Online stock photography collection
Stock Images - Photography
Alamy is the world’s largest online collection of stock photography. Launched in 2001, the company has expanded rapidly and now has over eight million high quality mainstream and specialist images from thousands of photographers, picture agencies and national collections.
Customers include newspapers, magazines, book publishers, advertising agencies and corporate marketing departments.
Its pioneering approach to selling images is built on two basic principles.
Everyone with pictures to sell should have an outlet for their work.
Customers should be able to find the right image in the shortest possible time.
The key to Alamy’s success is:
For the customer a vast, comprehensive and rapidly growing image collection –350,000 images are added each month a fast search engine - its website is one of the fastest and easiest to use in the industry excellent customer service – customers receive fast, efficient and friendly service online and on the phone
For the contributor the lion’s share of each sale – Alamy pays generous royalties (65%) to the photographer
No editing - Alamy pioneered the concept of leaving the editing and keywording of images to the photographer
A non exclusive contract – photographers can sell their images elsewhere
Alamy was founded in 1999 by CEO James West and Chairman Martin Fischer. James, a keen underwater photographer, became interested in the potential of the internet while working as an IT assistant for a medical research group at Oxford University. He went on to build an automated web hosting service before teaming up with his uncle Martin Fischer to form Alamy.
Mike is co-founder and former CEO of RM Plc, the leading provider of IT solutions to UK schools, colleges and universities. He had the idea of setting up a website to sell pictures for photographers.
Alamy is based in Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, UK. It has 55 employees in the UK and nearly 100 employees in its offices in India.
Alamy’s extensive collection contains mainstream, specialist, offbeat and unusual imagery covering a broad range of categories from architecture and archive, business and food, landscapes and lifestyles to transport, travel, wildlife and much more. From aardvarks and aerobatics, fine art and funny faces to viruses and voodoo – it’s all at Alamy.