Saturday, November 12, 2011

Alamy Live News

Alamy launched their live new service last month.  Below is a little information about what to expect and how to upload your news worthy images to their site.  Alamy site is located here.

Alamy Live News
Dear Contributor,

Alamy is today launching its Live News service – a revolution in the way Alamy deals with news, sport and entertainment images. For the dedicated photojournalist, the news agency looking to sell into new markets, or the experienced photographer who takes the odd news, sport or entertainment photo, we believe we now have the best service available. And photographers still keep 60 per cent of any news, sport or entertainment images which we sell on their behalf!

There are six broad changes we have introduced:

• Alamy will now “push” an edited selection of news, sport and entertainment images to its customers directly via FTP.

• A fast FTP upload service has been created for committed news photographers and agencies. You can apply for access to the FTP upload route here.

• The existing web-based news upload route has now been opened up to hundreds of additional Alamy contributors who have an exemplary QC track record and history. You will have been contacted by email if you are one of these contributors.

• The caption length limit for news images has been increased to 300 characters. In addition, new strict rules on caption content and style have been introduced. Please see our news picture guidelines here for more information.

• Alamy staff will actively police the Alamy news feed and remove images and edit picture information as they see fit.

• We have given a clearer definition of the kind of news images we want here.

I won’t bog you down with all the detail in this email. But for those looking for more information, please visit my blog post.

These are just the first in a series of developments and improvements to our news service which we will be rolling out in the coming months. We believe there has never been a better time to sell your news, sport and entertainment images through Alamy.

James Hall

Head of News