Austral International Press Agency and Scope Features based in Sydney, Australia have announced that the two agencies will be merging as of May 1, 2014 with the formation of australscope Pty Ltd.
Austral and Scope, founded in 1954 and 1977 respectively, are major licensors of editorial photography in Celebrity, Royalty, Lifestyle, Red Carpet, Fashion, Music, Studio Portraiture and News and Features from all over the world, including some local event coverage.
Michael Harsanyi – owner at Austral says, “We are excited that amalgamating our two talented teams will maximise the potential of our strategic visions to offer an enriched joint digital archive of over 10 million images to our clients. I am excited at the prospect of working together to open up new markets for our high quality suppliers”.
Alison Sykes – owner at Scope – commented “Having combined industry experience of over 45 years places us with a unique advantage. Together we combine different streams of high quality content bringing together iconic brands and world renowned photographers. Joining forces will allow us to give a more personalised service to our expanded client base and provide an enriched website experience”
• The new company, australscope Pty Ltd, will be operating as a combined entity as of 1st May 2014.