Alamy Exceeds One Million Images

Posted on 4/13/2004 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)



April 13, 2004

Alamy Images, ( ) now offers more
than one million RM and RF images from over 175 agencies and 2,500 plus photographers
from around the globe. This represents a 330% growth in content since this time last year.

The company has been in operation since 2001 and currently has offices in the
UK and Asia Pacific. Another office is scheduled to open in the US in April 2004. Alamy
conducts regular surveys to identify customer content requirements and feeds this back to
contributors to ensure they provide both the quantity and range of material to meet
market needs. For example, after a recent survey revealed that 92% of customers were
using royalty free (RF) images, Alamy added the following RF providers to its
collection: Imageshop Zefa (UK); Bananastock (UK); Epcot Images (UK); Organics (UK);
Goodshoot (France); Dex Images (Japan); Pixland (France); Inmagine (Asian);
Medioimages (Hispanic); Comstock (US) and Thinkstock (US).

Alamy's customers are also big users of RM imagery with 74% using both RM and RF and
8% using Rights Managed images exclusively. The company has also focused on signing
specialist in its ten top selling categories which are: lifestyles/people; concepts;
business; landscapes & nature; travel; science, technology & research; architecture,
homes & interiors; backgrounds & objects/still life; reportage, social,
environmental & conservation issues, and medical, health, beauty & fitness.

New contributors signed by Alamy include:

  • Lifestyles/people - Philip Brittan, Enamul Hoque, Liam Bailey, Iain
    Masterton, Plant, Max Paris, Marc Romanelli and Samantha Scott;

  • Business - Profimedia, Dan Kenyon, Marc Romanelli, Liam Bailey and Tom

  • Concepts - GlassHouse Images, Dex Images, Paul Heartfield, Oote Boe,
    Pedro Lobo, Tim Bird, Tim Kavanagh, Blackout Concepts and Gari Wyn Williams;

  • Landscapes and nature - CuboImages (lesser known regions of Italy),
    Agence Images (undiscovered corners of France) and Helder Silva;

  • Travel - Photolibrary Wales, Apex News and Pictures (UK travel feature
    specialists), Archivberlin Fotoagentur (Germany), Lookgaleria (Poland),
    Photo Japan, Pat Behnke (China), Gavin Hellier, Tibor Bognar (advertising-style
    travel), David Sanger Photography and Kevin Taylor;

  • Architecture, homes and interiors - View Pictures (UK), The National
    Trust (UK historic buildings) and Artografika Bildagentur (Germany);

  • Reportage/social/environmental issues - Tim Graham (indigenous people
    and cultures), Julio Etchart (focus on Latin America), Terry Fincher (famous actors,
    politicians, figures as well as war photography) and Jayne Fincher (the UK royal

James West, CEO of Alamy, commented, "While hitting the one million image mark is an
important milestone for us, more significant is the fact that the content we have
signed up matches the needs of our customers. Alamy's strong customer focus and
understanding of the marketplace ensures that our customers benefit not only from
the quantity but also the quality and relevance of our images, and that our
contributors enjoy strong sales."

Copyright © 2004 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


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