What we do

The British Association of Picture Libraries and Agencies, or BAPLA, is the trade association for picture libraries in the UK and has been a trade body since 1975.

Members include the major news, stock and production agencies as well as sole traders and cultural heritage institutions. A substantial percentage of images seen every day in print and digital media is supplied by BAPLA members.

BAPLA's core objectives:

- Represent picture libraries and agencies of all sizes and types.
- Encourage best practice within the industry.
- Lobby at UK and international level to ensure the core principles of our industry are protected.
- Develop and deliver solutions on 21st Century copyright.
- Channel the knowledge and expertise of the wider picture community.

BAPLA is steered by an elected voluntary Executive Board. Our work is funded by membership fees and in return we are dedicated to supporting our members by providing day-to-day business support and by representing our industry on a national and international level.

To find out more about the benefits of becoming a member click here.

BAPLA also works closely with its sister organisations - CEPIC  in Europe and DMLA in the USA.