Nature Picture Library have added some great new images to their site in the last month. Their May 2016 highlights gallery features unusual Hanuman langur behaviour, weird cave creatures, wild European lynx, brown bear cubs learning to fish, atmospheric Spanish material by a new contributor, great coverage on European birds and lots of cute kittens.

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© David Pattyn; Fiona Rogers; Laurent Geslin; David Pattyn / naturepl.com

©David Pattyn; Fiona Rogers; Laurent Geslin; David Pattyn/naturepl.com

Photography course coming up at Photofusion this summer:

Shooting on Film
Sunday 29 May & Thursday 2 June, 11:00 – 17:00 / 19:00 – 21:00
£150 (£135 early payment).
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Alternative Processes | Wet-Plate Collodion
Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 June, 10:30 – 17:30
£275 (£247.50 early payment).
Info & booking…

Street Photography Workshop
Saturday 11 June, 11:00 – 17:00
£95 (£85.50 early payment).
Info & booking…

Large Format Portraiture
Sunday 12 June, 10:30 – 17:30
£195 (£175.50 early payment).
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Nature Picture Library press release

Nature Picture Library will be at footageMarketplace on Wednesday 25th May at 195 Piccadilly, London W1 (the home of BAFTA).

footageMarketplace is the leading international event for footage buyers and researchers, and entry is free to pre-registered buyers. Bristol-based Nature Picture Library will be on table 22, ready to tell you more about their footage collection and to show you their new showreels. They have more than 5000 clips available to search, play and download from their site, now with an expanded footage gallery section including latest highlights and showreels. Tim Harris, Sales Manager, says, “The venue at 195 Piccadilly is ideal for talking to footage buyers and also for networking with others in the industry.

African Forest Elephant (Loxodonta africana cyclotis) juvenile chasing African Forest Buffalos (Syncerus caffer nanus). Dzanga Bai, Dzanga-Ndoki National Park, Central African Republic.©Jabruson/naturepl

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Photofusion presents the special exhibition Shirley Baker: On the Beach, curated by Anna Douglas.

Exhibition Dates: 12 May – 16 June 2016

On the Beach juxtaposes two bodies of work from the 1970s, taken five years apart by Shirley Baker. Though appearing to reflect upon two seaside settings – Blackpool, a popular northern English resort; and the affluent Côte d’Azur, bordering the sun-drenched Mediterranean – Baker’s photographs additionally explore an altogether different kind of backdrop, that of our cultural imagination with regard to ‘the body’ and its potential for pleasure.

This bodily imagination is more than a matter of one country being hotter than the other, in which heat-caressed French holiday-makers ‘strip off’. And, perhaps, we make too much of our conservative Protestantism, in which guilt takes precedence over pleasurable sensuality. Nevertheless, a cultural difference in action is what Baker notices.

The ease by which the French holidaymaker parades, relaxes, fools around, kisses and caresses, and seriously basks in sensual pleasures, contrasts sharply with her British counterparts. In Blackpool, the holidaymakers actually shy from the sunshine, afraid, perhaps, of what it might do to them, in more ways than one. It seems ironic that in Blackpool, home pas non to the sexual innuendo of the ‘naughty’ postcard and musical hall act, Baker finds holiday-makers reticent and covered-up, often to humorous effect. Yet within this adult self-restraint she also notices a loosening-up, particularly as expressed by fathers freed from work, who play with their children in the sand and sea, as if time has stopped.

Find out more: www.photofusion.org/exhibitions/photography-exhibition-shirley-baker

Mary Evans Picture Library press release

Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK’s leading source for historical images, is delighted to be collaborating as exclusive image partner in the forthcoming ‘Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: Somme 100′ exhibition at the Guildhall Yard, which opens on 1 June and runs until 5 July.

The outdoor exhibition will feature the evocative battlefield photographs of Mike St Maur Sheil, represented exclusively at Mary Evans, with contextual archive imagery from 100 years ago also provided by the library. The exhibition forms part of a programme of events in the City of London to mark the centenary of the Battle of Somme and has been made possible by funding from The Royal British Legion.

It follows Sheils’ hugely successful exhibition of Great War battlefields photographs in St. James’s Park in 2014, also supported by the Legion and featuring archive imagery from Mary Evans. The exhibition attracted an estimated 2.1 million visitors between August and November. Continue reading

Copyright Hub press release

Clixta, the first live mobile application powered by the Copyright Hub launched in London today, Wednesday 4 May 2016.

Clixta is a photo sharing social network completely focused on the past. It allows individuals, special interest groups or large organisations to easily save and share their old photographs. The Clixta app in available on both IOS and Android.

Every image uploaded to Clixta is automatically assigned a Hub Key so that uploaders can easily manage their own copyright. The market for sharing, printing and earning revenue from old photos is set to grow significantly, and in the future Clixta will allow photo owners to licence their images for use. For now Hub Keys offer great peace of mind to those concerned about the security of their treasured snaps. Continue reading

Bridgeman Images press release

Bridgeman Images is delighted to announce their representation of The Art Institute of Chicago, one of the largest museums in the United States and one of the most visited in the world.

Best known for its Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and American paintings, The Art Institute of Chicago houses some of the most iconic paintings worldwide: Georges Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte (1884), Grant Wood’s American Gothic (1930), Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks (1942).

Our mission is to make the best of the world’s art available for reproduction while giving back to our museums, artists and collections. We are excited to be partnering with the Art Institute of Chicago to enable the masterpieces in their collection to reach an even wider audience“, said Edward Whitley, President, North and South America at Bridgeman Images.

Nearly 1,000 images have been uploaded to the Bridgeman website with many more going online in the coming months. Contact the Bridgeman team regarding research requests for content offline or for any copyright and licensing inquiries.

American Gothic, 1930 by Grant Wood (1891-1942)  The Art Institute of Chicago, IL, USA / Friends of American Art Collection / Bridgeman Images All rights reserved Wood Graham Beneficiaries and Figge Art Museum / VAGA, New York

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Bridgeman Images press release

Bridgeman Images, the art licensing specialists, are excited to announce the third annual Bridgeman Studio Award, open to all creatives, to win a £1,000 commission to design the book cover for award winning author Rosie Garland’s next title published by The Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Bridgeman Studio continues to make great strides in sourcing and nurturing the best contemporary creative talent for image licensing. To celebrate this, they have put together a stellar line-up judges that include Rosie Garland (author), Claire Ward (Creative Director Harper Collins Fiction & Non fiction), Suzie Doore (Publishing Director, Borough Press), Victoria Bridgeman (CEO – Bridgeman Images), Patrick Burgoyne (Editor – Creative Review) and Lucy Baxter (Commercial Director – CultureLabel.com).

Enter the NIGHT: Competition details

Grand prize – £1000 commission to design the cover of author Rosie Garland’s new novel

3 runner up prizes – a £50 CultureLabel.com voucher and a selection of HarperCollins books.

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Getty Images press release

Complaint, in support of the European Commission’s investigation into Google, aims to address Google’s anti-competitive practices and use of scraped third party imagery through Google Images that diminishes a fair marketplace for content creators.

Brussels – 27 April, 2016: Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, will today file a competition law complaint against Google Inc. with the European Commission. The complaint follows on from Getty Images’ submission in June 2015, when it joined as an interested third party in support of the European Commission’s existing investigation into Google’s anti-competitive business practices.

The Commission’s current proceedings against Google are wide-reaching, with Google accused of distorting search results in favour of its own services. This affects a myriad of industries, from media companies like Getty Images, to comparison shopping and travel websites. Just last week, a further set of proceedings were issued against the search engine, to address Google’s business practices around its Android mobile operating system.

Getty Images’ complaint focuses specifically on changes made in 2013 to Google Images, the image search functionality of Google, which has not only impacted Getty Images’ image licensing business, but content creators around the world, by creating captivating galleries of high-resolution, copyrighted content. Because image consumption is immediate, once an image is displayed in high-resolution, large format, there is little impetus to view the image on the original source site. These changes have allowed Google to reinforce its role as the internet’s dominant search engine, maintaining monopoly over site traffic, engagement data and advertising spend. This has also promoted piracy, resulting in widespread copyright infringement, turning users into accidental pirates. Continue reading

Royal Armouries press release

Royal Armouries has launched its Collections Online website which provides more than 150,000 collection records held within one of the world’s leading collections of arms and armour dating from ancient times to the present day.

The digital catalogue features records of the royal armours of the Tudor and Stuart kings; arms and armour of the English Civil War from Littlecote House; military weapons from the Board of Ordnance and Pattern Room collections; hunting and sporting weapons as well as the collections from Asia and Africa.

These records are enriched by almost 20,000 images along with detailed descriptions of the items and their origins. The library includes a special collection of pictures of the historic buildings at the Tower of London drawn from antique prints and drawings, paintings, early photographs, stereoscopes and lantern slides.

Tonlet armour of King Henry VIII. English, Southwark, 1520. Made to replace the foot combat armour (II.6) for the great tournament, known as the Field of Cloth of Gold, held between Francois I, King of France and Henry VIII in 1520 (II.7) © Royal Armouries  

Tonlet armour of King Henry VIII. English, Southwark, 1520. Made to replace the foot combat armour (II.6) for the great tournament, known as the Field of Cloth of Gold, held between Francois I, King of France and Henry VIII in 1520 (II.7) © Royal Armouries 

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