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Pictopia brings college sports photos online

Pictopia, the photo e-commerce Web site, has partnered with CSTV (College Sports Television) and XOS Technologies to allow college and university sports teams to make their photos available online.

With Pictopia printing archival-quality on-demand photo reprints and providing simple tools to let them build online photo stores, college and university athletic programs can now offer their photos for sale.

Pictopia said sports fans were able to order art-quality images of their favorite participating college sports team, dramatic game upsets or MVP all-stars. The service is also aimed at families and friends of players who want photos of their own.

Photographs will be sold framed or unframed as 10in, 14in, 20in and 30in high-quality reprints with a selection of framing styles. CSTV (a division of CBS) tracks college sports at 250 colleges. The XOS network has 150 official university and college athletic department Web sites.

Pictopia photo sales are now offered by schools including Texas A&M, University of Georgia, University of Minnesota and Louisiana State University, among others. In addition, Pictopia directly operates online photo stores for several colleges and universities, including the University of Texas' Athletics Department.

Pictopia is the photo commerce provider to the Associated Press, National Geographic, Washington Post, Gannett and Tribune Company, among others. It has developed reproduction technology and streamlined fulfillment processes to enable these organizations to unlock the value of their vast image collections.

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