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New picture agency gives students chance to shine

The University of Gloucestershire photojournalism and documentary photography course has set up its own picture agency, so that images taken by students can be distributed to regional, national and international newspapers, agencies and periodicals.

The Pathos picture agency isn't just a vehicle for the university's students to sell their images to media outlets, it will also get them ready for industry, by ensuring they are well-versed in photographic industry standards.

The first sets of student images can be viewed at

Just like in the real world, images uploaded to the image library are first checked/ edited by the Pathos picture desk, which for now, is course leader Paul Roberts. Later, the picture desk will be run by students − giving them the opportunity to intern with the agency.

Paul Robert, course leader, said: "The Pathos picture agency will be a safe space where our students can send their images. If the images aren't quite correct, we will let students know what and how to fix. We will not just reject an image, as a traditional picture agency would do.

"We will apply the highest ethical standards to the images accepted into the library. If something appears to be questionable with regards to ethics, then we will not distribute.

"The agency will be open to all photojournalism and documentary photography students, as well as to former students for three years post-graduation, enabling them to get a foothold in a very competitive industry.

"Our students can cover a wide range of subjects, in both stills imagery and moving image, and are available to be booked for commissions. Organisations interested in purchasing an image should email or use the contact form on the image library website."

Whilst studying on the photojournalism and documentary photography course, students take a range of modules covering photography on location, moving and still image. They produce in-depth coverage of news topics and important societal issues and collaborate with fellow students to edit and publish their best work.

Through the course, they develop a professional portfolio of photography from which to launch their career as a photojournalist and documentary photographer.

Students learn from highly experienced photographers, who work for clients such as Time Magazine, The Sunday Times, The Football Association, and The Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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