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Our vision
To be a clear and representative voice for the United Kingdom image licensing industry.

Who we represent
BAPLA represents image licensors. Founded in 1975, BAPLA is the UK trade association for picture libraries and agencies, now incorporating a broad and diverse membership.

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BAPLA members range from the biggest names in the business to smaller, specialist collections. Between them they offer an enormous range of high quality pictures across all subjects, together with price structures and licence types to service all requirements.

The Image Suppliers section of the website is designed to help you find the image supplier - and therefore the images - you need.

Webinar: AI and the image industry

Events 2021

AI is a vast and evolving topic – for this webinar we will concentrate on where we already see it being used in the image industry. We’ll start with an overview of AI in relation to our industry, followed by an introduction to practical AI uses and tools already available, and we’ll conclude with a Q&A [...]

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BAPLA will deliver a programme of monthly online events throughout 2021. We’ll be focusing on topics hugely relevant to the image-licensing sector, especially licensing, marketing, trading in different markets, and copyright.

Events will be free of charge to BAPLA members, with flexible fees for non-members […]

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Our latest newsletter to picture buyers

Agency Spotlight: Veritone Licensing

Veritone Licensing is the first choice and often exclusive source to license premium audio and video from elite sports, news, and user-generated content collections. One of the premiere photo libraries we represent is Imagn. Imagn is the worldwide news picture agency for USA TODAY Sports Images and The USA TODAY NETWORK […]

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Homepage picture credits

Study of Clouds Above a Wide Landscape, by John Constable (1776-1837). Pencil and watercolour. England, 1830 ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London ● Aerial of an excursion boat with tourists enjoying the turquoise waters of Greece ©Harris Dro / Alamy Stock Photo ● British longhair black golden shaded cat, smiling, wearing blue hat ©Jean-Michel Labat/Ardea ● Hydrangea Arborescens, close-up ©Simon Kayne / Creative Image Library ● Wading; young ladies wading in the shallow surf, drawing, by Randolph Caldecott ©The Trustees of the British Museum / BM Images ● 'Star class of Engines', steam locomotive, 1857 ©NRM Pictorial Collection / Science & Society Picture Library ● Exterior of the Queen's House, Greenwich. National Maritime Museum. Image number: F6025-003 ©National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London