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Published: 08 Feb 2023

Unrivalled archive of 18m historic pictures plus thousands of daily global news photos now widely available through exclusive UK and Ireland deal

Alamy has struck an exclusive agreement to supply AP’s contemporary and archive news images to UK and Irish customers.

The five-year deal means 18 million historic images and a daily feed of thousands of news pictures from around the world will be available on the Alamy platform.

The compelling content, including a collection of images captured by AP’s Pulitzer Prize winning international photographers, will be available for license to customers operating across digital media platforms, publishing, advertising, marketing, design, and other sectors.

Around 150,000 current news images from AP on-the-spot coverage of recent events are now accessible through Alamy with 5,000 news photos added every day. The prestigious AP photo archive encapsulating news, culture, sport and more will come on stream in March.

Emily Shelley, Managing Director of Alamy, said: “AP photographers have been eyewitnesses to history for two centuries and today their international news operation leads the world. We’re extremely proud to be working with the AP to make available this extraordinary collection of images for Alamy’s customers across multiple sectors in UK, Ireland, and the Channel Islands.

“Alamy is committed to dynamic storytelling through thought-provoking content from as wide a range of sources as possible, and to making those

pictures available to as wide an audience as possible. Like the AP, we value trust, authenticity, and accessibility, making this collaboration a perfect fit.”

AP Vice President, Sales for Europe, Middle East & Africa Alwyn Lindsey said: “We are delighted to be working with Alamy. The combination of Alamy’s innovative platform and AP’s iconic photo collection is extremely positive for customers.”

Alamy, part of the PA Media Group, has a uniquely diverse creative and editorial stock imagery collection, comprising almost 300 million photographs, vectors, and 360-degree panoramic images. The business has 100,000+ customers in more than 150 countries, working across a range of sectors including media, publishing, design, advertising and broadcast.

With journalists in some 240 locations in nearly 100 countries, AP supplies more than 1 million news photos every year. The news agency boasts an archive of tens of millions of images spanning two centuries. AP photojournalism has earned 34 Pulitzer Prizes—more than any other news organization.

AP joins the PA Images collection, Reuters, DPA, Everett and the World History Archive, as well as 80 further global news agencies, as part of the Alamy Editorial service. 


About Alamy

Alamy is the world's most inclusive content collection of creative and editorial photos, vectors, 360-degree images and videos from individual photographers, picture agencies and archives. Its global contributor base supplies upwards of 150,000 new images a day to the online platform.

Founded in 1999, Alamy was built on a vision to change the world of picture buying. The collection offers creative and editorial content sourced from a network of over 100,000 photographers, content creators and 650 contributing agencies and archives. With three global sales hubs; Alamy serves a global customer base covering the news, publishing, advertising, design, corporate and broadcast sectors.

Alamy’s headquarters are in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. It has offices in the United States and India, as well as a team based in Australia. In February 2020,

Alamy was acquired by PA Media Group, the UK-based news and information business.

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The Associated Press is an independent global news organization dedicated to factual reporting. Founded in 1846, AP today remains the most trusted source of fast, accurate, unbiased news in all formats and the essential provider of the technology and services vital to the news business. More than half the world’s population sees AP journalism every day.


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U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal)


FILE - In this Feb. 11, 1990, file photo, Nelson Mandela and his wife, Winnie, raise clenched fists as they walk hand-in-hand upon his release from prison in Cape Town, South Africa. South Africa's president says, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, that Mandela has died. He was 95. (AP Photo/Greg English, File)


A Chinese man stands alone to block a line of tanks heading east on Beijing's Cangan Blvd. in Tiananmen Square on June 5, 1989. The man, calling for an end to the recent violence and bloodshed against pro-democracy demonstrators, was pulled away by bystanders, and the tanks continued on their way. The Chinese government crushed a student-led demonstration for democratic reform and against government corruption, killing hundreds, or perhaps thousands of demonstrators in the strongest anti-government protest since the 1949 revolution. Ironically, the name Tiananmen means "Gate of Heavenly Peace". (AP Photo/Jeff Widener)


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