BWF and BADMINTONPHOTO are pleased to give International Media* a Free Access to Live images for the upcoming THOMAS AND UBER CUPS 2020.
Due to the Covid-19 crisis and the sanitary measures needed to be taken to safely host badminton events until the end of the year, the number of media accreditations – including photographers – had to be limited to a minimum. BWF has decided to appoint its official agency Badmintonphoto to provide a free service to Official Media* wishing to get live images for the upcoming Thomas and Uber Cup finals to be staged in Aarhus, Denmark, from October 3rd to October 12th 2020.
This service is for official Media, registered as such in their own country. BP and BWF reserve their right to give access or not according to which publication is requesting access. Players and Member Associations have a different access to the database.
Before using this service, each Media needs to fill this form and understand the principles of this offer, which includes rights for editorial and non commercial use only. This form is mandatory before we set up an account for you to benefit from this service.
* Official media are press entities officially registered in their own countries, TV Channels, printed or online newspapers. This free service is not provided to fans’ websites or forums or any commercially-linked website.
BWF/BP reserves its right to allow access or not to this service.
FAQ FOR THIS SERVICE
HOW DOES BADMINTONWIRE WORK ?
Once the online form has been filled, each Media will receive an e-mail with an account to access BadmintonWire. A specific login and a password which needs to be kept confidential will provide an access to Badmintonphoto’s live platform of photos. Photos are updated on this platform each day as the day goes by (the frequency depends on the matches, venue accesses, the internet speed, etc), but images will be uploaded after each session – sometimes earlier for later stages
HOW TO DOWNLOAD IMAGES FROM THE WIRE ?
You can simply use the search tool once you have logged in. You can search on the left inside box for a specific player using his/her official name (from Tournament Software), or the country and « submit ». The lastest images will show up first. You then have different options to download images. For online Media, you will be able to download the low resolution images by clicking on the « L » icon (for direct download of just one image) or on the « L »icon with the caddy icon, if you want to download more than one image at the time. Once you have selected all the images you need, you can then go and check out your cart and download a zip folder with all images. The same principle applies with high resolution images (click on the « H ») for printed media.
WHAT IS COVERED BY BADMINTONPHOTO ?
As we can not cover all matches, especially with the sanitary measures taken around the Field of Play (FOP), we will try to get a fair amount of images for each country. Not all players will be taken in all ties, but we will keep an eye for the best performances of the day and a good share of action images from all other matches. We will also try to get some images from the surroundings when we can.
CAN WE ASK BADMINTONPHOTO TO SHOOT SPECIFIC PLAYERS ?
Unfortunately, it is impossible to satisfy all requests, but we will try to have a good balance of each nation and random players, on top of the highlights of the day – All matches will be covered for Quarter finals onwards. Direct requests can not be made directly to Badmintonphoto. However, should you need something specific for a particular match feel free to contact the communication team at BWF, who will forward us your request when necessary.
WHAT CAN MEDIA DO WITH BP IMAGES ?
- Images are to be used for an editorial purpose only
- You may use our low resolution images with watermark on all your online platforms for live news (your official website, all your social network platforms)
- You may use our high resolution images (with copyright mention mandatory at all times under the images for your printed copies
WHAT MEDIA CAN NOT DO WITH BP IMAGES:
- You can not give our images to any third party (players, clubs, officials, private leagues or any commercial brands or sponsors). Images are for your media ONLY.
- You can not give our images to other media (each media needs to register, logins and passwords can not be shared with colleagues from other media)
- You can not use our images for any commercial purpose (ads by sponsors in your media is not allowed)
DO WE HAVE TO MENTION BADMINTONPHOTO’s COPYTRIGHT AT ALL TIMES ?
Yes, this is a basic rule in photography. When you use BP’s images for websites or online publications, then you will just download images in low res (by clicking on the « L » under the thumbnail) with our watermark (logo) on the left inside. This is to prevent third party to re use our images without permission. No need to add a copyright mention then, because it’s already on the photo.
When using our images in your printed newspapers/magazines, Copyright under each photo should read : Copyright : Badmintonphoto-Courtesy of BWF
CAN WE USE IMAGES OF PLAYERS THAT ARE NOT FROM OUR OWN COUNTRY ?
Yes, all images are ok for you to use (other players, non playing images, etc).
You can also use illustration images. You can find those non playing images under different keywords such as « shuttlecock, racket, injury, medical, indoor, outdoor, stadium » etc) Some keywords may be added at a later time (only main tags with players and countries will be added live)
CAN WE EDIT THE PHOTOS ?
Editing can be tricky, especially with high resolution images so we advise to be careful when editing our images. Cropping is only possible for printed media, which may want to print only part of a photo. This is possible as long as the changed image is not degrading for the players shown on the image. For online media, a light alteration is possible – coulour editing is ok, light cropping too as long as the watermark is still clearly seen on the images.
CAN WE HAVE AN ACCESS TO OTHER EVENTS IN THE DATABASE ?
The free service provided by Badmintonphoto at BWF’s request is only for the Thomas and Uber Cups 2020. However, should you need to access to our entire database (more than 200 000 photos), you are welcome to ask for extension. The access is free, but any download from any other events other than the Thomas and Uber Cup 2020 will then be invoiced our our regular rates for media (you can ask for a list of prices). If you want to try this service, just tick the appropriate box in the form.
WHAT IF WE WANT TO USE IMAGES FOR NON EDITORIAL PURPOSES ?
If your Media or its partners wish to use our images other than the way described above, then rights have to be cleared with Badmintonphoto. If a third party (a sponsor, commercial brand, etc) wants to use our images, please send them our contact and we will send them our list of prices. If you wish to have access to other images of the database, this is also possible (for archive photos). You can check the box in the form to fill and we will send you more information on this option by mail.
If you have any questions, send us an email : firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you will enjoy this unique service during the Thomas and Uber Cups 2020.
if any breach for this service is seen, BP reserves the right to limit/cancel the access to its database to the Media and possibly invoice for any misuse of the images.