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Industry Publishing, media, web design
Genre Stock photography
Founder Mike Fischer, James West
Headquarters Abingdon, Oxfordshire, U.K.
Products Digital images, video
Services Rights-managed and royalty-free images and video

Alamy (registered as Alamy Limited) is a privately owned stock photography agency launched in 1999. Its headquarters are on Milton Park, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, U.K. It has a development and operations centre at Techno park in Trivandrum, Kerala, India and a sales office in Brooklyn, New York, USA.


Alamy has 50 million images and 250,000 videos online. Imagery comes from a global network of contributors including 600 picture agencies and approximately 32,000 independent photographers.

Suppliers include both professional and amateur photographers, stock agencies, news archives, museums and national collections. Its customers are publishing groups, advertising and design agencies, corporate marketing departments, bloggers, internal communication departments and individual buyers.


2002 - 2010[edit]

Alamy won an EMMA award for technical excellence in 2002[1] and introduced a 24/7 hi-res download tool for customers.[2] The technical innovation continued with virtual CDs becoming a replacement for RF image CDs.[3]

In 2003 the firm introduced an international distribution network. Based on the resulting increased sales, it increased the royalty payments for its contributors in 2006.[4] Since 2002 Alamy have paid out over $100million to its contributors. In March 2004 one million images were available on the site and by October 2007 there were 10 million images online.[5]

2010 – 2012[edit]

In 2010 the firm created an iPad app to showcase its images.[6]

Alamy launched a live news service in 2011.[7] and in 2012 it started to accept live news images from mobile phones[8] This helped Alamy get their collection to 25million images.[9]

2011 also saw the expansion of its international sales unit with teams being introduced in Germany, Australia and The Middle East.

2012 saw the introduction of Alamy iQ, video, and creative search results .[10]

Corporate ownership and management[edit]

James West, a graduate of Edinburgh University is the CEO of Alamy and co-founded the company with Mike Fischer in 1999. His previous venture was an automated web design company which he started in 1997. Mike Fischer is Chairman and co–founder of the firm. He was also co-founder and CEO of RM plc, the UK Company that pioneered the use of technology in the classroom.