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500px Launches Redesigned App for Android, New Galleries Feature for Android and iOS

December 4, 2015

500px today announces the launch of a completely redesigned app for Android. The new 500px for Android brings a brighter and more simplified experience to Android users. The company also announces today the launch of a new Galleries feature for Web, Android and iOS and a new app for Apple TV.

"500px has made incredible momentum over the past few months. We've brought both new technology and distribution opportunities to our community with the launch of our successful iOS app, expansion into China and several technology distribution partnerships," said Andy Yang, CEO of 500px. "With this launch, 500px continues to double down on its strategy to emerge as the market leader in this space."

The new 500px for Android simplifies the user experience across the app. With this update, 500px has added photo recommendations to make it easier to discover great new photographs and photographers; personalized the user's home feed with the photographers they follow; designed a new personal profile layout; made photos viewable in full aspect ratio; and improved the app's core search functionality.

The new 500px for Android, and updated 500px for iOS and Web, will also feature Galleries. Galleries allow everyone to curate content based on their personal visual style. With Galleries, 500px users will be able to group any public photos based on personal preferences or chosen themes, making them more discoverable within the 500px community.

Finally, on the heels of the launch of 500px for Roku and Chromecast, 500px introduces 500px for Apple TV. The new Apple TV app lets users enjoy curated Galleries from the world's best photo community on their TVs. With this launch, up to 20 million Apple TV users can view and enjoy select images from 500px.

About 500px

Launched in 2009, 500px is a global online photography community for sharing, discovering and licensing amazing photos. Images on 500px represent the work of over 6 million professional and hobbyist photographers. Through its marketplace, 500px works with thousands of agency and brand creatives who use 500px images in their campaigns.

500px is venture backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Visual China Group and ff Venture Capital and headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in San Francisco and New York City. For more information on 500px, go to 500px.com.

Kelly Thompson Joins 500px as Head of Marketplace

November 19, 2015

Former iStock by Getty Images COO to Lead Expansion of 500px’s Growing Marketplace

500px today announced that Kelly Thompson has joined 500px as Head of Marketplace. Thompson is a photo licensing industry veteran, having worked as SVP, Product Development at Getty Images and COO of iStock by Getty Images.

At 500px, Thompson will oversee the expansion of 500px marketplace, developing new products to service the company’s growing number of enterprise accounts, including advertising agencies and large brands, as well as continuing to accelerate 500px’s base of self-service marketplace customers.

“We’ve only begun to scratch the surface when it comes to tapping the potential of 500px’s marketplace,” said Andy Yang, CEO Of 500px. “Kelly will be instrumental in leading our initiatives to increase our market position in photo licensing both by growing our client base and helping to guide the marketplace’s product direction to better service these customers.”

Thompson has held senior positions in the creative and photo licensing space for years. While Chief Operating Officer of iStock by Getty Images, he oversaw the global strategy and operational leadership of iStock’s products, services, technology and sales. During his time at iStock, he propelled the company from a few thousand photographers and clients to a worldwide presence with millions of clients, creating a new market for affordable imagery. Attracted by the unprecedented growth, Getty Images acquired the company in 2005.

Thompson also served as Executive Vice President at iStock’s parent company Getty Images and sat on their Executive Committee. Most recently, Thompson was SVP, Innovation and an early investor at Benevity, Inc., one of Canada’s most successful startups. He holds a B.S in Computer Science from the University of Calgary.

About 500px

Launched in 2009, 500px is a global online photography community for sharing, discovering and licensing amazing photos. Images on 500px represent the work of over 6 million professional and hobbyist photographers.Through its marketplace, 500px works with thousands of agency and brand creatives who use 500px images in their campaigns.

500px is venture backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Visual China Group and ff Venture Capital and headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in San Francisco and New York City. For more information on 500px, go to 500px.com.

500px Partners With Visual China Group; Expands Into China With 500px.me

November 13, 2015

Photography Community Launches in China Through Joint Venture With Visual China Group

500px, an online photography community for sharing, discovering and licensing amazing photos, today announces its expansion into China with the launch of 500px.me. Through a joint venture with Visual China Group (VCG), 500px.me is available to the almost half a billion Chinese Internet users. 500px.me is an online photography community targeted to users in China. The Web interface is available to consumers in China beginning today and an iOS application will follow in the coming days.

500px also announces that it has entered into a master delegate agreement with VCG whereas VCG will have exclusive rights to license a selection of 500px's marketplace images in China. VCG is an investor in 500px and China's largest online visual content platform, with over 15 years of experience in licensing photos and managing copyrights in the Chinese market.

"China presents a huge market opportunity for 500px for both growing our user base and licensing business," said Andy Yang, CEO of 500px. "VCG already has a tremendous footprint in China, with over 15,000 licensing customers and leads the market in image distribution. Together we are committed to investing in 500px.me to make it a world-class community for local photographers."

In addition to photos from Chinese users, 500px.me will also feature images from members of the greater 500px community who choose to participate. 500px currently has 6 million users globally. Images uploaded to 500px.me will automatically sync to 500px.com.

500px.me will be owned and operated through a joint venture between 500px and VCG.

About 500px

Launched in 2009, 500px is a global online photography community for sharing, discovering and licensing amazing photos. Images on 500px represent the work of over 6 million professional and hobbyist photographers. Through its marketplace, 500px works with thousands of agency and brand creatives who use 500px images in their campaigns.

500px is venture backed by Andreessen Horowitz, Visual China Group and ff Venture Capital and headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in San Francisco and New York City. For more information on 500px, go to 500px.com.

About Visual China Group

visualchina.com, founded in 2000, is China's biggest visual content and solution provider, listed in Shenzhen A share (SHSE: 000681) with a market capitalization of over $3 billion. VCG operates China's largest online visual content platform vcg.com, with catalogues from over 240 institutional image partners and over 15,000 contracted photographers.

Visual China Group has over 100 million still images, 1 million pieces of stock footage, serving a diverse customer base of over 15,000 media companies, government organizations, corporate, advertising agencies and public relations companies in China. VCG is also the owner of the most popular online designers community shijue.me in China.

Based on trans-dimensional synergy among Internet, cultural creativeness and related industries, Visual China Group capitalizes on its core competence in visual business to extend its influence into tourism, education, entertainment, sports, etc.

Ellen Desmarais Joins 500px to Head Marketing

September 15, 2015

500px, the premier global photo community for discovering, sharing, buying, and selling the highest quality photography, today announced that Ellen Desmarais has been named VP & Head of Marketing, based in San Francisco. Ellen comes to 500px from Getty Images where she was vice president & general manager of iStock.

In this new role, Desmarais will lean on her years of industry experience in the stock photography and media industries to influence and design the marketing strategy for 500px as well as lead specific initiatives for the company's community and licensing business. Her appointment comes on the heels of the company's recent announcement that it has closed $13 million in Series B funding.

"500px has grown significantly over the past year, and we see tremendous opportunity to continue this path and to take on a greater position in the market," said Andy Yang, CEO of 500px. "Ellen will be instrumental in helping us achieve this."

Desmarais comes to 500px with 20 years of experience in marketing, strategy and digital operations, recently holding senior positions at Getty Images and Dow Jones & Company. Prior to heading iStock, she was vice president of marketing strategy for Getty Images where she led the CRM and product marketing teams. Before joining Getty Images, she was executive director of corporate strategy and business development for Dow Jones & Company where she led strategic plans for international expansion and digital investments and steered development in expanding the Wall Street Journal franchise globally.

"This is a great time to be part of the 500px team," said Ellen Desmarais. "We've seen an acceleration in demand by photographers on the platform and a significant uptick in the licensing of their work. I'm excited to work with the team to carve out new opportunities for us to leverage the creative assets on our platform and to bring the 500px brand to the forefront."

About 500px

500px is a photo community and marketplace designed to enhance and support the creative process for creators and buyers. More than 6 million creatives use the 500px platform to improve, showcase and monetize their work. The 500px marketplace provides buyers with the opportunity to license fresh, powerful images to use in their creative campaigns.

The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada where it was founded in 2009 and has an office in San Francisco, USA. 500px has raised $23 million in funding to date, from Andreessen Horowitz, Harrison Metal, ff Venture Capital, Visual China Group and other investors.

Learn more about 500px at 500px.com/about

500px Debuts New App for iOS

August 6, 2015

500px, the premier photo community for discovering, sharing, buying and selling the highest quality photography, announced today the launch of an entirely redesigned 500px iOS app. Built from the ground up, the new app features a simplified look and feel; increased personalization and a customized user experience; and new functionality to enable better showcasing and promotion of photos.

"The redesigned 500px was updated to appeal to both professional photographers who use our service, as well as the millions of photography enthusiasts who love to snap, share, and discover photos with their mobile phones. The updated iOS app makes huge strides to appeal to both these communities by better showcasing their best work and making it easier to find and connect with others members whose photographs you admire," said Andy Yang, CEO of 500px.

Specifically, the redesigned 500px iOS app features:

  • An all new home feed that keeps you up to date with the latest photos from the people you follow, mixing in recommendations so you're always discovering new talent and meeting fellow photo enthusiasts from across the globe.
  • A new and improved Discover section ensures you're never far away from the most inspirational photos.
  • Debuts feature that welcomes and highlights new creators in the 500px community.
  • Streamlined search lets you quickly and easily find the people and photos that move you most.
  • Improved 500px profile to look better on smartphones and tablets. Featuring the same sleek, minimalist styling as the rest of the app, each photo is now displayed in the appropriate aspect ratio under an eye-catching banner and profile photo.
  • Uploading photos straight from a smartphone or tablet is much easier now. With built-in Adobe editing tools and presets, users can make sure that photos have their signature style.

The redesigned 500px app for iOS is the first in a series of product updates that the Company plans to introduce in the coming weeks and months.

About 500px

500px is a photo community and marketplace designed to enhance and support the creative process for creators and buyers. More than 6 million creatives use the 500px platform to improve, showcase and monetize their work. The 500px marketplace provides buyers with the opportunity to license fresh, powerful images to use in their creative campaigns.

The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada where it was founded in 2009 and has an office in San Francisco, USA. 500px has raised $23 million in funding to date, from Andreessen Horowitz, Harrison Metal, ff Venture Capital, Visual China Group and other investors.

Learn more about 500px at 500px.com/about

Photo Community & Marketplace 500px Raises $13 Million in Series B Funding

July 21, 2015

500px, the premier global photo community for discovering, sharing, buying, and selling the highest quality photography, announced today that it has closed a $13 million Series B round led by strategic investor Visual China Group, a leading provider of digital visual content and solutions listed in China with market cap over US$3 billion. All major investors from the Series A – including Andreessen Horowitz, Harrison Metal, and ff Venture Capital – participated in the round, bringing the total investment raised to date to $23 million.

"Over 1 trillion photographs are taken every year and there is tremendous opportunity for 500px to take the helm in curating to surface the best of them," said Andy Yang, CEO of 500px. "Our growth is reflective of this opportunity and the huge value our community sees in our platform. This funding round will enable us to continue to support our rapidly growing community of photographers, be they professional or enthusiasts, with products for discovering, showcasing, and selling amazing content. This round will also open the door to the Greater China market by working with the market leader Visual China Group."

Within the past year, 500px has grown its base of community members to more than six million creatives who have uploaded more than 55 million images.

"Our community is very active. The images people share on 500px represent their best work, and our vibrant community provides feedback by favoriting a photo, sharing it with their social networks, or even offering a critique," added Yang. The 500px marketplace has also expanded rapidly, making millions of the images on 500px available for licensing to agencies, designers, corporate marketers and creative campaign managers.

500px will use the new funding to support this rapid growth and expand the product, marketing, and operational team. Product development will be accelerated with an emphasis on expanding the marketplace to support the substantial interest from the creative and design industries to license 500px images. Long term, the funding will help grow the existing global user base by fueling international expansion, in particular to Greater China and the Asia Pacific region.

"The 500px brand has huge potential in the Asia Pacific region with its unparalleled image quality combined with the massive community base. As a strategic shareholder, we are delighted to distribute 500px premium quality images to our entire customer base in Greater China," said Amy Liang, CEO of Visual China Group. "The 500px foundation of discovering creative talent and providing a forum and marketplace for increased exposure is synergistic with the Visual China Group strategic roadmap. In conjunction with the strategic investment and exclusive distribution partnership in China, we are happy to establish our China-specific Joint Venture with 500px to leverage their know-how and experience as well as our local foundation to rapidly expand the community business in Greater China."

"500px provides its engaged community of photography enthusiasts with a marketplace to improve, showcase and monetize unique, high quality images," said Jeff Jordan, partner at Andreessen Horowitz. "We are excited to support the company's mission to enable and reward the community's visual creativity."

About 500px

500px is a photo community and marketplace designed to enhance and support the creative process for creators and buyers. More than 6 million creatives use the 500px platform to improve, showcase and monetize their work. The 500px marketplace provides buyers with the opportunity to license fresh, powerful images to use in their creative campaigns.

The company is headquartered in Toronto, Canada where it was founded in 2009 and has an office in San Francisco, USA. 500px has raised $23 million in funding to date, from Andreessen Horowitz, Harrison Metal, ff Venture Capital, Visual China Group and other investors.

Learn more about 500px at 500px.com/about

About Visual China Group Co., Ltd.

Visual China Group, founded in 2000, is China's biggest visual content and solution provider, listed in Shenzhen A share [000681.SZ] with a market capitalization of over $3 billion. VCG operates China's largest online visual content platform (vcg.cn), with catalogues from over 240 institutional image partners including 500px, Getty Images, Reuters, AFP and over 15,000 individual photographers.

Visual China Group has over 70 million still images, 1 million pieces of stock footage and 200,000 pieces of production music, serving a diverse customer base of over 15,000 media companies, government organizations, corporate clients, advertising agencies and public relations companies in China. VCG is also the owner of the most popular online visual designers community (shijue.me) in China.

500px Partners with Shestock to Expand Boundaries, Offer Fresh Approach to Female Portrayal in Stock Photography

Feburary 2, 2015

500px, the premier photo community for discovering, sharing, buying and selling the highest quality photography, announced today a partnership with Shestock to diversify the stereotypical use of female images in stock photography. The collaboration opens up expanded visibility for Shestock’s unique portrayal of women in everyday life.

The images of everyday women are taken exclusively by Shestock’s female photographer base. The women-centric foundation helps equalize the representation of females in the photography industry.

“500px opens up new doors for the best talent across all photography segments,” said Evgeny Tchebotarev of 500px. “Female-centric images and women photographers previously have been under-represented in the creative world. Partnering with Shestock enables us to introduce authentic images of women that represent real life to the 50 million users in the 500px community.”

With the new partnership 500px and Shestock are bringing 130 new female photographers to the 500px community. The Shestock images in the 500px library include top photographers such as Diana Mulvihill, Barbara Peacock and Leah Fasten. The images include women in the workplace, with families, and in educational environments. The images can be viewed at 500px.com/shestockcom.

“We’re thrilled to work with 500px to breakdown stereotypes of women portrayed in typical stock photos,” said Karen Beard, Shestock founder. “The combination of the strong female-centric images from Shestock photographers with the engaged 500px community will help break down gender barriers across the photography, advertising and marketing industry.”

500px Launches Updated Mobile App Utilizing Adobe Creative SDK

October 24, 2014

500px, the premier photography community, has collaborated with Adobe to expand its online photography platform so creative users can now edit projects on their mobile devices utilizing features in Adobe Photoshop® and Photoshop® Lightroom® and then seamlessly upload them to Adobe Creative Cloud® for further refinement. As part of the collaboration, 500px will tap into the Adobe Creative SDK, a new software toolkit that allows companies to seamlessly connect their projects between mobile devices to Adobe Creative Cloud, giving users the ability to connect their projects between mobile devices and Adobe Creative Cloud desktop applications and services. 500px is one of the first companies to have the Creative SDK integrated into the latest version of its iOS app, which is compatible with iOS 8, as well as the newly released iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The updated app will be released in the coming weeks.

The Evolution of 500px and 500px Prime

500px’s mission is to enable and reward visual creativity for everyone. The online platform is a space for lovers of photography to share their work and experience boundless creativity. With new tools, like the soon-to-be-released iOS app with Adobe Creative SDK, the company is empowering all to push the boundaries of the creative space.

Establishing a link between creativity and profitability, 500px Prime is the commercial licensing arm of the company. It connects top-notch creatives with top-notch photography. 500px Prime is exclusively available to 500px photographers, helping them to gain broad exposure for their work.

Adobe Collaboration

The first new feature brought to the 500px app through the Adobe Creative SDK is the Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom quality editing integration. 500px users will be able to edit their photos with Adobe’s powerful editing software, including Temperature, Tint, Exposure, Contrast, Highlights, Shadows, Clarity, Vibrance, Sharpen, and Reduce Noise.

Additionally, 500px users will be able to connect to Creative Cloud to grab their photos from Lightroom and seamlessly upload them to 500px.

“We are very excited about what this integration will do for the 500px community. We see this as another way for people everywhere to express their creativity, share their work and be rewarded for it,” says Andy Yang, CEO of 500px. “Adobe is an ideal partner to be sharing this journey with, and we look forward to expanding our relationship with them. There is much more to come.”

500px to Launch Groups and Discussions in beta

August 28, 2014

500px, the premium photography community, announced today that it will launch the much anticipated Groups and Discussions, currently in beta.

Groups and Discussions will provide 500px members a way for like-minded members to contribute their thoughts and opinions around specific creative topics. This will facilitate meaningful conversations and foster a deeper sense of community, further meeting the company’s goal of bringing photographers together.

The 500px community is full of talented photographers and photography lovers who come from unique backgrounds and find passion in different topics. It is our hope that Groups and Discussions will help 500px members identify with photographers with similar niche interests while growing their appetite for discovery.

Main features available to everyone in the beta launch include:

  • Ability to join unlimited groups.
  • Create new discussions in existing groups.
  • Actively engage in meaningful and insightful conversations with community members.
  • Up/down vote discussions based on the helpfulness of the discourse.
  • Increase visibility.

While in beta, the ability to create new groups will be made available in a phased rollout across several weeks; additional features will be released in due course.

How 500px Prime is changing the creative game with data-backed photos

May 5, 2014

500px Prime is a premium stock photography marketplace that sources photos from the 500px photography community. The marketplace officially launched a month and a half ago and already has 40,000 contributing photographers. 500px attributes this fast growth to their revolutionary commission structure, where photographers earn 70% of every sale in an industry where photographers typically see royalties as low as 15%. This results in a unique relationship built on respect and leads to the highest quality of photos in the business.

500px Prime is now changing how creatives target their audiences by using the billions of social signals it receives from the 500px community. It just launched the capability to sort search results by gender preference, giving the 500px team access to some unique demographic trends.

Using some of this data, 500px Prime put together an infographic that has some expected conclusions, but also some very interesting results which show the taste independence of certain geographic regions. For example, Japan’s results showed that their most liked photos were unique to them. When examining gender affinity, a clear division in aesthetic tastes is evident and backed up by contrasting favorites from each of the sexes.

With some of the world’s most beautiful images, backed up by these billions of social data signals, a clear picture is formed of how the preferences and affection of demographics range. This is the first step towards creating a complete demographic data offering. Eventually, 500px Prime will be able to surface not only gender based recommendations, but other demographic data such as location as well.

500px started as a community, lending itself to typical social network behaviors - liking, favoriting, sharing and commenting. It collects billions of these social signals from people all over the world. In fact, 500px has members in almost every country in the world - 196, to be exact. The site boasts 4 million members and 37 million inspiring photos taken around the world.

“We’re really excited about the opportunity to revolutionize the creative process. By leveraging the billions of social interactions our members have had with each other on the site, we’re able to offer insightful data and metrics that no one else can. We feel this data will change the way creatives source content for their briefs.” says Evgeny Tchebotarev, Head of Product and co-founder of 500px.

“We have strong ties with our photographer community and offer the most competitive royalty structures in the entire industry. Being able to support photographers has been at the core of 500px since its inception.”

500px launches premium photography marketplace 500px Prime, gives advertisers access to authentic, inspiring photos

April 3, 2014

500px is launching its new commercial licensing marketplace, 500px Prime, with 30,000 photographers already contributing to its licensed library from a photo supply of 37 million. Removing hassle from confusing licenses, 500px Prime offers a straightforward royalty-free license on every photo with worldwide, any media usage for $250. Always a photographers-first community, the model also gives 70% of every sale back to the photographer.

500px Prime is the ad industry’s global partner for premium photography. It offers advertising creatives and other commercial photography buyers a combination of 4 million global photographers for premium photo crowdsourcing, an exclusive collection of 37 million data-rich photos, and a skilled research team.

500px raised an $8.8M round led by Silicon Valley based VCs Andreessen Horowitz and Harrison Metal to fund this product last August.

“One of the reasons we were excited to be a part of 500px was their rich supply of data. A collection of millions of inspiring photos is a differentiator but the killer edge is the behavioral data behind each one,” says Patrick Lor, CEO and Co-Founder of Dissolve and former iStock Director.

“500px is a community with real people viewing, liking, favoriting, commenting, and sharing those photos. That will help advertisers find the best images quickly, or guide them toward new ideas. Netflix changed the entertainment industry through data. 500px is doing that for commercial photography.”

Crowdsourcing yields 11,000 results in one week

One of the first partners of 500px Prime is Canon Canada. Leveraging 500px’s reach of 4 million global premium photographers, Canon Canada opened a photo assignment and received over 11,000 high quality images in one week. Some will be licensed immediately for different marketing efforts while thousands of others will continue to attract valuable earned media through community engagement.

Easy access to authentic, inspiring, licensable photos

Unlike stock photography providers, 500px began as a premier photography community and continues to uphold its commitment to quality. Buyers of licensed photography now have access to 37 million inspiring photos that convey real emotion, provided by the 4 million photographers who take these photos and upload them to 500px every day.

“We’re driven by the same ‘Photographers First’ mantra as everybody else here at 500px,” says Andrew Cherwenka, Managing Director of 500px Prime. “Over the years we’ve provided the world’s best photographers with a platform to discover and share great photos. This Prime marketplace is our next step in that support. We’re committed to expanding the range of discovery to advertising creatives looking for inspiring photos for their next award-winning campaign.”

About 500px Prime

500px Prime is a global partner for premium photography. Advertisers and their creative agencies can now start with Prime for creative inspiration. With over 4 million professional photographers worldwide, 37 million inspiring, data-backed photos, and a dedicated research team, 500px Prime is committed to helping creatives find and license the perfect image. See more at prime.500px.com