Image Professionals GmbH
Being a professional photographer isn’t easy or inexpensive. Not only do you need talent, passion and dedication. Professional photographers often go to incredible lengths to take pictures by hiring expensive equipment, scouting models, travelling on a shoestring or preparing for weeks to get the right shot.
Like any content creator, they depend on revenue generated by their work. Like any other professional, there is no doubt they should be fairly rewarded.
The reality is different. Once images go online, they often get used without recognition or remuneration. On average, a picture created by a professional photographer is being used five more times without permission.
Copyright infringement is not only a legal offence. It damages the reputation of a photographer as well as their legitimate clients. It destroys the exclusive value of their unique work. It threatens the future of the creative industry.
What’s the solution? There are legal or tech companies offering to pursue illegitimate uses. In doing so, these services get to decide how to detect, filter, process, claim and settle infringement cases. They act without deep understanding of the licensing industry or our long-term interest to protect, educate and grow the market. Success rates are based on volume only. This is often counter to the best interests of content creators.
We, an international alliance of high-end photographic agencies, believe that copyright protection should be returned to the hands of the photographers and their legitimate representatives. Traffic should be routed back to the content creators. The online marketplace should be educated to protect legitimate customers. Lost revenue should be recovered to benefit the legitimate rights holder.
Our Mission is to ensure copyright protection of professional rights holders and recoup lost licence fees. Beyond this we hope our enforcement of copyright laws will also affect behaviour to reduce or remove assumptions that creative content on the internet is free to use. We believe in the power of photography and the value in creativity.
It’s time to regain control. That’s why we created Rights Control, an exclusive and unique boutique service for high-end content creators.
Image Professionals is the home of market-leading specialized photo agencies on the topics of food, interiors, beauty, science, medicine & health, garden and travel. Every agency under the roof of Image Professionals is based upon the best works of highly specialized photographers and the profound knowledge of our experienced account managers. All collections are characterized by their deep portfolio, professional keywording and multiple custom search options.
Image Professionals offer pictures, videos, features and text as well as numerous services for professional image users who cannot afford mistakes.
AUGUST is a unique agency model offering a boutique experience for clients worldwide. Beyond the unique creative caliber and exclusivity of our photography, our deep knowledge of our collection and focus on the highest-level of customer service make AUGUST an exceptional visual resource.
AUGUST is dedicated to representing an elite group of portrait, lifestyle, beauty & fashion photographers for editorial and commercial licensing. We are the exclusive representatives for the work of some of the most creative and innovative contemporary photographers including Martin Schoeller, Art Streiber, Camilla Akrans, Ben Hassett, Kenneth Willardt, Cedric Buchet, Sebastian Kim, Danielle Levitt, Greg Williams, Max Vadukul, Tesh, Steven Pan, Joe Pugliese, Miller Mobley, Anaïs & Dax, Kerry Hallihan, Brian Bowen Smith, Victor Demarchelier and many more…
OTTO is dedicated to licensing design, architectural and interior imagery of preeminent architects and designers from around the world as captured by master contemporary photographers. The collection also features unique location, landscape and industrial images. With an unparalleled focus on customer service and premiere imagery, OTTO’s commitment to clients and photographers sets it apart from other agencies.
Our roster includes some of the most creative and innovative contemporary photographers including Scott Frances, Floto+Warner, Eric Piasecki, William Waldron, Michael Moran, Roger Davies, Stephen Kent Johnson, Matthieu Salvaing, Bjorn Wallander, Nikolas Koenig, Connie Zhou, Peter Aaron, Lisa Romerein and many more…
Science Photo Library (SPL) is the world’s leading source of science and medicine images and video.
Acquired from scientific and medical experts, acclaimed photographers and renowned institutions, SPL’s content is unrivalled worldwide. Outstanding quality, accuracy and commitment to excellence are deeply embedded in the company’s DNA. Science Photo Library inspires creative professionals and delivers engaging content of the highest quality for a wide range of clients.
We are proudly independent, London-based and our reach is global.
Since its creation in 2000, Sucré Salé has been specializing in the curation and distribution of premium culinary images. More than 350 photographers from around the world are contributing to the collection with thousands of specialized food images being added every month.
The agency is also operating a production studio for tailor-made content: Studio Sucré Salé. Since 2014 Sucré Salé is produly representing StockFood, the world’s largest agency of culinary images, which gives Sucré Salé exclusive rights to license the StockFood collection in France.
Since 2018 Sucré Salé has been expanding its focus to include lifestyle, beauty, travel and, more recently, scientific imagery. The agency’s priority always remains the same: to support publishers and facilitate brand communication thanks to content with a strong specialist identity.
Image Professionals GmbH
45 bis route des Gardes
Science Photo Library (SPL)
327-329 Harrow Road
London W9 3RB
Global Rights Control LLC (GRC)
420 East 61st Street #28E
New York, NY. 10065