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Getty Images Signs as Official Photographer to Rugby World Cup 2003

1 October 2003

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - Getty Images, Inc., the world's leading imagery company, has announced today that it has renewed its agreement with the International Rugby Board and has signed as the official photographers for the Rugby World Cup 2003, which takes place in Australia from October 10 to November 22. Under the agreement Getty Images will have the exclusive commercial rights to market imagery from Rugby World Cup 2003, strengthening its position as the leading photographic supplier for rugby union and sport worldwide.

Getty Images' team of award-winning photographers will be at all 48 games over the 6 weeks of the tournament, as the teams travels across 10 Australian cities. The coverage will include live action from each game, in addition to team training sessions, match preparation and the colour and atmosphere that surrounds such a prestigious sporting event.

"We're very proud of our sporting heritage and we are delighted to be named official photographers for Rugby World Cup 2003," said James Nicholls, Senior Director Asia Pacific, Getty Images. "We will have a team of 13 photographers and five technicians who will be committed to bringing both our editorial and commercials clients the most compelling imagery in real time."

Getty Images experience with the game of Rugby Union is extensive. The company is currently official photographer to the International Rugby Board (IRB), The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and has covered all previous Rugby World Cup events. Getty Images expertise in sport is widely recognized and it currently holds the role of official photographer to over 40 sporting governing bodies worldwide including the International Olympic Committee.

About About Getty Images Inc.

Getty Images is the world's leading imagery company, creating and providing the largest and most relevant collection of still and moving images to communication professionals around the globe. From sports and news photography to archival and contemporary imagery, Getty Images' products are found each day in newspapers, magazines, advertising, films, television, books and web sites. Getty Images' Web site, www.gettyimages.com, is the first place customers turn to search, purchase and download powerful imagery. Seattle-headquartered Getty Images is a global company, and has customers in more than 50 countries.