European Pressphoto Agency

European Pressphoto Agency B.V. (EPA; stylised epa) is an international news photo agency.

epa european pressphoto agency
TypeDutch private limited liability company (Besloten vennootschap met beperkte aansprakelijkheid)
IndustryNews Agency
HeadquartersFrankfurt am Main, Germany
Area served
Key people
Julia R. Arévalo (President & CEO), José Luis Paniagua (Editor in Chief)
ProductsNews Agency, photo archive

Images from all parts of the world covering news, politics, sports, business, finance as well as arts, culture and entertainment are provided by a global network of over 400 professional photographers and included in the epa news photo service. The epa picture service is based both on the broad network of epa's staff photographers all over the world and on the daily production of its member agencies, which are all market leaders in their respective countries. All photos are edited and distributed to clients and partners worldwide by the editorial headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, which is staffed 24 hours daily.[1]

The epa serviceEdit

epa built up a reputation for reliable, independent and unique photo coverage.

The international picture service of epa is used by diverse media as well as EPA's partners and shareholders worldwide. At present epa’s editorial service offers approximately 2,000 new images[2] on an average day.

The service includes photographs in the areas of news, sports, arts, culture and entertainment, economy, human interest, and science.

The epa archiveEdit

The epa photo archive dates back to 1997 and has over nine million images on stock,[3] the majority of which can be accessed online.


epa was founded in 1985 by seven European news agencies. The agencies, AFP of France, ANP of the Netherlands, ANOP (now Lusa) of Portugal, ANSA of Italy, Belga of Belgium, dpa of Germany and EFE of Spain were motivated by what they saw as a lack of alternatives to the Anglo-Saxon picture services offered at the time.

Originally conceived as a vehicle to exchange the pictures of the member agencies’ domestic service; it also included the world service of AFP and other European services and suppliers. It expanded to a more independent entity as Eastern Europe opened up. The opening of these new markets, along with the war in the former Yugoslavia, led epa to employ its own photographers in those regions. Despite these developments, epa remained under the auspices of their member/owners whom it exclusively served.[4]

epa shareholders and epa going globalEdit

By 1995 epa had ten members with the additions of Keystone later in 1985, APA of Austria in 1986, and Lehtikuva of Finland in 1987. Pressensbild of Sweden joined in 1997 followed by Scanfoto (later Scanpix Norway) of Norway and Nordfoto (later Scanpix Denmark) of Denmark in 1999. pap of Poland joined epa in 2001.

In early 2003 after extensive restructuring and the departure of AFP, epa successfully made its service available to the worldwide market. Later in 2003 Lehtikuva, Scanpix Denmark/Norway and Pressensbild (later Scanpix Sweden) decided not to continue as a shareholder of epa. However, Scanpix Norway, Sweden and Denmark continued cooperation with epa under the name of Scanpix Scandinavia.

ANA of Greece (now ANA-MPA) joined epa as a shareholder in 2004 followed by mti of Hungary in 2005.[3]

Today epa has nine shareholders, all being market leaders in their respective countries:


Lucas Dolega, an epa photojournalist, was the first journalist to have been killed during the 2010-2011 Tunisian protests and the first journalist to have died during the Arab Spring uprisings.[5][6][7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "epa service | epa european pressphoto agency | Professional News Photography Worldwide".
  2. ^ "Products and Services | epa european pressphoto agency | Professional News Photography Worldwide".
  3. ^ a b "About epa | epa european pressphoto agency | Professional News Photography Worldwide".
  4. ^ "History | epa european pressphoto agency | Professional News Photography Worldwide".
  5. ^ Committee to Protect Journalists. 17 January 2011. “Lucas Mebrouk Dolega.” Retrieved 16 October 2011 CPJ.
  6. ^ "French photographer dies from injury sustained on day of Ben Ali’s departure", Reporters without Borders, 18 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011 RSF
  7. ^ "French photographer dies after being hit by police teargas canister in Tunisia", The Guardian, 16 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011 The Guardian.

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