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Articles from February 2012

Education Market In Transition

By Jim Pickerell | 1094 Words | Posted 2/28/2012 | Comments
In the previous series of articles entitled "Edication: How The Market Has Changed" we looked as some of the factors that have changed the educational market for images. This series of stories looks ahead. Not only have there been dramatic changes in the past, but the business of delivering educational materials to students is still very much in transition. There will certainly be a decline in the use of printed products, a growth in the delivery of educational material online and more use of video. Check out these stories for more about where things seem to be headed.

Shutterstock to Enhance Creative Presentations at TED

By Jim Pickerell | 445 Words | Posted 2/27/2012 | Comments
Shutterstock has announced a yearlong partnership with TED, the non-profit dedicated to ideas worth spreading. This partnership is designed to encourage more dynamic, visual presentations from the world's most inspired thinkers. As part of this partnership, Shutterstock is providing complimentary subscriptions to speakers at TED2012 and TEDGlobal2012. Contributors whose images are downloaded as part of these subscriptions will receive their normal royalties.

Getty Images Announces Innovative Industry Leading API Platform

By Jim Pickerell | 636 Words | Posted 2/23/2012 | Comments (1)
Getty Images, Inc. has announced the release of Connect by Getty Images, an innovative new content distribution service. This powerful and flexible API is designed to give Web publishers built-in access within their publishing tools to Getty’s images, as well as the search metadata associated with them.

The Granger Collection Launches Mobile Website

By Jim Pickerell | 125 Words | Posted 2/23/2012 | Comments
The Granger Collection, a historical image library, has launched a mobile version of its website,, that will make it fast and easy for picture professionals to search 25,000 years of world history from the palm of their hand.

Foreign Rogue Sites That Infringe Copyright Shut Down By Publisher Alliance

By Jim Pickerell | 912 Words | Posted 2/22/2012 | Comments
An international alliance of publishers including seven member companies of the Association of American Publishers, with support from AAP and other international trade associations, has identified and taken legal action against operators of one of the largest pirate web-based businesses in the world.

Alamy Signs Global Distribution Deal With ZUMA Press

By Jim Pickerell | 185 Words | Posted 2/20/2012 | Comments
ZUMA Press, the California-based news agency is now supplying Alamy's live news feed with images from its global network of 3,000 photojournalists.  Owned and run by renowned photojournalist Scott Mc Kiernan, ZUMA has also made its back catalogue available online through Alamy’s

living4media Images Available In 43 Countries

By Jim Pickerell | 351 Words | Posted 2/20/2012 | Comments
living4media, the new home and living image agency, is expanding fast.  Launched in April 2011 in Germany, the online collection is already available in 43 countries. This rapid growth can be put down to the long experience and established global distribution network of the agency’s parent company, StockFood, the world’s leading food media agency.

Juice Images Exceeds 30,000 Wholly-Owned Images

By Jim Pickerell | 233 Words | Posted 2/20/2012 | Comments
Juice Images, the UK-based, high-end, RF image producer has just exceeded the 30,000 image mark. The images span a range of in-demand categories including Business, Industry, Education and Medical as well as more general Lifestyle.

VII Members Receive Awards in 2012 World Press Photo Contest

By Jim Pickerell | 112 Words | Posted 2/20/2012 | Comments
VII has announced that two of its member received top awards in two of the 9 categories in the 2012 World Press Photo Contest. Stephanie Sinclair, received a First Prize for Conterporary Issues stories and Donald Weber a First Price for Portaits.

New Recommendations For Dealing With Educational Use Requests

By Jim Pickerell | 807 Words | Posted 2/17/2012 | Comments
The Editorial Relations Committee of PACA (Picture Archive Council of America) has released updated suggestions for dealing with educational publishers. Digital technology is rapidly changing the way educational materials are being developed and used. During this transition period image licensors need to be particularly vigilant if they hope to receive reasonable compensation for the long range use of their imagery.

Microstock Group 2011 Industry Survey Results

By Jim Pickerell | 403 Words | Posted 2/15/2012 | Comments
Microstock Group has published the preliminary results of its 2011 survey of microstock contributors. So far more that 700 people have responded, but there is still time for anyone involved in microstock to add additional information before the final results are tallied.

Corbis Images Launches OnDemand: Entertainment Subscriptions

By Jim Pickerell | 519 Words | Posted 2/15/2012 | Comments
Corbis Images has launched OnDemand: Entertainment, a flexible entertainment subscription service. The entertainment subscriptions provide customers with exclusive access to the industry’s most comprehensive collection of breaking entertainment and iconic celebrity imagery. The service will be available to customers worldwide searching for compelling creative content to showcase their celebrity and entertainment related news.  

Opportunity For Photography Students

By Jim Pickerell | 367 Words | Posted 2/15/2012 | Comments
Since September 2011 photography and illustration students have submitted more than 3,000 images to Alamy, the world's largest online stock photography agency. For the next two years these contributors will receive 100% of all money collected for the licensing of their images.

Graphic Design; Illustration Share Of Microstock Sales

By Jim Pickerell | 1006 Words | Posted 2/13/2012 | Comments
One thing that has intrigued me about the microstock business is the role designers and illustrators play as content creators and how their participation on the seller side of the market influences imagery supply and demand. Shutterstock recently reported that in 2011 32% of the company’s total downloads were vector illustrations and that in the last 5 years customers have trended to move away from using photographs to illustrate certain concepts and toward the use of very graphic illustrations.

Microstock Trends -- February 2012

By Jim Pickerell | 1871 Words | Posted 2/10/2012 | Comments (5)
This article provides a selection of stories that will help the reader better understand microstock photography and the state of the market for images at microstock prices at the beginning of 2012. Some of the stories in this list were written as much as two years ago, but provide background on the subject.

iStockphotos Offers Free Valentine eCards On Facebook

By Jim Pickerell | 432 Words | Posted 2/7/2012 | Comments
iStockphoto has announced a new app that lets anyone create fast, fun and free e-cards for use on Facebook. Customer surveys have revealed that e-cards have become more acceptable and often preferred to traditional cards.

Crestock Offers Celebrity Photos For Editorial Use

By Jim Pickerell | 175 Words | Posted 2/7/2012 | Comments
Crestock has launched a collection of celebrity photos at microstock prices at The collection contains real time coverage of popular stars from coast to coast supplied by top entertainment photographers, supplemented with an archive of past celebrity events – all from ImageCollect/Los Angeles.

Corbis and AP Launch “Perceptions”: New Marketing Strategy

By Jim Pickerell | 223 Words | Posted 2/6/2012 | Comments
Corbis Images ( and The Associated Press ( are rolling out a monthlong social media photo showcase called “Perceptions.” The showcase on Facebook seeks commentary from people who view selected images from the cross-distribution collaboration between the two companies announced in January.

Shutterstock Surpasses 200 Million Global Stock Image Downloads

By Jim Pickerell | 392 Words | Posted 2/2/2012 | Comments
Shutterstock ( has delivered more than 200 million licensed image downloads to its customers since its founding in 2004. This number far exceeds that of any other company licensing rights to stock photography. The company’s closest competitor in the microstock arena is iStockphoto. According to the latest figures from iStock has licensed 116,134,740+ downloads. (The + probably represents a few thousands above this number.)

Arius3D Agreement To Acquire Masterfile Extended Again

By Jim Pickerell | 189 Words | Posted 2/2/2012 | Comments
Arius3D Corp. and Masterfile Corporation have agreed to extend to March 31, 2012 the closing of the previously announced proposed acquisition by Arius3D of all of the issued and outstanding securities of Masterfile

ImageState To Close – Again!

By Jim Pickerell | 867 Words | Posted 2/1/2012 | Comments
Imagestate Media Ltd and Imagestate Media Partners Ltd has ceased trading through its website and as of February 1, 2012 has entered Administration. The assets of the above companies have been acquired by a new investor. The ongoing business of Imagestate will be managed by Impact Photos. Heritage Images will operate separately.

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