Best-selling Fotolia mobile image of 2014 will win R37 500, and successful entries until the end of April 2014 will be rewarded Cape Town, March 5th, 2014 - Fotolia, Europe’s leading Stock Agency, today announced a global contest which will award a prize of R37 500 for the best-selling Instant Collection image of 2014 taken using an iPhone. In addition, every image accepted for the Instant Collection will instantly earn R7.50 the end of April. Now everybody has a chance to sell their smartphone images, regardless of technical ability or expensive equipment. The Instant Collection features images catering to a specific, more spontaneous, and in-the-moment look. Contributions to the Instant Collection can be made exclusively via the iOS app “Fotolia Instant”, available to download from the Apple App Store for free. An Android version of the Instant App is already in Beta-mode and will be released soon. Android users will then be able to participate in a separate contest, which will also give R37 500 for the best-selling Instant Collection image taken using an Android phone. “Four months ago, we launched the Fotolia Instant Collection for Smartphone images,” says Fotolia’s CEO and co-founder, Oleg Tscheltzoff. ”Today, the app has been downloaded nearly 20,000 times and the Instant Collection consists of more than 10,000 curated images. What started as an iPhoneography experiment has far exceeded our expectations. At Fotolia, we know the big breakthrough in smartphone snaps is coming, and we’re ready for it. We already have 1 million global buyers paying for professional images, but those same buyers are crying out for spontaneous, raw, real-world images. That’s why smartphone images sell at Fotolia and it becomes a serious opportunity for talented smartphone photographers.” Fotolia Instant’s Art Director, Morgan David de Lossy, explains further: “Images in the Instant Collection are different from regular stock photos, they are impulsive and more edgy, and we . . .
Cape Town, 10th October, 2013 - In response to the new trends in Smartphone use, social media and mobile phone, Europe’s leading microstock agency, Fotolia, is launching a new app and collection, uniquely designed for Smartphone photos. Created for iPhone 4 and up, Fotolia Instant offers fresh, new “in-the-moment” images taken using the new app, which allows users to shoot and upload to Fotolia directly from their Smartphone. Instant offers new opportunities With Fotolia Instant, iPhone photographers can take photos from their mobile phones, filter them, tag them and upload them directly to Fotolia. Thanks to a new filter and easy exposure control, the new Instant app allows users to take better, more esthetic shots without compromising image quality and resolution. Photos being submitted to the Instant Collection must meet the same quality and esthetic standards as other images for sale on Fotolia, as well as meet the legal requirements related to image rights and intellectual property as specified by Fotolia. The Fotolia Instant app makes it easy for photographers to upload digital Model Releases to the site directly from their Smartphone, making the process simple and efficient. New collection offers fresh images at affordable prices Fotolia’s Instant Collection offers users a new opportunity to enhance their visual communications with spontaneous, high-quality photos, which are legally sound, for only a few Rand. All images sold on Fotolia’s platform within the Instant Collection will go for the price of 3 Credits (about R36 depending on your package). The Instant Collection will feature images that cater to a specific, more spontaneous and in-the-moment look. “The increase in social networking and the continuous improvements to the quality of Smartphone cameras have given birth to a more spontaneous and immediate iconographic culture. It’s much less fixed and formatted than before,” explains Fotolia’s CEO and co-founder, Oleg Tscheltzoff. “The . . .
Cape Town, October 10th 2013 – The 2nd Season of the TEN Collection, which gathers a prestigious array of digital artists from around the word, is coming to an end in just a few months. For October, Fotolia presents its second last artist, Italian graphic designer Alberto Seveso. His special work, "Portrait of a perfect stranger" will be available for free for 24 hours in PSD format, on Thursday, October 10th on www.tenbyfotolia.com. When union creates dispersion Sardinian designer, Alberto Seveso is a self-taught artist. After having studied and experimented with the art of cooking in cooking school, he started to drift towards art, and started developing his art skills in the 90’s, by combining two of his passions: digital art and photography, uniting the real and the digital world, which owned him fame and acknowledgement from his peers. Since then, this complete artist has created himself a very personal graphic world revolving around the human body. He uses and suggests the sensuality of shapes, by cutting pictures of faces and bodies to mix them with vector patterns. This deconstructed rendering contributed to the emerging of a full graphic trend based on "dispersion", a trend he can be considered the leader of. A captivating portrait In working for the TEN Collection, Alberto Seveso remained true to his art and style. The Italian artist first chose a bust portrait of a beautiful woman from Fotolia’s collection, in order "to emphasize the depth”, and watercolor textures “to keep a natural tone”, mixed with vector shapes. He blends a variety of techniques, which give this work smoothness, sensuality and a certain melancholy. The watcher feels spellbound, unable to take his/her eyes away from this "perfect stranger » and the mosaic of elements and colors composing her. Deconstructing to reconstruct To achieve this result, the Italian artist doesn’t leave anything to chance. “Technique isn’t the most important. The key is to place your elements . . .
TEN is a creative, digital and educational project created by Fotolia in 2011, which aims at democratizing digital art. TEN, as in 10 artists, 10 countries, 10 months and 10 PSDs. This unprecedented project allows any web user to download for the PSD source file for free over a 24 hour period, for ten of the world’s best digital artists. This allows the artists to share their work techniques, and cultural influences. Each user can access the set of layers, graphic elements, and style effects held in each PSD, and appropriate them to use them in his/her own work. This community initiative was born from the cooperation between Fotolia and two well-known graphic communities: Wisibility and Amkashop. TEN is also supported by national and international partners, such as Design Times, Design Indaba, Adobe, Behance and Wacom. Cape Town, September 9th – After featuring Lydia Baillergeau and her motion design in August, as 2nd Season first special edition artist, the TEN Collection takes back its course. It is now headed to Spain with its 8th international artist: Sergio del Puerto, better known as his studio name, Serial Cut™ His unpublished work, « Faux tiroirs », will be downloadable for free for 24 hours tomorrow, September 10th, 2013 on www.tenbyfotolia.com. A modern cabinet of curiosities His ambition for the TEN project: create a "Wow” effect, i.e. impact the public at first sight. "A creative should above all be surprising, whether visually or conceptually. But the creative commitment must be strong and distinguish itself”. Once the attention of the public drawn, Serial Cut™ likes to drag it towards a second approach to his work, deeper and more detailed. “I like it when people take time to examine an image, when they enjoy looking for details, wonder what’s real or digital, etc.”. And this was the aim of "Faux tiroirs". Inspired by the Renaissance cabinets of curiosities, Serial Cut™’s work is filled with details: human members mingled with daily life . . .
Cape Town, May 10th, 2013 – Fotolia’s TEN Collection Season 2 invites web users to a trip around the world of digital creation, with the greatest international artists from the countries where the image library is set. The first 4 artworks were downloaded over 110 000 times on their release day. Mike Harrison will be the May artist, unveiling his original artwork, “Just a game”. It will be available for FREE for 24 hours in PSD format, on Friday, May 10th on www.tenbyfotolia.com Mike Harrison sublimes animal energy “It’s really great to be part of the TEN project. For me to be able to represent the UK out of all the possible artists in this country is an honor. I wanted to do something based on a powerful animal, one that would allow me create good energy and complexity. So, using a bull as my main theme, I wanted to create a high energy illustration loosely based on bullfighting, but adding a playful aspect to it by using certain colours and elements.” explains Mike Harrison. His subversive and colourful composition, mixing up digital and traditional arts, clearly illustrates the “sense of energy”. “Built from Fotolia Stock images and hand drawn elements, I worked without any established order. I was constantly re-arranging everything all the time throughout the process to work out which elements worked best and where, mixing materials and unstructured layers to obtain a homogenous and purely graphic composition” … as well as a unique and surprising result. A self-taught jack of all trades Based in London, Mike Harrison is a 28-year-old freelance graphic designer and illustrator. This self-taught artist discovered himself a passion for digital art after a university course in new technologies. This atypical course can be felt in eclectic works, mixing modernity and tradition. Drawing, illustration, typography as well as 3D, photography, animated design and web design: Mike Harrison loves trying endless new techniques and supports, in order to . . .
Fotolia presents TEN Season 2’s 4th digital artist, Marumiyan A free PSD of his artwork, "ON", will be available to download for 24 hours on April 10th Fotolia’s TEN Season 2 is taking Internet users on a digital art tour around the world, led by some of the world’s greatest artists. Every selected TEN artist all comes from a country in which Fotolia has offices. Two artists, whose identities remain a secret, will be added to the group of 10 artists, for a total of 12 artists. Once a month, every month, a different artist will showcase their skills and creativity. PSDs from the first three months of 2013, by artists Gustavo Brigante, Soonguy Gwon and Adhemas Batista were downloaded over 75 000 times. This April, Marumiyan from Japan unveils his creation. The PSD file for his design will be available for free download on Wednesday, April 10th, for 24 hours at www.tenbyfotolia.com. Music is his muse Marumiyan gets his inspiration from music: “I love painting sounds,” he says. Even his pseudonym is inspired by its resonance. The Kyushu Sangyo School of Fine Arts graduate was quickly noticed by international design and art magazines such as Juxtapoz, New Web Pick, Artskills, to name a few. With skills beyond his years, the 27-year-old has already participated in several expositions and international art collectives; published a book “Photoshop and Illustrator Artworks”, edited by MdN; and organized the visuals for one of Japan’s biggest live festivals, Minami Wheel. He is a free-lance worker: “it’s easier to create your own signature style,” he explains. His style is decorative, and he uses flowers, animals and women to enhance his artwork. To him, the reflect a natural sophistication which has allowed him to work for clients such as Wacom, Panasonic and NTT Docomo. An artist at heart Born in Fukuoka, Japan, where he still lives, Marumiyan was exposed to art such as painting and drawing by his father from a young age. The family library is full of art . . .
South Africa, 20, February 2013 – On December 19th, 2012, Fotolia launched the Season 2 of TEN, a colorful session bringing together 12 famous international artists, 2 of which are being kept secret. While the first 2 creations, made by Gustavo Brigante and Soonguy Gwon, beat all records with respectively 23 454 and 31 265 downloads in 24hours, the TEN by Fotolia website registered above 100,000 visitors in a month. Fotolia now presents the artwork of Brazilian artist Adhemas Batista, downloadable in PSD format for free and for 24 hours, on March 8th, on www.tenbyfotolia.com. Adhemas Batista : the “colours seller” Brazilian shimmering colours and rythmic vibrations are constantly echoing with Adhemas Batista’s work. An Art Director, illustrator and designer at the same time, this Brazilian artist defines himself as a “colors seller”. He worked with renowned creator Marcelo Serpa in 2004, on a project ordered by Havaianas brand to AlmapBBDO Agency. It is then that this self-educated man, a graphic designer since he was 15, developed his graphic identity. It differentiates by a very colorful and strong visual style, which earned him various prestigious awards, among which the Golden Cannes Lion in the “Conception” category, at the 2009 Cannes advertising festival. This same festival had named him “Brazilian Young Creative” in 2003. His clients include companies such as Danone, General Motors, Microsoft, Nestlé, Nike, Nokia, Pepsi, Puma, Unilever or Volkswagen. "I maintain my creativity with constant work. Personal realizations allow me to enrich my professional compositions”, he explains. The cultural wealth and diversity of his native country influence his creations. He uses bright colors and their shades, without special effects. An artist true to his roots His work is impregnated with the urban culture of São Paulo, where he was born in 1980, the Rio Carnival and handicrafts from Brazilian North-East. Even though Adhemas Batista has been living with his . . .
Cape Town, January 4th, 2013 – In December 2011, Fotolia made the news with the TEN Project. One goal: democratizing digital creation by bringing together in a common project, for the very first time, « digital art », « graphic resources » and « pedagogy ». For this second Season, Fotolia got a selective casting of 10 notorious international artists, and 2 more ones, kept secret for now. These authors are invited to express themselves on a free theme, and to share their pro tips with the web community, thanks to the PSD files they offer for free, every month for 24h. Argentinian Digital artist Gustavo Brigante will open Season 2 of the TEN Operation with an artwork composed around the work theme. TEN Season 1: 10 artists, 10 themes, 10 months and 10 PSD A communautary and educational initiative, the TEN projects results from the collaboration between Fotolia and two graphic communities, Wisibility and Amkashop. Every month, for 10 months, Internet users could download for free, for 24h, the digital creation in PSD format of one of the 10 best digital artists, made from Fotolia images. The TEN Collection was an absolute success, with more than 170,000 PSD downloads from the dedicated website www.tenbyfotolia.com, which welcomed more than 500,000 unique visitors during this first season. This first edition was closed with a wide international contest organized on Facebook, allowing digital art passionates to challenge the original 10 artits on the artworks they hadcreated for the TEN project. With more than 1,200 posted creations, and a viral reach of 250,000 personnes, this more than satisfactory result showed once again the enthusiasm raised by this operation in the graphic community. TEN Season 2: an international casting Creators with diverse cultural influences After the enthusiasm generated by the first edition, Fotolia renews the experience and will unveil, on January 10th, the first composition of the TEN, Season 2 Operation. This time, Fotolia selected . . .
NEW YORK, 5 November 2012 – Fotolia continues to span the globe by expanding its services becoming the first world-wide microstock agency to establish a local presence in South Africa. The launch of localised pricing in South Africa was a strategic move to not only become the market leader in Africa but also to acquire more local content, fostering long-lasting relationships with South African customers and artists. This expansion also marks the first step towards expanding throughout Africa. Considered a “hot spot” in the microstock world for its sunny and infinite landscapes, South African photographers are also among the most popular contributors on Fotolia. “We’re looking forward to discovering and recruiting more talented local artists”, says Oleg Tscheltzoff, CEO and co-founder of Fotolia. “Localizing to countries such as South Africa means expanding the customer base for stock imagery to millions more people and we’re excited to be the leaders here.” Fotolia has shown steady growth since its inception in 2004. With this recent expansion, Fotolia now provides services to 21 countries and in 13 official languages. About Fotolia Over 3.5 million people prefer Fotolia for affordable, royalty-free images, graphics and HD videos. With the introduction of the Infinite Collection, Fotolia became the first worldwide microstock organization to offer both crowd-sourced and professional images on one site. Founded in New York City in 2004, Fotolia spans the globe with websites in 13 languages and offices in 21 countries. With over 19 million files to choose from, find it on Fotolia.com. More Info: http://www.fotolia.com Author: Michelle Haarhoff from Fotolia. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Black Girl with Headphones Photographer: © olly / Fotolia Table Mountain Photographer: © Nolte Lourens / Fotolia Farm field . . .