Photononstop Group Acquires Biosphoto

Posted on 8/2/2012 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Photononstop Group, based in Paris, announces the purchase of 100% of the shares in
Biosphoto, France’s leading stock agency specialized in Nature, Garden and Environment Photography. The Biosphoto collection contains 2.5 million photos and 20,000 videos. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“This acquisition enables us to broaden the Group’s offer alongside what is available on – a leading non-specialist Rights-Managed & Royalty-Free site in France and – the No. 1 portal for Royalty-Free photos in France,” said Gilles Taquet and Christian Delannoy, Photononstop Group’ co-founders and Chairmen.

“We are delighted to welcome to the Group an agency that has a worldwide reputation and whose work is recognized by both photographers and clients. We want to develop Biosphoto to reinforce its position as a niche leading agency in the field of animal, botanical and scientific photography and video.”

Founded by Catherine Deulofeu 25 years ago, Biosphoto has climbed up through the ranks in Europe to become one of the top specialist agencies. Biosphoto is recognised as a leading agency for the quality of its photos, the scientific thoroughness of their keywording and captioning and for its team, which is mainly made up of biologists and botanists. The agency will be directed by Executive Manager Sophie Boulet-Gerson.

In addition to, the agency has launched to reinforce its links with magazines and specialist book publishers.

Biosphoto agency distributes the work of over 450 photographers worldwide, including
some famous names of animal photography such as Jean-Louis and Marie-Luce Klein-Hubert, Michel and Christine Denis-Huot, Michel Gunther, Cyril Ruoso, Brandon Cole, Reinhard Dirscherl, Theo Allofs, Juan-Carlos Munoz, etc. Its collection is made up of 300,000 exclusive photos.

Biosphoto also distributes over 40 stock photography collections from organizations such as Minden Pictures, National Geographic, GAP, Royal Horticultural Society and  Science Photo Library.

The Photononstop Group was established following the acquisition and merger of La Photothèque SDP in 1997 and DIAF in 2000. Photononstop distributes the work of 250 photographers.

In April 2010, Photononstop Group took over the Graphic Obsession brand and re-launched its website. Graphic Obsession is now France’s leading portal specializing in creative Royalty-Free images with 3 million images from 100 of the worlds leading collections.

In 2011 Photononstop bought into the capital of Bilderberg Agentur, a prestigious German special reports agency based in Hamburg. Photononstop is also the producer of ONOKY collection, with over 22,000 Royalty-Free photos, mainly lifestyle, with a “French Touch” flavor.

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