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Look Who's Coming to the Fair!

1 May 2008

Exhibitors will be coming from the far end of the Universe for next week’s Picture Buyers’ Fair at London’s Business Design Centre.

Delegates from America, Europe and Asia will be attending the annual industry fest, organised by the British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies (BAPLA).

There will also be stands from international agencies and libraries, including Reuters, jupiterimages, Image Source and National Geographic.

Representing the world beyond will be The Daleks, courtesy of BBC Photo Library, who will pose with visitors for those all-important snaps to send back home.

BAPLA chief executive officer Linda Royles said: “We certainly have a star-studded cast to delight and inform industry professionals. The Picture Buyers Fair is a great opportunity to find out what’s happening, and who’s who in the industry.”

More than 150 British agencies and libraries will be exhibiting their wares at the event on May 7 and 8. They include TopFoto, who will be revealing some of the hundreds of thousands of pictures they are digitally archiving for the Barnardo’s organisation. Reuters will be showing the work of their award-winning war photographers, including images from their Bearing Witness exhibition of their coverage of the Iraqi conflicts over the last five years.

New collections will be unveiled, including Alamy’s topical China portfolio, Mary Evans’ Illustrated London News archive, and Fremantle’s recently-unearthed pictures of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and other 60s and 70s pop icons.

And FLPA – headed by Jean and David Hosking (son of the famed bird photographer Eric Hosking) will be revealing new additions to their ever-expanding library of stunning nature images.

There will also be hour-long seminars from experts on topics ranging from copyright and rights clearances to insights into the current state, and future trends, of the publishing world. Speakers include well-known legal advisors on photography and IP Nicola Solomon of Finers, Stephens Innocent and Rupert Grey of Swan Turton.

Ayperi Ecer, Vice President of Picture Development at Reuters, and Rebecca Swift, Getty Images’ Global Creative Planning Director, will be talking about how images shape reality and create “today’s history”.

Competitions to win goodies ranging from iPhones to holidays, and cocktail-making lessons to top-of-the-range digital hardware, will be on offer. And the award winners of Best Agency, and the Credit Where Credit is Due for national newspaper, will also be revealed.

BAPLA is the first port of call for image seekers from publishers to broadcasters. With over 400 members, it represents the vast majority of commercial picture libraries and agencies in the UK. Collectively, they manage in excess of 350 million images in an industry estimated to generate £500 million a year in domestic revenue alone.

Entry to the Fair is free through registration on www.bapla.org.uk . Visitors also receive a free copy of BAPLA’s 2008/09 Directory, which lists all of its 400-plus members.