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  • Alexander Becher Deutschland-Chef der epa european pressphoto agency

    Die neue Deutschlandberichterstattung der epa wird ab dem neuen Jahr vom langjährigen Fotojournalisten Alexander Becher verantwortet.

    Alexander Becher (44) übernimmt im neuen Jahr die Leitung des epa Deutschland-Dienstes. Als Chef eines bundesweiten Teams aus Fotografen, Videografen und Redakteuren wird er die Bildberichterstattung aus Deutschland für den internationalen und heimischen Markt koordinieren.
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    Alexander Becher Deutschland-Chef der epa european pressphoto agency

     

    Frankfurt am Main, 30 November 2016

     

    Die neue Deutschlandberichterstattung der epa wird ab dem neuen Jahr vom langjährigen Fotojournalisten Alexander Becher verantwortet.

     

    Alexander Becher (44) übernimmt im neuen Jahr die Leitung des epa Deutschland-Dienstes. Als Chef eines bundesweiten Teams aus Fotografen, Videografen und Redakteuren wird er die Bildberichterstattung aus Deutschland für den internationalen und heimischen Markt koordinieren.

    Becher ist durch seine langjährige Erfahrung als Fotograf und Redakteur in leitenden Positionen bei Zeitungen und Nachrichtenagenturen in der deutschen Medienlandschaft verwurzelt. Er begann seine professionelle Laufbahn 1996 als Fotojournalist und Bildredakteur bei der B.Z. in Berlin und wechselte dann 2001 als Bildredakteur zur Nachrichtenagentur ddp nach München. Für die Agentur arbeitete er später als CvD Sport in Berlin. 2005 ging Becher zur Bundesredaktion der BILD nach Hamburg als Fotoredakteur für das Ressort Politik und Wirtschaft. Ab April 2006 war er fast fünf Jahre als CvD der dpa-Bildredaktion in Frankfurt tätig. 2011 übernahm Becher die Leitung der dapd-Fotoredaktion in Berlin. Nachdem die Agentur 2013 ihren Dienst eingestellt hatte, kehrte Becher als Fotoredakteur zur BILD-Bundesausgabe zurück und leitet seit August 2014 die Fotoredaktion der BILD Frankfurt sowie der Süd-West-Ausgaben Saarland, Mainz-Wiesbaden und Rhein-Neckar.

    „Ich freue mich sehr darauf, gemeinsam mit einem motivierten Team international erfahrener Fotojournalisten einen frischen Blick auf die wichtigsten Ereignisse in Deutschland für unsere Medienkunden und Partner zu liefern. Fragen und Anregungen unserer Kunden zum Deutschland-Dienst der epa sind herzlich willkommen und werden von meinen KollegInnen und mir schnell und verlässlich beantwortet“, sagte Becher.

    Der Geschäftsführer der epa, Jörg Schierenbeck, äußerte sich hochzufrieden über die neue Personalie: „Wir freuen uns sehr, mit Alexander Becher einen echten Nachrichten-Profi als Deutschland-Chef verpflichten zu können“, sagte er. „Alexander war der epa schon zu seinen Zeiten als CvD bei dpa ein stets verlässlicher und lösungsorientierter Partner“, fügte Schierenbeck hinzu.

     

    Über epa: epa european pressphoto agency ist eine weltweit operierende Agentur für Nachrichtenfotos mit Sitz in Frankfurt/Main. Gegründet von sieben nationalen Nachrichtenagenturen Westeuropas, nahm epa am 1. Januar 1985 offiziell ihren Betrieb auf. Die gemeinschaftliche Gründung fußte zunächst auf dem Gedanken, dem Bedürfnis insbesondere der europäischen Medienkunden nach einem unabhängigen, qualitativ hochwertigen Bilderdienst aus Europa zu entsprechen. Im Mai 2003 ging epa einen Schritt weiter und weitete die Bildberichterstattung zu einem weltumspannenden Nachrichtenbilderdienst aus. Das Bildangebot der epa speist sich zum einen aus dem Bildmaterial des eigenen internationalen Fotografen-Netzwerkes und zum anderen aus den Nachrichtenfotos ihrer Mitgliedsagenturen - allesamt Marktführer in ihren jeweiligen Heimatmärkten. In internationalen Wettbewerben werden epa-Fotografen immer wieder mit Auszeichnungen bedacht und haben prestigeträchtige Preise in Europa, Asien, Nordamerika und Afrika gewinnen können.

    Am 15.11.2016 hatte epa bekannt gegeben, zum Jahreswechsel ein eigenes, deutschlandweites Netzwerk an Fotografen mit einer dichten und wettbewerbsfähigen visuellen Nachrichten-Berichterstattung aus Deutschland aufzubauen.

     

     

    Pressekontakt:

    epa european pressphoto agency

    Mrs. Silke Pohlmann
    Head of Human Resources
    E-mail: epa Human Resources

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    epa and Shutterstock Sign Global Distribution Deal

    Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE:SSTK), a leading global provider of imagery and music, today announced it has inked a deal with the european pressphoto agency b.v. (epa) to distribute its unique collections of visual content globally.

    Beginning in January 2017, Shutterstock’s editorial customers, which include some of the largest media companies and publishing houses, will be able to license epa’s daily image content from around the world and beginning in March 2017, Shutterstock customers will have access to epa’s archive of over four and a half million images.
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    european pressphoto agency and Shutterstock Sign Global Distribution Deal

    New York, NY, 31 October 2016

     

    Far-reaching deal will make all epa images available for license through Shutterstock

     

    Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE:SSTK), a leading global provider of imagery and music, today announced it has inked a deal with the european pressphoto agency b.v. (epa) to distribute its unique collections of visual content globally.

    Beginning in January 2017, Shutterstock’s editorial customers, which include some of the largest media companies and publishing houses, will be able to license epa’s daily image content from around the world and beginning in March 2017, Shutterstock customers will have access to epa’s archive of over four and a half million images.

    "epa is one of the leading news photo agencies in the world," said Ben Pfeifer, SVP of Business Development. "Their highly motivated team has built one of the most remarkable networks of photographers globally and delivers some of the most respected news images available, which are regularly used in leading media outlets. We are delighted to be able to add this extraordinary collection to our platform and make it available to our customers."

    Founded in 1985 by seven major Western European photo agencies, epa went global in May 2003, expanding its European network of photographers to a worldwide operation. Headquartered in Germany, today the organization adds more than 1,500 press photos on a daily basis to the epa database. epa has regional editorial desks in Bangkok, Cairo and Washington, D.C.

    "Shutterstock has one of the most advanced distribution networks in the world, and we are very pleased to be able to work with them in the interest of a wider and deeper reach and commercialization of our award winning daily news photo coverage," said Jörg Schierenbeck, epa’s President and CEO. "Shutterstock’s sales support will drive future growth for epa and its continued global reach."

     

     

    About Shutterstock: Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), directly and through its group subsidiaries, is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 140,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds hundreds of thousands of images each week, and currently has nearly 100 million images and 5 million video clips available.

    Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, Paris, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media provider; Offset, a high-end image collection; PremiumBeat, a curated royalty-free music library; Rex Features, a premier source of editorial images for the world's media; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital asset management service for businesses.

     

    About epa: european pressphoto agency (epa) was founded by seven major Western European photo agencies and officially started on January 1, 1985. The vision of the founders was driven by the demand for an independent quality world picture service originally designed for the needs of the European media market. In 2003, epa took a second step forward and went global. Today’s epa picture services is based on the broad network of epa’s staff photographers all over the world and on the daily production of its member agencies, which are all market leaders in their respective countries. epa photos have been awarded prestigious prizes in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.

     

     

    Press contacts:

    epa european pressphoto agency

    E-mail: epa Marketing

    Shutterstock: Siobhan Aalders

    E-mail: Shutterstock Press

  • epa Wins UNICEF Photo of the Year 2015 Award

    The Jury of the Unicef Photo of the Year Award in Berlin today announced the winning picture for 2015: a photograph depicting children trapped at the Greek/Macedonian border at the height of the refugee crisis in August, 2015. It is a photograph taken by epa’s long-term staff photographer, Georgi Licovski based in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
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    epa’s Georgi Licovski Wins Unicef Photo of the Year 2015 Award

     

    Frankfurt am Main, 17 December 2015

     

    The Jury of the Unicef Photo of the Year Award in Berlin today announced the winning picture for 2015: a photograph depicting children trapped at the Greek/Macedonian border at the height of the refugee crisis in August, 2015. It is a photograph taken by epa’s long-term staff photographer, Georgi Licovski based in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

     

    Georgi Licovski commented: "I am feeling honoured and privileged to have been awarded this prestigious prize", and he continued "My problem was and still is that I couldn’t take pictures of all the children who suffer, I can't present all their tears so someone can see them and help them."

    In a company blog post for epa, Georgi had described the circumstances leading up to the scene in more detail.

    Georgi Licovski, 51, has been a staff photographer with epa for almost 20 years and is based in Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

     

     

    About epa: epa was founded by seven major Western European photo agencies and officially started on January 1, 1985. The vision of the founders was driven by the demand for an independent quality world picture service originally designed for the needs of the European media market. In 2003, epa took a second step forward and went global. Today's epa picture service is based both on the broad network of epa's staff photographers all over the world and on the daily production of its member agencies, which are all market leaders in their respective countries. epa photos have been awarded prestigious prizes in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.

     

    Press contact:

    E-mail: epa Marketing

  • epa Wins Two Prizes in World Press Photo 2015

    The Jury of the World Press Photo contest today announced the list of winning photographs: epa's long-time photographer in Moscow, Sergei Ilnitsky, won First Prize Single, general news with his photograph 'Kitchen Table,' of damaged goods lying on a table in Donetsk in the midst of the Ukraine crisis. In addition, in the category Sports Stories, Sergei Ilnitsky was awarded Second Prize with 'Conquering Speed,' a series of a ski jumpers in action during the Ski Jumping World Cup in Russia.

    Sergei Ilnitsky has been a staff photographer for the european pressphoto agency (epa) in Moscow since 2003. He was born in 1974 in the small town of Mariupol, Ukraine. His passion for photography started as a child. He attended the Academy of Arts and Culture in Siberia while freelancing for newspapers and advertising agencies.
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    epa Wins Two Prestigious Prizes in World Press Photo 2015

     

    Frankfurt am Main, 12 February 2015

     

    The Jury of the World Press Photo contest today announced the list of winning photographs: epa's long-time photographer in Moscow, Sergei Ilnitsky, won First Prize Single, general news with his photograph 'Kitchen Table,' of damaged goods lying on a table in Donetsk in the midst of the Ukraine crisis. In addition, in the category Sports Stories, Sergei Ilnitsky was awarded Second Prize with 'Conquering Speed,' a series of a ski jumpers in action during the Ski Jumping World Cup in Russia.

     

    Sergei Ilnitsky has been a staff photographer for the european pressphoto agency (epa) in Moscow since 2003. He was born in 1974 in the small town of Mariupol, Ukraine. His passion for photography started as a child. He attended the Academy of Arts and Culture in Siberia while freelancing for newspapers and advertising agencies. Upon graduation, he worked at the regional newspaper Kuznetsky Kray. In 1995, he began as a stringer for epa assigned to the Siberian region of Russia.

    Upon hearing the news, Sergei Ilnitsky commented: "To win is always nice. And to win in two categories is twice as nice. World Press Photo is the most important competition for any press photographer - not only to satisfy our ambitions but rather to draw attention to the problems that we address in our work: War, violence, injustice, cruelty, misunderstanding; we show all this.

    The image from the Ukraine is very simple and complex at the same time. The character of a peaceful life is ruined. One minute a family sat at this table to take a meal. The next, a mine exploded and everything was broken, everything changed. I wish reality was such that there would be no occasion to ever have to take such a photo again.

    In the ski jumping series, I tried to convey the feeling of an athlete in flight, enjoying the opportunity to control the speed. And playing with the longer exposure I was trying to capture a sense of the jumpers' inner world."

     

    About epa: epa was founded by seven major Western European photo agencies and officially started on January 1, 1985. The vision of the founders was driven by the demand for an independent quality world picture service originally designed for the needs of the European media market. In 2003, epa took a second step forward and went global. Today's epa picture service is based both on the broad network of epa's staff photographers all over the world and on the daily production of its member agencies, which are all market leaders in their respective countries. epa photos have been awarded prestigious prizes in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.

     

    Press contact:

    epa european pressphoto agency

    E-mail: epa Marketing

  • One Million Historical Photographs Digitized

    A wealth of European culture and heritage went online in December 2012 when nine European News Agencies joined forces to put their historical archives online on www.europeana.eu as well as on its commercial portal, www.europhoto.eu.com, the world’s first historical photo journalism site. The EURO-Photo consortium consists of ANSA in Italy, belga in Belgium, dpa in Germany, EFE in Spain, Lusa in Portugal, MTI in Hungary, PAP in Poland, Scanpix in Denmark and epa worldwide.

    Europeana is a platform for the exchange of knowledge among librarians, curators, archivists, creative industries and the public. It is a single access point to millions of images, books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitized throughout Europe. Endorsed by the European Commission, Europeana is a prestigious initiative and is a means to stimulate creative economy and promote cultural tourism.
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    One Million Historical Photographs Digitized

    Frankfurt, 20 December 2012

     

    A wealth of European culture and heritage went online in December 2012 when nine European News Agencies joined forces to put their historical archives online on www.europeana.eu as well as on its commercial portal, www.europhoto.eu.com, the world’s first historical photo journalism site. The EURO-Photo consortium consists of ANSA in Italy, belga in Belgium, dpa in Germany, EFE in Spain, Lusa in Portugal, MTI in Hungary, PAP in Poland, Scanpix in Denmark and epa worldwide.

    Europeana is a platform for the exchange of knowledge among librarians, curators, archivists, creative industries and the public. It is a single access point to millions of images, books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitized throughout Europe. Endorsed by the European Commission, Europeana is a prestigious initiative and is a means to stimulate creative economy and promote cultural tourism.

    In a common project, the EURO-Photo consortium have gone a step further and created a comprehensive historical photo archive especially for their customers on www.europhoto.eu.com. This fantastic source of 20th century European historical photographs, many of which have never seen the light of day before, capture events that shaped history – be it news items, politics, sport, culture, entertainment or ordinary daily life in different eras. The EURO-Photo platform contains historic moments of European history such as the Carnation Revolution in Portugal, the Chernobyl disaster, King Leopold abdication in Belgium, Allied Forces in post-war Germany, and even going back to cultural events such as the first performance of Henrik Ibsen's plays in 1880's in Copenhagen.

    For epa customers the collection will be available at www.epa.eu.

     

    About epa: epa was founded by seven major Western European photo agencies and officially started on January 1, 1985. The vision of the founders was driven by the demand for an independent quality world picture service originally designed for the needs of the European media market. In 2003, epa took a second step forward and went global. Today's epa picture service is based both on the broad network of epa's staff photographers all over the world and on the daily production of its member agencies, which are all market leaders in their respective countries. epa photos have been awarded prestigious prizes in Europe, Asia, North America and Africa.

     

    The EURO-Photo project has been co-funded under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme by the European Community

     

    Press contact:

    epa european pressphoto agency

    E-mail: epa Marketing