Discover new artist reps, production companies, stock agencies and a host of other service providers. Talk to real people who understand your needs.
Network with other creatives, buyers and researchers from advertising, design, publishing, news media, and TV. People return year after year because of the buzz, free food and beverages, and great prizes to be won.
Learn about the legal, creative and practical aspects of securing the right visual material for your project, be it an ad campaign, corporate communication, weekly magazine or TV documentary. Sessions run through the day, all with an opportunity to ask questions.
Attendees can win fabulous prizes:
- $2,000 Travel Gift Certificate
- $500 Apple or Amazon Gift Certificates
- $300 Apple or Amazon Gift Certificates
How to enter the prize drawing
There’s a change of format from previous years: you must be present at a drawing to be in with a chance of winning a prize.
- Collect a prize card when you arrive.
- Ask each prize drawing sponsor to stamp your card.
- Drop your prize card in the box by the entrance.
- Be present at one (or more) of the drawings:
- 1:15pm (2 winners selected)
- 2:45pm (1 winner selected)
- 4:45pm (2 winners selected)
- 7:00pm (2 winners selected & all prizes allocated)
Each drawing will be announced before it takes place in the Grand Ballroom. You’ll have a chance to win the top prize whichever drawing(s) you attend. You don’t need to be present for the allocation of prizes (we will contact prize winners to arrange delivery). The more drawings you attend, the more chances you’ll have to win!
Terms and conditions
By entering, you agree to your name being published by Visual Connections if you win a prize. One entry only per person. Not open to exhibitors, organizers or their associates.
Keynote Q&A Session
Get your permissions right. Copy that!
Target audience: All image/footage/art buyers
Our popular annual industry overview returns to examine the ins and outs of copyrights, trademarks and releases. We’ll cover the key questions you need answers to before licensing visual media. An image or clip may have multiple rights holders, all of whose permissions you need. What are your responsibilities? What are your liabilities if you get it wrong? What responsibilities and liabilities fall to the licensing agency, photo/videographer or production house? Moderated by DMLA Executive Director Cathy Aron.
Registration required: Register for the image expo then follow the option to buy tickets (for yourself and colleagues). Tickets cost $35 in advance or $50 at the door (subject to availability).
We encourage you to submit a question to the panel, either when you register or by clicking on the link in your registration confirmation email.
Questions asked to date
- How accepted are electronic signatures in this day and age - on Release Forms and simplified licenses? Is there still a legal reason for ink?
- What are the legal differences between embedding a social post (Instagram, for example) in an article on your website as opposed to directly publishing?
Nancy Wolff is a partner at Cowan DeBaets Abrahams & Sheppard LLP in New York City and DMLA Counsel, specializes in copyright, trademark, rights of privacy/publicity and digital media law. Nancy offers full legal support to a wide range of traditional and digital media clients. She is currently Vice President of the Copyright Society of the USA and Co-Chair of the ABA subcommittee on Copyright Legislation. She is a frequent speaker throughout the United States and Europe on copyright, technology and licensing, and is the author of The Professional Photographer’s Legal Handbook. Nancy features in the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America.
Will Clark is Assistant General Counsel – Licensing at Shutterstock, Inc., where he is the senior legal stakeholder participating in the ongoing evolution of Shutterstock’s commercial products, including Shutterstock’s core content license agreements, customized enterprise agreements, and the ongoing integration of new products and services developed and/or acquired by Shutterstock. He also supports Shutterstock’s business and corporate development teams, providing counsel on prospective strategic transactions and partnerships, and supporting the resulting negotiations. He has been at Shutterstock since 2010 and witnessed firsthand the evolution and maturation of the stock content space.
Cathy Aron is Executive Director of DMLA (the Digital Media Licensing Association formerly PACA). She has been actively involved in the stock photo industry for over 35 years and was formerly the president of Photo Network Stock, a successful general stock photo rights managed archive. Cathy has been a speaker/panelist for numerous industry functions and events and has presented classes on copyright protection at several colleges in the United States. Also a former president of DMLA she is a huge advocate for copyright, and works hard to help educate on this subject.
Other panelists to be announced
Footage Q&A Session
Optimizing your footage licensing: five essential steps
Target audience: Footage buyers & clearance managers (registration not required)
Footage licensing is equal parts art and strategy. Attending this session will help research and clearance professionals understand how to optimize the footage licensing process. Session highlights include: essential steps of researching, finding, clearing, and licensing footage for various projects including advertising, television, film, and new media. Moderated by industry veteran Bobby Dicks.
Bobby Dicks is Director of Sales & Licensing at CNN Collection, where he specializes in helping fiction and non-fiction storytellers establish and frame their narrative with current and archival footage from global and local news coverage. Bobby recently worked with Laura Poitras’s documentary Citizenfour, which earned an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category. As a veteran licensor, Bobby’s clients include major and independent film and multimedia production companies on every continent.
Other panelists to be announced
Creative Q&A Session
Anatomy of an ad
Target audience: Creative buyers and art producers (registration not required)
Pull back the curtains to examine an ad campaign and a re-branding excercise: how imagination turns into a visual reality, the practical challenges and decisions needed to create and secure the right imagery for a successful ad. More detail to follow.
Meghan Labot is Managing Director of Spring Design Partners, a branding and design consultancy located in New York City with over 20 years of experience helping build and grow consumer brands. Throughout the course of her career Meghan has focused on fostering connections between brands and their consumers through an astute understanding of the cultural context that influences relationships. With a background in art history combined with 17 years in brand strategy, Meghan is uniquely equipped to see the role that culture can play in influencing perception and defining communication. Her past brand experience includes Coca-Cola, Molson Coors, Boston Beer Company, Voss, Bacardi, and Absolut. Her perspective on culture, consumer behavior and brands has been featured in publications such as AdWeek, Brand Packaging, and The Dieline, as well as NPR Marketplace.
Other panelists to be announced
The Great Mystery Picture Quiz
Target audience: Everyone (registration not required))
Let’s have some fun! Our quizmaster will be testing your general knowledge with visual questions. The winning team will go home with prizes!
Exhibitors Open exhibitor gallery
Highlight suppliers of:
offering these licensing models:
- 20/20 Software, Inc. #H10-11
- Adobe Stock #F6-8
- AFP #J18 NEW
- akg-images #H19-20
- Alamy #F1-4
- American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP)
- ARDEA wildlife pets environment #J21
- Art Resource #G26-27
- Artists Rights Society #G24-25
- Bridgeman Images #H4-5
- British Pathé #G23
- CNN Collection #G13-16
- Come Alive Images #D1-2 NEW
- Curated Artists NEW
- Danita Delimont Stock Photography #H13-15
- Depositphotos #H21-22
- Dissolve #G21-22
- DMLAsearch #E11-12
- eStock Photo #H17
- Everett Collection #G3-4
- Foap #E17-18 NEW
- Gallery Stock #H16 NEW
- GIW Photos #H1-3 NEW
- Global ImageWorks #H1-3
- Grand Ole Opry #J13-14
- GRANGER - Historical Picture Archive #E19-20
- Graphic Design USA
- Historic Films Archive #H8-9
- Illustration USA Inc. #J3-4
- IMG Replay #G12 NEW
- LOLA Clips #G17-18
- Map Resources #J17
- Mary Evans Picture Library #J22
- Medical Images #F5
- MFA Images #G8-9
- Minden Pictures #J1-2
- National Geographic Creative #G5-7
- NBCUniversal Archives #E1-2
- Newscom #G19-20
- NewsHour Productions LLC #J9 NEW
- NFB Archives #E9-10
- NowAnThen #H18 NEW
- PICHA #H6-7
- picturemaxx #G1-2
- plainpicture #J15-16
- Robert Bacall Reps #J19-20
- Screenocean #E3-4 NEW
- Shutterstock, Inc. #E13-14
- Sotheby's Picture Library
- SuperStock #J11-12
- WGBH Stock Sales #J10
- Wonderful Machine #H18
- Workbook #A1
- WPA Film Library #E7-8
“I love this event. I love meeting the people who bring their own photography, and the agencies that work so hard to help us.”
“It was just a pleasure. Very vibrant and energetic. Lots of new sources and great to connect in person.”
“Always great to catch up with old vendors meet and mingle with new ones. Learn about new content and new technology as well.”