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As a Beekeeper in the UK this is an important week. The National Honey Show brings together beekeepers from all of Europe and this year the US. Having helped set-up the show yesterday, I posted a couple of images on Alamy News. Coverage is obviously in the specialist press as well as local newspapers around Surrey, and occasionally a nationional newspaper will pick it it.

 

My images were online for about 14hours, then they suddenly disappeared and are now back in QC.

 

I really don't understand the reasoning here. Any thoughts?

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It might be worth emailing the Alamy News Desk - I've always found them very helpful.

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I saw the photos....pix of a table of jars of honey

 

The story could have been news, if shot in a more interesting way..

 

km

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Press pictures usually have people and/or animals in them. 

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The News team have probably decided that they are stock pix and are not, of themselves, newsworthy. I had a similar issue a few weeks ago with the end of the tax disk and problems on the DVLA web site. The news team argued the pictures would be more visible on the stock site where newspaper would be searching for such images although mine did go straight up that evening bypassing QC; that said there was a timeliness issue with my pictures.

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I saw the photos....pix of a table of jars of honey

 

I take your point, but (geeks that we may be) that's what a honey show is. From a photographic viewpoint, it's the variety and contrast in the colour that adds interest.

 

 

that said there was a timeliness issue with my pictures

 

There is with these too, the show  only lasts for 3 days.

 

Anyway thank you all for your interest & feedback. The thing I still don't really understand is the process. Is someone reviewing News images the day after they were posted and changing the original editorial decision? I had thought that they were reviewed on submission.

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Mine were certainly dealt with pretty well as soon as they appeared on the News Feed - perhaps an hour in total before I was keywording them as stock ready for the nightly server update.

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As Keith says, it could be news but rows of honey pots are not, in the same way as individual plants at a plant show are not... Add people, a story, some background and it becomes news.... I.e. Did a supplier provide a new type of honey? Was xyz there for the 10th year.......

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The pix needed some point of focus...close up of a kid's face through a jar; someone pouring honey into a jar; a judge sampling some honey;

 

something/anything to tell the story.....

 

and 3 days!  blimey, plenty of time to get some cracking images then....

 

km

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My photos of major discount store parking lot (taken the day of big corporate news) were similarly pulled from news stream because they focused solely or mainly on shopping carts. It was an atypical subject for me, and A's decision certainly made sense.

On the plus side, they were later licensed to accompany different news story about the company.

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Have a look at this set of photos i've just submitted...nice little human interest story that may, or may not, get used....

 

E9PP5B.jpg

 

 

Aberystwyth Wales UK, Friday 31 October 2014

84 year old retired train driver JOHN DAVIES of Aberystwyth UK, with his green  Morris Minor 1000 car, DFF 224C,  as it turns over the 300,000 mile mark on the day before its 49th birthday.

The car was first registered on Nov 1 1965, and has been used by John virtually every day since he got it from his brother in 1984. He attributes the car’s longevity to doing everything ‘by the book’

photo ©keith morris / Alamy Live News

Edited by RedSnapper

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A jar of honey would make the national papers if held up by a young lady in a skimpy bee costume.

 

Apologize in advance to all of the wonderful ladies on this forum, but there is no sense in pretending otherwise.

 

Works with cans of motor oil as well.

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Thank you all for your feedback, some interesting comments. The pics are now in stock images so I'll see what (if anything) happens to them.

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The Morris minor story was just read out on the R4 TODAY program....well done...

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It's on the MailOnline site....and in print i'd guess if it made R4! (sold via another agency i used who picked it up yesterday...)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2819889/Car-lover-s-classic-Morris-Minor-going-strong-clocking-300-000-miles-49-years-road.html

 

thanks for the early morning tweet Julie...

 

and if the story is good, it doesnt need a skimpily clad 'lady' to sell

 

 

km

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Nice! When I was about 5, my older brother owned a '50s vintage Minor convertible, probably one of a handful in the States. Then he forgot to put the top up prior to a huge thunderstorm. Oops.

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Not quite sure I understand how this works: did you provide the content for the story as well? 

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That makes a lot more sense then. Clearly I can see how a large event and the photographs marry up but with these "human interest" stories I presumed that it would be a local/freelance journo with a camera(man) along for the ride...  which seems to be what you are km? I suppose I just didn't twig that this kind of story would originate in Alamy.

 

My still flawed view of the world has now been updated!

 

Mike

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