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Trevillion Shines at the CEPIC Awards

Trevillion Images is thrilled to announce that for the second year running they (http://www.trevillion.com/) have won the CEPIC Stock Photography Awards!

This year two Trevillion photographers stole the show, with Daniil Kontorovich taking first prize, and Oleg Oprisco taking second.

Daniil captivated the audience with his haunting portrait of a red-haired model gazing intently at the camera. Whilst Oleg turned heads with his surreal and playful image of a woman sewing fabric in a field.

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It is a great honor to be associated with CEPIC (http://cepic.org/), which aims to support traditional stock photography and defend the rights of photographers throughout Europe.

To see the winning images and all the other fantastic entries just visit the CEPIC Photography Awards website http://www.cepic-photography-awards.com).

And make sure to check out the winning photographer’s collections on the Trevillion website, Daniil Kontorovich (http://www.trevillion.com/contributor/browse/933/daniil-kontorovich) and Oleg Oprisco (http://www.trevillion.com/contributor/browse/755/oleg-oprisco) have hundreds of stunning images that cannot be missed!

fotofringe London offers DMLA members an exclusive discount to visit the event

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fotofringe starts the picture agency networking year: FOTOFRINGE, London, 20 April – CEPIC, Zagreb, 25-27 May – DMLA, USA, October 27-29, 2016

On Wednesday 20 April, 100 image agencies gather in the UK at the 6th fotofringe London, held at the award-winning Kings Place.

This year’s fotofringe is the first international networking opportunity since the striking news of Corbis/VCG/Getty.  For DMLA members who order a non-exhibiting agency day pass before Tuesday 15 March, the cost of entry will be £65 per person.  After then, day passes cost £75, and from 1 April, £175. The fee includes a complimentary welcome breakfast, free lunch bag and a complimentary drink at the end of the show with the exhibitors.

To take advantage of this offer reserve your entry ticket by emailing direct to fotofringe@topfoto.co.uk – please include  your name, your company name, and details for the invoice: and the number of tickets you require.  This offer is only available to DMLA members.

2016 exhibitors to visit include: 123RF; 4Corners Images; Action Library; Advertising Archives, age fotostock, akg-images, Alamy, Arcaid Images, Arcticphoto, Ardea, Arenapal, Art Archive/Kobal, artimage, Ashmolean Museum, AUGUST, AWL Images, Bridgeman Images, British Museum Images, Caia Images, Camera Press, Capture, Cartel, CiTDigital, Cody Images, Creative Image Library, Deposit Photos, europeana food & drink, FLPA, Gallery Stock, Getty, Glasgow Life, Heritage Images, Historic Royal Palaces, Homer Sykes My British Archive, Ian Fleming Images™, IDS, Ikon Images, Imagesource, John Birdsall Library, LAT Photographic, Lebrecht Music & Arts, Lee Miller Archive, Living4Media, Mary Evans Picture Library, Mirrorpix, National Archives Image Library, National Museum of Wales, National Portrait Gallery, Nature Picture Library, Newscom, News Syndication, OTTO, PA Images, Photofusion Picture Library, Photoshot, PictureMaxx, plainpicture, PPL, Rex by Shutterstock, Robert Harding World Imagery, Ronald Grant Archive, Réunion des musées nationaux (RMN), Royal Armouries, Royal Museums Greenwich, RSPB Images, Scala Archives Italy, Science & Society, Science Photo Library, Seasons, Sputnik, Steve Bloom Images, Shutterstock, Sonia Halliday Photographs, Stockfood, Tate, Timeinc.UK, TopFoto.co.uk, VIEW, V&A Images, Wellcome Images, Wenn, Werner Forman Archive….

fotofringe london is created and managed by Topfoto.co.uk, with media partner PhotoArchiveNews.com

DMLA Conference Sparkles from All Views

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The 2015 Conference (our 20th Annual) by all accounts was an overwhelming success! We’d like to thank all the participants for their contribution to the event and for helping to make it so relevant. It is the presence and enthusiasm of such a variety of attendees from all over the world that make these meetings so worthwhile.

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While moving to New Jersey was a bit controversial to some, the amazing views and the accommodations more that made up for a little inconvenience. Most people found the 5-minute trip on the PATH train to Manhattan to be very easy!

The conference was jammed packed with people, quality sessions and every one of our speakers and panelists were prepared to give enormous amounts of information to our audience. We will be posting a series of reviews of all the sessions in upcoming blogs.

Events like this don’t happen without a lot of hard work from a lot of people. A special thank you to Ellen Boughn and her Program Committee for a flawless conference from start to finish: Doug Dawirs, Lynn Eskenazi, Ellen Herbert (Novel Expressions), Paul Melcher, Nuno Silva (500px) and Sonia Wasco (Grant Heilman Photography).

To Ophelia Chong (Stock Pot Images), a new DMLA Member, who jumped in and volunteered to run the front desk at her first conference, a huge thank you… and to the Agency Access crew who assisted her: Amanda Cronin, Katie Knepple, Matthew Spindler and Michele Mattera.

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Congratulations to our 2015 DMLA Award winners, a new tradition that was started this year: Volunteer of the Year, Karen D’Silva; Corporate Sponsor of the Year, Agency Access and to our Lifetime Achievement Award winner: Sonia Wasco, Grant Heilman Photography.  A Well deserved honor by all of the recipients!

A big shout out to all our speakers, moderators and panelists whose contributions were above expectations and who made our sessions so very interesting and informative.  A huge thank you to Doug Dawirs for making the AV work so seamlessly.

We are thankful to our photographer, Joe Santa, who donated his incredible talents to capture the great moments of the event.  Look for his photos with our session reviews.

Thanks to all our conference sponsors: 500px, British Pathé, CDAS, Condé Nast, Corbis, Gaopin Images, ImageProtect, Visual Connections and especially Agency Access who did all the design work for the event (Alison Abate and Katie Jackson most of all). Please plan ahead to take advantage of one of 2016’s sponsorship opportunities.

These Conferences keep getting better and better! Make your plans now to attend next year’s event. We’ll have information soon on dates and location. All you need is a quest for knowledge and lots of business cards!

See you next year!!

Google Responds to EU’s Antitrust Case

From ICOMP’s Blog:

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Today’s blog post from Google is, unfortunately, simply another attempt to divert attention away from the devastating impact their self-preferencing has had on the online market, making many of the same old arguments we have seen before.

Commissioner Vestager has been clear that in her view Google’s systematic self preferencing of its own comparison shopping service, along with its demotion of rivals, is in breach of European antitrust rules. But, in spite of the detailed work and analysis of the Commission and others over many years, Google still refuses to acknowledge the impact of its anti-competitive conduct.

If Google truly believes “in the interest of promoting user choice and open competition”, and in the strengths of its arguments, we would urge them to make their case in front of the Commission and complainants at an oral hearing.

The decision is in Google’s hands, but holding a hearing could provide a unique opportunity for Google to present its full defence and for complainants and other interested third parties to offer their perspectives. We have long believed that transparency and a meaningful debate is in everyone’s best interest, and an oral hearing is an important step in ensuring that such a debate takes place.

We look forward to supporting the Commission in taking the case forward and helping to find robust and workable long-term solutions to remedy the harms caused by Google’s anti-competitive practices. ICOMP’s members, who represent a wide range of interests in the digital sphere, will be keen to ensure that effective remedies are speedily reached.

See the whole story on Politico here

**DMLA is a member of ICOMP

Champagne Time With Trevillion!

Trevillion is celebrated for having some of the best creative images out there. And this week we are celebrating!

We are thrilled to announce that Trevillion has just won first prize in CEPIC’s first ever international ‘Stock Photography Awards’ competition.

The striking and dynamic image ‘Letting Go’ captivated the judges imagination with its conceptual visual appeal and dramatic sense of energy.

The purpose of the CEPIC awards is to show how photography can generate visual concepts and ideas and to bring to light those photographers who produce them, by opening a collaborative relationship between photo libraries and photographers.

Congratulations to Dylan Kitchener, the incredibly talented Trevillion Photographer behind this visual treat!

To see more of our wonderful images, just click here and prepare to be amazed!

The winning image below: ‘Letting Go’ by Dylan Kitchener can be viewed fully here.

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Worldwide launch of seasons.agency

New photo agency focusing on beauty photography

Kennebunk, . seasons.agency, a new boutique photo agency, has just opened its doors to the professional stock photography market. The collection introduces an exclusive portfolio of European beauty photography which is set to make a difference.

Emerging from assigned productions of a variety of premium European publishers, the collection presents distinctive images with a focus on professional beauty photography. At the start seasons.agency includes around 100,000 Rights-managed images. In addition to lifestyle productions by leading magazines, the collection also showcases the work of selected individual high-end photographers. Invitations to further independent beauty photographers have already been extended.

Martin Skultety, Managing Director of seasons, emphasizes the difference with other lifestyle portfolios: “There are millions of lifestyle images already available on the global picture market. However, most models are made to look interchangeable and the images are often digitally enhanced. In the case of seasons.agency, all our models are distinctive professionals with a strong character and an authentic, recognizable personality.” Other subjects in the collection include cover shots, food, home and travel.

seasons.agency is another boutique collection created by the team of StockFood, a renowned photo agency based in Munich, Germany. Besides StockFood, the world’s leading food media agency, the company is successfully operating living4media, a premium supplier of images and features depicting interiors and decoration.

“We love professional photography and see room for plenty of growth in the high-end peak of the market. With seasons.agency we are aiming at becoming a leading destination for producers and professional users of high-end beauty photography” said Martin Skultety.

seasons.agency is available in English and German, visitors will automatically be directed to the language and content available in their home country. Further languages will follow soon.

For further information please contact:

seasons.agency
A division of StockFood
Shannon Mahoney
General Manager
109 Lafayette Center
Kennebunk, ME 04043

Tel.: (207) 967-5776
Email: shannon.mahoney@stockfood.com
Web: www.stockfood.com

Europe to accuse Google of illegally abusing its dominance

Financial Times
By Alex Barker, Christian Oliver and Anne-Sylvaine
April 14, 2015, 2:01pm ET

Google will on Wednesday be accused by Brussels of illegally abusing its dominance of search in Europe, a step that ultimately could force it to fundamentally change its business model and pay hefty fines.

Margrethe Vestager, the EU’s competition commissioner, is to say that the US group will soon be served with a formal charge sheet alleging that it breached antitrust rules by diverting traffic from rivals in order to favour its in-house services, according to two people familiar with the case.

Serving Google with a so-called statement of objections will be the opening salvo in one of the defining antitrust cases of the internet era. It could prove as epic as the decade-long battle with Microsoft that ultimately cost the company more than €2bn in fines.

The commission’s move comes after a torrid a five-year investigation that Google came close to settling without charges last year. The draft deal collapsed after fierce objections were raised by ministers in France and Germany, and by some of the continent’s most powerful telecoms and media groups.

The EU’s antitrust case comes against the backdrop of a growing European backlash against Silicon Valley and the economic disruption of the digital age. Once lauded for their innovative spirit, big US tech groups have come under mounting criticism in Europe over their market dominance and the way they handle personal data, especially in the wake of the US internet surveillance scandal.

A decision on charges is to be taken by the college of 28 EU commissioners on Wednesday. Some commissioners are concerned that Ms Vestager has, according to one source, restructured and narrowed the case she inherited from her predecessor Joaquín Almunia. As well as search issues, the investigation has looked at allegations that Google illegally scrapes content from rivals, locks in some publishers into using Google search ads, and makes it hard for advertisers to move campaigns to rival search engines.

Although Google has faced antitrust questions on three continents for several years, the EU move is the first time the company has been accused of formal wrongdoing. It will be given 10 weeks to respond to the allegations and will have the opportunity to call a hearing to make its defence.

Ultimately, the commission has the power to levy fines of up to 10 per cent of Google’s global turnover and can impose far-reaching curbs on its business practices. Almost 20 complainants against Google want the search engine to abide by strict rules that ensure its formula treats its own services — providing results for travel, shopping, and maps — no differently from rivals. Spokespeople for Google and the commission declined to comment.

If the charges are proven, it could take at least a year and probably significantly longer for the commission to make a final decision. Google would probably challenge any ruling that goes against it through the European courts, opening a legal war that could run for years.

The commission’s long attempt to settle the case with Google under Ms Vestager’s predecessor Mr Almunia made it one of the most fraught and politically charged antitrust cases to be dealt with by Brussels.

Google supporters feel the commission’s volte-face on a settlement reflected politics rather than an independent assessment. No EU antitrust case has ever been extended to three settlement offers, or been revived after complainants were formally warned that their case is about to be rejected.

On top of the pressure from Brussels, this week Google is also under scrutiny in France where lawmakers are considering an initiative that would force it to hand over its secret formula for ranking websites.

Revealing our algorithms — our intellectual property — would lead to the gaming of our results, which would be a bad experience for users
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The French senate is likely to adopt a bill this week which would allow the country’s national telecoms regulator to monitor search engines’ algorithms, with sweeping powers to ensure its results are fair and non-discriminatory. The French initiative will become law only if it is adopted by the senate and the lower house of parliament and will also require government backing.

Critics complain that Google’s algorithm can be skewed to hurt rivals and want it published to ensure accountability. Google argues such transparency would make its search engine a target of spam and hand rivals its business secrets for free.

A spokesperson for Google in France said: “We’re transparent about what ranks well on Google, including when we make changes, but by definition, not everyone can come top. Revealing our algorithms — our intellectual property — would lead to the gaming of our results, which would be a bad experience for users.”

The amendment, proposed by centre-right lawmakers and attached to a broader economic reform bill assembled by economy minister Emmanuel Macron, has yet to secure the government backing needed to survive the legislative process and pass in the National Assembly.

But Catherine Morin-Desailly, chair of the Senate’s culture, education and communication committee, told the Financial Times that discussions with the government were encouraging.

“The government is well aware of the issues,” Ms Morin-Desailly said. “It’s a question of ensuring fairness. Too many businesses view search engines as bottlenecks. The net is tightening around [Google].”

If approved, the proposal would give Arcep, France’s telecoms regulator, oversight of any search engine that has sufficient power to “structure the functioning of the digital economy”. Google would be required to provide links to at least three rival search engines on its homepage, and disclose to users the “general principles of ranking”.

Additional reporting by Richard Waters in San Francisco

BAPLA Rights Group survey on Web, Social Media and Apps

 

The BAPLA Rights Group asks for your help in completing their latest survey on rights and standards for website and social use, and app pricing, as they would like to get a US perspective. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey, accessed by the link below. All answers will be treated in complete confidence. Survey responses will be used to compile a report on the latest trends in website, social media and app licensing, which will also form one of the points for discussion at  the BAPLA Focus on Copyright event in London on May 14  and which they will share with DMLA.

Please note that it is not essential to answer all questions in the survey – if you are unable to answer a specific question, please skip that question and move on to the next one. Deadline for responses to the survey is Friday 10th April.

Tim Harris, Chair BAPLA Rights Group

You can take the survey here.  Please take this version only if you are a North American business.

 

 

age fotostock Updates Their Website

 

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age fotostock, a stock photography agency based in Spain with offices in Barcelona, Madrid, New York, and Paris, launched a new look on their website this week.

The site, http://www.agefotostock.com, has been designed by in-house age fotostock web designers and programmers in direct response to customer demand for an attractive website where themes, categories, collections and offers are easy to find. Along with the new look, age fotostock is introducing two new curated collections, ‘SnapMobileFoto’ and ‘Unconventional’.

Moving alongside developments in technology, the business model of the stock photography industry and its ecosystem has changed constantly and dramatically in the past years, both in web design trends as well as the clients’ approach to licensing images. age fotostock, a company in the business for more than 40 years, still individually owned, and always “on the crest of the wave,” sticks to the principle of protecting photography and photographers while adapting to market demands. The company has undertaken the development of a new website that recognizes and incorporates the needs of change with a contemporary and innovative design. The enhanced navigation and visual offer are just some of many improvements that have been made to the age fotostock and THP platforms following the initial website launch in 1997.

Alfonso Gutiérrez, CEO of age fotostock, comments, “We have researched the market and utilized the skills of our in house IT developers and designers to create a new look that is unique, smart and functional, presenting our great variety of content in a manner convenient for clients. We are pleased to offer two new creative and contemporary collections that embrace the growing changes in both visual culture and technology, Unconventional and SnapMobilePhoto. Both collections are increasingly rapidly with a wealth of fresh imagery.”

Julieanne Eason, Content Manager, says, “The emphasis on showing our photographers” work is an essential part of the age fotostock philosophy. The work of photographers is the basis of the new visual culture that the internet has introduced in our global society. New media has profoundly altered everything, from licensing models to rewarding creativity, and offers fresh possibilities that photographers need to assimilate. We are facilitating changes in order to present a world of possibilities in which visual creators continue to benefit.”

Charlie Hebdo shooting: a barbaric act against media freedom

 from the European Federation of Journalists

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“The ‘massacre’ which took place today at the premises of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris is a barbaric act of violence against journalists and media freedom,” says the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ).

According to the latest media reports, twelve people were killed in the shooting. Among them, nine are journalists and two are policemen, according to media reports. Media reported that at least two armed, hooded gunmen have taken part in the shooting at the office of Charlie Hebdo at 11.30am today.

The EFJ has expressed its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims. The EFJ President, Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard, will travel to Paris later today or tomorrow to honour the victims and get in touch with the journalists’ unions in France for support actions to the families of the victims.

The EFJ has condemned this barbaric act of violence against journalists and media freedom. It has called on the French authorities to make every effort to punish this horrific crime.

“This is not only an attack on journalists but also an attack on the freedom of the media. Journalists today are facing greater dangers and threats,” says Blicher Bjerregaard.

In 2014, 118 journalists and media workers died for doing their jobs. In Europe, 9 journalists were killed and they were taken place mostly in Ukraine.

In view of this horrific attack, the EFJ reiterates its call on national governments, the European Union and intergovernmental organisations (including the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe – OSCE) to intensify their efforts in ensuring the protection of journalists in Europe.