500px, a global online photography community for sharing, discovering and licensing amazing photos, today announces the expansion of 500px into Europe with the launch of its marketplace in Germany. The company also announces today that Kimberly Potvin has joined 500px in San Francisco, from Flickr, as Director of Content.
"Kimberly's hire and the launch of 500px's Marketplace in Germany is part of a continued commitment by 500px to invest in and build out our Marketplace to better service our customers and community," said Andy Yang, CEO of 500px.
As Director of Content at 500px, Kimberly will oversee content curation, photographer outreach, and crafting the look and feel of the Marketplace collections, globally. This includes working closely with 500px's community of photographers to showcase the world's best photos, as well as providing guidance, support and training to buyers and streamlining the licensing experience.
Kimberly comes to 500px from Flickr, where she was Director of Curation and Content. Her work there included building the licensing corpus, working with the community on features and special projects, and leading the monetization activities for the platform. She holds a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Edinburgh, and MFA in Studio Art from Tufts University.
With marktplatz.500px.com creatives and marketers in Germany can now easily license 500px's global content, or work with 500px and its photographers directly, to create and source original images.
"Millions of photographers in Europe are already part of the 500px community, but the licensing business for 500px in Europe has remained largely untapped," said Andy Yang, CEO of 500px. "With this expansion, 500px is giving our 7 million photographers access to a new market and customers to license their work."
Industry veteran Dittmar Frohmann will oversee 500px's German operations. Frohmann brings a decade of experience in the stock photography space to 500px. Prior to working with 500px, he held senior positions in the stock photography industry, including in sales and marketing at 123RF.com, as Vice President, Sales & Marketing for EyeEm, and as Managing Director of iStock by Getty Images.
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 7 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 US offices in San Francisco. For more information on 500px, go to 500px.com.