New Ownership for; Positioned for Growth, the leading stock photo agency alternative, is now under new ownership. Clay M. Garrett, CEO, says the company is positioned for growth by meeting the evolving needs of both photographers and photo buyers in an economic downturn.

Las Vegas, NV, March 04, 2009 --( The leading stock photo agency alternative,, announced it is under new ownership, and positioned to grow during the economic downturn. The privately held business is now led by Clay M. Garrett, CEO, a publishing entrepreneur and professional photographer. The service is the destination for photo buyers and professional photographers to access one another without going through a traditional stock agency. The service is free for photo buyers, and photographers can get started with a complimentary two week trial before paying an annual subscription fee to continue taking advantage of the service. charges no commissions.

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“In this economic downturn, content producers are looking for innovative ways to meet the demand for fresh, unique, and high-quality images. Moreover, photographers are looking for new ways to market their work without paying agency commissions or making the switch to royalty free distribution. With our service, buyers have a stable of freelance photographers poised to fulfill highly specific image requests, and even shoot to specifications. And we’re rights managed forever, which means you’re not going to see your exclusive cover photo fronting someone’s website,” says Garrett.

This commitment to quality has served the company well. On the buyer side, serves organizations like National Geographic, Harper Collins, AARP, Simon & Schuster, NBC, Ogilvy & Mather, People Magazine, Saatchi & Saatchi, and Newsweek.

After reviewing the business model, Garrett decided to implement changes. Previously, the revenue model had two components – the subscription fee for photographers and a $2 per image hosting after the first 50 images. Now, subscribing photographers can take advantage of unlimited hosting for their image portfolio. “Charging to host images no longer makes sense,“ Garrett asserts. “The only priority is maintaining a quality image catalog. Removing extraneous fees means photographers can get more of their best work in front of buyers.”

Formerly, Garrett was the CEO of HyroGlyf New Media and a Managing Partner with Canyonlands Publishing Group. Before entering the media business, Garrett spent over twelve years as a zoologist and published dozens of peer reviewed science articles. As a nature photographer and scientific illustrator, Garrett has upwards of 600 publication credits.

Founded in 2002, is the leading alternative to stock agencies for rights managed imagery. Its mission is to provide photo buyers with fast, free, direct access to hard-to-find professional imagery, while empowering photographers with a no-commissions marketing channel reaching some of the industry’s most respected high-end buyers. Licensing fees and rights management terms are negotiated directly between the photographer and photo buyer. As an added level of service, in addition to the online image bank, agents at bundle, format, and distribute image requests to photographers. All services are free to qualified buyers and researchers. Photographers, whose eligibility to join is determined by publication credits and portfolio review, pay an annual subscription. charges no commissions. To learn more, visit the website at

Elizabeth Greene, VP of Marketing and Public Relations

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