– to distribute Asian and international content globally
16th December 2013, Singapore – Global digital media company Getty Images partners with LightRocket to distribute over 50,000 diverse Asian and international images
Hong Kong –12 December 2013: LightRocket, a comprehensive online service for serious enthusiast and professional photographers, and Getty Images, one of the world’s leading digital media companies, have today announced a partnership that sees Getty Images become a key distribution partner for LightRocket, distributing select members’ content across Asia and around the world.
The represented content spans a wide variety of global subject matter with a strong emphasis on Asia, from Tibetan Festivals through to everyday life in Tokyo. LightRocket also brings the latest images from regional news events, such as the plight of Rohingya Refugees in Burma and the recent Anti-government Protests in Thailand to build on Getty Images’ extensive portfolio of editorial assets, which is currently growing by 10,000 to 15,000 images each day.
Stuart Hannagan, VP, Editorial, APAC at Getty Images comments: “Our relationship with LightRocket complements and expands upon Getty Images’ already extensive archive of over 90 million images and will provide our local and global customer base with access to over 56,000 images from the collection”.
“As our customers’ need for a wide range of engaging visual content continues to grow, the LightRocket collection will provide customers with access to an even broader selection of culturally diverse Asian and international imagery.”
The partnership provides LightRocket’s premium annual members with a unique opportunity to apply to become Getty Images contributors direct from LightRocket’s dedicated Getty Images page
(www.lightrocket.com/getty). Utilising a feed from LightRocket’s online portal, members can upload and distribute images worldwide via Getty Images’ global platform, http://www.gettyimages.com, reaching business customers in over 200 countries.
LightRocket was launched earlier this year by the founders of OnAsia Images, an Asia-based media company that was originally established in 2001. LightRocket went live with a collection of over 200,000 high quality images and is seeing fast growth as new members sign up around the world.
“We are very happy to be partnering with Getty Images,” comments LightRocket co-founder and CEO Peter Charlesworth. “Not only does this serve as a validation of the quality of our existing archive, it also creates a fantastic opportunity for our most talented members.”
Getty Images presence in Asia Pacific continues to grow, with nine offices across the region spanning Singapore, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, New Delhi, Tokyo, Sydney and Auckland.. A leading global creator
and distributor of editorial content, Getty Images is currently strengthening its network of contributing photographers across South-East Asia, and covering a greater number of local sports, news and entertainment events than ever before.
The LightRocket service is the brainchild of photographers Peter Charlesworth and Yvan Cohen who ran the OnAsia Images photo agency for a decade before launching LightRocket in June 2013. Both have a passion for photography and seek to deliver a product that responds to its members’ needs while reflecting the realities of today’s media industry.
LightRocket curates the content on its home page and galleries and promotes its archive to thousands of image customers worldwide, connecting photographers with potential customers and enabling direct sales opportunities. Contributor members have their own customisable personal websites and access to secure cloud storage and archive management tools.
About Getty Images
Getty Images is one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of still imagery, video and multimedia products, as well as a recognized provider of other forms of premium digital content, including music. Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and imagery help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and Web sites.
Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life. Additional information on how Getty Images inspires and powers communications can be found on The Getty Images Blog at blog.gettyimages.com as well as on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/GettyImagesSoutheastAsia and Twitter at www.twitter.com/gettyimages.com.
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