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Getty Images launched a brand new version of today. It might’ve been going since 2003, but the big bosses decided that it needed a bit of an overhaul. There are now 2.5 million royalty-free images available for download on the site. So that’s just a few, then.

The target market is very much small businesses and individuals, and it caters to those who might need to lay their hands on an image in a hurry and not have to sell a kidney to pay for it. You can pay to download a single image, or a bundle of five, 10, 25, or 50 images over the course of a year. The larger the bundle, the cheaper each image. (A single image for print purposes costs £4.99, whereas one image works out at £1.80 if you buy a bundle of 50. The US equivalents are $7.99 and $2.70.)

Or there’s a subscription plan. Pay £649 (US$988) and be able to download 100 images every week for a year; £199 (US$299) covers three months and it’s £369 (US$549) for six months. The plans are tailored to a whole heap of different countries, too.

I can see this being heaven-sent for students completing their dissertations or small businesses looking for imagery to put in their marketing literature. Yeah, I had a poke about, which is ludicrously easy, and they had some suitably obscure pictures as well as less brain-wrackingly odd ones, from autoclaves to the Eiffel Tower.

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