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Game Change: Demotix and Corbis sign massive global distribution agreement

Amazing news for us all!

Game changer for both parties, and we reckon a game-changer for the industry...


Here's the official press release:

SEATTLE and LONDON (March 9, 2011) – Corbis Images (www.corbisimages.com), a leading visual media provider for the creative community, and Demotix (www.demotix.com), the multi-award winning open news platform, today announced a new worldwide distribution agreement. Later this month, Corbis Images will begin offering an edited selection of breaking news photography from Demotix through corbisimages.com.

Through its community of more than 4,000 active freelance professional and semi-professional contributing photographers, London-based Demotix is recognized as a source for breaking news photography of stories and locations that the mainstream media struggle to reach. Demotix pioneered community-based sourcing of photojournalism through an extended network of local photographers, and today has contributors based in almost every country around the world, with particularly deep coverage in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

“Our new partnership with Demotix complements our breaking news offering with photography of news events that happen off the beaten path,” said Anil Ramchand, Director of News, Sports and Entertainment. “As some providers of news photography cut back on their geographic coverage, Corbis will now have faster access to quality photojournalism from a community of thousands of local photographers around the world, increasingly making Corbis a destination for news media looking for exceptional breaking news images.”

Demotix is recognized for distributing compelling photojournalism from events including the 2011 protests across the Middle East, the 2010 World cup, the 2009 Iranian elections, the 2008–2009 Israel–Gaza conflict, and its in-depth coverage of the 2009 G20 protests in London.

“Our new global distribution agreement with Corbis takes our business to the next level, providing our community of contributors with significant reach into newsrooms around the world,” said Turi Munthe, CEO, Demotix. “Working with Corbis will help build our awareness around the world and create a wealth of new opportunities for our photographers.”

Demotix, launched in 2009, represents over 400,000 new images and adds about 25,000 new images monthly. Corbis will handpick a selection of images to be distributed through its website with the first images being available by the end of March.

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About Corbis Images
Corbis Images is a leading visual media provider for advertising, marketing and media professionals, providing a comprehensive selection of stock photography and illustrations. Corbis Images has exceptional creative, documentary, archival, fine art, current events, and entertainment images to help the creative community produce distinctive work for web sites, magazines, newspapers, books, television, and films. Corbis Images serves its global customer base through its renowned Sales & Service teams and its fast, intuitive web site at www.corbisimages.com. Corbis has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia that serve more than 50 countries.

About Demotix
Demotix is a multi-award winning global photojournalism newswire. With over 4000 active photojournalists around the world, Demotix images have appeared on the front pages of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Guardian and elsewhere, and in print, broadcast and online media all over the globe. With an archive of over 400,000 news images, one of the largest networks of photojournalists, and a monthly growth rate of 25,000 images, Demotix has been called "Journalism for the 21st Century" by the Daily Telegraph, and TechCrunch has reported that "Demotix [is] reinventing the newswire". For more information, visit www.demotix.com.

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