UIG Contributor Spotlight: Majority World

UIG contributing partner Majority World’s collection features the work of photographers from Asia, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.  The talented contributing photographers for Majority World provide impactful and stunning images of their local cultures, helping to build a deep archive of important topics from outside North America and Europe. Majority World was formed in […]

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Time to Travel: Ireland

As the Saint Patrick’s Day parades and festive parties end, thoughts begin to turn to Spring and warmer temperatures for those of us in the northern hemisphere.  Late spring and summer are also perfect times to visit the land of Saint Patrick – Ireland! From it’s bustling and culturally rich nightlife of Dublin and Galway, to […]

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On the Road

In honor of the 100th anniversary of “On the Road” author Jack Kerouac’s birth, and in spite of rising   fuel prices, we thought we’d dream a bit of hitting the road.  Whether travelling the dramatic Icefields Parkway through the Canadian Rockies or Pakistan and China’s Karakoram Highway, the world’s most scenic mountain rides feature stunning vistas, steep climbs, […]

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Mission 2022: Climate Change

This article continues a series of posts focused on UIG’s Mission 2022: Climate Change.  Help us build a comprehensive climate change collection by contributing content to UIG.  Contact us at info@universalimagesgroup.com Desertification The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in 1994 defined desertification as “land degradation in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas resulting from various factors, including climatic […]

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Carnival Season in Italy

From the solemnity of Christmas to the raucousness of New Year’s, revelers of tradition and colorful festivals turn their attention to carnival season.  While the ancient origins of carnival celebrations suggest they were timed as New Year’s festivals, the modern-day carnival evolved to be more closely associated with the beginning of Lent.  The Roman Catholic liturgical calendar […]

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The Color Red

By Francesca Lungarotti The color red’s history is as rich and meaningful as the color itself.  Red was the first color developed for painting and dying.  It symbolized the religious contrast between the blood of Christ and the fires of Hell, and as far back as the Middle Ages, red was associated with love, lust, and anger. […]

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Capturing the Spiritual and Developing World with Godong

The two pillars of Godong’s photographic archive are “God” and “NGO’s”.  The French agency’s comprehensive religious collection features aesthetic and educational photography covering the world’s major faiths as well as religious icons, traditions, events and notable persons.   Godong complements its religious coverage with a focus on the developing world, thanks to its partnerships with several NGO’s. At […]

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Who Are the Uyghurs?

With only a few weeks to go before China hosts the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, the world has once again shifted its focus to the plight of the Uyghur people and the human rights abuses many Uyghurs have experienced at the hands of the Chinese government.  There are more than 12 million Uyghurs living in Xinjiang, […]

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New Collection Spotlight: Pictures from History

UIG are delighted to announce we are now distributing the Pictures from History collection.  This specialist historical library features a comprehensive archive of Asian history, art, and culture.  The collection has grown since its beginnings to include contemporary images of Asia as well as history and cultural heritage content from the Middle East and Africa. The Pictures […]

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2021 at UIG

We’re very fortunate at UIG.  We get to work with talented artists and passionate storytellers every day.  We spend our time reviewing and editing thousands of new images from a diverse group of contributors from across our beautiful planet.  Through their eyes and through their images we experience the world around us.  We are inspired by our contributors to […]

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