AGPix Index Guidelines

The new AGPix index is multi-dimensional with hidden cross-references to allow related coverage to come up whenever possible. Old terms have been combined and new ones added to breakup crowded categories and to reduce the occurrence of similar terms. Green and Blue Book indexes have been merged. As a result, some terms have been eliminated but many new ones have been created. Be prepared to give some time to your selection process.

The AGPix index is a work in progress and periodic renovations will be made. You will be notified any time this occurs. If you have terms that you would like added to our subjects please email us at index@agpix.com. Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome.

Index Specs

  • All AGPix Live members are allowed 300 free terms including 50 bold to indicate subject specialties.

  • AGPix Live members may purchase an unlimited number of terms and bold. There is a one-time charge for each new addition to the online index above your base count.

  • Cost for additional terms
    • $10/20 terms
    • $2/each bold term

  • Green Book 2001-02 or Blue Book 2002-03 members are also allotted all the additional terms and boldface they have previously purchased. Dual-book participants have a double allowance of 600 terms including 100 bold plus any additional terms purchased.

  • You are able to go online to add and subtract terms and boldface at any time. If you stay within your allotted number, there is no charge for modifications. To find your allotted number, review Base Count information on the utility page. You may check your running tally of changes while editing by referring to the top of the Personal Index section at any time during the editing process.

  • When your index is completed you will be given a choice of payment options and will be invoiced for any additional terms after you submit your index. Revised indexes will not go online until payment is processed.


  1. Use the index to call attention to your strongest work. Do not list questionable, mediocre or spotty coverage.

  2. Try to achieve a balance between much-in-demand subjects and less-well-known items. Don't limit yourself to subjects that are predictably very popular. In crowded categories, the addition of boldface for specialties will help highlight special coverage, but if your coverage allows, it's also important to list in a fair number of less crowded categories. The number of photographers currently listed for a term is provided for your information.

  3. We suggest you select as many index terms as you need. Do not hesitate to select additional terms if they are necessary. Abundant index entries are a proven route to contact from photo buyers - so it can be money well spent.

    Tip: Print out a copy of your index, date it and file it away. This will give you a reference in case you want to go back to the original version of the index at any time.

  4. Boldface selections are your best route to photo buyer attention, especially in crowded categories, because a boldface entry will come up first in a search. While there is no limit to the number of boldface terms you may purchase, bold terms suggest this to be your best work so make sure it is stellar. You don't want to leave buyers with a false impression.

  5. It is highly recommended that you go to the AGPix homepage, read the search tips and then spend an hour or two playing around with keywords so that you see how the index works. Check out your specialties to see how the index terms can be best made to work for you.

    FYI: The results of a photo buyer's online subject search appear in a random order, not alphabetically. This order is shuffled weekly, as is the order of the catalog images.

  6. We are implementing a hidden cross-reference system to make up for the variations of terms that accompany the online search process. This will help alleviate partial search results such as someone looking up cats and missing out on felines or kittens, or finding nothing for cars, when automobiles is the term used in the index. We have already built many "ghost" references into the search, and will continue to do so. Meantime, your suggestions are welcome.

  7. It's a good idea to use the keyword search feature on the index form to guide your index choices. The alphabetical search feature is more direct but offers less information. If you do a keyword search using a partial word followed by an asterisk (*), you can check a wider range of terms, e.g., tour* brings up tourist, tourists, tourism and tourism. Keyword search also finds related terms.

  8. When you keyword your AGPix images, it is a good idea to include your index terms that correspond to the image. Matching terms ensures that images will show up on the same keyword searches. In doing your keywords, it is also wise to pay attention to words with multiple forms or commonly used plurals and work all the variations into your captions or keyword list. For instance, China, Chinese; bear, bears. And don't overlook alternative terms like wildlife and animals, dogs and canines, urban and city. There is NO CHARGE for extra keywords so use them abundantly. You never know what word a researcher will use.

  9. Under the appropriate state, country or continent, check resident photographer or country/state-headquartered agency location. The agency category is only appropriate when more that one photographer is involved and there is a full-time staff member(s) running the office. Mark location with bold if special emphasis is warranted. If your home area does not have a subterm choice for residence, let us know immediately at index@agpix.com and it will be added to the next general index upload. As an individual photographer, if you have homes in two places or are within 50 miles of another state or country, you may include both (or several, as long as the 50-mile rule applies). NOTE: We cannot extend this concession to agencies, which may list only the place where the main office is located.

Questions? Contact us at 800 727-9593; FAX 646 349-2772; email: index@agpix.com


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