Yahoo's image searches beautify with Getty partnership

The search engine revamps the quality of its image and video searches with some help from Getty's professional photographers.

Yahoo's now enhanced image search. Screenshot by Dara Kerr/CNET

The photo-friendly company Yahoo just got a new boost of professional images to pop up in image and video searches. In an announcement that it is partnering with stock photo agency Getty Images, according to VentureBeat, the search engine upps its esthetic image today.

Now when users search for images like Lake Tahoe, in addition to dozens of small thumbnails, they'll also see one enlarged photo of the Sierra Nevada lake taken by a Getty Images photographer. There is also a full-screen viewing option on some image searches and a video preview option when a user hovers over the video.

Not every image and video search will have the Getty component, according to VentureBeat. As of now, more than 20,000 new photos will be pulled in each day -- some within moments of being taken. Users can filter results to see the most recent photos. Also, high-quality photos will be marked "HQ."

Getty is long known as an image leader in photography circles. And this isn't the first time it's worked with Yahoo. In 2008, the two companies partnered on content sharing via Flickr in which photographers were able to indicate if they'd like to sell their work to Getty. As a result, Getty was provided a collection of tens of thousands of commercial images.

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