AP to distribute motor sports photos from LAT USA, Autostock

May 1, 2012
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Kyle Busch (18) stands on his car after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Richmond International Raceway, Saturday, April 28, 2012, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Autostock, Russell LaBounty)
NEW YORK -- LAT USA and Autostock, two photo agencies that specialize in motor sports coverage, are making their content available for distribution worldwide by The Associated Press.
 
Subscribers to AP Images, the commercial photo unit of AP, will be able to access thousands of archival pictures from major racing series, including NASCAR and IndyCar.

Together with LAT and Autostock, AP Images will work with governing bodies, race teams, speedways, tracks and sponsors to meet custom commercial photography and video needs with syndication on APImages.com.

“We are very excited about our partnerships with LAT and Autostock,” said AP Images Vice President Fernando Ferre. “Together they bring a rich and diverse photo archive and decades of experienced motor sport photographers to the AP. We believe this is a strategic alliance that will enable our companies to bring to market real-time, quality coverage of motor sports imagery through APImages.com, as well as offer our commercial sports business partners custom-tailored photography and video assignment solutions.”

LAT USA is the dominant supplier of American racing photography to the U.S. and worldwide media with more than 300 clients, including Road & Track, Car and Driver, NASCAR Scene, AutoWeek, NSSN, NASCAR.com, Speedtv.com, Racer.com and Autosport.com.

“I am incredibly enthusiastic about LAT and Autostock partnering with AP,” said Michael Levitt, owner of LAT USA. “The combination of our expertise, specialist photographers and extensive coverage in racing with AP's innovation, technology, products and unparalleled distribution is unmatched in the world of motor sports photography.”

Autostock is a well-established company with more than 28 years of experience covering the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The Autostock team knows which tracks provide the best action, pit stops and candid moments.

Head of Autostock Nigel Kinrade added: “Now that Autostock and LAT have partnered with AP, the world will be able to access the very best in motor sport photography.”

The partnership with LAT and Autostock is the latest in a line of enhancements and content collaborations designed to underscore AP Images’ standing as a fully comprehensive images business where customers can get everything they need in one place.

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LAT USA
http://www.latphotousa.com/

Autostock
http://www.autostockimages.com/

For further information:

Erin Madigan White
Media Relations Manager
The Associated Press
212-621-7005
emadigan@ap.org
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