Scope Australia and Austral Press announce a merger = ‘australscope’ from May 1

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Austral International Press Agency and Scope Features based in Sydney, Australia have announced that the two agencies will be merging as of May 1, 2014 with the formation of australscope Pty Ltd.
Austral and Scope, founded in 1954 and 1977 respectively, are major licensors of editorial photography in Celebrity, Royalty, Lifestyle, Red Carpet, Fashion, Music, Studio Portraiture and News and Features from all over the world, including some local event coverage.
Michael Harsanyi – owner at Austral says, “We are excited that amalgamating our two talented teams will maximise the potential of our strategic visions to offer an enriched joint digital archive of over 10 million images to our clients. I am excited at the prospect of working together to open up new markets for our high quality suppliers”.
Alison Sykes – owner at Scope – commented “Having combined industry experience of over 45 years places us with a unique advantage. Together we combine different streams of high quality content bringing together iconic brands and world renowned photographers. Joining forces will allow us to give a more personalised service to our expanded client base and provide an enriched website experience”

• The new company, australscope Pty Ltd, will be operating as a combined entity as of 1st May 2014.

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UK GWI represents Flora Press Germany

UK based stock photo library Garden World Images GWI has announced a distribution partnership with Flora Press of Germany, …’over the coming months we will be uploading many more of the iconic images they are known for.’
View the first uploads here

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Paul Weller kids pap pics = £10,000 damages paid by Mail Online

The BBC reports: ‘Rock star Paul Weller has won £10,000 for his children after their pictures were “plastered” on the Mail Online.’….
…Seven paparazzi photos were published in October 2012 under the headline “A family day out: Paul Weller takes wife Hannah and his twin sons out for a spot of shopping in the hot LA sun”….
Full story Here

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University acquires 300k negatives covering 100 years documentation of North Texas

Four generations of photographers – all named Byrd Williams – documented more than 100 years of North Texas history with their work. Now, UNT Libraries has acquired their collection, consisting of over 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives. The materials include commercial and studio photography, western landscapes, documentary studies, and fine art photography. Family correspondence, artifacts, and a collection of cameras were also donated by Byrd Williams IV.
Full details at UNT here

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Job: Business Development Manager, AP Images – Fixed-term contract – London

••• This job closed April 17 •••

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Its video business has bureaus in more than 80 countries, and distributes global news, sport, entertainment, technology and lifestyles content to broadcast, online and mobile platforms. Founded in 1846, AP today is the most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day, more than half the world’s population sees news from AP.

AP Images, a commercial division within the Associated Press, has many years’ experience of providing photography and other services to some of world’s largest and best-known organisations, corporations and brands.

AP Images works with both media and non-media clients to provide photography and video services, including production, distribution and publicity services, around the world. On behalf of its clients, AP coordinates crews, producers, photographers, videographers, and arranges distribution of content over global AP’s distribution network.

AP invites applications for the position of Business Development Manager within the AP Images department, based in London. This role will be offered on a fixed-term contract to cover maternity leave.
With responsibility for helping to grow AP Images business among existing and new clients outside of the Americas, this position is based in London reporting to the AP Images Director of International Business Development.

The Business Development Manager will be responsible for account managing existing AP Images clients, growing business and developing new business leads through customer sales calls, crafting and delivering customer presentations / proposals.
Knowledge and Experience:
• Proven sales or product marketing experience.
• Proven image or video industry experience – in editorial, creative stock or assignment photography or video business.
• Experience in managing sales goals and targets, as well as have demonstrated the ability to thrive in a sales oriented environment.
• Strong analytical skills are required and the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong and well-rounded writing and presentation skills.
• Superior leadership qualities. The ideal candidate will be highly innovative, self-motivated and resourceful. Specifically, the ideal candidate will have enthusiasm for the job and a proven track record of sales successes, marketing savvy and business acumen.
• Deep knowledge of Internet technologies and e-commerce. AP Images makes use of digital or electronic delivery technologies.  While the individual does not need to have a technical background, he/she needs to know these technologies to sell and discuss in a sales or marketing setting and with customers.
• Superior written and oral communications skills.
• Strong computer skills including proficiency with word processing, spreadsheet and presentational programs.
• The ability to collaborate with a diverse range of internal teams is essential.
• Fluency in another major European language would be advantageous.
Qualified applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Human Resources, at [email protected] or The Interchange, Oval Road, Camden, London NW1 7DZ.

All applicants must be able to work in the UK or be able to gain permission to work in the UK.

The closing date is 17th April 2014. If you have not heard from us by 1st May 2014 please consider your application unsuccessful.

No recruitment agencies please.

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To drone or not to drone – the increasing interest in camera drones for editorial use

Updated: April 16
The Columbus Dispatch website reports on a videographer/remote-controlled airplane hobbyist being charged for flying his camera drone over a traffic accident: ‘Kele Stanley has been charged with a felony because officials say he refused to land the camera-equipped drone that he had been guiding over a traffic crash scene, but he says he is no idiot.’ …full article here

Drone shot ©David Jacobs
March 20 2014
PAN has been having increasing conversations about the use of camera drones with photo agency owners and freelance photographers. Conflicting reports on what you can and cannot do within the law – do you need a license to fly something in public air space? – do you just bat on as Brian Wilson did flying his drone over and around the scene of the gas explosion in Harlem last week for around 30 mins until the police asked him to land it. Poynter has great coverage on the subject with footage and links.

David Jacobs – founder of sports photo agency Action Images – has been experimenting with a drone over the last few months and tells us: ‘Drones are great fun and offer wonderful videography as well as stills for photographers but the risks are phenomenal ..flying one over the public is probably uninsurable. When used in open land for land boundary disputes and estate agency there is a whole new marketplace. And – the learning curve for using one of these things is massive.”

Great use of Drone photography here from Panos contributing photographer ‘Drone Pilot’ Fredrik Naumann.

This is what happens when a Drone ditches -luckily it hit the water not the crowd x factor series 10 2013 camera drone crash

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Matrix Media Group launches new photo studio – North London – available now

↑ the new studio

The Matrix Media Group has relocated to North London in order to open a new photographic studio at:
Chocolate Factory Studios
Coburg Road
London, N22 6UJ (nearest tube Wood Green)

Matrix spokesman Trevor Adams told “It was a hard decision for us to move out of Soho, where we have been for the past few years. Soho is the most amazing place to be based, such a hive of activity and full of like minded media people. But since we opened Matrix Studios two and a half years ago, it has become increasingly more important for us to have our own studio rather than keep hiring all the time. So we took the decision to move the whole operation and have the office and studio all in the same building.”
The new studio is fully equipped and available for commissions shoots. ‘We can provide everything needed to create the shoot the client needs, photographer, stylist, make-up artist and art director, we have it all.’
Matrix are also open to suggestions from photographers who would like to shoot in the studio and syndicate the pictures through the agency.

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Go See: Celebrity Photographer Brad Elterman – ‘Dog Dance’ – the exhibition

Brad Elterman MILK Studis
Brad Elterman MILK Studis
Brad Elterman MILK Studio Hollywood
Brad Elterman MILK Studis
Brad Elterman MILK Studis
↑ Brad and staff at MILK Digital prepare prints for the exhibition – all photos © Brad Elterman

Celebrity photographer and ex photo agency owner Brad Elterman has an exhibition of his most famous photos opening this month.
Dog Dance is on at:
MILK Gallery
APRIL 23 – MAY 18, 2014
NEW YORK, NY 10011

Brad told PAN: “I am delighted to be showing at MILK Gallery in New York. I am practically a permanent fixture at MILK Hollywood and I am so touched with the way they have embraced my work. This will be my first show in New York and I am bringing with me the iconic scene that occurred at the mansion behind the Beverly Hills Hotel where one of the guests stripped down to her panties and started to dance. I took fourteen frames of this legendary moment and if you missed the pool party back in 1977, you can witness it once again at the MILK Gallery with the magic of modern day technology. It’s gonna be epic!”

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AP to live stream Photographer Anja Niedringhaus funeral – Today 6 a.m. ET – No Restrictions

Niedringhaus Anja – AP photo

The funeral of Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus will take place on Saturday, April 12, at Corvey Abbey, a Benedictine monastery near her birthplace in Hoexter, Germany.

Niedringhaus was killed by an Afghan policeman in an attack on April 4, which seriously wounded veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon. Gannon is undergoing treatment at Krankenhaus Nordwest, a medical facility in Frankfurt, Germany, and remains in stable condition.

The service is scheduled to begin at 12 noon local time in Germany (6 a.m. ET / 1000 GMT).
A livestream of the service will be available on starting at 5 a.m. ET / 0900 GMT. At the request of Niedringhaus’ family, AP will cover and distribute both video and photos for pool, with no restriction. Satellite coordinates and contact information have been made available to AP customers in a media advisory.

It is the wish of Niedringhaus’ family that other working media representatives refrain from gathering news inside the church or outside on the church grounds.

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