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Jean Pierre Kepseu is a freelance photojournalist based in Yaounde, Cameroon. He has worked with Africa Media Online for many years, building up a collection of stock photography from Central Africa.

Kepseu has also worked with numerous organisations over the years such Le Groupe Jeane Afrique, Afrique Magazine International, Panafrican News Agency (Panapress) and People Magazine. He has done many assignments for “Forbes Africa” ​​magazine and NGOs such as Greenpeace International and GIZ. He has also covered the last two World Cup football events in South Africa in 2010 and Brazil in 2014. He works on a variety of subjects including news and features, portrait and reportage.

In 2002 he exhibited at the Goethe Institute in Yaoundé on the history of Cameroonian football since 1923. He won the first prize Fujifilm African Press Awards category sport in 2003. More recently his exhibition entitled ” Regard sur le football Camerounais” was displayed at the French Institute of Yaounde and in major streets of the city.”

Kepseu’s interest in development and justice has led him to establish the “Cameroon Association of Humanitarian Photojournalists.”


Artiste de la Plage, Mon Idôle, Cameroonian Food, Vaccinations in Cameroon, Cameroon classroom, Transport in Cameroon, Cameroon Life, Danse Koungang and Vendeurs a la sauvette.

Email commissions@africamediaonline.com to commission this photographer.








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Steve Biko would have turned 70 this December.  Only 70?  And he died so long ago.  It brings home again how young he was and how much he achieved in his short life.

Drum Magazine ran a feature on Steve Biko in November 1977 and this picture of Steve Biko was the Drum cover for that month.


This image of Steve Biko is the first in our series of iconic photographs.  Other images of Steve Biko and the Drum coverage of his funeral are available for licensing as stock images in this gallery of Steve Biko pictures.

If you are interested in more of Biko’s story, Time ran an article using some of these images entitled “The Death of Steve Biko 35 years later” that is worth looking at.





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Last month Africa Media Online conducted a survey to gain an understanding of how picture buyers and picture researchers are using Google to find images.  52 people responded to the short list of questions.  29 respondents were from South Africa, 8 from the UK, 7 from the USA, 2 from Germany, 1 from New Zealand and 1 from Denmark and 3 unknown.

78% of the respondents use Google to help them find images for licensing


Of this portion 66% use Google Image search (search results displayed as images) – including Reverse image search (when you put an image into google image search)
20% use Google Text search (search results diplayed as text)
14% use both of these options

The results also show that many picture buyers (22%) said that they prefer to go straight to picture libraries

Respondents were asked what search term they would use to find images of Timbuktu, their answers were:

Timbuktu 37
Photos of Timbuktu 9
Images of Timbuktu 7
Pictures of Timbuktu 2
Images of Timbuktu for licensing 7

Our sincere thanks to all those who participated in this survey.  If you haven’t, but would still like to, we would love to receive your responses, please go to http://tinyurl.com/zvnxhqo










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In response to changes in the industry and our clients requirements we have decided to take some radical steps regarding the pricing of our images.  As of today our new simplified pricing model comes into effect.  We have moved away from the complexities of licensing to enable us to offer clients a simple procedure  for establishing what an image costs.

Images are still sold on a single use, rights managed basis, but broad rights will be given with all licenses.  For example a license for using an image inside a book will now give rights for any size, all languages, all territories and any printrun.

We have also introduced a new license that enables multiple use of an image on various digital platforms – website/blog/social media.

To see the new pricing relevant to your country simply login to www.africamediaonline.com and click on one of the following:
General RM images
Historical images

All existing price agreements will still be maintained and you have the option of continuing with your current price structure or switching to the new simplified model.  If you have any comments or questions relating to our new simplified licensing or would like the latest price list emailed to you please contact Robyn on pictures@africamediaonline.com


Africa Media Online was represented at this years CEPIC Congress in Warsaw, Poland. Over 400 representatives from the picture industry in 32 different countries attended. The annual CEPIC Congress is an opportunity to meet with other picture libraries who represent our images in their local markets. Meeting face-to-face once a year makes all the difference to the relationships functioning well and ensures that we provide each partner with the right images. The event also provides an annual opportunity to catch-up with what is happening around the world in this industry. We share ideas of what has worked, look at new ways of doing things in this digital era and evaluate where we need to change.

As a part of the Congress the results were announced of the first CEPIC Stock Photography Awards: http://tinyurl.com/ncywg55

Next year we need some African entries!

CEPIC Congress, Warsaw. Image supplied by CEPIC.


Africa Media Online has an amazing digital asset management system that we have been building over the past 14 years called MEMAT. We use it to store, safeguard and manage the collections we represent to publishing and broadcast markets through africamediaonline.com. What is less known is that we also make the system available to other organisations to manage their own digital collections (images, video, audio and manuscripts). What we have never done before is to create an introductory video to MEMAT to help you understand what it is and why it could help to solve a significant problem most of us face.

If you have photographs – old and new – that should be shared within your company and even across branches, this might just work for you.  It could save you money licensing images if everyone in your company were able to access (search, display, sort and download) the photos from the shoots you have already done.

If you have used africamediaonline.com for your picture needs you already understand the front end of the software – although, if you don’t want to sell use rights you do not need to have that feature included in your system.

To find out more watch the video below,  read more… or send me your questions – rosanne@africamediaonline.com

What we do

Sometimes we are so busy doing that we fail to communicate what all the doing is about.  This little video conveys what we as Africa Media Online are about and how our picture library fits into the bigger picture of “Africans telling Africa’s story”.

AMO What We Do from Africa Media Online on Vimeo.

Here are step-by-step directions for using the advanced features of lightboxes on www.africamediaonline.com

To learn the basics of creating and sending lightboxes there is an earlier post that you should rather start with.

1) Sign up or login on www.africamediaonline.com

2) Create a lightbox of images

3) Click on “lightbox” – top left of your page or “view lightbox” at the bottom of a search results page where the lightbox floats

4) Once in the lightbox there are some advanced features, other than the ability simply to email the lightbox.  These are share, copy and move.




This function allows you to share the lightbox you have created with another Africa Media Online user. This tool is useful for people doing picture research on behalf of others.

To do this you need to go into the lightbox that you want to share and click “share”.  Then you need to know the other user’s username and you can then effectively copy the lightbox you have created into their “lightbox” section.


For the other user to view and work with the lightbox you have shared with them, they simply login on the site with their username and password and click on “lightbox” just as you did.  They will find the lightbox in their drop down list of lightboxes.



This function allows you to make yourself a copy of the lightbox you have created. This tool is useful for creating a few similar, but slightly different lightboxes.

To do this you need to go into the lightbox that you want to share and click “copy”.  Give the new lightbox a slightly different name.


You will now have 2 lightboxes with the same images in both of them.



This function allows you to move images between lightboxes. This tool is useful when you are doing a few searches at once with different lightboxes.  Particularly if, like me, you have put some images into the wrong lightbox.

To do this you need to go into the lightbox that you want to share and click “move”.  You will need to have already created the lightbox that you want to move the image(s) into.  Select the lightbox to move the images TO from the drop down list.


Tick the images you want to move and click “save”.  The images will exit the lightbox that they were in and move to the lightbox you have selected.


Kenyan photographer, Felix Masi, just uploaded some intriguing images of the Kimbanguist Orchestra Symphony playing in downtown Kinshasa.  He says that they are self-taught group of classical musicians in Central Africa.  There are over 200 members, many of whom make their own instruments.

Orchestra Symphony Kimbanguist

Orchestra Symphony Kimbanguist: Credit Felix Masi/Africa Media Online

Felix has some other images of the orchestra on the Africa Media Online site.  Lovely images of hope in the DRC.


Here are step-by-step directions for creating and working with lightboxes on www.africamediaonline.com  In the past, physical lightboxes were used for viewing slides with a light behind.  On our website a lightbox is a place where you gather pictures that you like on a particular subject which you can then use to make a final selection.  Lightboxes can be emailed as low res images or as a link back to the site, enabling you to share your selection with others.

1) Sign up or login on www.africamediaonline.com

2) Search for images you want to add to your selection

3) Create a new lightbox for the topic you are busy searching for.  To do this click on “new lightbox” at the bottom of your search results page:

new lightbox

4) Give the lightbox an appropriate name:

create lightbox

5) Click “add to lightbox” under the thumbnails of the images you like.  The lightbox by default floats at the bottom of your page in a minimised form:

add to lightbox

6) You can maximise the floating lightbox so you can quickly see what is in it without moving off your search results page by clicking on “maximise” bottom right of the page:

maximise lightbox

7) From the floating lightbox you can click on “email” which will enable you to send a link to this lightbox to someone else.

8) You can go into your lightbox proper to view the images at thumbnail size by clicking on “view lightbox”. From this page you can elect to email a link or, alternatively some comps (low res watermarked versions) by clicking on the appropriate link.  The rest of the lightbox options will be covered in another post.

view lightbox


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