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Latest Highlights from NaturePL

The nature specialist stills and footage library NaturePL has new visual treats available online this month, including Mediterranean whales, swimming hedgehogs, misbehaving baboons, and rare illustrations of extinct birds, plus material from Bolivia, India and their new Canadian contributor Connor Stefanison.

View the A HREF= target=new window>May Highlights Gallery here.

This month they profile Andy Rouse’s evocative footage of the courtship and breeding behaviour of the Great crested grebe.

See the footage here.


footageMarketplace 2017 – the Best One Ever!

Yesterday was the 8th annual footageMarketplace, and visitors and exhibitors thought it was the best so far. The seminars were packed out, and the exhibition floor was humming with people and conversations. Publisher and event organiser Bob Prior said, “It went extremely well this year. The seminars were a major part of the programme, and we are very pleased that the CNN Collection sponsored them and the luncheon.”

There were 33 exhibitors, including, for the first time, stills libraries: Mary Evans, TopFoto, Ardea. Flora Nedelcu, Managing Partner of TopFoto said, “I was very pleased to meet new potential clients, the visitors didn’t overlap with fotofringe. [which she organises] I’ve really enjoyed being here.”

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is clearly an important developing area for footage libraries: it was the theme of one seminar, and also libraries like Big Easy One, partnering with Clarifai, and Vintage Cloud are both using AI to speed up the creation of metadata – having people go through footage frame-by-frame is clearly impractical, but now the developments in AI are beginning to show fruit in this sphere.

Footage Libraries debuting at fM included Mythstock, Videoplugger, HOsiHO and Jukin Media, all showing their unique collections to a wide variety of industry professionals. Around 250 people visited, from all sectors of video production, including stills researchers – some who were obviously thinking of adding footage research to their skillset – the panel seminar What Does it Take to be Successful at Footage Research? was completely packed out, and the organisers had to add an overspill room, which was also chock-full.

Among the technical companies exhibiting was iMetafilm, which showed a revolutionary sprocketless method of digitising film, which is capable of processing weak or fragile material in most film formats, as well as normal material.

Many regular exhibitors attended, including Science Photo Library, Robert Harding, BFI National Archive, and many more – see below for list. FOCAL International supplied a presence to show how they can support the community of footage researchers and suppliers.

Bob Prior says, “The feedback from the exhibitors was outstanding – they all thought it was very well organised, with a lot of visitors – footageMarketplace has made itself a fixture in the industry calendar and we look forward to next year’s event.”

The other major exhibitors were:

AFP, IMG Replay, Huntley Film Archives, ITV Sport Archive, Bloomberg Media, Newsflare, Alamy, Fremantle Media Archive, Adobe Stock, Bridgeman Footage, Gaumont Path? Archives, LOLA Clips, Reelin’ in the Years’ Productions, Global ImageWorks, ReelDeal, Screenocean, Shutterstock, Sonuma, SVT Archives.


footageMarketplace is Tomorrow – Don't Miss it – Register Now!

The UK’s premier event for the footage industry is being held tomorrow at 195 Piccadilly, the home of BAFTA, in central London. This is your opportunity to meet footage and stills libraries, technology companies, and attend cutting-edge seminars from key industry speakers, as well as socialise and network in a pleasant environment.

There is still time to register – click here to get your badge, don’t miss out! It is free for industry professionals.

Robert Prior, Founder, says: “We created footageMarketplace for footage researchers and archive producers/directors to socialise, face-to-face, with colleagues they bring, or meet while exchanging project plans with footage libraries and top tech companies.”

There will be three seminars during the day:

  • 10.00 The Reality of Virtual Reality
  • 11.15 What Does it Take to be Successful at Footage Research?
  • 14.45 Microsoft Reveals How it is Working with Artificial Intelligence

Not only do people do business at this event – which is the UK’s premier trade fair for anyone involved in supplying or using footage today, but they also get to socialise, gossip, meet old friends, as well as find new clients, in the delightful atmosphere of the David Lean Room.

Julian Jackson, editor of StockFootageOnline, says: "I go every year - it’s a blast. You never know who you are going to bump into next, and the space is conducive to meeting people and having a chat. The buffet lunch is excellent too, I recommend it.”

Sue Malden, Chair of FOCAL International, is leading a panel of expert researchers discussing: What Does it Take to be Successful at Footage Research? The seminar starts at 11.15 am and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis on the day.

Exhibitors who will be attending are:

AFP, IMG Replay, Huntley Film Archives, ITV Sport Archive, Bloomberg Media, Robert Harding, Newsflare, Alamy, BFI National Archive, FremantleMedia Archive, MythStock, Vintage Cloud, Adobe Stock, Ardea, Clarifai, BigEasyOne, TopFoto, Bridgeman Footage, FOCAL International, Gaumont Path? Archives, HosiHO, INA, Jukin Media, LOLA Clips, Reelin’ in the Years Productions, Global ImageWorks, Mary Evans Picture Library, iMetaFilm, ReelDeal, Science Photo Library, Screenocean, Shutterstock, Sonuma, SVT Archives, Videoplugger.

The cutting-edge industry seminars and splendid buffet lunch are sponsored by the CNN Collection.

It’s easy to register: Click here to ensure your complimentary badge is waiting for you on the day.

24th May 2017 – 9.30 - 16.30
195 Piccadilly (home of BAFTA) London W1J 9LN.


epa Celebrates 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

One of the most influential events in medieval times was Martin Luther’s rejection of the Catholic Church and publication in 1517 of his “95 Theses” criticising the Church’s doctrine, which set in motion the reforms that created Protestantism. epa is celebrating this momentous move away from superstition which led towards rationalism and science.

The image: visitors look at the panorama ’Luther 1517’ by Austrian artist Yadegar Asisi in Wittenberg, Germany, 20th May 2017. The city of Wittenberg celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and hosts the World Reformation Exhibition ’Gates of Freedom’ from 20 May on. Photo: epa/filip singer.

View a gallery here.


Mick Rock of Cephas Wins Wine Photography Award

Mick Rock of Cephas – the specialist source of wine and vineyard imagery has won two prizes in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year 2017 awards. The standard of the images that reached the finals was very high and it is pleasing that Mick’s work was seen by the judges to be exceptional.

Over 7000 images were entered into the awards and judged by a distinguished panel including Jamie Oliver’s photographer David Loftus and Nigel Atherton, Group Editor, Photography, Time Inc. The winner was presented with a cheque for 5000 pounds by Andy Macdonald, Managing Director of Coregeo, Master Licensor of Pink Lady UK, in front of more than 400 guests from across the world.

Mick Rock was Winner in the People category (shown above) of the Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year Awards – part of the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year Awards, and came second in the Places category.

Mick Rock says, “We are honoured to receive this prestigious award. Cephas has been in the food photography business for thirty years and we are pleased to receive this recognition for the excellence of our images.”


Mary Evans Shows Stills Collections at footageMarketplace.

Making their debut at footageMarketplace, the UK’s premier footage event, is the renowned Mary Evans Picture Library, one of the world’s leading historical picture libraries. Established over fifty years ago, they will be showcasing the depth and range of fascinating content available from their in-depth stills collection at the show, which now includes an impressive million-strong film stills archive.

footageMarketplace returns again to 195 Piccadilly, home of BAFTA, on May 24th. Nearly 40 footage and stills libraries, archives, organisations, industry suppliers will be there, to network, meet industry professionals, and attend seminars from top industry figures.

Mary Evans Picture Library will be exhibiting at Table 06. Known globally for their historic stills, they sold their first image to the BBC 52 years ago and have been supplying images to the film, TV and audio-visual industry in the five decades since.

Recently they have combined New York’s Everett Collection of film stills, posters and memorabilia, with the Ronald Grant Archive – which they previously distributed internationally, but are now also able to licence in this country – to create a massive online resource of over one million film-related images, unparalleled in the UK.

Paul Brown, Managing Director of Mary Evans Picture Library says, "We are delighted to be exhibiting at footageMarketplace and engaging with clients old and new to show them the wealth and diversity of our collections as well as something a little bit different."

Registration is now open: Click here to ensure your badge is waiting for you on the day. It is free for industry professionals. A complimentary buffet lunch will be served, and refreshments are available during the day. This is the place to come to network, do deals, and attend seminars by leading industry figures.

24th May 2017 – 9.30 - 16.30
195 Piccadilly (home of BAFTA) London W1J 9LN.


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