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What is the epa news photo service?

The epa news photo service consists of two separate products:

  • epa service, a feed of current news photos including images newer than seven days.
  • epa archive containing images older than seven days.

The epa service is available via FTP, satellite, and the epa webgate. The majority of images of the epa archive is available through the epa webgate image database.

 

When does a service photo become an archive photo?

A service photo becomes an archive photo eight days after its transmission in the epa service.

 

How do I get access?

Here you can register online. We will get in contact with you as soon as possible. You can also call us at +49 69 244 321 866 or send us an email.

 

Can I get access to a certain category only?

You can also request access to certain galleries (e.g. Sports) or a specified number of galleries only.

Please contact us via email or call us at +49 69 244 321 866.

 

How many images does the epa archive contain?

Overall the epa archive contains over seven million images dating back to 1997. Every day the epa archive grows by an average of 2,000 pictures - generated by a network of more than 400 photographers worldwide.

 

What are the rates for image usage?

The prices for the usage of our imagery differ depending on various parameters.

Please contact us for pricing via email or call us at +49 69 244 321 866.

 

Am I charged per download?

It depends on your subscription scheme. In case of doubt, please, contact us via email or call us at +49 69 244 321 866.

 

Are all epa images available in the epa webgate?

Not all epa images are available in the epa webgate. The following images are not available online:

  • most images dating further back than 1997,
  • images that have not been digitised.

If you cannot find a particular image or if you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Department. We can also assist you in finding images from our shareholders' archives.

You can reach our team via email or call us at +49 69 244 321 866.

 

How far back does the epa digital archive go?

The epa digital photo archive contains extensive picture coverage of major European events from the mid 90’s and images of international news, sports, arts, culture and entertainment from 2003.

Overall the epa archive contains over seven million images.

 

How do I find a particular image?

A great part of our archives and services are available online through the epa webgate. Enter one or more keywords or an image number in the free-text search field below the navigation panel.

When searching with multiple words you can use the following operators:

  • space between words
  • comma
  • + (plus sign)
  • "AND" between words

When searching with variables enter "OR" between words.

If you would like to restrict your search either enter a:

  • - (minus sign) directly in front of the word you would like to filter out
  • or enter "AND NOT" between words

Additionally, you can specify your search request by using the additional options listed on the left of the free-text search field.

 

If you cannot find a particular image or if you need any assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Service Department. We can also assist you in finding images from our shareholders' archives.

You can reach our team via email or call us at +49 69 244 321 866.

 

What do the particular search options stand for?

In order to specify your search request you can choose between these additional options:

  • Filter by date

    Search images taken on a specified date or in a specified period.

  • Filter by orientation

    Search images with either horizontal or vertical orientation only.

  • Filter by scene
    • Headshot

      The focus of the image is on a person's face.

    • Action

      The focus of the image is on an action.

    • Single

      The focus of the image is on one person.

    • Group

      The focus of the image is on a group of persons.

  • Filter by country

    Search images shot in a specified country.

You may choose one or several options for your search.

Click on 'apply filter' to start your search. 

If you want to modify an advanced search or simply want to start a fresh search you have to deselect the parameters no longer needed or simply click 'reset filters'.

 

Do I have to fill in all fields for a search?

No, you can use one search option only or any combination of search parameters.

 

Can I customize the webgate display?

You can customize the epa webgate display by using the optional settings located below the main search bar.

This function allows you the following:

  • change the number of media displayed per page
  • whether the images are displayed with or without captions
  • change the image preview mode from active to inactive or vice-versa
  • jump to another page

The number of displayed rows depends on the width of your browser.

 

Do the images have the same resolution as seen online?

The images are only available online in a web-size view version. Once downloaded the images are available in full resolution in two sizes: websize (920px/longest side) and high resolution (full width of original image).

 

How do I get assistance?

If you need assistance, please, contact us via email or call us at +49 69 244 321 866.

 

What is a lightbox?

The epa webgate allows you to collect your personal selection of images in lightboxes. To create a new lightbox, log in first, then click on the Lightbox icon at the top right of the page. 

Just click 'new' and a new window opens and you can enter an individual name for your lightbox. In order to finally create the lighbox simply click 'create now'.

You find all available personal lightboxes in the scrollbar below the main navigation panel respectively in the lightbox tab at the bottom right of the page.

 

How do I create a lightbox?

The epa webgate allows you to create lightboxes for your personal usage. Just click "create lightbox". A new window opens and you can enter an individual name for your lightbox. In order to finally create the lighbox simply click 'create now'.

You find all available personal lightboxes in the scrollbar below the main navigation panel respectively in the lightbox tab at the bottom right of the page.

 

How do I retrieve the photos from my lightbox?

The epa webgate allows you to create lightboxes for your personal usage. You find all available personal lightboxes in the scrollbar below the main navigation panel respectively in the lightbox tab at the bottom right of the page.

 

How do I rename a lightbox?

You find all available personal lightboxes in the scrollbar below the main navigation panel. Choose the lightbox you want to modify. Click on 'rename' next to the scrollbar. A new window opens and you can enter an new name for your lightbox. In order to finally save the new name simply click 'rename'.

 

How do I view and manage lightboxes?

The epa webgate allows you to create lightboxes for your personal usage. Log in first, then click on the lightbox icon at the top right of the page. 

You find all available personal lightboxes in the scrollbar below the main navigation panel. Here you can view your collection and make adjustments:

  • Remove image from lightbox:
    • Click on the trashcan icon underneath the thumbnail.
  • Remove all images from lightbox:
    • Click on 'epmty lightbox'.
  • Delete active lightbox:
    • Click on 'delete'.
  • Switch to another lightbox:
    • If you have created more than one lightbox you can see and select the active lightbox from the dropdown menu below the search panel respectively in the lightbox tab at the bottom right of the page. You can go back to your search results by clicking on 'back to search' and carry on adding images to the activated lightbox.
  • Send lightbox:
    • You can share your lightbox with others. Click on 'email lightbox' and a new window opens which allows you to fill in the recipient's email address, name and your email address. The recipient will receive an email with a link to your lightbox.
  • Move to basket:
    • If you click on 'add all to basket' the whole content of your lightbox is moved to the basket (more information on the basket function below).
  • Fee request:
    • If you do not have agreed rates you can check for the image licensing fee by clicking on 'fee request'. Please fill in the credentials required in the pop-up window and click the 'send' button. Your request will be automatically forwarded to the epa customer service.

 

What is a basket?

A basket allows you to review your selection and do your final edit. Images can be added to your basket if you are logged in to the epa webgate. Once you completed your search(es) you can review the images in your basket and create lightboxes. You can also remove images from your basket by clicking on the trashcan icon underneath each image.

Depending on your account settings you can also directly download images from here or order the image.

If you do not have agreed rates you can check for the image licensing fee by clicking on 'fee request'. Please fill in the credentials required in the pop-up window and click the 'send' button. Your request will be automatically forwarded to the epa customer service.