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Food image agency StockFood is now part of Hubert Burda Media


Munich, June 16th, 2016. Munich-based StockFood GmbH is now part of Hubert Burda Media´s network. StockFood is one of Germany’s most respected photo agencies. As market leader, it carries works by more than 1,000 food photographers from around the world. StockFood will retain its current workforce and its independence as a company. Hubert Burda Media is one of Germany´s largest media companies and market leader in food media.

Hubert Burda Media is acquiring StockFood, the global market leader in food photography. The agency offers the world’s most comprehensive collection of food images to professional partners in the media, marketing and advertising industries. In addition to the best work of more than 1,000 prize-winning food photographers, the agency’s range of products also extends to videos, features (images and text) and recipes in many different languages. StockFood will become part of the BurdaHome division where Burda has pooled all its journalistic offerings relating to food and living.

StockFood will remain an independent company based in Munich, and nothing will change to its existing relations to customers in more than 120 countries worldwide. Managing Director Martin Skultety is staying on at the helm. Pete Eising, the company’s founder and hitherto largest shareholder, is leaving the agency after more than three decades. He plans to concentrate on his successful Eising Studio which will continue to photograph first-class image productions for StockFood on an exclusive basis.

StockFood will remain an independent provider in the image market while gaining a sustainable boost from its new partnership. In return, Burda’s own food brands will profit from StockFood’s investments and innovations to the same extent as all the agency’s other clients.

Frank-Jörg Ohlhorst, Managing Director of BurdaHome: Our strong food brands have made us the market leader in Germany. StockFood enables us to extend our vertical food portfolio and market our exclusive content on a global scale. We hold the achievements of the StockFood team in very high regard and it will be a pleasure to support the growth of this innovative and thoroughly healthy company.”

Martin Skultety, Managing Director of StockFood: “Our clear focus and excellent network have enabled us to post continuous growth in a stagnating market environment. Burda, the congenial ‘entrepreneurs’ enterprise’, is therefore a perfect fit for our strategy. We are looking forward to joining forces and generating shared synergies as we embrace the future together. At the same time, we will be endeavouring at all times to expand our product range and provide the best possible service to our highly diversified customer base.”


About StockFood:

StockFood is the leading food specialist among image agencies, offering creative professionals in media, marketing, advertising and publishing the largest food image database on the internet at www.stockfood.com. This includes an unmatched range of Rights-managed and Royalty-free images, videos and features from over 1,000 internationally renowned photographers and film producers. Expert recipe text, created by an in-house team, is available for all images, videos and features.

StockFood was established in Germany in 1979 and is now represented in more than 75 countries, on all continents, by a worldwide network of partner agencies. The company employs 60 people in its offices in Kennebunk, Maine (USA), Munich (Germany) and London (UK).

We will be happy to supply images free of charge, to be used in connection with stories about StockFood.

About Hubert Burda Media:

Responsible for over 400 print and digital consumer brands, Hubert Burda Media is one of Germany’s largest media groups. A strong focus on its digital portfolio and the international media market has been powering growth for several years. Innovation is the driving force behind the organization, which builds on its original roots and values as a family-owned company. It publishes more than 320 magazines around the globe. Burda’s digital business contains successful, expanding companies that include e-commerce and marketing platforms along with rating and agency portals and holdings in social media sites. Burda has 165 million users, approximately 40 million paying consumers and 43,000 advertisers. Its commercial success is driven by some 10,000 employees around the world: Burda is active in 20 markets, above all in Germany, Europe, the United States and Asia.

Vital Imagery Ltd. announces acquisition of Clipart.com and AnimationFactory.com.

Vital Imagery Ltd., a leader in the online graphics subscription services, announced today that it has acquired Clipart.com and AnimationFactory.com from Getty Images. These pioneering websites offer royalty-free clipart, 3D images and animations, photos, photo objects, Microsoft PowerPoint templates, fonts, as well as video backgrounds, e-mail and web page backgrounds for use in commercial and personal projects.

Clipart.com and AnimationFactory.com join iCLIPART.com, Schools.iCLIPART.com, iPHOTOS.com and AcclaimImages.com, to make Vital Imagery Ltd., the largest supplier of clipart and 3D animations world-wide, increasing the inventory from the current 8 million to over 21 million.

The acquisition of Clipart.com and AnimationFactory.com strengthens Vital Imagery’s leading position with wholly-owned image assets for its current and future customers. Company co-founder and CEO Charlie Hoy said, “These acquisitions enhance the diversity of Vital Imagery’s image components and affirm its leadership position in the world of royalty-free online image subscriptions.”

Hoy adds that the company intends to retain all brands, while melding the technology, content and expertise of each into VI’s quality service. “We guarantee this purchase will result in extraordinary benefits for our customers and we are excited for the future of our company.”

President and co-founder, Alison Hoy said, “As we welcome new clients, we want to stress our continued commitment to Vital Imagery’s subscribers and we will enhance these extensive collections for our clients. We look optimistically to the future, to the potential this brings for continued growth and development.”

Headquartered in Brussels, Ontario, Vital Imagery Ltd. is a leading international provider of royalty-free images for commercial and non-commercial use. Its content is sourced from artists and photographers from around the world, ensuring diversity and quality. Vital Imagery has partnered with Microsoft since 2010 and the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) partners exclusively with iCLIPART.com. VI is a proud member of both PACA, the Digital Media Licensing Association; CEPIC, the Centre of the Picture Industry; Better Business Bureau and the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. Since 2008 the company has proudly donated a portion of every subscription it sells to help small businesses world-wide through Kiva.org. To date they have ‘given back’ to over 1,500 entrepreneurs. Early in 2010, Vital Imagery Ltd. launched its second subsidiary when iCLIPART For Schools became one of the resources offered by the Iowa Educators Consortium. Warner Bros., Nintendo, GM OnStar, ABC and CBS are among Vital Imagery’s many commercial customers.


Design Pics Ramps Up for Growth with AgStock Images Acquisition


DesignPics Inc., headquartered in Edmonton, Canada, announces the acquisition of AgStock Images, a California based photo agency specializing in agricultural photography. Founded in 1996 by Ed Young, AgstockImages.com is a comprehensive library of worldwide agricultural photography, representing over 115 leading agriculture, produce, livestock, entomology, botany and plant pathology photographers, including photographers who are also professors and researchers across the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.

Design Pics originally launched as a royalty free agency in 2001.  The company began its expansion into the rights managed marketplace by acquiring the Irish Image Collection in 2007, and developed its own RM Collections as well, in cooperation with its contributing photographers. The company has continued to expand through the acquisitions of First Light, Pacific Stock, Alaska Stock, Axiom Photographic and now AgStock Images.

Rick Carlson, President and founder of Design Pics states that: “In this challenging period of the stock photography industry, our clients and partners have welcomed our new additions, offering them a broader range of subjects available through our acquired collections. AgStock Images is an extremely unique collection, that contains imagery not available elsewhere.”

Ed Young, President and founder of AgStock Images adds: “The acquisition of AgStock Images by Design Pics is a natural fit for both agencies. In today’s market it is imperative for an agency to be able to respond to clients’ needs, with ever shorter project deadlines. Small agencies such as AgStock Images find it difficult to maintain a staff that can respond to these needs on a day-to-day and hour-by-hour basis. The acquisition of AgStock Images by Design Pics will provide the needed infrastructure and staff to meet these demands. I look forward to working with Rick Carlson and his entire staff as a consultant and plans to provide assistance with new incoming imagery.”

For additional information, please contact Laurie McCampbell, VP of Sales & Marketing, at laurie@designpics.com or 1-907-276-1343.

Mary Evans Picture Library Represents Antiquarian Images Library


Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK’s leading historical image source is delighted to announce it is now representing the collection of Antiquarian Images. The library, comprising of thousands of fascinating pictures, spans the 15th to 19th century and encompasses a comprehensive range of subjects including flora and fauna, buildings, gardens, native people, military and naval scenes and panoramas, the majority of which are in colour. A particular speciality is a fine selection of rare and beautiful antique maps as well as celestial and astronomical charts, which perfectly reflect Antiquarian Images’ reputation for the unusual and historically curious.

‘Antiquarian Images is a welcome addition to our library,’ says Paul Brown, Managing Director at Mary Evans Picture Library. ‘The percentage of colour images in such an antique collection is very high, and we are particularly excited about the superb maps and charts at its heart as we feel these will be very useful to a wide variety of clients. This is a lovingly curated collection built up by history enthusiasts, very much in the spirit of Mary Evans.’

Among the thousands of beautiful images available within the collection are exquisite copperplate engravings of flowers, fascinating maps of 17th century London and pictures of long since demolished stately homes. Several thousand images are now available to view online at www.maryevans.com with more being added on a regular basis. For a selection, please click here. .

For further information please contact: 

Paul Brown
Managing Director
Mary Evans Picture Library

59 Tranquil Vale

London SE3 0BS



Mary Evans Picture Library buys Ardea


Mary Evans Picture Library is delighted to announce its purchase of Ardea, one of the UK’s leading wildlife, pets and environment picture libraries.

Sophie Gooders, current owner of Ardea, which was started more than 40 years ago by Sophie’s mother Su, has decided that it is time for her to move out of the industry. However, having put so much of herself into the picture library and with so many friends amongst the photographers, Sophie did not just want the collection to be absorbed into another library and lose its identity. Though at first sight an unusual purchase by Mary Evans, the intention was not to combine the two collections but rather to preserve the independence of Ardea and to run the two companies completely separately, each concentrating on preserving the excellence of their own individual specialities.

Most of the Ardea staff will continue with the company to ensure continuity with both clients and photographers, but Paul Brown will take over Sophie’s role, running the company. Initially nothing will change on a day to day basis for clients using Ardea; they will still receive the same excellent service and quality imagery. However, the intention is to develop the company for the benefit of both photographers and clients using Paul’s experience of more than thirty years in the industry.

Paul Brown said “I am extremely excited to be given the opportunity to look after and develop this most exceptional of agencies which has so much potential and such wonderful imagery. It is rare to be given the opportunity to run one picture library which is well respected, and known for its integrity as well as its amazing images, and I am lucky enough to be running two.”

Sophie Gooders said “We are delighted, as we cannot think of anyone better placed than Paul Brown, who has always shared our respect of photography and our vision for the industry, to continue Ardea’s development into an exciting new era.”
Physically, Ardea will be moving to Blackheath and will be housed at Mary Evans Picture Library, but the website, email and telephone numbers remain the same.

For a selection of images giving an overview of the Ardea collection, please click here.
For further information please contact:

Paul Brown
Managing Director Mary Evans Picture Library
59 Tranquil Vale
London SE3 0BS

paul@ardea.com / paul.brown@maryevans.com
www.ardea.com / www.maryevans.com