"Our presence in
China will provide customers around the globe with
unparalleled coverage of the world's most populous nation,"
said Jonathan Klein, CEO and co-founder of Getty Images.
"Expansion into China, one of the world's fastest growing
economies, is a logical extension of our strategy to grow our
editorial business outside of English-speaking countries,
where we already enjoy a very strong
Twice World Press Photo judge Andrew
Wong, formerly with Reuters, is leading the team of
China-based Getty Images staff and freelance photographers for
Getty Images. The team has in-depth experience covering broad
news, sport and entertainment. The Beijing team, which has
extensive Olympics experience, will support Getty Images in
its capacity as Official Photographic Partner of the Beijing
Olympic Games in 2008.
"To have a photographer of Andrew
Wong's caliber join Getty Images is a true indication of the
prominence and recognition our company is enjoying in the
editorial market," said Richard Ellis, Getty Images Vice
President of editorial development. "We are leading many
innovations in the industry and making it possible for
photographers to do their best work."
Simultaneous with its expansion to
China, Getty Images is adding six editorial image collections
its commitment to meet the diverse needs of news media
worldwide. The new collections include some of the most
respected sources of editorial content, including Aurora,
Christian Science Monitor and National Geographic
Getty Images launched its Editorial
division in July 2001, and was the first to move to an
all-digital platform, transforming the ways in which the news
media work. With the addition of photographers in China, Getty
Images employs nearly 100 full-time photojournalists who cover
top political, economic, sport and social events worldwide.