Stock agency Alamy enters mobile photography market

“We have come a long way since the first camera phone was launched in 2000 and Alamy is keeping pace with this change,” says Alamy’s CEO James West. “We want to allow our contributors to upload News, Sport and Entertainment images to us using the camera they have ready at hand – whether it is a digital SLR, a compact camera or a smartphone. This is a recognition of the quality news images that can now be taken by cameraphones and the like.”

News photographers working with Alamy will now be able to upload pictures taken from their smartphone using a variety of FTP apps already in existence, says the stock agency. The move comes as smartphones now sport cameras with resolutions of up to 16 megapixels (with Nokia even introducing a 41-megapixel cameraphone). For James Hall, Alamy’s head of news, it is “obvious that good photographers using these devices will be able to capture and record breaking news and events with a quality that is acceptable to both on and offline news agencies.”

The images will be subject to the same quality rules Alamy requires for News, Sport and Entertainment images taken with a DSLR camera, but the blanket ban on certain camera types will be removed, says the agency.

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