The slow drone of a 16 hour flight becomes a vague memory as soon as one arrives amidst the organized bustle of millions in Shibuya central station, Tokyo. In the stock photography industry we’re always keeping in touch with our associates by email, phone, and meetings at conferences such as PACA , CEPIC, Visual Connections. However nothing beats visiting these companies on their home turf, which I was fortunate enough to do recently. In a splendid mix of work and personal vacations, I made my way to my native homeland New Zealand, passing by Japan, Korea, Thailand and Australia to visit age fotostock’s associate agents, content providers and clients. Interesting, eye-opening, informative, these visits help to fortify relationships and get a real feel for how business is going.


Here’s some of the inside news:

Japanese business is based on commitment, dedication and serious relationships. Clients and agents are dedicated to one another, and once a client has established a working relationship with an agent it is very rare that they would change to work with another company.  This is one of the reasons why the microstock offer is affecting the market so slowly, as well as the fact that our agents in Japan sell mostly RM images for editorial use, and their clients need a quality of service that could never be found at a microstock level.

The weak economic situation in Japan means that business has understandably been quiet in the past years, but agents are hopeful that 2014 will be stable.

Interestingly enough, one of the highest reaching prices in Japan is in licensing for calendar use. It's a unique Japanese thing, where every year companies produce their own calendar to gift to their clients and associates. In a society where gift giving is a high art, these calendars demonstrate commitment, professionalism and status, which is reflected in the great amounts of money invested in their production and the national ‘Best Calendar’ competitions that take place every year. Covering topics such as aerial photography, islands, museums, natural parks from around the world, age fotostock’s high-quality travel images are perfect for these calendars.

Microstock has affected Thailand and Korea greatly and most agents have had to offer a subscription model in order not to lose the clients who can only afford to make smaller purchases. However, high-end clients remain dedicated to our agents, as they depend on the reliable customer service when licensing images for advertising.

Bounding back from New Zealand on the return trip to Barcelona, I touched down in Australia to meet some of our direct clients there, mostly editorial companies producing travel and/or educational material.  I was struck by the similarities each company had in terms of goals for the year – projects are becoming more universal and online products becoming more of a focus than those in print.

Australian editorial companies cater not only to Australia but also New Zealand, Singapore, Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Indonesia and many more countries in the Asia / Pacific Rim.  The companies used to produce different product versions with localized image content for each territory but now their projects have a global reach, and the images of people working and studying (eg. a cover for a high school study package) need to reflect our changing, global society, where people of different ethnicities work and socialize together.

In a country where the aim of having one-computer-per-student is soon to be realized, companies are moving rapidly into producing digital multimedia packages, and in many cases their publications are produced more for online use than for paper. For those photographers out there, our clients forecasted the rapidly increasing use of video in these products, and requested more video content, now!

 

As well as content such as History, Geography, Nature & Science, they need:

-    All types of images of people with mixed ethnicities.
-    Preferably Asian looking images more than European ones, since Australia and New Zealand markets cover the Asia /Pacific Rim.
-    Authentic business images with people of mixed races. Dance/choreography/stage performance.
-    Images reflecting cyber safety, bullying.
-    Authentic images of people working in Industry.
-    Locations & events in the Asia/Pacific.
-    Health & P.E, kids playing sports.
-    Adults and children in design & technology environments.


And for further inspiration, our Japanese agents requested images such as:


-    Artistic flower images.
-    Aerial images.
-   Lifestyle images for editorial use, in particular families eating, their housing, domestic routines, from all across the world.

To those of you who I met along my travels, thank you so much for your kindness & hospitality. We’ll continue to work together to keep the business a lucrative and enjoyable sector for the years to come.

See you again soon!

Julieanne Eason,
Content Manager.

Freycenet National Park, Australia.

 


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Berlin’s Governing Mayor, Klaus Wowereit, once said of the capital city of Germany: “Berlin is poor, but sexy”.  Twenty years after the fall of the wall, poor but sexy Berlin has turned into a startup technology hub, with its low cost and buzz attracting artists, young creatives and talents from all over the world. Berlin is the on-trend creative capital of Europe.

As a congress venue, Berlin offers a number of important additional advantages on top of trendyness:
- Centrally located
- Well connected with two international airports
- Affordable hotels
- Germany is an important market in Europe

Centrally located, the Maritim ProArte was found to be the perfect place to hold CEPIC 2014 in June 2014.  The Maritim ProArte is a modern Design and Conference hotel. It has 1.650 sqm exhibition spaces, 13 conference centers, a professional meeting service, and all necessary business facilities.  It is perfectly suited to welcome 600 and more delegates and host different events on the same floor.

The MaritimProArte is located 5 minutes away from the Brandenburger Tor, Unter den Linden and Gerdamenmarkt. It is within walking distance of Berlin’s finest touristic attractions, shopping, entertainment, dining and nightlife venues. The Friedrichstrasse station is opposite to the hotel with railway, subway and bus stop connections to all directions.

Although a block of 80 rooms will be reserved for delegates and offered at a preferential rate, there are plenty of hotels in the vicinity for delegates to book choose from.

The Congress will open on Wednesday 4th of June and end on Saturday 7th of June with three full days for tables, meeting rooms, conferences and networking events.

Alfonso Gutierrez, CEPIC’s President, says: “It has been the intention of CEPIC bringing to bring our yearly Congresses to as many places in Europe and beyond as possible, but we have never yet organized one in Berlin. As CEPIC has had an office there since it was founded 20 years ago, we considered that it is about time that we bring the Congress to the home of CEPIC. We expect, with the help of our industry, that 2014 will be a great year for the "Centre of the Picture Industry ” as we better describe what CEPIC represents to all of us in the stock photography industry. Come to Berlin. Join us. We will have a lot to share in  2014."

Edith Stier-Thompson, CEPIC’s vice president says: “Being German, I am very  proud that Berlin, my favoured city in Germany, will host the next congress. We will have an exciting programme and look forward to see all of you there.”

CEPIC Congress 2014 will take place from 04 to 07 June 2014 at the Maritim ProArte Hotel, Berlin Friedrichstrasse

Registrations for the Congress and hotel bookings will be accepted from January 1st, 2014.
Express your interest now and get information informed about sponsorship opportunities by writing atto berlin2014@cepic.org

See more details about Martim ProArte HERE.

All other information (Venue, Hotel Booking, Sponsorship Opportunities) is available from berlin2014@cepic.org

About the CEPIC Congress
The annual CEPIC Congress is the largest global gathering of the international photo community and extends CEPIC’s network to all five continents. CEPIC's membership and Congress participants includes large and smaller stock photo libraries, major photo news agencies, art galleries, historical archives, and museums,  and video companies. After a successful event in Barcelona event in 2013 with 500 delegates  from all over the world attending, CEPIC will go north and east to Berlin in 2014, one of the largest market place for still and moving images in Europe.

About CEPIC

CEPIC is a European non- for profit trade association in the field of image rights. CEPIC was founded in 1993 to present a unified voice to advise and lobby on new legislation emerging from Brussels. It was registered as an EEIG (Economic European Interest Group) in Paris in 1999. As the Centre of the Picture Industry, CEPIC brings together nearly 900 picture agencies and photo libraries in 20 countries across Europe, both within and outside the European Union. It has affiliates in North America and Asia. It has among its membership the larger global players such as Getty, Corbis or Reuters. Through its membership, CEPIC represents more than 150.000 authors in direct licensing.

CEPIC’s members are expert in the conservation and marketing of imagery. They have been digitising content from the advent of the Internet, making the resulting digital asset available for commercial use, such as to newspapers, magazines and broadcasters, off and on-line, as well as in non- commercial environments for the purposes of research and education.  Picture agencies and photo libraries also act as commercial rights management service providers on behalf of creators.

CEPIC achieved observer status at WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) in 1997. CEPIC has been a member of IPTC since 2005, of ICOMP since 2009 and joined the Linked Content Coalition early 2012. It is part of the ARROW project and, together with partner, EVA for collecting societies for visual arts, released a feasibility study on the inclusion of visual material in the ARROW system. From 2013, it will be part of the EU funded project, RDI (Rights Data Integration) proposed by the Linked Content Coalition.

President - Alfonso Gutierrez (president@cepic.org)

Executive Director - Sylvie Fodor (s.fodor@cepic.org)

The CEPIC Office is located in Berlin, Germany.
CEPIC – Center of the Picture Industry
Offices in Germany, Fritschestrasse 22, 10585 Berlin, Tel. + 49 30 889 101 - 60 cepic@cepic.org

www.cepic.org


Registered in France, 46 rue de la Mare, 75020 Paris -  Registration-Nr. (SIRET): 421 723 073 00019


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artlist Inc., founded in 2002, is a Japanese company specializing in animal photos, with a collection of more than 10,000 RM photos of over 70 breeds of adorable dogs and cats. Their main philosophy is "To bring fun and happiness to the world," which they achieve by carefully selecting their models based on Japan Kennel Club standards and photographing them with a professional animal cameraman.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With breeding types carefully documented in the caption & keywords, and incredibly cute photos, this collection is a complete delight. Like to see more? Click here!


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Caia Image RF is a varied collection that ranges from Business content shot in Granada & Venice, Lifestyle from New York & Los Angeles right through to cutting edge sporting imagery such as Triathlon and Formula One. Caia means "rejoice" and is brewed from a secret blend of top end production, creativity and contemporary style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Want to see more? click here!

With over 4,000 images now available on the agefotostock website and our THP platform, and another 6,000+ images forecast for 2013, we're thrilled to be offering some of the best royalty free imagery available to the creative industry today.


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In the fields of marketing, advertising, innovation and idea building, flexibility refers to requirements that can be adapted when external changes occur.  For age fotostock, flexibility is the ability of our company to respond to potential internal or external changes when uncertainty creates both risks and opportunities. Our flexibility enables us to adapt our images, videos and services to meet your needs and demands in a productive and cost effective way. We help you to incorporate the balance, adaptability and coordination needed to achieve success in your most creative projects.

Elastic, extensive, following your needs:  our latest gallery of images and videos represents the flexibility that we offer in order to help you work faster and easier. Are you ready to roll?

 

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