UN declares 21 November is World Television Day

‘World Television Day is not so much a celebration of the tool, but rather the philosophy which it represents. Television represents a symbol for communication and globalization in the contemporary world.’ – United Nations Television has the power to inform, entertain the masses and through advertising – the means to market products for us to […]

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Vintage Travel Posters

Vintage travel posters evoke happy memories of family vacations, honeymoons, and open-eyed adventures around the world.  These wonderfully designed, bright and cheerful posters long ago crossed over from mere promotional works to become both sought-after art and collector’s items. Travel posters began in the early 20th century as effective advertisements for rail and cruise line companies.  Rail companies […]

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The Multi-Tasking Gargoyles

Throughout France and elsewhere in Europe, many gothic-inspired structures and cathedrals feature gargoyles adorning their exteriors.  Gargoyles are often fearsome, fantastical, and humorous and were originally included in gothic architectural design to serve two purposes – to scare off evil spirits and as waterspouts directing water drainage away from the structure. Curiously, no two gargoyles are […]

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Das Kapital – 155 years

This year marks 155 years since Das Kapital was first published in 1867. It is one of the major works of the 19th-century economist and philosopher Karl Marx (1818–83). It is essentially a description of how the capitalist system works and how, Marx claims, it will destroy itself and become the foundation of international communism. Marx had already set […]

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Geothermal Iceland, a society without waste

Over the past century Iceland has transitioned from being one of Europe’s poorest countries, dependent on peat and coal imports for its energy needs, to a nation with a high standard of living that meets all of its electrical needs from renewable sources.  Orkustofnun, Iceland’s National Energy Authority, invested in research and development following World War […]

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In Kyrgyzstan, a Man Without a Horse is just a Pedestrian

Horses are essential throughout the mountains and steppes of the Central Asia landlocked nation of Kyrgyzstan.  The nomadic lifestyle of many Kyrgyz people requires horses for nearly everything.  Kyrgyz horses are used for transportation, for agricultural purposes, as offers of payment, and simply for companionship in the wide-open spaces and mountains.  The horses of Kyrgyzstan are usually small […]

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The Pier – a leisurely way into the sea

The ‘pier’ as Wikipedia states does have slightly different meanings in various parts of the world (such as in the USA where it will often refer to a working pier for shipping and cargo). However, the popular idea of the pier is that of one for leisure purposes. They are a place we remember during […]

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Royalty Free images from UIG – Summer 2022

Enjoy a selection of our most recent RF images, from Climate, Environmental and conceptual ideas to people and the world around us. Our climate and protecting the ecology of our planet is growing in importance every day, especially evident in the heatwaves of the last few weeks. Let a more conceptual image guide you in […]

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The “Ngontang” mask and dance.

Desirey Minkoh, the owner of Gabon based UIG image partner AfrikImages provides a fascinating insight into the Ngontang mask and dance and the Fang ethnic group. “Ngontang”, which in the Fang language from which it derives its origins means “the white girl”, is a mask with several faces that represents the spirits in the form […]

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Image Quest

Thanks to our focus on educational subjects, UIG has enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Encyclopaedia Britannica, helping them curate and manage the Image Quest online educational image database, a global product that is offered to individual schools, educational authorities, and ministries.  The product is licensed under a subscription model and students and teachers access […]

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