BAPLA: No Picture Buyers' Fair in 2011

Posted on 11/4/2010 by Julia Dudnik Stern | Printable Version | Comments (1)

The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies has announced that its flagship event, the Picture Buyers Fair, will not return in 2011. This is the second such announcement coming from a major European market in recent years: the German stock-photo event was cancelled last year.

Unlike Germany's BVPA, which cancelled PICTA 2009 due to waning interest from attendees but has since returned to the event, BAPLA's move appears more strategic. The organization said it plans to look at a series of smaller networking events during the year instead, catering to members who have shown interest in building client relationships on a more personal level.

Nonetheless, this does come as a surprise to a casual observer. PBF was a unique venue in that it connected BAPLA member agencies with image buyers. In addition, the 2010 event expanded beyond its usual format with glitzy and surely expensive new features, such as a digital gallery and a new venue. BAPLA also said the fair broke even—while somewhat short of a resounding success, this did give many hope that the market is not entirely down the drain.

BAPLA chairman Paul Brown said in a statement that the organization's members still see the need for a PBF-like event. And it is not officially dead yet; BAPLA is considering converting to a biannual format. For the moment, however, the organization is dealing with increased economic pressures on its member base, and that base is getting smaller: now around 300 member-agencies, which likely represents a drop of anywhere between 10% and 25% since mid-2000s. 

Copyright © Julia Dudnik Stern. 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


  • Klaus Plaumann Posted Nov 8, 2010
    BVPA has created a new model: Smaller, but successfull-pictaday.with changig locations every year. It was in Munich this year, with 24 agencies presenting their offers. Next year in Hamburg, in a very nice location at the old Harbour in the center of the City. Plus the event at the Bookfair in Frankfurt, with "Zentrum Bild", for all interested customers.
    Best, Klaus

Post Comment

Please log in or create an account to post comments.

Stay Connected

Sign up to receive email notification when new stories are posted.

Follow Us

Free Stuff

Stock Photo Pricing: The Future
In the last two years I have written a lot about stock photo pricing and its downward slide. If you have time over the holidays you may want to review some of these stories as you plan your strategy ...
Read More
Future Of Stock Photography
If you’re a photographer that counts on the licensing of stock images to provide a portion of your annual income the following are a few stories you should read. In the past decade stock photography ...
Read More
Blockchain Stories
The opening session at this year’s CEPIC Congress in Berlin on May 30, 2018 is entitled “Can Blockchain be applied to the Photo Industry?” For those who would like to know more about the existing blo...
Read More
2017 Stories Worth Reviewing
The following are links to some 2017 and early 2018 stories that might be worth reviewing as we move into the new year.
Read More
Stories Related To Stock Photo Pricing
The following are links to stories that deal with stock photo pricing trends. Probably the biggest problem the industry has faced in recent years has been the steady decline in prices for the use of ...
Read More
Stock Photo Prices: The Future
This story is FREE. Feel free to pass it along to anyone interested in licensing their work as stock photography. On October 23rd at the DMLA 2017 Conference in New York there will be a panel discuss...
Read More
Important Stock Photo Industry Issues
Here are links to recent stories that deal with three major issues for the stock photo industry – Revenue Growth Potential, Setting Bottom Line On Pricing and Future Production Sources.
Read More
Recent Stories – Summer 2016
If you’ve been shooting all summer and haven’t had time to keep up with your reading here are links to a few stories you might want to check out as we move into the fall. To begin, be sure to complet...
Read More
Corbis Acquisition by VCG/Getty Images
This story provides links to several stories that relate to the Visual China Group (VCG) acquisition of Corbis and the role Getty Images has been assigned in the transfer of Corbis assets to the Gett...
Read More
Finding The Right Image
Many think search will be solved with better Metadata. While metadata is important, there are limits to how far it can take the customer toward finding the right piece of content. This story provides...
Read More

More from Free Stuff