress in Portugal 20 overseas agents were signed up.

An Opportunity….press release…..

Universal Pictorial Press & Agency (UPPA), one of the UK’s leading press photo agencies and archives, is delighted to announce the launch of its first annual Scholarship Awards.

Open to students who have completed a full or part-time, higher education, photographic qualification, the Awards offer three months’ paid work placement at UPPA’s London offices, to each of three aspiring professional photographers. The Awards are an unrivalled opportunity for the successful individuals to gain real life experience and practical training.

There are three categories of Scholarship, with one place available in each category.

Photojournalism – for individuals who would like to become a press photographer or photojournalist. You will be sent out on press assignments with our staff photographers and on your own.

Commercial – UPPA has a significant corporate photography practice serving many of the UK’s leading companies. You will assist on some shoots and run others.

Creative – largely studio based and requiring excellent computer skills. You will create sets of themed images which will be sold through our Library.

Applications, in the form of a portfolio of no more than 10 printed images, must be received by 15th July 2004 and winners will be announced on 1 September 2004, with the opportunity for the individuals to start work shortly thereafter. Your images should suit the category for which you would like to be considered. The judging criteria for the Photojournalism and Commercial categories will be visual effectiveness and impact; for Creative, the criteria will be interest and attractiveness.

The judges include:

Timothy Bishop, Secretary of the British Press Photographers Association

Peter Dare, Director Universal Pictorial Press & Agency

Melissa de Witt, Editor of HotShoe International

Portfolios should be sent to :

UPPA Scholarship Awards

29 – 31 Saffron Hill

London

EC1N 8SW

Please do not send originals, and enclose postage if you would like your prints returned. For further information, please e-mail ctaylor@uppa.co.uk. Only individuals who have completed their studies within the 12 months prior to the closing date may apply.

UPPA.co.uk

Another Location

image 100 have continued their expansion through Europe with the launch of their french operation. A team of dedicated french speaking account handlers are now available on free phone 0800 904475 supported by a dedicated website: image100.fr

New Magazine

ZUMApress the energetic editorial photo agency based in California has launched a new cutting-edge photojournalism magazine named DOUBLEtruck. The magazine is presented in two distinctive sections. The first titled the Year in DOUBLEtrucks takes you through storytelling images of last year’s major news events. All the images presented in this section ran as double-page spreads in leading weeklies around the world. The second section, Never Been Kissed, celebrates the unseen- the best pictures of 2003 that were, ‘hot but haven’t run doubletruck yet’.

get a preview at: DOUBLEtruckMAGAZINE.com

The Winner

The international jury of the 47th annual World Press Photo contest has selected as World Press Photo of the Year 2003 a colour image by French photographer Jean-Marc Bouju of The Associated Press. The picture shows a detained Iraqi man comforting his 4-year-old-son at a regroupment centre for POWs near Najaf, Iraq. The picture was taken on 31 March 2003.

WorldPressphoto.org

The Sports Winner

Adam Nadel of Polaris Images has won 1st prize, Sports Features Singles, in the 2004 World Press Photo contest for his photograph of the amputee soccer team of Sierra Leone.

PolarisImages.com

Chance To Choose

The Picture Editors’ Awards in the UK will be held on Tuesday 18 May in London. Nominations for the 2004 awards have been announced. A jury of 30 picture editors from national and regional newspapers and agencies throughout the UK and Ireland met at the Foreign Press Association in London to nominate photographers for the 16 portfolio and single image categories. Picture Editors across the UK and Ireland will now be invited to vote on the ultimate winners. If you are a Picture Editor you can participate in the ballot.

all the details pictureawards.co.uk

Fine Print

The latest issue of photojournalism magazine ei8ht is at a good newsagent very close to you.

Photo Books

The latest ‘Photographic Books’ catalogue from Jill Howell is in print. To receive a copy visit her ad in our classified section.

news just in…….

ZUMA Press and Pictopia have joined forces to produce RedCarpetPictures.com allowing fans to own news photos in print. The prints at RedCarpetPictures.com are sold for personal use only. RedCarpetPictures will tap ZUMA’s continual image feed from over 600 top photographers around the globe. Just hours after major news events such as the MTV Music Video Awards, users are able to purchase professional prints of the worlds top celebrities for display at home. Scott Mc Kiernan at ZUMA said “For years fans have tried to purchase prints from ZUMA but because of the labour involved this was unfeasible.

order your celebrity: redcarpetpictures.com

200 delegates from 117 countries have booked their places at the CEPIC Congress, Copenhagen 10th – 13th June 2004. To book your place in the show or for more information visit cepic.org

Index Stock Imagery has announced a new alliance with Synergos S.A. de C.V. who will be their representative in Mexico and Central America. Synergor will represent 100.000 of Index’s images in a broad territory that will include Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Nicaragua.

Synergos was founded in 1980 by a team of computer systems specialists. In 1990 they created a new branch dedicated to the production of filmed TV commercials, documentaries and videos, “as part of an integrated scheme of Information Management”. By 1994 Synergos was known for its communication and cinema specialists, and photography and television directors, who counselled companies in the development of internal and external communication programs. In 1997, the company offered its first royalty free photography products. At present, Synergos’ marketing strategy reaches publishers, newspapers, advertising agencies, production & post production companies, graphic designers and internet/intranet development.”

synergosimages.com

The Next Step

Extensis Inc. have announced Portfolio 7 – a dramatic upgrade of the industry-leading, digital asset management (DAM) solution for organising digital photos, illustrations, page layouts and presentations into visual catalogues that can be shared by workgroups or published to the Web with unprecedented ease of use. The Portfolio 7 upgrade includes dozens of new features, many targeted at streamlining the process of importing, organising, and distributing digital photos. The new features include built-in CD burning, batch image conversion, and the ability to embed IPTC metadata, such as captions and copyright information, directly into image files.

Portfolio 7 for Windows will be available for download in April from the Extensis website followed by a Mac version in May.