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Cities at the centre of attention in 2020 – Royalty Free Images

In 2020, a whole series of cities will be at the centre of attention – royalty-free images

There are various reasons why certain cities get more attention than on others in some years. Or become known to the general public for the first time. Large sporting events or special cultural events are typical reasons. For example, Baku became more well known globally by hosting the European Champions League Final in 2019. For this year, we will focus on 15 cities that will be in the spotlicht this year and have put together a set royalty-free images, videos and 360° photos for your to get a first impression. And one thing can already be revealed. Baku is there again.

Fortress, landmark, Baku, Azerbaijan, City of Football 2020, European championship, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Old fortress and landmark of Baku (c) jackmalipan

Tokyo – The city of sports 2020

The biggest sporting event of the year is taking place in Tokyo this summer. Athletes will travel from practically every country in the world to measure themselves against their counterparts. The focus is on athletics, swimming and many sports that only gain the attention of the general public during this time such as discus throwing or the triple jump. There are individual and team sports events with a huge range of different challenges ranging from precision, to coordination, elegance or endurance. We will present royalty free images on those subject in a later post.

Tokyo, Mount Fuji, Japan, City of Sport, 2020, Olympics, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermediaView over Tokyo Japan (c) viechie81)

Tokyo, bird's eye view, Japan, City of Sport, 2020, Olympics, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia A bird’s eye view of Tokyo (c) Gudella

 

Tokyo, Shinkansen, modern, Japan, City of Sport, 2020, Olympics, hightech, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Shinkansen in Shinagawa Station, Tokyo, Japan (c) MintImages

Tokyo, Meji Shrine, Japan, City of Sport, 2020, Olympics, tradition, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan (c) ImageBroker

A hand picked selection of -, videos- and 360°-Highlights of Tokyo can be found here

12 Cities for football 2020 – royalty free images

For us Europeans, at least, at minimum on par with the event in Tokyo: The Football Summer 2020. Here, the qualified European national teams will compete with each other to choose the European champion. In contrast to previous events, which were hosted in one or at most two countries, this time the games take place all over Europe. There are 12 venues from Dublin in the far west to Baku in the far east. This is sure to guarantee a particularly diverse, colorful event.

Mnich, Brezel, Pretzel, Beere, Colourful, Fun, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Beer garden, Munich (c) Kzenon

The cities in question are Amsterdam, Baku, Bilbao, Budapest, Bucharest, Dublin, Glasgow, Copenhagen, London, Munich, Rome and St. Petersburg. In alphabetical order, of course, because they are all great in their own way. The final is held in London. Below is a selection of royalty-free images of these cities.

Amsterdam, canal, bird'seye view, drone, Boats, The Netherlands, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Aerial image of Amsterdam showing boats moored on a canal (c) Amazing-Aerial-Agency.

 

Water park, Flame Towers, high rises, skyscrapers, Baku, Azerbaijan, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermediaSmall water park, the flame towers in the distance, Baku, Azerbaijan (c) DanitaDelimontRM

Bilbao, Spanien, Promenade, Arriaga Theater, Nervion River, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermediaArriaga Theatre and Nervion River, Bilbao, Spain (c) DanitaDelimontMicro

Budapest, Parlament, Ungarn, European Championship, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Panorama view of Budapest (c) monticello

Avenue, Boulevard, Unirii Boulevard, Bucharest, Rumania, European Championship, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Unirii Boulevard, Bucharest, Rumania (c) bizpp_n

Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin, Ireland, European Championship, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Samuel Beckett Bridge, Dublin, Republic of Ireland (c) Boarding_Now

George Square, Glasgow, Scotland, European Championship, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermediaGeorge Square,  named after King George III, Glasgow, Scotland (c) DanitaDelimontRF

Piazza del Popolo, Rome , Italy, Tourist, mobile phone, smartphone, Blonde, woman, European Championship, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermediaPiazza del Popolo in Rome, Italy (c) kasto

Last but not least, because if you want to raise the cup, you have to make it this far and then win! Germany against England maybe in the final? Or Spain vs. France, or …

The Shard, London, UK, England, European Championship, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia The Shard, London, England (c) viechie81

And finally, as PantherMedia comes from Munich, one of the venues, here's our Staff Pick on Munich:

staff pick, New City Hall, Marienplatz, Munich, Germany, Venue, European Championship, City of Football 2020, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia New City Hall  on the Marienplatz (c) Westend61Premium

You'll find a carefully compiled selection of royalty-free photos and videos as well as 360 ° images of all 12 here.

European Capitals of Culture 2020 – royalty free images

Of course, sport is something that a lot of people like to see at the center of attention. But there are other reasons to bew in the focus. One of these is the role of the European Capital of Culture that has existed since 1985 with the aim of bringing people closer to special cities or regions of the European Union and making them better known. Athens was the first to receive this honour.

Acropolis, Athens, Greece, European Capital of Culture, Europe, EU, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Acropolis and Parthenon in Athens, Greece (c) kavalenkava

Two is better than one?

The award goes hand in hand with funding from Brussels. Since 2009, 2 cities have been appointed cultural capitals every year, since the diversity large number of the possible cities could hardly all get their chance in foreseeable periods of time, especially since the expansion of the EU. Initially this function was awarded already well-known cities such as Paris, Athens or Lisbon, but in recent years less and less well-known cities are coming to the fore. Without doubt the this is making the function more interesting and unknown or underappreciated highlights of European culture are coming to the fore. In the past few years, this honour has been given to cities like Aarhus, Leuwaarden or Stavanger. This year Rijeka in Croatia and Galway in the Republic of Ireland will take over the role. Both totally different in their appearance and yet both very similar as port cities with a tourist focus.

harbour buildings, The Claddagh, Galway, Ireland, European Capital of Culture, Europe, EU, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Harbour Building of The Claddagh, Galway, Irland (c) DanitaDelimontRM

City centre, downtown, Galway, Irland, European Capital of Culture, Europe, EU, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Streets in the centre of Galway, Irland (c) DanitaDelimontRM

Rijeka, Trsat, Croatia, European Capital of Culture, Europe, EU, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermediaView of the city of Rijeka from Trsat, Croatia (c) xbrchx

Korzo Square, Rijeka, Croatia, European Capital of Culture, Europe, EU, royalty free, photo, stockphoto, stockagency, panthermedia Rijeka main square Korzo in the evening (c) xbrchx

Both worth a trip for sure. Royalty free images and videos of Rijeka can be found here. Royalty free images and 360° photos of Galway can be found here.

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