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Pictopia powers National Geographic Photo Store  
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 | by Mike Sturk
Pictopia, the print fulfillment service for such organizations as the Associated Press and the Washington Post, has announced the launch of the online National Geographic Photo Store.
 
Details are contained in the press release below.
 

Press Release

 
PICTOPIA LAUNCHES NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC ONLINE PHOTO STORE
 
Official National Geographic Image Collection
World’s Most Amazing Wilderness Photos, Now Available Online
 
Emeryville, CA, March 6, 2007 – Pictopia http://www.pictopia.com/, the premier photo commerce provider to the world’s top media and entertainment companies, announced today the launch of the National Geographic Photo Store at the official website of National Geographic magazine: http://www7.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0703/index.html, click on “NGS Prints” or go directly to: http://www.PrintsNGS.com. The web destination for subscribers of National Geographic magazine and all fans of nature, cultural, and expedition photography, the National Geographic Photo Store offers over 25,000 striking photographs from the official National Geographic Image Collection, ranging from the earliest days of National Geographic Magazine to the latest edition on the newsstands.

Powered by Pictopia, the photo commerce provider for Associated Press, the Washington Post, Gannett, and Tribune Company among others, the National Geographic Photo Store Site lets customers purchase art-quality reprints from the world’s most amazing wilderness photos captured by the finest international photographers. The photos feature haunting images of exotic cultures, animals, and dramatic scenery, such as Michael Nichols’ “Elephants Near Tinga Camp” and Chris Johns’ exciting shot of the world’s fastest animal: the “African Cheetah,” captured sprinting at top speed, around 65 miles an hour.

“National Geographic magazine has been bringing the wild places and creatures of the world into people’s living rooms for nearly 120 years,” said Maura Mulvihill, vice president, National Geographic Image Collection. “Working with Pictopia, we’re thrilled to be able to give consumers the opportunity to select their favorite image, frame it and hang it on the wall. It brings the world that much closer.”

Customers can order framed or unframed reprints of any photo in the National Geographic Image collection as 10”, 14”, 20”, 30” prints with a selection of framing styles. For more information on the National Geographic Photo Store, go to: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngm, click on “NGS Prints” or go to the site directly at: www.PrintsNGS.com.

About Pictopia

Founded in 1999 in Emeryville, California, Pictopia is the premier photo commerce provider to some of the world’s top media and entertainment companies, including the Associated Press, National Geographic, Washington Post, Gannett, and Tribune Company, among others. Pictopia has developed proprietary reproduction technology and streamlined fulfillment processes to enable these organizations to unlock the value of their vast image collections. Pictopia helps these organization sell high-quality photographic reprints directly to the public as framed or unframed wall decor for the home or office. For additional information, please visit: www.pictopia.com.

About National Geographic Society

The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 350 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and four other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; radio programs; films; books; DVDs; maps; and interactive media. National Geographic has funded more than 8,000 scientific research projects and supports an education program combating geographic illiteracy.

National Geographic owns one of the most comprehensive collections of photographs and original works of art in the world. Managed by the National Geographic Image Collection, which uses sophisticated technology to archive and retrieve items, the collection contains some 10.5 million glass plates, black-and-white prints, transparencies and pieces of original art. The Image Collection markets National Geographic Society images and the services of hundreds of photographers, writers and artists worldwide. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.
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