Action Plus Sports Images, our neighbours in the new London office of Fast Media Group, is one of the oldest sports event photography companies in the United Kingdom. Action Plus was formed over 30 years ago and was the brainchild of the famed sports photographer, Richard Francis. The company now covers over 300 different sporting events and is actively digitising the collection. Action plus has made a few important changes to its website and collection.
Firstly, they have launched a brand new website which now has integrated editorial and commercial sports images online, a new personalized home page (select sporting galleries), very advanced search facility (by years, sports, editorial/commercial and many other selectors), ‘hover-over’ magnification, on-line pricing and many other new and enhanced features. Secondly, Action Plus has released a brand new rights managed sports event imagery collection, named ‘COMPETE’.
Stephen Hearn, Managing Director of Action Plus said: ‘The development of this new commercial rights managed sports collection and the new website which provides our clients with an easy and powerful way to find and license images in either editorial or commercial uses were the two major expansion programs for Action Plus when we acquired the company earlier this year. We are pleased to launch both projects alongside each other and feel that the new collection is a ‘best of breed’ for sports images in commercial licensing’.
The new COMPETE collection will be provided to an international distribution channel which presently consists of 35 agencies in specific countries. Launched with 5000 images, it is expected to expand to 10,000 in the next 12 months.