We are EPA Images
The European Pressphoto Agency B.V. was founded in 1985 by seven European leading national news agencies motivated by what they saw as a lack of alternatives to the British/American-centric picture services offered at the time.
Originally conceived as a way to exchange pictures from the member agencies’ respective domestic services, the agency also included the world service of former shareholders and other European services and suppliers.
In 2022 the European Pressphoto Agency B.V. passed through a rebrand of its name and is now referred to as EPA Images. Today, EPA Images has eight shareholders, all market leaders in their respective countries: Athens-Macedonian News Agency (ANA-MPA) in Greece, Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANP) in the Netherlands, Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA) in Italy, Agencia EFE in Spain, KEYSTONE-SDA-ATS AG in Switzerland, Lusa – Agência de Notícias de Portugal in Portugal, Magyar Távirati Iroda (MTI) in Hungary and Polska Agencja Prasowa (pap) in Poland.
In early 2003, EPA made its photo services available to the worldwide market to successfully make the transition to becoming a premier global operation.
EPA offers a constantly growing archive of more than 10 million photos, covering decades of global events.
We provide extensive coverage from around the world and are present in over 87 countries.
Every day, the EPA Images network, shareholders and suppliers add over 2,000 new images to our archive.
As a worldwide visual content provider, our business is providing compelling photo and video coverage of breaking news and significant, agenda-setting events from around the world. We deliver a professionally edited, timely selection of highly reliable and competitive pictures and video clips to our clients. Our coverage ranges from general news, politics, and business to sports, arts, culture, and entertainment.
We stand for
Unbiased Coverage, Accurate Information
EPA Images is an independent news organization and its employees, members and collaborators are under the obligation not to allow governments, political parties or any ideological, financial or partisan group to influence their work.
Respecting Intellectual Property, Protecting Our Sources
Ensuring that copyright issues and usage restrictions are respected and that our sources are protected, is key to our creative approach. We protect our copyrights and pursue infringement of our collection of news photography in cooperation with Visual Rights Group, a Belgium-based company specializing in the scanning and legal follow-up of unlicensed publications.
Enhancing Press Freedoms
As a global operation, which also works in areas where there is limited or no freedom of press, our employees or contributors often put themselves at risk to deliver vital, critical coverage. We consider unbiased coverage from those areas a very important contribution to enhancing freedoms of the press and ensuring that human and civil rights are respected. We will always do our utmost to protect our sources against arbitrary and unjustified persecution or violence and we will support them if they come under threat, including not divulging their identities in order to protect them.
Protecting our Employees and Collaborators
We always encourage our employees to prioritize their personal safety and avoid taking unnecessary risks while performing their professional duties for EPA. Wherever necessary, EPA provides protective equipment to its journalists.
An Open, Prejudice-free Work Environment
As a global agency, EPA works with people from many countries of varying ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds. At EPA, we respect and embrace cultural differences and are free from prejudice when dealing with employees, clients, collaborators and suppliers. We strive to provide equal employment opportunities regardless of nationality, gender, age, religion or race. We do not tolerate discrimination of any kind or harassment of employees.
Compliance with Laws, Rules & Regulations
At EPA we deal with our employees’ personal data responsibly. We only use the data of our employees, contributors, and customers for the purposes they are collected and do not share any information to third parties unless explicitly required to do so by law.
Our management team
Julia R. Arévalo
Julia R. Arévalo was appointed President & CEO by the General Assembly of EPA shareholders in June 2020.
Before joining EPA, Julia was Deputy Foreign News Director of the international news agency EFE, EPA's main shareholder, following stints as director of the bureaus in South Asia and Paraguay.
Julia started her career as a reporter and photographer for EFE in the early 90’s, followed by assignments abroad as the news agency’s correspondent for the former Soviet Union and the Balkans, where she covered major conflicts like the Chechen and Kosovo wars.
Born in Madrid, Julia speaks Spanish, English, Russian and Serbo-Croatian. She graduated from the Institute for Studies in Audio-visual Journalism in 1997 and obtained a Degree in Journalism from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1989.
Jose Luis Paniagua
José Luis Paniagua joined EPA Images as Editor-in-Chief in November 2020.
Before starting at EPA, José worked for Agencia EFE for 20 years as a reporter in several Latin American countries, including Argentina and Cuba, until taking on the role of bureau chief for Central America, Venezuela, South Asia, and the Middle East.
He has covered major international news such as the Haiti and Nepal earthquakes, the death and succession of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, the Rohingyas’ exodus from Myanmar, and the war in Syria.
Born in Salamanca, José is fluent in Spanish, English, and Italian. He obtained a Master in International Relations and Communication from the Complutense University of Madrid in 2001 and a Bachelor in Law from the University of Salamanca in 1997.
Christian Wolf was appointed as the new Chief Sales & Marketing Officer in September 2022.
Before joining EPA Images, Wolf was the Head of Agency & Client Sales at Define Media, a marketing and advertising company where he developed their sales strategy, created new products, and re-evaluated the price structure.
He also worked as the Head of Sales at iq Media Marketing, as Account Director for SevenOne Media, as Digital Communication Planner at Maxus Communications, and was a Senior Sales Manager at Arvato / Bertelsmann.
Christian speaks both English and German. He received a Diploma of Business from the FH Gießen / Friedberg (currently the THM Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen) with a focus on marketing and international management.
Jürgen Kern joined EPA Images as Director of Finance & Administration in May 2021.
Before joining EPA Images, he had an extensive career in the German telecommunication sector where he gathered valuable experience in modern management and control systems, as well as company purchases and integration.
Jürgen started his career in Bosch Telecom in the early 90s then diversified his profile by joining several well-established German companies including T-Online Deutschland, Mainova Telekommunikation, and Deutsche Telefon.
Born in Gelnhausen, Germany, Jürgen speaks German and English. He obtained a Degree in Business Administration from the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in 1988.
Jörg Reuter became EPA Images' Director of Technologies in October 2017. His team is key to the implementation of our constantly growing IT infrastructure and ensures that everything runs smoothly in our worldwide, 24/7 news operation.
In addition to his day-to-day business, he is involved in the planning of major global news events such as the Olympic Games, FIFA World Cup, and the Oscars, among many others.
Born in Wetzlar, Jörg speaks German and English. He obtained a Degree in Media Informatics from the FH Gießen / Friedberg (currently the THM Technische Hochschule Mittelhessen) in 2001.
Sandra Bonow-Zoepke is EPA's Director of International Human Resources since January 2022. Before joining EPA, she worked as HR Manager and Director in different companies in Germany.
During her 20 years of experience in Human Resources, Sandra acquired qualifications in Systemic Coaching, Labour Law, Agile Project Management, and Conflict Management and Communication.
Born in Mannheim, Germany, Sandra speaks German and English and has advanced knowledge of French. She obtained a Degree in Sociology with a focus on Psychology of Organizations and Work from the University of Mannheim in 2000.