©Lynsey Addario/VII Network/VII/Corbis--from the Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, October, 2007.

Corbis announced today that it has struck a deal to syndicate the work of photojournalists represented by VII Photo Agency. Stephen Mayes, managing director of VII, says the deal is “co-exclusive,” also allowing VII to syndicate its images directly to clients. The contract is for three years, and replaces VII’s syndication deal with Associated Press.

“AP has been good to us. This doesn’t represent a failure on their part, but they are not able to offer the global depth of distribution that Corbis offers,” Mayes says.

VII considered several distribution partners, according to Mayes. The decision to select Corbis “wasn’t just about money,” he says, but about strategy, service, and mutual interests. “Corbis seemed to get the most out of it, and offer the most in return.”

VII represents more than 30 photographers who specialize in documenting social, environmental, and political issues and conflicts around the world.  The VII collection includes about 50,000 images from the 1990s to the present day.

“For the past decade, VII photographers have immersed themselves in the story and captured stunning images that have made an impact around the world,” said Anil Ramchand, Director of News, Sports and Entertainment at Corbis. “Our new agreement with VII underscores our commitment to providing Corbis clients with exceptional photography to tell inspired stories.”

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