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After a lively “Fireside Chat” together at the 2015 DMLA Conference, Severin Matusek, VP of Community at EyeEm, asks his fellow panelists again how they see technologies will change photography this year.

Stephen Mayes, Executive Director at Tim Hetherington Trust; Anna Dickson, Content and Community Photo Lead at Google;  Taylor Davidson, Entrepreneur and writer specializing in digital media, technology and photography; and Paul Melcher; entrepreneur and founder of Kaptur all offer their insights here.




Photo-sharing startup EyeEm raises $18 million in VC Funding

Photo-sharing startup EyeEm has raised $18 million to accelerate the expansion of its recently launched photo marketplace according to CEO Flo Meissner. They currently have a community of 13 million photographers across 150 countries.

The EyeEm’s unique social aspect to generating content in their marketplace gives them a “truer” feel than other stock photography and allows amateur photographers a space to get paid for their efforts. They have been building machine-learning algorithms that identify the visually appealing apects of images. Some of the money they have received will help them create “missions” to help them find new content.

Meissner says their ongoing goal will be technology. They want to index every image in the world and give access to every image to everyone who owns a smart phone. To date, EyeEm has only launched in the United States, but looks to expand to other markets.

New York-based Valar Ventures led the round, and Meissner writes that all of the startup’s previous investors (Earlybird Ventures, Passion Capital, Wellington Partners, Atlantic Labs and Open Ocean Capital) also participated in the round.

Alamy now offering vector graphics as part of its complete image solution for picture professionals


  • Affordable, high quality vectors with one price and a simple license
  • 500,000 vector graphics available at launch, with plans to double the collection in the first year

Stock photo agency Alamy has today announced its move to supply the image market with vector graphics as part of its strategy to provide a full service to image buyers. Alamy has 45 million images online, including creative, editorial, live news and video.

The company is launching with a collection of 500,000 vectors from leading suppliers including YAY media AS, Matthew Britton and Pavel Konovalov. They aim to expand their collection rapidly over the next 12 months adding new content from their existing contributors as well as recruiting more specialists.

Vectors are great for designers, because they are scalable and can easily be resized without altering the quality of the image. If you print a vector logo on a small sheet of paper, and then enlarge it to billboard size it will keep the same sharp quality.

Ned Selby, partner at New Future Graphic agency said: “Vector graphics are a cornerstone of many of our design processes and it’s great to know that Alamy now offer them as part of their vast image library. They’ve made licensing vectors straightforward, with a simple flexible package of rights at one price.”

Rachel Wakefield, Alamy head of sales said: “We’ve been building our portfolio for the creative market and, when we talked to our customers, vectors was an obvious next step. It’s an exciting time, our content is getting more diverse as we continue to add new products – in the last two years we’ve added Live News and Video.  And we’ve made it really easy to buy as well – one simple transaction whatever the media.”

Yuri Arcurs Sees Setsbacks for Microstock

Yuri Arcurs is pulling his images out of all microstock stock agencies, except for for iStockphoto, and investing $1.4 million dollars into Scoopshot. Will mobile be a major setback to Microstock? Read about his latest moves in this interesting article and form your own opinions.


Lightrocket Launches Online Services

SINGAPORE — A brand new website offering easy archive management, secure cloud storage, personal websites and an online sales platform for photographers and visual artists has just been launched.

The service, called LightRocket (www.lightrocket.com), revolves around an intuitive media management platform but also aims to become a valuable resource for picture buyers.

“Anyone can sign up for a 30 day free trial without having to hand over credit card details or make any commitment,” said co-founder Yvan Cohen. “We want people to see the value for themselves and feel comfortable that LightRocket is the right choice for them.”

Members can choose between a standard or premium membership and all plans come with a free 20GB storage allowance. The site charges an additional US$ 2.99/month for additional 20GB blocks of storage. Other users, who only wish to browse or download from LightRocket, can register for unlimited membership free of charge.

To celebrate its launch LightRocket is kicking off with major discounts on its yearly membership fees. A standard annual plan is just US$ 39 (down from US$ 65) while a premium annual plan is US$ 49 (down from US$ 95).

Premium members can publish galleries and portfolios to the main LightRocket platform and are included in LightRocket’s contributor directory which serves as a talent pool for assigning editors around the world. Premium members can use their own domain name to personalise their websites.

“The site is aimed at professionals and serious enthusiasts,” said LightRocket co-founder Peter Charlesworth. “LightRocket is intended to be a resource for professional picture buyers. We’ll be actively curating the best material to the front of the site and marketing the LightRocket archive to our clients. If a member makes a sale, the value of that sale is entirely theirs. So while LightRocket charges a modest fee for membership, we believe the value we’re delivering in terms of functionality and opportunities for additional revenue make it very worthwhile.”

The service is the brainchild of photographers Peter Charlesworth and Yvan Cohen who ran the OnAsia photo agency for a decade before launching LightRocket. Both have a passion for photography and have sought to deliver a product that responds to its members’ needs while reflecting the realities of today’s media industry.

“Although our emphasis is photography, LightRocket is truly a multimedia platform. We recognise that many people are working in a number of media, so we wanted to cater for that diversity,” said Charlesworth, “and we feel the price for our standard accounts would make a subscription interesting for somebody who just wanted a website for their photos and videos and the ability to store and share high res files with their families and friends.”

Contact: Peter Charlesworth / Yvan Cohen
Email: info@lightrocket.com