On-demand photography outfit Scoopshot pulls in $3.9M to expand internationally

A lot of money is going into trying to disrupt the stock photography market – something investors hope will be possible through advances in the quality of smartphone cameras. This year in Europe alone we’ve already seen funding for Finland’s Scoopshot ($1.2 million), Germany’s EyeEm ($6 million) and Sweden’s Foap ($1.5 million).

Now Scoopshot has (sorry) scooped up more: a $3.9 million Series A round led by Conor Venture Partners and Finnish Industry Investment. The cash will help Scoopshot establish sales teams in the U.S. and U.K. The firm also said on Wednesday that it now has over 60 publishers using its on-demand photography service, including News Corp Australia and the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

EyeEm revamp heralds semantic phase in photo-sharing wars

With the photo app’s new ‘Discover’ feed pulling context from an impressive variety of sources, and with monetization plans including an entry into the stock photo business, we may be seeing evolution past the focus on art filters.

Instagram rival EyeEm expands to WinPhone and web

It may be smaller than its Facebook-owned rival, but EyeEm is rapidly building up support for its discovery-focused photo-sharing service — and hopes to continue with a newly released Windows Phone app and a heavily revamped web service.

Did Facebook just throw Instagram’s rivals a lifeline?

It’s hard to imagine Instagram’s rivals feeling good about the company’s $1 billion sale to Facebook. But at least one competitor suggests that users fleeing from the photo app could actually boost other services.