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As filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 9, 2022

Registration No. 333-

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM S-1

REGISTRATION STATEMENT

UNDER

THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933

Getty Images Holdings, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

(State or Other Jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)

7389

(Primary Standard Industrial
Classification Code Number)

605 5th Ave S., Suite 400
Seattle, Washington 98104
(206) 925-5000

87-3764229

(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

(Address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of registrant's principal executive offices)

Kjelti Kellough

Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary

605 5th Ave S., Suite 400

Seattle, Washington 98104

(206) 925-5000

(Name, address, including zip code, and telephone number, including area code, of agent for service)

Copies to:

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP

767 5th Avenue

New York, New York 10153

Attention: Heather L. Emmel

Tel: (212)310-8000

Approximate date of commencement of proposed sale to the public: As soon as practicable after the effective date of this Registration Statement.

If any of the securities being registered on this Form are to be offered on a delayed or continuous basis pursuant to Rule 415 under the Securities Act of 1933, check the following box.

If this Form is filed to register additional securities for an offering pursuant to Rule 462(b) under the Securities Act, please check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(c) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.

If this Form is a post-effective amendment filed pursuant to Rule 462(d) under the Securities Act, check the following box and list the Securities Act registration statement number of the earlier effective registration statement for the same offering.

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer" and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging Growth Company

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act.

The Registrant hereby amends this Registration Statement on such date or dates as may be necessary to delay its effective date until the registrant shall file a further amendment which specifically states that this Registration Statement shall thereafter become effective in accordance with Section 8(a) of the Securities Act or until the Registration Statement shall become effective on such date as the Securities and Exchange Commission, acting pursuant to said Section 8(a), may determine.

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The information in this prospectus is not complete and may be changed. Neither we nor the Selling Securityholders may sell these securities until the registration statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission is effective. This prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and it is not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted.

SUBJECT TO COMPLETION, DATED AUGUST 9, 2022

Preliminary Prospectus

Graphic

Getty Images Holdings, Inc.

407,799,789 shares of Class A Common Stock

22,310,000 Warrants to Purchase shares of Class A Common Stock

Up to 43,009,980 shares of Class A Common Stock Issuable upon Exercise of the Warrants

This prospectus relates to the issuance by us of up to 43,009,980 shares of our class A common stock, par value $0.0001 per share (the “Class A Common Stock”), consisting of (1) up to 20,699,980 shares of our Class A Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of 20,699,980 public warrants, originally issued by CC Neuberger Principal Holdings II (“CCNB”) as part of its initial public offering of units at a price of $10.00 per unit, such units were comprised of one Class A ordinary share of CCNB and one-fourth of one redeemable warrant, which are currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share of our Class A Common Stock (the “Public Warrants”), (2) up to 18,560,000 shares of our Class A Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of 18,560,000 private placement warrants (the “Private Placement Warrants”) originally issued to CC Neuberger Principal Holdings II Sponsor LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Sponsor”), in a private placement at a price of $1.00 per warrant consummated concurrently with CCNB’s initial public offering, currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share, and (3) up to 3,750,000 shares of our Class A Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of 3,750,000 forward purchase warrants (the “Forward Purchase Warrants” and, together with the Public Warrants and the Private Placement Warrants, the “Warrants”) originally issued to Neuberger Berman Opportunistic Capital Solutions Master Fund LP (“NBOKS”) pursuant to the Forward Purchase Agreement (as defined below), pursuant to which NBOKS purchased 20,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock and 3,750,000 warrants to purchase our Class A Common Stock for aggregate consideration of $200,000,000, and such Forward Purchase Warrants are currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share. All of the Warrants were assumed by us in connection with the Business Combination (as defined below).

In addition, this prospectus also relates to the offer and sale from time to time by the selling security holders identified in this prospectus (including their transferees, donees, pledgees and other successors-in-interest) (the “Selling Securityholders”) of: (1) up to 407,799,789 shares of Class A Common Stock (the “Total Resale Shares”), including (i) 211,176,779 shares of Class A Common Stock which shares were originally issued to certain Getty Images Equityholders (as defined herein) in connection with the consummation of the Business Combination as merger consideration at an equity consideration value of $10.00 per share, (ii) up to 58,682,257 shares of Class A Common Stock (the “Earn-Out Shares”) that certain Griffey Global (as defined herein) equity holders have the contingent right to receive upon the achievement of certain vesting conditions described herein as merger consideration, (iii) up to 3,390,753 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable to certain Getty Images Equityholders upon the exercise or vesting of certain equity awards, (iv) up to 20,560,000 shares of Class A Common Stock (the “Founder Shares”) issued in connection with the consummation of the Business Combination, originally issued in a private placement to the Sponsor at a price of $0.001 per share and a portion transferred to the Pre-Closing Independent Directors (as defined herein), (v) up to 2,570,000 shares of Class A Common Stock upon the conversion of Series B-1 Common Stock (as defined herein), subject to certain vesting restrictions pursuant to the Sponsor Side Letter (as defined below), originally issued at a price of approximately $0.001 per share, (vi) up to 2,570,000 shares of Class A Common Stock which may be issued upon the conversion of Series B-2 Common Stock (as defined herein), subject to certain vesting restrictions pursuant to the Sponsor Side Letter, originally issued at a price of approximately $0.001 per share, (vii) 30,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issued to NBOKS pursuant to the Backstop Agreement (as defined below) (the “Backstop Shares”), originally issued at a price of $10.00 per share, (viii) 20,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issued to NBOKS pursuant to the Forward Purchase Agreement (as defined below) (the “Forward Purchase Shares”), originally issued at a price of $10.00 per share, (ix) up to 36,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issued to certain Selling Securityholders pursuant to subscription agreements in connection with the Business Combination (the “PIPE Shares”), which were originally issued for a price of $10.00 per share, (x) up to 18,560,000 shares of Class A Common Stock that are issuable by us upon the exercise of the Private Placement Warrants following the public resale of the Private Placement Warrants by the Selling Securityholders, and (xi) up to 3,750,000 shares of our Class A Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of our Forward Purchase Warrants following the public resale of our Forward Purchase Warrants by the Selling Securityholder; and (2) (i) up to 18,560,000 Private Placement Warrants originally issued to the Sponsor in a private placement at a price of $1.00 per Warrant, currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share and (ii) up to 3,750,000 Forward Purchase Warrants originally issued to NBOKS pursuant to the Forward Purchase Agreement for aggregate consideration of $200,000,000 for the

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purchase of 20,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock and the Forward Purchase Warrants, each Forward Purchase Warrant is currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share.

We will not receive any proceeds from the sale of shares of our Class A Common Stock or Warrants by the Selling Securityholders pursuant to this prospectus, except with respect to amounts received by us upon exercise of the Warrants to the extent such Warrants are exercised for cash, which amount of aggregate proceeds, assuming the exercise of all Warrants for cash, could be up to approximately $494,614,770. We believe the likelihood that Warrant holders will exercise their Warrants, and therefore the amount of cash proceeds that we would receive, is dependent upon the market price of our Common Stock (as defined below). If the market price for our Common Stock is less than $11.50 per share, we believe the Warrant holders will be less likely to exercise their Warrants. We will pay the expenses, other than underwriting discounts and commissions and expenses incurred by the Selling Securityholders for brokerage, accounting, tax or legal services or any other expenses incurred by the Selling Securityholders in disposing of the securities, associated with the sale of securities pursuant to this prospectus.

Our registration of the securities covered by this prospectus does not mean that either we or the Selling Securityholders will issue, offer or sell, as applicable, any of the securities. The Selling Securityholders may offer and sell the securities covered by this prospectus in a number of different ways and at varying prices. Please see “Plan of Distribution” for more information. In addition, certain of the securities being registered hereby are subject to vesting and/or transfer restrictions that may prevent the Selling Securityholders from offering or selling of such securities upon the effectiveness of the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part. See “Description of Securities” for more information.

You should read this prospectus and any prospectus supplement or amendment carefully before you invest in our securities. Our Class A Common Stock and Warrants are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “GETY” and “GETY WS”, respectively. On August 5, 2022, the last reported sale price of our Class A Common Stock on the New York Stock Exchange was $25.95 per share, and the closing price of our Warrants was $1.07 per Warrant.

In connection with the Business Combination, holders of 82,291,689 CCNB Class A Ordinary Shares (as defined below) exercised their right to redeem those shares for cash at a price of approximately $10.03 per share, for an aggregate price of $825,157,296, which represented approximately 99.4% of the total CCNB Class A Ordinary Shares then outstanding. The Total Resale Shares being offered for resale in this prospectus represent 99.6% of our current total outstanding Class A Common Stock. The Total Resale Shares represent a substantial percentage of our total outstanding Class A Common Stock as of the date of this prospectus. Additionally, if all of the Private Placement Warrants and Forward Purchase Warrants are exercised, the Selling Securityholders would own an additional 22,310,000 shares of Class A Common Stock, representing an additional 6.5% of the then total outstanding Class A Common Stock. The sale of all securities being offered in this prospectus could result in a significant decline in the public trading price of our Class A Common Stock. Even if the current trading price of the Class A Common Stock is close to the price at which the units were issued in CCNB’s initial public offering, the Selling Securityholders have an incentive to sell because they will still profit on sales due to the lower price at which they purchased their shares compared to the public investors. The public securityholders may not experience a similar rate of return on the securities they purchase due to differences in the purchase prices and the current trading price.

We are an “emerging growth company” under federal securities laws and are subject to reduced public company reporting requirements. Investing in our Class A Common Stock involves a high degree of risk. See “Risk Factors” beginning on page 8 of this prospectus.

Neither the Securities and Exchange Commission nor any state securities commission has approved or disapproved of these securities, or determined if this prospectus is truthful or complete. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

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MARKET AND OTHER INDUSTRY DATA

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SELECTED DEFINITIONS

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

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THE OFFERING

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RISK FACTORS

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USE OF PROCEEDS

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DETERMINATION OF OFFERING PRICE

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MARKET INFORMATION FOR SECURITIES AND DIVIDEND POLICY

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

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MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

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OUR BUSINESS

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MANAGEMENT

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EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

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CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

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SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT

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SELLING SECURITYHOLDERS

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DESCRIPTION OF SECURITIES

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PLAN OF DISTRIBUTION

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UNITED STATES FEDERAL INCOME TAX CONSIDERATIONS

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EXPERTS

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LEGAL MATTERS

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WHERE YOU CAN FIND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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CHANGES IN INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

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INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

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You should rely only on the information contained in this prospectus. We have not authorized any dealer, salesperson or other person to provide you with information about the Company, except for the information contained in this prospectus. The information contained in this prospectus is complete and accurate only as of the date on the front cover page of this prospectus, regardless of the time of delivery of this prospectus or the sale of any securities. This prospectus is not an offer to sell these securities and we are not soliciting an offer to buy these securities in any state where the offer or sale is not permitted. The information contained in this prospectus may change after the date of this prospectus. Do not assume after the date of this prospectus that the information contained in this prospectus is still correct.

For investors outside the United States: We have not done anything that would permit this offering or possession or distribution of this prospectus in any jurisdiction where action for that purpose is required, other than in the United States. Persons outside the United States who come into possession of this prospectus must inform themselves about, and observe any restrictions relating to, the offering and the distribution of this prospectus outside the United States.

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ABOUT THIS PROSPECTUS

This prospectus is part of a registration statement on Form S-1 that we filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) using a “shelf” registration process. Under this shelf registration process, from time to time, we and the Selling Securityholders may offer and sell the securities offered by them described in this prospectus in one or more offerings from time to time through any means described in the section entitled “Plan of Distribution.” We may use the shelf registration statement to issue shares of Class A Common Stock upon exercise of the Warrants. We will receive proceeds from any exercise of the Warrants for cash. We may use the shelf registration statement to issue up to an aggregate of 43,009,980 shares of our Class A Common Stock issuable by us consisting of (1) up to 20,699,980 shares of our Class A Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of 20,699,980 Public Warrants, currently exercisable at $11.50 per share, (2) up to 18,560,000 Private Placement Warrants originally issued to the Sponsor issued in a private placement at a price of $1.00 per warrant consummated concurrently with CCNB’s initial public offering, currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share, and (3) up to 3,750,000 Forward Purchase Warrants, originally issued to NBOKS pursuant to the Forward Purchase Agreement, pursuant to which NBOKS purchased 20,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock and 3,750,000 warrants to our Class A Common Stock for aggregate consideration of $200,000,000, and such Forward Purchase Warrants are currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share.

The Selling Securityholders may use the shelf registration statement to sell up to: (1) 407,799,789 Total Resale Shares, including: (i) 211,176,779 shares of Class A Common Stock held by certain Getty Images Equityholders in connection with the consummation of the Business Combination as merger consideration at an equity consideration value of $10.00, (ii) 58,682,257 Earn-Out Shares that certain Griffey Global equity holders have the contingent right to receive upon the achievement of certain vesting conditions described herein as merger consideration, (iii) 3,930,753 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable to certain Getty Images Equityholders upon the exercise or vesting of certain equity awards, (iv) 20,560,000 Founder Shares issued in connection with the consummation of the Business Combination, originally issued in a private placement to the Sponsor at a price of $0.001 per share and a portion transferred to the Pre-Closing Independent Directors, (v) 2,570,000 shares of Class A Common Stock upon the conversion of Series B-1 Common Stock, subject to certain vesting restrictions pursuant to the Sponsor Side Letter, originally issued at a price of approximately $0.001 per share, (vi) up to 2,570,000 shares of Class A Common Stock which may be issued upon the conversion of Series B-2 Common Stock, subject to certain vesting restrictions pursuant to the Sponsor Side Letter, originally issued at a price of approximately $0.001 per share, (vii) 30,000,000 Backstop Shares, originally issued at a price of $10.00 per share, (viii) 20,000,000 Forward Purchase Shares, originally issued at a price of $10.00 per share, (ix) 36,000,000 PIPE Shares, originally issued at a price of $10.00 per share, (x) 18,560,000 shares of Class A Common Stock that are issuable pursuant to the exercise of the Private Placement Warrants following the public resale of the Private Placement Warrants by the Selling Securityholders, and (xi) 3,750,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable pursuant to the exercise of the Forward Purchase Warrants following the public resale of our Forward Purchase Warrants by the Selling Securityholders; and (2) 22,310,000 warrants including: (i) 18,560,000 Private Placement Warrants, originally issued at a price of $1.00 per warrant, currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share and (ii) 3,750,000 Forward Purchase Warrants originally issued to NBOKS pursuant to the Forward Purchase Agreement for aggregate consideration of $200,000,000 for 20,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock and the Forward Purchase Warrants, each Forward Purchase Warrant is currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share. Additional information about any offering may be provided in a prospectus supplement that describes, among other things, the specific amounts and prices of the Class A Common Stock and Warrants being offered and the terms of the offering.

A prospectus supplement may also add, update or change information included in this prospectus. Any statement contained in this prospectus will be deemed to be modified or superseded for purposes of this prospectus to the extent that a statement contained in such prospectus supplement modifies or supersedes such statement. Any statement so modified will be deemed to constitute a part of this prospectus only as so modified, and any statement so superseded will be deemed not to constitute a part of this prospectus. You should rely only on the information contained in this prospectus, any applicable prospectus supplement or any related free writing prospectus. See “Where You Can Find Additional Information.”

Neither we nor the Selling Securityholders have authorized anyone to provide any information or to make any representations other than those contained in this prospectus, any accompanying prospectus supplement or any free writing prospectus we have prepared. We and the Selling Securityholders take no responsibility for, and can provide no assurance as to the reliability of, any other information that others may give you. This prospectus is an offer to sell only the securities offered hereby and only under circumstances and in jurisdictions where it is lawful to do so. No dealer, salesperson or other person is authorized to give any information or to represent anything not contained in this prospectus, any applicable prospectus supplement or any related free writing prospectus. This prospectus is not an offer to sell securities, and it is not soliciting an offer to buy securities, in any jurisdiction where the offer or sale is not permitted. You should assume that the information appearing in this prospectus or any prospectus supplement is

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accurate only as of the date on the front of those documents only, regardless of the time of delivery of this prospectus or any applicable prospectus supplement, or any sale of a security. Our business, financial condition, results of operations and prospects may have changed since those dates.

This prospectus contains summaries of certain provisions contained in some of the documents described herein, but reference is made to the actual documents for complete information. All of the summaries are qualified in their entirety by the actual documents. Copies of some of the documents referred to herein have been filed, will be filed or will be incorporated by reference as exhibits to the registration statement of which this prospectus is a part, and you may obtain copies of those documents as described below under “Where You Can Find Additional Information.”

On July 22, 2022 (the “Closing Date”), we consummated the previously announced business combination pursuant to that certain Business Combination Agreement, dated as of December 9, 2021 (the “Business Combination Agreement”), by and among CCNB, New CCNB (as defined herein), Vector Domestication Merger Sub, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly-owned subsidiary of New CCNB (“Domestication Merger Sub”), Griffey Global, Vector Merger Sub 1, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly-owned subsidiary of CCNB (“G Merger Sub 1”), Vector Merger Sub 2, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly-owned subsidiary of CCNB (“G Merger Sub 2”), and Griffey Investors, L.P., a Delaware limited partnership (the “Partnership”), which provided for, among other things, (a) on the business day prior to the Closing Date, the conversion of New CCNB from a Delaware limited liability company to a Delaware corporation (the “Statutory Conversion”), (b) the merger of CCNB with and into Domestication Merger Sub, with Domestication Merger Sub surviving (the “Domestication Merger”) as a direct subsidiary of New CCNB, (c) the merger of G Merger Sub 1 with and into Griffey Global, with Griffey Global surviving as a subsidiary of Domestication Merger Sub and an indirect subsidiary of New CCNB (the “First Getty Merger”), and (d) the merger of Griffey Global with and into G Merger Sub 2, with G Merger Sub 2 surviving as a direct subsidiary of Domestication Merger Sub and an indirect subsidiary of New CCNB (the “Second Getty Merger,” and together with the First Getty Merger, the “Getty Mergers,” which together with the Domestication Merger and the other transactions and ancillary agreements contemplated by the Business Combination Agreement, the “Business Combination”). As part of the merger consideration, Koch Icon received 15,000,000 shares of our Class A Common Stock in exchange for a portion of Koch Icon’s preferred equity held in Griffey Global. In connection with the closing of the Business Combination (the “Closing”), New CCNB changed its name from “Vector Holding, LLC” to “Getty Images Holdings, Inc.”

On the Closing Date, we consummated the transactions contemplated by the Forward Purchase Agreement (as defined below), the Backstop Agreement (as defined below), and the PIPE Financing (as defined below). Pursuant to that certain Forward Purchase Agreement, dated August 4, 2020, (the “Forward Purchase Agreement”), with NBOKS, we consummated the private placement of 20,000,000 shares of our Class A Common Stock (the “Forward Purchase Shares”), plus 3,750,000 Forward Purchase Warrants to purchase one share of our Class A Common Stock at $11.50 per share and, together with the Forward Purchase Shares, the “Forward Purchase Securities”), for a purchase price of $200,000,000. Pursuant to that certain Backstop Facility Agreement (the “Backstop Agreement”), dated November 16, 2020, with NBOKS, on the Closing Date, NBOKS purchased 30,000,000 shares of our Class A Common Stock at $10.00 per share for an aggregate purchase price of $300,000,000. Additionally, a number of purchasers (each, a “Subscriber”) purchased from the Company an aggregate of 36,000,000 PIPE Shares, for a purchase price of $10.00 per share and an aggregate purchase price of $360,000,000, pursuant to separate subscription agreements (each, a “Subscription Agreement”). Pursuant to the Subscription Agreements, we granted certain customary registration rights to the Subscribers with respect to the PIPE Shares. Concurrently with the Closing, Getty Images, the Sponsor and the persons identified in Schedule A thereto, entered into the Registration Rights Agreement, which provides customary demand and piggyback registration rights. See “Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions – Registration Rights Agreement.”

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MARKET AND OTHER INDUSTRY DATA

Information contained in this prospectus concerning the market and the industry in which the Company competes, including its market position, general expectations of market opportunity and market size, is based on information from various third-party sources, including independent industry publications, reports by market research firms or other published independent sources, assumptions made by the Company based on such sources and the Company’s knowledge of the visual content market. This information and any estimates provided herein involve numerous assumptions and limitations, and you are cautioned not to give undue weight to such information. Third-party sources generally state that the information contained in such source has been obtained from sources believed to be reliable. Some market data and statistical information are also based on the Company’s good faith estimates, which are derived from management’s knowledge of the Company’s industry and such independent sources referred to above. This information may prove to be inaccurate because of the method by which the Company obtained some of the data for estimates or because this information cannot always be verified with complete certainty due to the limits on the availability and reliability of data, the voluntary nature of the data gathering process and other limitations and uncertainties. As a result, although we believe these sources are reliable, certain market, ranking and industry data included in this prospectus, including the size of certain markets and the Company’s size or position and the positions of its competitors within these markets, including its services relative to competitors, are based on estimates of the Company’s management. These estimates have been derived from management’s considerable knowledge and experience in the markets in which we operate, as well as information obtained from surveys, reports by market research firms, our customers, distributors, suppliers, trade and business organizations and other contacts in the markets in which we operate. We have not independently verified any third-party information. The industry in which the Company operates is subject to a high degree of uncertainty and risk. As a result, the estimates and market and industry information provided in this prospectus are subject to change based on various factors, including those described in the sections titled “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors — Risks Related to the Company” and elsewhere in this prospectus. The information relating to the industry contained in the section titled “Business,” unless otherwise indicated, has been based on The Global Digital Content Creation Market Share, Trends, Analysis and Forecasts, 2020 – 2030; Global Over the Top (OTT) Market’s Report — Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 – 2026): Clutch Co.’s 2018 Small Business Survey; research conducted by World Artists Federation and The Observatory International; and PubMatic, Inc., Global Digital Ad Trends, Market Developments Report, 2020.

Certain monetary amounts, percentages, statistics and other figures included in this prospectus have been subject to rounding adjustments. Accordingly, figures shown as totals in certain tables may not be the arithmetic aggregation of the figures that precede them, and figures expressed as percentages in the text may not total 100% or, as applicable, when aggregated may not be the arithmetic aggregation of the percentages that precede them.

SELECTED DEFINITIONS

Unless stated in this prospectus or the context otherwise requires, references to:

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2022 Plan” means the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan, which is an incentive compensation plan for the directors, officers, employees, consultants, and advisors of Getty Images Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

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affiliate” means, with respect to any specified person, any person that, directly or indirectly, controls, is controlled by, or is under common control with, such specified person, through one or more intermediaries, or otherwise as defined under Rule 144 of the Securities Act.

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B-1 Vesting Event” means, with respect to our Series B-1 Common Stock, the first date on which the VWAP of our Class A Common Stock is greater than or equal to $12.50 for a period of at least 20 days out of 30 consecutive days on which shares of our Class A Common Stock are actually traded on the NYSE.

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B-2 Vesting Event” means, with respect to our Series B-2 Common Stock, the first date on which the VWAP of our Class A Common Stock is greater than or equal to $15.00 for a period of at least 20 days out of 30 consecutive days on which shares of our Class A Common Stock are actually traded on the NYSE.

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Backstop Agreement” means that certain Backstop Facility Agreement by and between CCNB and NBOKS, dated as of November 16, 2020 (as amended by the NBOKS Side Letter).

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Board” means the board of directors of Getty Images Holdings, Inc.

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Business Combination” means the transactions contemplated by the Business Combination Agreement.

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Business Combination Agreement” means that certain Business Combination Agreement, dated as of December 9, 2021, by and among CCNB, New CCNB, Domestication Merger Sub, G Merger Sub 1, G Merger Sub 2, Getty Images and the Partnership.

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CC Capital” means CC Capital Partners, LLC.

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CC Holdings” means CC NB Sponsor 2 Holdings LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

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CCNB” means CC Neuberger Principal Holdings II, a Cayman Islands exempted company.

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CCNB Board” means the board of directors of CCNB.

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CCNB Class A Ordinary Shares” means the Class A ordinary shares of CCNB, par value $0.0001 per share.

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CCNB Class B Ordinary Shares” means the Class B ordinary shares of CCNB, par value $0.0001 per share.

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Closing” means the closing of the Business Combination.

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Closing Date” means July 22, 2022.

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Code” means the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.

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Court of Chancery” means the Court of Chancery in the State of Delaware.

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DGCL” means the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware.

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DLLCA” means the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act.

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Domestication Merger” means the merger of CCNB with and into Domestication Merger Sub, with Domestication Merger Sub surviving the merger as a wholly-owned direct subsidiary of Getty Images Holdings, Inc., pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement.

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Earn-Out Shares” means up to 59 million shares of Class A Common Stock, which will be issued upon the occurrence of certain events pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement.

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ESPP” means the 2022 Employee Stock Purchase Plan, which is an incentive compensation plan for employees of Getty Images Holdings, Inc. and our designated subsidiaries.

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Exchange Act” means the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.

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First Getty Merger” means the merger of G Merger Sub 1 with and into Getty Images, with Getty Images surviving the merger as a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of New CCNB, pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement.

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“Forward Purchase Agreement” means the Forward Purchase Agreement by and between CCNB and NBOKS, dated August 4, 2020 (as amended by the NBOKS Side Letter).

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Forward Purchase Securities” means, collectively, the Forward Purchase Shares and the Forward Purchase Warrants.

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Forward Purchase Shares” means 20,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issued pursuant to the Forward Purchase Agreement.

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Forward Purchase Warrants” means 3,750,000 warrants originally issued to NBOKS, pursuant to the Forward Purchase Agreement.

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Founder Holders” means NBOKS, CC Holdings, James Quella, Jonathan Gear and Joel Alsfine.

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Founder Shares” means 25,700,000 CCNB Class B Ordinary Shares on an as converted basis, originally issued to Sponsor at a price of at a price of $0.001 per share, of which 32,000 CCNB Class B Ordinary Shares and 4,000 Series B-1 and 4,000 Series B-2 shares were transferred to each of the Pre-Closing Independent Directors, James Quella, Jonathan Gear and Joel Alsfine, which were exchanged in connection with the Business Combination for an aggregate of 25,7000,000 shares of our Class A Common Stock, including 2,570,000 shares of our Series B-1 Common Stock and 2,570,000 shares of our Series B-2 Common Stock.

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FTC” means the Federal Trade Commission.

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G Merger Sub 1” means Vector Merger Sub 1, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of New CCNB.

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G Merger Sub 2” means Vector Merger Sub 2, LLC a Delaware limited liability company and a wholly-owned subsidiary of New CCNB.

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Getty Family Entities” means certain equityholders and/or affiliates of Getty Images.

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Getty Family Stockholders” means Getty Investments, Mark Getty, The October 1993 Trust and The Options Settlement.

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“Getty Images” means, unless the context otherwise requires, prior to the Business Combination, Griffey Global Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation and after the Business Combination, “Getty Images Holdings, Inc.”

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Getty Images Common Shares” means shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of Getty Images designated as “Common Stock” pursuant to the Getty Images Certificate of Incorporation.

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Getty Images Certificate of Incorporation” means the Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation of Getty Images filed with the Secretary of State of Delaware on July 22, 2022, in accordance with the Business Combination Agreement.

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Getty Images Equityholders” means all holders of Getty Images Shares or Getty Images Options, which for the avoidance of doubt after the Partnership Liquidation includes partners of the Partnership as of the date of the Business Combination Agreement that hold Getty Images Shares or Getty Images Options following the Partnership Liquidation.

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Getty Images Option” means any option to purchase one or more Getty Images Common Shares issued pursuant to Getty Images’ equity plan and the applicable Getty Images Option agreement.

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Getty Images Preferred Shares” means shares of preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share, of Getty Images designated as “Series A Preferred Stock” pursuant to the Getty Images Certificate of Incorporation.

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Getty Images Shares” means Getty Images Common Shares and Getty Images Preferred Shares.

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Getty Images Stockholders” means, collectively, (i) holders of Getty Images Common Shares (which for the avoidance of doubt after the Partnership Liquidation includes partners of the Partnership as of the date hereof that hold Getty Images Common Shares following the Partnership Liquidation), and (ii) holders of Getty Images’ Preferred Shares.

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Getty Investments” means Getty Investments L.L.C., a Delaware limited liability company.

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Getty Mergers” means, collectively, the First Getty Merger and the Second Getty Merger.

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Governmental Entity” means any nation or government, any state, province or other political subdivision thereof, any entity exercising executive, legislative, judicial, regulatory or administrative functions of or pertaining to government, including any court, arbitrator (public or private) or other body or administrative, regulatory or quasi-judicial authority, agency, department, board, commission or instrumentality, including any state-owned entity, of any federal, state, local or foreign jurisdiction.

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Griffey Global” means Griffey Global Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

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IPO” means CCNB’s initial public offering, consummated on August 4, 2020, through the sale of 82,800,000 units, including 10,800,000 units from the exercise of the underwriters’ over-allotment option at $10.00 per unit.

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IPO Private Placement” means the issuance of 18,560,000 warrants originally issued at a purchase price of $1.00 per warrant to the Sponsor upon the closing of the IPO.

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Koch Equity Development” means Koch Equity Development LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

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Koch Icon” means Koch Icon Investments, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

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Law” means all laws, acts, statutes, constitutions, treaties, ordinances, codes, rules, regulations, directives, pronouncements, rulings and any Orders of a Governmental Entity, including common law (including fiduciary duties).

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LIBOR” means the London Interbank Offered Rate.

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Mergers” means the Getty Mergers and Domestication Merger.

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NBOKS” means Neuberger Berman Opportunistic Capital Solutions Master Fund LP, a Cayman Islands exempted limited partnership.

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NBOKS Side Letter” means the side letter dated December 9, 2021 to the (i) Forward Purchase Agreement and (ii) Backstop Agreement, which side letter provides for the assignment of CCNB’s obligations under the Forward Purchase Agreement and the Backstop Agreement to New CCNB to facilitate the Business Combination.

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New CCNB” means (a) prior to the Statutory Conversion, Vector Holding, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and wholly-owned direct subsidiary of CCNB, and (b) following the Statutory Conversion, Getty Images Holdings, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

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NYSE” means the New York Stock Exchange.

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Partnership” means Griffey Investors, L.P., a Delaware limited liability company.

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Partnership Liquidation” means the liquidation of the Partnership in accordance with the governing documents of the Partnership and applicable Law, pursuant to which the Partnership was liquidated and each member of the Partnership is entitled to receive its pro rata portion of Getty Images Common Shares held by the Partnership immediately prior to such liquidation as determined pursuant to the governing documents of the Partnership and applicable Law.

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Pre-Closing Independent Directors” means Joel Alsfine, James Quella and Jonathan Gear.

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PIPE Financing” means the PIPE Investment.

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PIPE Investment” means the subscription agreements entered into by and among CCNB, New CCNB and the PIPE Investors.

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PIPE Investors” means certain investors, including CC Neuberger Principal Holdings II Sponsor LLC, Getty Images Investments, LLC and Multiply Group who entered into subscription agreements with CCNB in connection with the Business Combination.

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Private Placement Warrants” means the 18,560,000 warrants to purchase CCNB Class A Ordinary Shares (with each such whole warrant being exercisable for one share of our Class A Common Stock and with an exercise price of $11.50 per share), originally issued to the Sponsor at a price of $1.00 per Warrant, currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share of our Class A Common Stock, and assumed by us in connection with the Business Combination.

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public shares” means CCNB Class A Ordinary Shares included in the units issued in the IPO.

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Public Warrants” means the 20,699,980 warrants originally issued by CCNB as part of its initial public offering of units at a price of $10.00 per unit, which were comprised of one Class A ordinary share and one-third of one redeemable warrant, which are currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share and were assumed by us in connection with the Business Combination.

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Registration Rights Agreement” means that certain Registration Rights Agreement, entered into at Closing by Getty Images, the Sponsor, the Pre-Closing Independent Directors and the persons identified therein, pursuant to which, among other things, the parties thereto will be granted certain registration rights on the terms and conditions in such registration rights agreement.

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SEC” means the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Second Getty Merger” means the merger of G Merger Sub 2 with and into the surviving company of the First Getty Merger, with G Merger Sub 2 surviving the merger as a wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of New CCNB, pursuant to the Business Combination Agreement.

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Securities Act” means the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

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Series B-1 Common Stock” means the shares of Series B-1 common stock of the Company, par value $0.0001 per share.

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Series B-2 Common Stock” means the shares of Series B-2 common stock of the Company, par value $0.0001 per share.

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Sponsor” means CC Neuberger Principal Holdings II Sponsor LLC, a Delaware limited liability company.

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Sponsor Side Letter” means that certain side letter, entered into by and among the Sponsor, the Pre-Closing Independent Directors, CC Holdings, NBOKS, CCNB, New CCNB, and the Company.

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Statutory Conversion” means the conversion of New CCNB from a Delaware limited liability company to a Delaware corporation, in accordance with Section 265 of the DGCL and Section 18-216 of the DLLCA, on the business day prior to the Closing.

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Stockholders Agreement” means that certain Stockholders Agreement, entered into as of the date of the Business Combination Agreement, by and among the Sponsor, the Founder Holders, the Pre-Closing Independent Directors and certain Getty Images Equityholders.

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Trading Day” means any day on which the Company’s Class A Common Stock are actually traded on the NYSE.

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Transfer Agent” means American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC.

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U.S. GAAP” means United States generally accepted accounting principles.

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Warrant Agreement” means the certain Warrant Agreement, dated as of August 4, 2020, between CCNB and American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC, as successor to Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company as warrant agent.

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Warrant Assumption Agreement” means the certain Warrant Assignment, Assumption and Amendment Agreement, to be entered into immediately upon the completion of the Domestication Merger and conditioned on the occurrence of the Closing, by and among the Transfer Agent, Continental Stock Transfer & Trust Company, CCNB and New CCNB.

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Warrants” means the Public Warrants, the Private Placement Warrants and the Forward Purchase Warrants.”

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Vested Getty Images Option” means each outstanding Getty Images Option held by a Getty Images Optionholder as of immediately prior to the First Effective Time that is vested as of the First Effective Time (including after giving effect to any acceleration of vesting of any Getty Images Options as a result of the Closing).

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“VWAP” means the volume-weighted average price.

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CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements included in this prospectus that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of the words such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “predict,” “potential,” “seem,” “seek,” “future,” “outlook,” “target” or similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding estimates and forecasts of other financial and performance metrics and projections of market opportunity. These statements are based on various assumptions, whether or not identified in this prospectus, and on the current expectations of the Company’s management and are not predictions of actual performance. These forward-looking statements are provided for illustrative purposes only and are not intended to serve as, and must not be relied on by any investor as, a guarantee, an assurance, a prediction or a definitive statement of fact or probability. Actual events and circumstances are difficult or impossible to predict and will differ from assumptions. Many actual events and circumstances are beyond the control of the Company.

These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including:

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our inability to continue to license third-party content and offer relevant quality and diversity of content to satisfy customer needs;

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our ability to attract new customers and retain and motivate an increase in spending by its existing customers;

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the user experience of the Companys customers on its website;

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the extent to which we are able to maintain and expand the breadth and quality of our content library through content licensed from third-party suppliers, content acquisitions and imagery captured by its staff of inhouse photographers;

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the mix of and basis upon which we license our content, including the price-points at, and the license models and purchase options through, which we license our content;

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the risk that we operate in a highly competitive market;

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the risk that we are unable to successfully execute its business strategy;

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our inability to effectively manage its growth;

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the risk that we may lose the right to use Getty Images trademarks;

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our inability to evaluate our future prospects and challenges due to evolving markets and customers industries;

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the risk that our operations in and continued expansion into international markets bring additional business, political, regulatory, operational, financial and economic risks;

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the inability to expand our operations into new products, services and technologies and to increase customer and supplier awareness of new and emerging products and services;

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the loss of and inability to attract and retain key personnel that could negatively impact our business growth;

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the inability to protect the proprietary information of customers and networks against security breaches and protect and enforce intellectual property rights;

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our reliance on third parties;

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the risk that an increase in government regulation of the industries and markets in which we operate could negatively impact our business;

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the impact of worldwide and regional political, military or economic conditions, including declines in foreign currencies in relation to the value of the U.S. dollar, hyperinflation, devaluation and significant political or civil disturbances in international markets where we conduct business;

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the risk that claims, lawsuits and other proceedings that have been, or may be, instituted against the Company or CCNB could adversely affect our business;

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the inability to maintain the listing of our Class A Common Stock on the NYSE following the Business Combination;

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the risk that the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to reduce its spread impacts our business, financial condition, cash flows and operation results more significantly than currently expected;

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the ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the Business Combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition and our ability to grow our business and manage growth profitably;

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changes in applicable Laws or regulations;

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risks associated with our reliance on information technology in critical areas of our operations;

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costs related to operating as a public company; and

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those factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in this prospectus.

If any of these risks materialize or our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results could differ materially from the results implied by these forward-looking statements.

These and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from those implied by the forward-looking statements in this prospectus are more fully described under the heading “Risk Factors “ and elsewhere in this prospectus. The risks described under the heading “Risk Factors” are not exhaustive. Other sections of this prospectus describe additional factors that could adversely affect the business, financial condition or results of operations of the Company. New risk factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible to predict all such risk factors, nor can the Company assess the impact of all such risk factors on the business of the Company or the extent to which any factor or combination of factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. The Company undertakes no obligations to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

In addition, statements of belief and similar statements reflect the beliefs and opinions of the Company on the relevant subject. These statements are based upon information available to the Company, as applicable, as of the date of this prospectus, and while the Company believes such information forms a reasonable basis for such statements, such information may be limited or incomplete, and statements should not be read to indicate that the Company has conducted an exhaustive inquiry into, or review of, all potentially available relevant information. These statements are inherently uncertain and you are cautioned not to unduly rely upon these statements.

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PROSPECTUS SUMMARY

This summary highlights information contained elsewhere in this prospectus. It does not contain all the information that you may consider important in making your investment decision. Therefore, you should read the entire prospectus carefully, including, in particular, the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” and our consolidated financial statements and related notes.

As used in this prospectus, unless the context otherwise requires or indicates, references to “Getty Images,” “Company,” “we,” “our,” and “us,” refer to Getty Images Holdings, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

Our Business

Overview

For over 25 years, Getty Images has been synonymous with the very best visual content. Getty Images was founded in 1995, with the core mission of bringing the world’s best creative and editorial content solutions to its customers to engage their audiences. With a consistently differentiated and high-quality content offering at its core, Getty Images has a rich history of embracing disruption and innovation with regard to how that content is packaged, accessed, licensed and distributed to an evolving universe of customers. Getty Images is a preeminent global visual content creator and marketplace. Getty Images has developed market enhancements across e-commerce, content subscriptions, user-generated content, diverse and inclusive content, and proprietary research alongside investment in its technology platform to become a global, trusted industry leader in the visual content space.

Compelling and impactful visual content is the lifeblood of Getty Images’ business. Getty Images’ content offering is generated through a base of more than 488,000 contributors, approximately 300 premium content partners, a dedicated staff of content experts who guide and contribute to the creation of award-winning content, and a unique and comprehensive visual archive collection covering a broad range of subject matter. Collectively, these represent a growing library of over 486 million visual assets that delivers unmatched depth, breadth, and quality to meet the expanding needs of Getty Images’ growing customer base.

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Getty Images reaches all customer segments: corporate, agency and media. Through its premier brands Getty Images, iStock and Unsplash, Getty Images reaches customers from the largest enterprises to the smallest businesses and individual creators. Almost half of Getty Images’ revenue is through annual subscriptions with strong customer loyalty, as demonstrated through high revenue retention rates. In addition, Getty Images maintains deep integrations with internet platforms, ensuring broad access to its content across the creative economy.

While Getty Images goes to market through its Getty Images, iStock, and Unsplash brands, Getty Images categorizes its content and services into three categories — Creative, Editorial and Other. Creative refers to photos, illustrations, vectors, and videos that are released for commercial use. Creative content covers a wide of variety subjects, including lifestyle, business, science, health and audiences. This content includes over 188 million digital assets. Editorial refers to photos and video, which cover the world of news, sports and entertainment. From red carpet events to sports to conflict zones and beyond, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Getty

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Images covered and represented approximately 160,000 events around the globe. Getty Images’ Editorial business combines contemporary coverage of more than 157 million rights managed assets with the largest privately held photographic archive containing over 135 million archive images dating from 2000 all the way back to the beginning of photography. Getty Images invests to generate its own coverage through an editorial team of nearly 300 dedicated staff and Getty Images combines this with coverage from its network of contributors, including over 50 premium editorial content partners. Products within Other include music licensing, digital asset management and distribution services, wall décor sales, data revenues and certain retired products such as rights managed.

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The mailing address of Getty Images’ principal executive office is 605 5th Ave S. Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98104 and its telephone number is (206) 925-5000.

Implications of Being an Emerging Growth Company

We qualify as an “emerging growth company” as defined in Section 2(a)(19) of the Securities Act, as modified by the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012, or the “JOBS Act.” As such, we will take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies for as long as we continue to be an emerging growth company, including (i) the exemption from the auditor attestation requirements with respect to internal control over financial reporting under Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”), (ii) the exemptions from say-on-pay, say-on-frequency and say-on-golden parachute voting requirements and (iii) reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements. As a result, our stockholders may not have access to certain information they deem important. We will remain an emerging growth company until the earliest of (i) the last day of the fiscal year (a) following August 4, 2025, the fifth anniversary of the closing of CCNB’s IPO, (b) in which we have total annual gross revenue of at least $1.07 billion or (c) in which Getty Images is deemed to be a large accelerated filer, which means the market value of our Class A Common Stock that are held by non-affiliates exceeds $700 million as of the last business day of our prior second fiscal quarter, and (ii) the date on which we have issued more than $1.0 billion in non-convertible debt during the prior three-year period.

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In addition, Section 107 of the JOBS Act also provides that an emerging growth company can take advantage of the exemption from complying with new or revised accounting standards provided in Section 7(a)(2)(B) of the Securities Act as long as it is an emerging growth company. An emerging growth company can therefore delay the adoption of certain accounting standards until those standards would otherwise apply to private companies. The JOBS Act provides that a company can elect to opt out of the extended transition period and comply with the requirements that apply to non-emerging growth companies, but any such election to opt out is irrevocable. The Company has elected not to opt out of such extended transition period, which means that when a standard is issued or revised and it has different application dates for public or private companies, we, as an emerging growth company, can adopt the new or revised standard at the time private companies adopt the new or revised standard. This may make comparison of our financial statements with another public company which is neither an emerging growth company nor an emerging growth company which has opted out of using the extended transition period difficult or impossible because of the potential differences in accounting standards used.

Corporate Information

We were formed as a Delaware limited liability company and on July 21, 2022 we statutorily converted into a Delaware corporation under the name “Vector Holding, Inc.” and on July 22, 2022, in connection with the Business Combination, we changed our name to “Getty Images Holdings, Inc.”

Our principal executive office is located at 605 5th Ave S. Suite 400, Seattle, WA 98104 and our telephone number is (206) 925-5000. Our website is www.gettyimages.com. The information found on, or that can be accessed from or that is hyperlinked to, our website is not part of this prospectus.

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Risk Factors

An investment in our Common Stock involves substantial risk. The occurrence of one or more of the events or circumstances described in the section entitled “Risk Factors,” alone or in combination with other events or circumstances, may have a material adverse effect on our business, cash flows, financial condition and results of operations. Important factors and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, among others:

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Risks relating to the impact of worldwide economic, political and social conditions, including the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Getty Images operations, and the operations of Getty Images customers, partners and suppliers;

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Getty Images inability to attract new and retain existing and repeat customers;

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Getty Images inability to offer relevant, quality and diversity of content to satisfy customer needs;

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The intense competition Getty Images faces could reduce Getty Images revenues, margins and operating results;

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Getty Images inability to successfully execute Getty Images business strategy in new and rapidly changing markets;

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Getty Images inability to continue to achieve Getty Images projected cost savings;

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Losing the right to use the Getty Images trademark;

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Getty Images failure to expand into new products, services and technologies;

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Getty Images inability to adapt as Getty Images customers industries change;

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Getty Images inability to expand Getty Images operations into new products, services and technologies;

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Failure to technologically or develop, market and sell new products and services, or enhance existing technology and products and services to meet customer requirements;

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Getty Images reliance on third parties to drive traffic to Getty Images website, and these providers changing their search engine algorithms;

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Getty Images failure to successfully expand into new international markets;

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Risks relating to global regulatory, operational, financial and economic changes and instability;

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Failure to increase customer and supplier awareness of certain of Getty Images new and emerging products and services;

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Negative impacts of currency fluctuations;

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Getty Images inability to adequately maintain, adapt and upgrade Getty Images websites and technology systems to ingest and deliver higher quantities of new content and allow existing and new customers to successfully search for our content;

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Getty Images inability to grow at historic growth rates or at all;

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Getty Images failure to meet Getty Images growth objectives and strategies;

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Technological interruptions that impair access to Getty Images websites or the efficiency of Getty Images websites and technology systems damaging our reputation and brand;

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Getty Images failure to protect the proprietary information of Getty Images customers and Getty Images networks against security breaches;

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Getty Images inability to acquire or integrate new content and product lines;

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The loss of key personnel, an inability to attract and retain additional personnel or difficulties in the integration of new members of our management team into Getty Images business;

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Risks related to Getty Images use of independent contractors;

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Getty Images inability to protect and enforce its intellectual property rights;

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Infringement on intellectual property rights of third parties;

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The sales of our securities registered herein could cause the market price of our Class A Common Stock to decline significantly;

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Risks related to our status as an emerging growth company within the meaning of the Securities Act;

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Our stock price may be volatile and may decline regardless of our operating performance;

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An active trading market for our Class A Common Stock may not be sustained;

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Future sales of shares by existing stockholders could cause our stock price to decline;

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Delaware law and provisions in our certificate of incorporation and Bylaws that make a merger, tender offer, or proxy contest difficult, thereby depressing the trading price of our Class A Common Stock;

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Forum selection provisions in our Amended and Restated Bylaws;

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That we do not intend to pay dividends for the foreseeable future;

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We may issue additional shares of Class A Common Stock or other equity securities without your approval;

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There is no guarantee that the Warrants will ever be in the money, and they may expire worthless;

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An increase in government regulation of the industries and markets in which Getty Images operates, including with respect to the internet and e-commerce;

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Exposure to greater than anticipated income and transaction tax liabilities;

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Cybersecurity breaches or Getty Images actual or perceived failure to comply with such legal obligations by Getty Images, or by Getty Images third-party service providers or partners;

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Payment-related risks that may result in higher operating costs or the inability to process payments;

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Potential for goodwill or other intangible asset impairment charges;

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Getty Images inability to obtain additional capital on commercially reasonable terms; and

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Complaints or litigation that may adversely affect Getty Images business and reputation

You should carefully review and consider the risk factors set forth under the section entitled “Risk Factors”.

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THE OFFERING

Issuance of Class A Common Stock

Shares of Class A Common Stock offered by us

Up to 43,009,980 shares of Class A Common Stock that may be issued upon exercise of the Warrants, consisting of:

a.

Up to 20,699,980 shares of Class A Common Stock that are issuable upon the exercise of the Public Warrants.

b.

Up to 18,560,000 shares of Class A Common Stock that are issuable upon the exercise of the Private Placement Warrants.

c.

Up to 3,750,000 shares of Class A Common Stock that are issuable upon the exercise of the Forward Purchase Agreement Warrants.

Exercise price of Warrants

$11.50 per share, subject to adjustment as described herein.

Use of proceeds

We will receive up to an aggregate of approximately $494,614,770 from the exercise of the Warrants, assuming the exercise in full of all of the Warrants for cash. Unless we inform you otherwise in a prospectus supplement or free writing prospectus, we intend to use the net proceeds from the exercise of the Warrants for general corporate purposes.

Resale of Class A Common Stock and Certain Warrants

Shares of Class A Common Stock offered by the Selling Securityholders

Up to 407,799,789 shares of Class A Common Stock, consisting of:

a.

Up to 211,176,779 shares of Class A Common Stock issued to certain Getty Images Equityholders as merger consideration pursuant to the Business Combination;

b.

Up to 58,682,257 Earn-Out Shares issuable to certain Griffey Global equity holders upon certain vesting conditions;

c.

Up to 3,930,753 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon the exercise or vesting of certain equity awards;

d.

Up to 20,560,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issued to the Sponsor and a portion transferred to the Pre-Closing Independent Directors in respect of Founder Shares, up to 2,570,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable to the holders of Founder Shares upon satisfaction of the B-1 Vesting Event and up to 2,570,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable to the holders of Founder Shares upon satisfaction of the B-2 Vesting Event;

e.

Up to 30,000,000 shares issued pursuant to the Backstop Agreement;

f.

Up to 20,000,000 Forward Purchase Shares;

g.

Up to 36,000,000 PIPE Shares;

h.

Up to 18,560,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Private Placement Warrants; and

i.

Up to 3,750,000 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon exercise of the Forward Purchase Warrants.

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Warrants to purchase Class A Common Stock by the Selling Securityholders

Up to 22,310,000 warrants, consisting of:

a.

Up to 18,560,000 Private Placement Warrants; and

b.

Up to 3,750,000 Forward Purchase Warrants

Use of proceeds

We will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares of Class A Common Stock or Warrants by the Selling Securityholders.

Shares of Class A Common Stock outstanding prior to exercise of all Warrants

319,007,226 shares (as of August 5, 2022).

Shares of Class A Common Stock outstanding assuming exercise of all Warrants

362,017,206 shares (as of August 5, 2022).

Restrictions to sell

Certain of our securityholders are subject to certain restrictions on transfer until the termination of applicable lockup periods. See the section entitled “Plan of Distribution – Restrictions to Sell.”

Risk factors

Any investment in the securities offered hereby is speculative and involves a high degree of risk. You should carefully consider the information set forth under “Risk Factors.”

Holders

As of August 5, 2022, there were approximately 55 holders of record of our Class A Common Stock, four holders of record of our Class B-1 Common Stock, four holders of record of our Class B-2 Common Stock and approximately 2 holders of record of the Warrants. The number of holders of record does not include a substantially greater number of “street name” holders or beneficial holders whose Common Stock and Warrants are held of record by banks, brokers and other financial institutions.

Dividend Policy

We have no current plans to pay cash dividends. The declaration, amount and payment of any future dividends on our Class A Common Stock will be at the sole discretion of our board of directors. Our board of directors may take into account general and economic conditions, our financial condition and results of operations, our available cash and current and anticipated cash needs, capital requirements, contractual, legal, tax and regulatory restrictions and implications on the payment of dividends by us to our shareholders or by our subsidiaries to us and such other factors as our board of directors may deem relevant.

NYSE ticker symbols

Class A Common Stock: GETY

Warrants: GETY WS

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RISK FACTORS

Investing in our securities involves a high degree of risk. Investors should carefully consider the risks described below and all of the other information set forth in the registration statement of which this prospectus forms a part, including our financial statements and related notes and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” before deciding to invest in our Class A Common Stock and Warrants. If any of the events or developments described below occur, our business, financial condition, or results of operations could be materially or adversely affected. As a result, the market price of our Class A Common Stock and Warrants could decline, and investors could lose all or part of their investment. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only risks and uncertainties that we face. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also impair our business operations. The risks discussed below also include forward-looking statements, and our actual results may differ substantially from those discussed in these forward-looking statements. See “Cautionary Notes Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.”

Risks Related to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Global Economic Conditions

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operations, and the operations of our customers, partners and suppliers, has had, and is expected to continue to have an effect on our business, financial condition, cash flows and results of operations.

In December 2019, a novel coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) was initially reported and on March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic. COVID-19 has had a widespread and detrimental effect on the global economy as a result of the continued increase in the number of cases and affected countries and actions by public health and governmental authorities, businesses, other organizations, and individuals to address the outbreak, including travel bans and restrictions, quarantines, shelter in place, stay at home or total lock-down orders and business limitations and shutdowns. Our revenue decreased by $34 million in 2020 as compared to 2019, largely as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2019, our revenue was $849 million as compared to $815 million in 2020. Certain products within our sport and entertainment business had revenue significantly decrease. In 2020, our revenue from assignments, a la carte licensing, and distribution services decreased $30 million from the pre-pandemic 2019 period. Our revenue increased by $104 million in 2021 as compared to 2020, from $815 million to $919 million net of approximately $17 million of adverse impact from COVID-19 impact. In 2021, although revenue from these COVID-19-impacted products generally improved as sport and entertainment events resumed, revenue was still down $17 million compared to 2019 and $5 million compared to 2020. Other areas of our business were also impacted in early 2020 when we saw transitory declines in website traffic, fewer downloads and lower subscription renewal rates as customers transitioned and adapted to working in the impacted economy. The impact of COVID-19 on our revenue in the three months ended March 31, 2022 was negligible. Despite recent developments of vaccines, the duration and severity of COVID-19, mutations and possible additional mutations and the degree of their impact on our business is uncertain and difficult to predict. The continued spread of the outbreak could result in one or more of the following conditions that could have a material adverse impact on our business operations and financial condition: decreased business spending by our customers and prospective customers, reduced demand for our products, lower renewal rates by our customers; increased customer losses/churn and turnover of talent; increased challenges in or cost of acquiring new customers and talent; reduction in the amount of content uploaded by our contributors and/or reduction in the number of contributors on our site because of reduced royalties earned by our contributors; inability of our contributors who create customized exclusive content (“Custom Content”) and editorial photographers to complete assignments because of travel and in-person event restrictions, including event organizer or league shut down or postponement of sports and entertainment events; increased competition; increased risk in collectability of accounts receivable; reduced productivity due to remote work arrangements; lost productivity due to illness and/or illness of family members; inability to hire key roles; adverse effects on our strategic partners’ businesses; impairment charges; extreme currency exchange-rate fluctuations; inability to recover costs from insurance carriers; business continuity concerns for us and our third-party vendors; inability of counterparties to perform under their agreements with us; increased risk of vulnerability to cybersecurity attacks or breaches resulting from a greater number of our employees working remotely for extended periods of time; and challenges with internet infrastructure due to high loads. Our inability to respond to and manage the potential impact of such events effectively could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

As we generally recognize revenue from our customers as content is downloaded, the impact to our reported revenue resulting from recent and near-term changes in our sales activity due to COVID-19 may not be fully apparent until future periods. Our efforts to help mitigate the negative impact of the outbreak on our business may not be effective, and we may be affected by a protracted economic downturn. Furthermore, while many governmental authorities around the world have and continue to enact legislation to address the impact of COVID-19, including measures intended to mitigate some of the more severe anticipated economic effects of the virus, we may not benefit from such legislation or such legislation may prove to be ineffective in addressing COVID-19’s impact on our and our customer’s businesses and operations. Even after the COVID-19 outbreak has subsided, we may continue to experience

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impacts to our business as a result of COVID-19’s global economic impact and any recession that has occurred or may occur in the future. Further, as the COVID-19 situation is unprecedented and continuously evolving, COVID-19 may also affect our operating and financial results in a manner that is not presently known to us or in a manner that we currently do not consider to present significant risks to our operations.

We are operating on a hybrid working model of in person and remote work. It is possible that continued remote work arrangements may have a negative impact on our operations, the execution of our business plans, the productivity and availability of key personnel and other employees necessary to conduct our business.

In addition, the overall uncertainty regarding the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on our revenue growth, could impact our cash flows from operations and liquidity. To the extent the COVID-19 pandemic adversely affects our business and financial results, it may also have the effect of heightening many of the other risks described in this “Risk Factors” section.

The impact of worldwide economic, political and social conditions may adversely affect our business and results of operations.

Global economic, political and social conditions can affect the business of our customers and the markets they serve, as well as disrupt the business of our vendors, third-party resellers and strategic partners. Numerous external forces beyond our control, including generally weak or uncertain economic conditions, negative or uncertain political climates, changes in government and global health epidemics, could adversely affect our financial condition. Particularly, our financial condition is affected by worldwide economic conditions and their impact on content generation and marketing and advertising spending. Expenditures by our customers generally tend to reflect overall economic conditions, and to the extent that the economy stagnates as a result of macro conditions, companies may reduce their spending with us. This could have a serious adverse impact on our business. To the extent that overall economic conditions reduce spending on digital content, our ability to retain current and obtain new customers could be hindered, which could reduce our revenue and negatively impact our business. In addition, if we are unable to successfully anticipate changing economic, political and social conditions, we may be unable to effectively plan for and respond to those changes and our business could be negatively affected.

Further, economic, political and social macro developments in the United States, Europe, and Asia could negatively affect our ability to conduct business in those territories. Financial difficulties experienced by our customers, third-party resellers, vendors and strategic partners due to economic volatility or unfavorable changes could result in these companies scaling back operations, exiting businesses, merging with other businesses or filing for bankruptcy protection and potentially ceasing operations, all of which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

Operational Risks Related to Our Business

Our business depends in large part on our ability to attract new and retain existing and repeat customers.

A majority of our revenue is derived from customers who have licensed content from us in the past. We are also increasingly relying on committed revenues. We must ensure that existing customers remain active customers and that we are successful in renewing our committed content agreements, including Premium Access agreements and iStock annual subscriptions. Our future performance largely depends on our ability to attract new and retain existing customers. We employ various customer experience, content, marketing and pricing strategies to incentivize customers to seek and use our content. Our customer experience strategies may be unsuccessful, due to lack of available and desirable content, the depth and breadth of our current and future product offerings, lack of differentiated content, a decline or failure in the quality and accuracy of our search algorithms, the features and functionality of our websites, payment systems and effectiveness of our sales support. As new and emerging platforms and content distribution systems emerge, customers may no longer want to source content from distributors such as us. In addition, our marketing strategies may not attract new customers, our content strategies may not attract relevant content from a suitably diverse network of suppliers and our pricing strategies may discourage purchases. To the extent that we are unable to attract new customers, our costs to acquire and retain customers increase, or our existing customers do not continue to license content from us for these or any other reasons, our results of operations and financial condition could be materially and adversely affected.

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We may be unable to offer relevant quality and diversity of content to satisfy customer needs, including due to an inability to license content owned by third-parties, which may become unavailable to us on commercially reasonable terms or may not be available at all.

We generate a significant majority of our revenue from content that we distribute to third parties. We typically acquire rights in such content from suppliers through licenses, either on an exclusive or non-exclusive basis, with the ability to grant sublicenses. If we are unable to renew our supply agreements with third-party suppliers or if such suppliers otherwise fail to continue to provide us with relevant content or cease providing content that we currently or may in the future license, we may be unable to offer our customers the depth and breadth of content they may demand. In addition, other digital content distributors who currently or in the future may offer competing content and services may offer content suppliers higher royalties, easier submission workflows and platforms, less rigorous ingestion practices, and/or exclusivity incentives, and/or take other actions that could make it more difficult or impossible for us to license existing or new content from third party suppliers. Such third party suppliers may choose to stop distributing new content with us or remove their existing content from our collection. If we are unable to continue to offer a wide variety of content at reasonable prices with acceptable license rights, our financial condition and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected and future growth prospects limited.

Our business is highly competitive, and we face intense competition from a number of companies, which could reduce our revenues, margins and results of operations.

The digital media content industry is and has been fragmented and intensely competitive, and competition may intensify in the future. Increased competition may result in our loss of market share, pricing pressure and reduced profit margins, any of which could materially and adversely affect our business and results of operations.

We compete with a wide array of entities, including large media companies and individual content creators. These competitors include:

traditional stock content providers;
other online platforms from which imagery may be sourced that provide both paid and no-cost licenses, including content created on demand;
other specialized editorial and video content providers that are established in local, content or product-specific market segments;
independent photographers, filmmakers, musicians and related agencies; and
crowd-sourced distribution platforms, social networking and image hosting services.

Many of our competitors have or may obtain significantly greater financial, marketing or other resources or greater brand awareness than we have. Some of these competitors may be able to respond more quickly to new or expanding technology and devote more resources to product development, marketing or content acquisition than we can. Industry consolidation could result in stronger competitors that are better able to compete for customers. This could lead to more variability in results of operations as we compete with larger competitors and could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, and financial condition.

In addition, new competitors may enter our market. They and existing competitors could focus investment in creating, sourcing, archiving, indexing, reviewing, searching, purchasing or delivering content more easily or more affordably. While we believe that there are obstacles to creating global scale and a meaningful network effect between customers and content suppliers, the barriers to creating a website platform that allows for the sale of digital content are low, which could result in greater competition. New entrants, as well as existing competitors, may raise significant amounts of capital (or leverage relationships with other competitors or investors) and they may choose to prioritize increasing their market share and brand awareness over profitability, including, for example, by investing more in content offerings, marketing or pricing strategies such as offering higher royalties for exclusivity or lowering content prices. Some of these new competitors may also invest in other existing competitors, increasing market pressure on our offerings.

Competitors could develop products or services that render ours less desirable or obsolete. External factors such as our competitors’ pricing and marketing strategies could impede our ability to meet customer expectations. Our competitors may be able to

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attract talented staff from us and others to devote greater resources to research and development of products and technologies. Increased competition and pricing pressures may result in reduced sales, lower margins, losses or the failure of our product and services to maintain and grow their current market share, any of which could harm our business. If we are unable to compete successfully against competitors, our financial condition, growth prospects and results of operations could be materially and adversely affected.

We may be unsuccessful in executing our business strategy.

The success of our business and our future growth prospects relies on our ability to execute our business strategies in creating content and expanding our global customer base. There can be no assurance that we will be able to continue to execute any or all of our strategies, including our ability to provide a proprietary platform and infrastructure as well as our acquisition strategy. Failure to execute these strategies on a timely and cost-effective basis could have a material and adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations and could limit our growth prospects.

Failure to achieve our projected cost savings could adversely affect our results of operations and eliminate potential funding for growth.

As part of our ongoing business operations, we have identified strategies and taken steps to reduce operating costs and free up resources to invest in our business. In addition, we have been historically focused on reducing our costs and may not be able to achieve or maintain targeted cost reductions. These strategies include reducing the costs associated with maintaining and developing our websites, customer support and international product line expansion. We continue to evaluate and implement further cost savings initiatives. However, the ability to reduce our operating costs through these initiatives is subject to risks and uncertainties, and we cannot be sure that these activities, or any other activities that we may undertake in the future, will achieve the desired cost savings and efficiencies. Failure to achieve such desired savings could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition and curtail investment in growth opportunities.

We may lose the right to use “Getty Images” trademarks in the event we experience a change of control or otherwise exceed the permitted usage of this trademark.

We own trademark registrations and applications for the name “Getty Images.” We use “Getty Images” as a corporate identity, as do certain of our subsidiaries. We refer to these trademark registrations and trademark applications as the “Getty Images Trademarks.” Pursuant to the Restated Option Agreement (as defined below) and the Fourth Amendment to the Restated Option Agreement, in the event that one or more third parties not affiliated with Getty Investments acquire a controlling interest in us, for so long as the Getty Family Stockholders (together with their respective successors and any permitted transferees) beneficially own more than 27,500,000 shares of Class A Common Stock (the “Ownership Threshold”), Getty Investments has the option to acquire, for a nominal sum, all rights to the Getty Images Trademarks. If the Getty Family Stockholders (together with their respective successors and any permitted transferees) fall below the Ownership Threshold, their option referred to herein will terminate. After an exercise of the option, we would be permitted to continue to use the Getty Images Trademarks for 24 months, and thereafter we would have to cease such use. Getty Investments may also exercise the option if we cease all use of the Getty Images Trademarks. We may not sell, transfer or encumber the Getty Images Trademarks, or any interest therein, without the prior written consent of Getty Investments. In addition, we may not use the Getty Images Trademarks for any direct-to-consumer sales beyond an incidental and limited level. The loss of rights to the Getty Images Trademarks could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial condition.

We operate in new and rapidly changing markets, which makes it difficult to evaluate our future prospects and may increase the risk that we will not be successful.

The market for commercial digital imagery and other content is a rapidly changing market, characterized by changing technologies, intense price competition, the introduction of new competitors, evolving industry standards, changing and diverse regulatory environments, frequent new service announcements and changing consumer demands and behaviors. Our inability to anticipate these changes and adapt our business, platform, and offerings could undermine our business strategy. Our business strategy and projections, including those related to our revenue growth and profitability, rely on a number of assumptions about the market for commercial digital content, including the size and projected growth of the imagery and video markets over the next several years. Some or all of these assumptions may be incorrect. In particular, our growth is highly dependent upon the continued demand for commercial digital content. To the extent that demand for commercial digital content does not continue to grow as expected or decreases, our revenue growth and profitability may be materially and adversely affected. Our growth strategy is dependent, in part,

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on our ability to timely and effectively launch new products and services, the development of which are uncertain, complex and costly. In addition, we may be unable successfully and efficiently to address advancements in distribution technology, marketing and pricing strategies and content breadth and availability in certain or all of these markets, which could materially and adversely affect our growth prospects and results of operations.

The limited history of some of the markets in which we operate makes it difficult to effectively assess our future prospects, and our business and prospects should be considered in light of the risks and difficulties we may encounter in these evolving markets. We cannot accurately predict whether our products and services will achieve significant acceptance by potential customers in significantly larger numbers or at the same or higher price points than at present. Our historic growth rates should therefore not be relied upon as an indication of future growth, financial condition or results of operations.

Planned expansion of our operations into new products, services and technologies, including content categories, is inherently risky and may subject us to additional business, legal, financial and competitive risks.

Currently our operations focus on our marketplace for digital content. Further expansion of our operations and our marketplace into additional products and services, such as non-fungible tokens (“NFTs”), artificial intelligence (“AI”), machine learning (“ML”) and data products, involves numerous risks and challenges, including potential new competition, increased capital requirements and increased marketing spend to achieve customer awareness of these new products and services. Growth into additional content, product and service areas may require changes to our existing business model and cost structure and modifications to our infrastructure and may expose us to new regulatory and legal risks, any of which may require expertise in areas in which we have little or no experience. There is no guarantee that we will be able to successfully expand our products and services into these areas.

If we cannot continue to innovate technologically or develop, market and sell new products and services, or enhance existing technology and products and services to meet customer requirements, our ability to grow our revenue could be impaired.

Our growth largely depends on our ability to innovate and add value to our existing creative platform and to provide our customers and contributors with a scalable, high-performing technology infrastructure that can efficiently and reliably handle increased customer and contributor usage globally, as well as the deployment of new features. For example, NFTs, AI and ML products require additional capital and resources. Without improvements to our technology and infrastructure, our operations might suffer from unanticipated system disruptions, slow performance or unreliable service levels, any of which could negatively affect our reputation and ability to attract and retain customers and contributors. We are currently making, and plan to continue making, significant investments to maintain and enhance the technology and infrastructure and to evolve our information processes and computer systems in order to run our business more efficiently and remain competitive. We may not achieve the anticipated benefits, significant growth or increased market share from these investments for several years, if at all. If we are unable to manage our investments successfully or in a cost-efficient manner, our business and results of operations may be adversely affected.

Our growth also depends, in part, on our ability to identify and develop new products and services and enhance existing products and services. The process of developing new products and services and enhancing existing products and services and bringing products or enhancements to market in a timely manner is complex, costly and uncertain and we may not execute successfully on our vision or strategy because of challenges such as product planning and timing, technical hurdles, or a lack of resources. The success of our products depends on several factors, including our ability to:

anticipate customers’ and contributors’ changing needs or emerging technological trends;
timely develop, complete and introduce innovative new products and enhancements;
differentiate our products from those of our competitors;
effectively market our products and gain market acceptance;
adopt new technologies without alienating our current contributors;
price our products competitively; and
provide timely, effective and accurate support to our customers and contributors.

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We may be unable to successfully identify new product opportunities or enhancements, develop and bring new products to market in a timely manner, or achieve market acceptance of our products. There can be no assurance that products and technologies developed by others will not render our products or technologies obsolete or less competitive. If we are unsuccessful in innovating our technology or in identifying new or enhancing our existing product offerings, our ability to compete in the marketplace, to attract and retain customers and contributors and to grow our revenue could be impaired.

The manner in which our customers’ industries change could adversely affect our future revenues and limit our future growth prospects.

Our customer base is diverse, but trends in their industries present risks to our business. In recent years, traditional outlets for media and advertising, such as newspapers, magazines, book publishing and television, have experienced consolidation and undergone other significant changes, and, in many cases, also experienced diminishing readership and viewership, as applicable, and ultimately periodic declines in revenues and profitability. Corporate in-house content users have experienced reduced budgets and shifts in use patterns that have changed the way they acquire and use our content, including an increase in reliance on in-house creative and marketing capabilities instead of outsourcing this work to agencies. We have also seen an increasing shift away from print media to digital and online media use. Content used online has historically been characterized by lower resolutions and lower price points but potentially significantly higher volumes than print-based applications. If we are unable to adapt our content offerings and distribution technology to address any current or future changes to customer industries, our future growth prospects and results of operation could be materially and adversely affected.

We rely on third parties to drive traffic to our website, and these providers may change their search engine algorithms or pricing in ways that could negatively affect our business, results of operations, financial condition and prospects.

Our success depends on our ability to attract customers in a cost-effective manner. With respect to our marketing channels, we rely heavily on relationships with providers of online services, search engines, social media, and affiliate websites and e-commerce businesses to provide content, advertising banners and other links that direct customers to our websites. We rely on these relationships to provide significant sources of traffic to our website. In particular, we rely on search engines as important marketing channels. Search engine companies change their natural search engine algorithms periodically, and our ranking in natural searches have been in the past, and may be in the future, adversely affected by such changes. Search engine companies may also determine that we are not in compliance with their guidelines and consequently penalize us in their algorithms as a result. If search engines change or penalize us with their algorithms, terms of service, display and featuring of search results, or if competition increases for advertisements, we may be unable to cost-effectively drive consumers to our websites.

Our relationships with our affiliate websites are not long term in nature and often do not require any specific performance commitments. As competition for online advertising has increased, the cost for some of these services has also increased. A significant increase in the cost of the affiliate websites could adversely impact our ability to attract customers cost effectively and harm our business, results of operations, financial condition and prospects.

Our operation in and continued expansion into international markets is important for our business. As we continue to expand internationally, we face additional business, political, regulatory, operational, financial and economic risks, any of which could increase our costs or otherwise limit our growth.

Operating internationally and continuing to expand our business to attract new customers and content suppliers in geographies other than North America and Western Europe is important to our continued success and growth. For each of the years ended December 31, 2019, 2020 and 2021 and through the first quarter of 2022, approximately 50% of our revenue was derived from customers located outside of the United States. We expect to continue to devote resources to international expansion through exploring acquisition and foreign distributor partnership opportunities, as well as through expanding our foreign language marketing of offerings and further localizing our content library and user experience for foreign markets. Our ability to expand our business and to attract talented employees, customers and content suppliers in an increasing number of international markets requires considerable management attention and resources and is subject to the particular challenges of supporting a growing business in an environment of multiple languages, cultures, customs, political regimes, legal systems, alternative dispute systems, regulatory systems and commercial infrastructures. Moreover, as the invasion of Ukraine continues, there can be no certainty regarding whether such governments or other governments will impose additional sanctions or other economic or military measures against Russia. We cannot provide assurance that current sanctions or potential future changes in sanctions will not have an adverse impact on our operations. Expanding our international focus may subject us to risks that we have not faced before or increase risks that we currently face, certain of which are described elsewhere in these “Risk factors,” including risks associated with:

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modifying and customizing our content, technology, pricing and marketing efforts to appeal to foreign customers and attract foreign content suppliers;
changes to domestic and international intellectual property, privacy and rights of publicity laws;
higher costs associated with doing business internationally, including increased taxes and foreign currency fluctuations;
legal, political or systemic restrictions on the ability of U.S. companies to do business in foreign countries, including, among others, restrictions imposed by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) on the ability of U.S. companies to do business in certain specified foreign countries or with certain specified organizations and individuals;
difficulty in staffing and strains on our systems and staff in managing widespread operations and ensuring compliance with foreign laws and regulations, including local laws, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the UK Anti-Bribery Act, the UK Modern Slavery Act, or other anti-corruption or anti-money laundering laws, tax regulations, disclosure requirements, privacy laws, biometric, data protection, rights of publicity, human rights, employment, technology laws and laws relating to content;
government regulation of e-commerce and restrictions on communications, distribution of content and media, including censorship;
disruption in the political, economic or military stability of markets in which we operate;
currency restrictions that may limit our ability to repatriate profits;
differences in payment cycles, increased credit risks and increased payment fraud levels;
lack of adoption by certain jurisdictions of e-commerce and internet payment platforms and adoption of different platforms by different jurisdictions;
reduced and more costly protection of our intellectual property;
currency exchange fluctuations, hyperinflation and deflation fluctuations;
potential adverse tax consequences of doing business in certain jurisdictions;
recruiting and retaining talented and capable management and employees in foreign countries; and
the difficulties of establishing, adapting and maintaining the systems and operations for compliance with and management of these risks.

These risks may make it impossible or prohibitively expensive to effectively maintain operations in or expand to new international markets, or delay entry into such markets, which could materially and adversely affect our ability to grow our business. Additionally, the entry of local competitors in certain markets may impede our ability to grow our business in those markets.

Unless we increase customer and supplier awareness of certain of our new and emerging products and services, our revenue may not continue to grow.

We believe that our ability to attract and retain new customers depends in part on our ability to increase our brand awareness within our industry with respect to newer, emerging product lines, as well as by leveraging the brand recognition from our developed product lines. In addition, our ability to attract new customers depends in part on our ability to refresh and expand our content offerings, maintain and improve the underlying technology platforms supporting these offerings and to attract and retain new content suppliers to these new and developing product lines. In order to increase the number of our customers and suppliers for these new product lines, we may be required to expend greater resources on advertising, marketing, and other brand- building efforts to preserve and enhance customer and supplier awareness of our core brand, as well as accept lower margins to attract suppliers. If we are unable

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to increase market awareness of our new and emerging products and services or otherwise take advantage of evolving consumer trends and preferences, our growth prospects, results of operations and financial condition may be materially and adversely affected.

The impact of currency fluctuations could adversely and materially affect our business and results of operations.

Our foreign operations are exposed to foreign exchange rate fluctuations as our financial results are translated from the local currency into U.S. dollars upon consolidation. If the U.S. dollar weakens against foreign currencies, the translation of these foreign currency denominated transactions will result in increased revenue, operating expenses and net income. Similarly, if the U.S. dollar strengthens against foreign currencies, the translation of these foreign currency denominated transactions will result in decreased revenue, operating expenses and net income. As exchange rates vary, sales and other results of operations, when translated, may differ materially from expectations. For the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, 47% and 45% of our revenue was denominated in foreign currencies, respectively. In addition, approximately 34% and 32% of our SG&A (as defined below) and capital expenditures for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020 were denominated in foreign currencies, respectively. For the quarter ended March 31, 2022, 45% of our revenue and 33% of our SG&A and capital expenditures were denominated in foreign currencies.

Because we report our financial results in U.S. dollars, fluctuations in foreign currencies (including the British Pound, Australian and Canadian dollars, Japanese Yen and Euro) have had and will continue to have a material effect on our financial performance. Volatility in foreign currency fluctuations may continue as a result of economic and political circumstances beyond our control.

A decline in value of any foreign currency against the U.S. dollar will tend to have a negative effect on our financial performance, while an increase in value of these currencies against the U.S. dollar will tend to have a positive impact on reported financial performance. This fluctuation risk increases as we expand into foreign markets.

We currently, and may in the future, enter into certain derivatives or other financial instruments to hedge against this foreign exchange risk.

We may be unable to adequately maintain, adapt and upgrade our websites and technology systems to ingest and deliver higher quantities of new content and allow existing and new customers to successfully search for our content.

To remain competitive, we must continue to add substantial quantities of the most relevant content desired by our customers. Our ability to ingest such content is directly related to the ease of access, sophistication, protections and reliability of the technology relating to our ingestion tools. Our failure to address deficiencies could result in a decrease or inability to ingest enough new content, thereby causing customers to seek other sources, which could materially and adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

Even if we are able to ingest sufficient new content, we must also add new functionality and features to our websites to allow customers to search for the relevant content we offer. A significant component of our technology strategy is the improvement of the compatibility of our websites with third-party search engines that direct traffic to our site and, specifically, to content that reflects searched key words. The search algorithms developed by third-party search engines are typically not publicly known and are subject to unanticipated changes, which could significantly affect the number of new customers we attract to our sites. In addition, we continually seek to improve search functions within our site to enable customers to locate the most relevant and appropriate content for their particular use. If we do not address any current or future deficiencies with respect to potential or existing customers’ ability to search for content on the internet or on our websites, we may be unsuccessful in acquiring and retaining customers and ultimately licensing the most relevant content, which could materially and adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition. In addition, the expansion and improvement of our systems and websites may require us to commit substantial financial, operational and technical resources, with no assurance that our business will improve.

We may not be able to continue the growth of our business at rates reflective of our historical growth rates or at all.

We have experienced growth in terms of revenues, customers and content offerings, and we may not be able to maintain our historical rate of growth in certain product lines or replicate this growth with other product lines or across geographies. For the period commencing with the year ended December 31, 2019 to the year ended December 31, 2021, our revenue and Adjusted EBITDA have grown at a compound annual growth rate (“CAGR”) of 5.5% and 12.3%, respectively (excluding certain retired products). Our growth strategy may require us to commit substantial financial, operational and technical resources to current operations, which may divert such resources away from other potentially profitable ventures, without any guarantee of a similar return on any such investments. Further, even if we do achieve the desired growth, such growth could also strain our ability to maintain reliable operation of our

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websites or our relationships with customers and content suppliers and acquire relevant content. This in turn could negatively impact our ability to develop and improve our operational, financial and management controls and systems. If we fail to effectively manage or support future growth, or if we are otherwise negatively impacted by our efforts to grow our product lines, our business, results of operations and financial condition may be materially and adversely affected.

We may not meet our growth objectives and strategies, which may impact our competitiveness and results of operations.

As part of our business, we seek to achieve profitable growth by attracting new customers and retaining existing customers through various customer experience, content, marketing and pricing strategies, incentivizing customers to seek our content. As we continue to invest in growth opportunities, including investments in new technologies and capabilities, we may experience unfavorable demand for our content or we may be unable to deploy these technology-based solutions successfully or profitably. Our inability to invest effectively in new growth opportunities could impact our competitiveness and render it difficult for us to meet our growth objectives and strategies, which could adversely impact our business, financial condition or results of operations.

Technological interruptions that impair access to our websites or the efficiency of our websites and technology systems could damage our reputation and brand and adversely affect our results of operations.

The digitization and satisfactory internet distribution of our content is a key component of the efficient functioning of our websites and our business. We will need to continue to invest in and improve our websites and systems, network infrastructure, content ingestion, and customer experience in order to ensure consistent performance, reliability, and accessibility, and to accommodate our expanding product offerings, anticipated increased site traffic, sales volume, and processing of the resulting information and transactions. If we experience significant disruptions or difficulties as a result of or during any such technology updates or upgrades, we may face system interruptions, poor website response times, inability to refresh or add content, diminished customer services, impaired quality and speed of order processing, and potential problems with our internal control over financial reporting. Substantial or repeated system disruptions or failures would reduce the attractiveness of our websites significantly and negatively impact our brand and reputation for both customers and content providers. Even a disruption as brief as a few minutes could have a negative impact on activities on our websites or systems and could therefore result in a loss of customers, revenue, partners, content providers or data. Because some of the causes of system interruptions may be outside of our control, we may not be able to remedy such interruptions in a timely manner, or at all.

Our ability to license content and offer other related services also depends on the maintenance of a reliable network backbone with the necessary speed, data capacity and security, as well as the timely development of complementary capabilities, to provide reliable website internet access and services. The internet has experienced, and is likely to continue to experience, significant growth in the number of users and bandwidth requirements. As a result, problems caused by viruses, worms, malware and similar programs could negatively impact internet infrastructure and cause it to be unable to support the user demand associated with such users and bandwidth requirements. The internet has experienced a variety of outages and other delays as a result of damage to portions of its infrastructure, and it could face outages and delays in the future, which could reduce the level of internet usage generally as well as the level of usage of our services. In addition, if telecommunications providers lose service to their customers, our customers will not be able to access our websites. Our websites and systems have in the past experienced, and may in the future experience, temporary system interruptions for a variety of reasons, including security breaches and other security incidents, viruses, telecommunication and other network failures, power failures, programming errors, data corruption, denial-of-service attacks or an overwhelming number of visitors trying to reach our websites during periods of strong demand. Even a brief disruption in service that causes portions of our websites to be unavailable to customers or prevents us from efficiently uploading content to our websites, or taking, processing or fulfilling orders could have a significant impact on our financial performance. System disruptions and difficulties, whether as a result of our internally developed systems or those of third-party providers, may inconvenience our customers and content providers and/or result in negative publicity, and may negatively affect our ability to provide services and the volume of content we license and deliver over the internet, thereby causing users to perceive our sites as not functioning properly and causing them to use another website or other methods to obtain the products or services we offer.

We rely upon third-party service providers, such as co-location and cloud service providers, for certain of our data centers and application hosting, and we are dependent on these third parties to provide continuous power, cooling, internet connectivity and physical security for our servers. Certain of these third-party providers have in the past experienced, and may in the future experience, interruptions in operations, that could harm our business. In such events, or in the event that we are unable to agree upon satisfactory terms for continued relationships, we could be forced to enter into relationships with other service providers or assume hosting responsibilities ourselves, potentially at a greater cost or on less favorable terms to us. Although our use of cloud services and multiple production data centers enables us to provide rapid content delivery to our customers and to support business continuity in the event of

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an emergency, a system disruption at an active data center or third-party hosting service provider could result in a noticeable disruption and/or performance degradation on our websites.

Additionally, some of the computer and communications hardware necessary to operate our corporate functions are located in metropolitan areas worldwide, which systems and operations could be damaged or interrupted by fire, flood, power loss, telecommunications failure, earthquake and similar events. We do not have redundancy for all of our systems, many of our critical applications reside in only one of our data centers or in the cloud, and our disaster recovery planning may not account for all eventualities. Occasionally, we migrate data among data centers and to third-party hosted environments. If a transition among data centers or to third-party service providers encounters unexpected interruptions, unforeseen complexity, or unplanned disruptions despite precautions undertaken during the process, this may impair our delivery of products and services to customers and result in increased costs and liabilities, which may harm our results of operations and our business.

It is also possible that hardware or software failures or errors in our systems (or those of our third-party service providers) could result in data loss or corruption, cause the information that we collect or maintain to be incomplete or contain inaccuracies that our customers regard as significant, or cause us to fail to meet customer expectations or comply with regulatory notification requirements. Furthermore, our ability to collect and report data may be delayed or interrupted by a number of factors, including access to the internet, the failure of our network or software systems, security breaches or significant variability in visitor traffic on customer websites.

Technological disruptions to our websites or internal communications and operating systems for any of the foregoing reasons could negatively impact our reputation and the perceived or actual functionality of our operations, which could harm our business and reputation, and cause a material and adverse effect on our financial condition.

Our failure to protect the proprietary information of our customers and our networks against security breaches could damage our reputation and expose us to liability and protracted and costly litigation.

An important component of our global business is the secure transmission of proprietary information and the transaction of commerce over the internet. We and our third-party service providers collect and maintain proprietary information in connection with servicing our customers and content suppliers and other related processes on our websites and systems, and, in particular, in connection with processing and remitting payments to and from our customers and content suppliers, and are therefore exposed to security and fraud-related risks, which are likely to become more challenging as we expand our operations and as technology evolves. In addition, we collect proprietary information of third-party vendors and distributors, as well as our employees. Although we maintain security features on our websites and systems, and utilize encryption and authentication technology, our security measures may not detect or prevent all attempts to hack our systems, denial-of-service attacks, viruses, malicious software, break-ins, phishing attacks, social engineering, security breaches or other attacks and similar disruptions that may jeopardize the security of information stored in and transmitted by our websites and system. We rely on encryption and authentication technology licensed from third parties to provide the security and authentication to effectively secure transmission of the proprietary information that we process for our customers, employees, vendors, distributors and content suppliers, and such technology may fail to function properly or may be compromised or breached. Additionally, we use third-party co-location and cloud service vendors for our data centers and application hosting, and other third-party vendors for some of the software and services that we use to operate the business, and their security measures may not prevent security breaches and other disruptions that may jeopardize the security of information stored in and transmitted through their systems. Further, some of the software and services that we use to operate our business, including our internal e-mail and customer relationship management software, are hosted by third parties. It is possible that a breach of any of these systems could go undetected for an extended period of time.

If these services were to experience a security breach or be interrupted or were to cause us to lose control of proprietary information, our business operations could be disrupted, and we could be exposed to liability and costly litigation. A party that is able to circumvent our security measures could misappropriate proprietary information, cause interruption in our operations, damage or misuse our websites or systems, distribute or delete content owned by our content suppliers, customers, vendors or employees, and misuse the information that they misappropriate. Additionally, our systems may be breached by third parties without our being aware that our systems or data have been compromised. We may be required to expend significant capital and other resources to protect against such security breaches or to alleviate problems caused by such breaches. In addition, a significant cyber-security breach could result in major credit card associations’ payment networks and companies offering other payment methods prohibiting us from processing future transactions on their networks and systems. Security and fraud-related issues are likely to become more challenging as we expand our operations and the related prevention, maintenance and risks associated with them could have a material and adverse effect on our financial condition.

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Although cybersecurity and the continued development and enhancement of the processes, practices and controls that are designed to protect our systems, computers, software, data and networks from attack, damage or unauthorized access are a high priority for us, our efforts may not be enough to prevent a party from circumventing our security measures, or the security measures of our third-party service providers, and accessing and misusing the proprietary information of our employees, customers and contributors. Accounts created with weak or recycled passwords could allow cyber-attackers to gain access to confidential data.

Additionally, failure by customers, vendors or content providers to remove accounts of their own employees, or the granting of accounts by the customer, vendor or content provider in an uncontrolled manner, may allow for access by former or unauthorized representatives. Security researchers, criminal hackers and other third parties regularly develop new techniques to penetrate computer and network security measures and, certain parties have in the past managed to obtain limited unauthorized access to certain of our systems and misused some of our systems and software. Outside parties have in the past attempted and may in the future attempt to fraudulently induce our employees or users of our products or services to disclose proprietary information or sensitive, personal, or confidential information via illegal electronic spamming, phishing or other tactics. Unauthorized parties may also attempt to gain physical access to our facilities in order to infiltrate our information systems or attempt to gain logical access to our products, services, or information systems for the purpose of exfiltrating content and data. These actual and potential breaches of our security measures and the accidental loss, inadvertent disclosure or unauthorized dissemination of proprietary information or sensitive, personal or confidential data about us, our employees, our customers or their end users, including the potential loss or disclosure of such information or data as a result of hacking, fraud, trickery or other forms of deception, could expose us, our employees, our customers or the individuals affected to a risk of loss or misuse of this information. This may result in litigation and liability or fines, our compliance with costly and time intensive notice requirements, governmental inquiry or oversight or a loss of customer confidence, any of which could harm our business or damage our brand and reputation, possibly impeding our present and future success in retaining and attracting new customers and content suppliers and thereby requiring time and resources to repair our brand and reputation, and could cause harm to our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, our failure to adequately control fraudulent credit card transactions could damage our reputation and brand. Any one of the foregoing occurrences could result in a material and adverse effect on our business and results of operations.

As the techniques used to obtain unauthorized access, attack, disable or degrade services, or sabotage systems, are constantly evolving in sophisticated ways to avoid detection, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or implement adequate preventative measures. We may also be required to expend significant capital and other resources to protect against security breaches or to alleviate problems caused by such breaches. Any actual breach, the perceived threat of a breach or a perceived breach could cause our customers, contributors and other third parties to cease doing business with us, or subject us to lawsuits, regulatory fines and other action or liability, any of which could harm our reputation, business, financial condition and results of operations.

Any compromise of security may result in our being out of compliance with U.S. federal and state laws, and international laws and contractual commitments, and we may be subject to lawsuits, fines, criminal penalties, statutory damages, and other costs, including for provision of breach notices and credit monitoring to our customers. Any failure, or perceived failure, by us to comply with our posted privacy policies or with any regulatory requirements or orders or other federal, state, or international privacy, security or consumer protection-related laws and regulations, could result in proceedings or actions against us by governmental entities or others, subject us to significant penalties and negative publicity, and adversely affect our results of operations.

We may not be successful in acquiring or integrating new content and product lines.

Our strategy to increase market share and enhance profitability is to leverage our existing expertise into what we believe are underserved product and geographic markets. As part of this strategy, we have in the past acquired and invested in, and may in the future seek to acquire or invest in new businesses, products, collections and product offerings, or technologies that could complement or expand our business. Acquisitions or new partnerships may require significant capital infusions or investments and may negatively impact our results of operations. Further, the evaluation and negotiation of potential acquisitions and partnerships, as well as the integration of acquired businesses or onboarding of new partners, may divert management time and other resources. Certain other risks related to such acquisitions and investments that may have a material effect on our business or prevent us from benefiting from such investments include:

costs incurred in performing due diligence and professional fees relating to potential acquisitions and partnerships;
use of cash resources or incurrence of debt to fund acquisitions and investments;
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amortization expense related to acquired intangible assets, impairment of any goodwill acquired and other adverse accounting consequences;
difficulties and expenses in integrating the sales, marketing, operations, products, services, technology and financial and information systems of an acquired company, particularly in emerging geographic markets;
retention of key employees, customers, and suppliers of an acquired business; and
an adverse review of an acquisition or potential acquisition, or limitations put on such acquisitions, by a regulatory body.

These risks may make it impossible or prohibitively expensive to execute our business and investment strategies or delay execution of such strategies, which would materially and adversely affect our growth prospects and financial condition.

Risks Related to Personnel

The loss of key personnel, an inability to attract and retain additional personnel or difficulties in the integration of new members of our management team into our Company could affect our ability to successfully grow our business.

Our future success depends in large part upon the continued service of the members of our executive management team and key employees. All members of our executive management team are subject to employment agreements. In addition, our success also depends on our ability to attract and retain qualified technical, sales and marketing, customer support, financial and accounting, legal and other managerial personnel, as well as high quality photographers for our product line covering entertainment, sports and news (“Editorial”). The competition for skilled personnel in the industries in which we operate is intense. Our personnel generally may terminate their employment at any time for any reason. We may incur significant costs to attract and retain highly skilled personnel, and we may lose new employees to our competitors before we realize the benefit of our investment in recruiting them. As we move into new geographies, we will need to attract and recruit skilled personnel across functional areas. Some of our employees in Brazil, Germany, France and Spain are subject to collective bargaining agreements and employees in other jurisdictions may unionize. If we fail to attract new personnel or if we suffer increases in costs or business operations interruptions as a result of a labor dispute, or fail to retain and motivate our current personnel, we might not be able to operate our businesses effectively or efficiently, serve our customers properly or maintain the quality of our content and services.

We may be exposed to risks related to our use of independent contractors.

We rely on independent third parties to provide certain services for our Company. The state of the law regarding independent contractor status varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and is subject to change based on court decisions and regulation. For example, on April 30, 2018, the California Supreme Court adopted a new standard for determining whether a company “employs” or is the “employer” for purposes of the California Wage Orders in its decision in the Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court case. This standard was expanded and codified in California via Assembly Bill 5, which was signed into law in September 2019 and became effective as of January 1, 2020. The Dynamex decision and Assembly Bill 5 altered the analysis of whether an individual, who is classified by a hiring entity as an independent contractor in California, has been properly classified as an independent contractor. Assembly Bill 5 was amended to include exclusions for photographers, videographers and editors where specific requirements are met. In addition, independent workers have been the subject of widespread national discussion and it is possible that other jurisdictions may enact laws similar to Assembly Bill 5 or that otherwise impact our business and our relationships with independent third parties. As a result, there is significant uncertainty regarding the future of the worker classification regulatory landscape.

From time to time, we may be involved in lawsuits and claims that assert that certain independent contractors should be classified as our employees. Adverse determinations regarding the status of any of our independent contractors could, among other things, entitle such individuals to the reimbursement of certain expenses and to the benefit of wage-and-hour laws, and could result in the Company being liable for income taxes, employment, social security, and withholding taxes and benefits for such individuals. Any such adverse determination could result in a material reduction of the number of subcontractors we can use for our business or significantly increase our costs to serve our customers, which could adversely affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

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Risks Related to Our Intellectual Property and Confidential Information

Our business and prospects would suffer if we are unable to protect and enforce our intellectual property rights and confidential information.

The success of our business depends on our ability to protect and enforce our patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and all of our other intellectual property rights and other confidential information, including our intellectual property rights underlying our owned content library, websites and search algorithms. Despite our efforts to protect our intellectual property rights, which may afford only limited legal protections, unauthorized parties have attempted, and may continue to, attempt to copy and use aspects of our intellectual property and other confidential information. Effective legal protection for our patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property assets may not be available or practical in every country in which we operate or intend to operate. Moreover, policing our intellectual property rights is difficult, costly and may not always be effective. To the extent any unauthorized parties, which may include our competitors, are successful in copying and using aspects of our intellectual property or confidential information, including our search algorithms and our trade secrets, our business could be harmed.

We or one of our affiliates have registered “Getty Images,” “iStock,” “Unsplash” and other marks and logos as trademarks in the United States and other jurisdictions. Nevertheless, competitors may adopt trademarks similar to ours, or purchase keywords in internet search engine marketing programs that are confusingly similar to our trademarks, thereby impeding our ability to build brand identity and possibly leading to confusion among existing and potential new customers. In addition, there could be infringement claims by third parties regarding any of our trademarks or our use of other intellectual property that could damage our reputation and brand, prove costly to defend irrespective of their validity, and, if such claims are ultimately validated, materially and adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.

We currently own the www.gettyimages.com, www.istock.com and www.unsplash.com internet domain names in addition to various other domain names. Domain names are generally regulated by internet regulatory bodies. If we lose the ability to use a domain name in a particular country, we would be forced either to incur significant additional expenses to market our products within that country or to elect not to sell products in that country. Either result could harm our business and results of operations. The regulation of domain names in the United States and in foreign countries is subject to change, including the establishment of additional top-level domains and domain name registrars or the modification of the requirements for holding domain names. As a result, we may not be able to acquire or maintain the domain names that utilize our brand names in the United States or other countries in which we conduct business or in which we may conduct business in the future.

In order to protect our trade secrets and other confidential information, we rely in part on confidentiality agreements with our employees, consultants and third parties with whom we have relationships. These agreements may not prevent disclosure of trade secrets and other confidential information and may not provide an adequate remedy in the event of misappropriation or any unauthorized disclosure or independent discovery of our trade secrets and confidential information. Costly and time-consuming litigation could be necessary to enforce or determine the scope of our trade secret rights and related confidentiality and nondisclosure provisions. Failure to adequately protect our trade secrets and other confidential information could adversely affect our competitive business position.

Litigation or proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, U.S. Copyright Office or other governmental authorities and administrative bodies in the United States and foreign countries may be necessary in the future to enforce and protect our patent rights, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, domain names and other intellectual property rights and to determine the validity, enforcement and scope of the intellectual property rights of others. Furthermore, the monitoring and protection of our intellectual property rights may become more difficult, costly and time consuming as we continue to expand internationally, particularly in those markets, such as China and certain other developing countries in Asia, in which legal protection of intellectual property rights is less robust than in the United States and in Europe. Our efforts to enforce or protect our intellectual property rights may be ineffective and could result in substantial costs and diversion of resources and management time, each of which could materially and adversely affect our results of operations.

We rely on intellectual property laws and contractual restrictions to protect the content in our library. Certain countries do not prioritize the enforcement of intellectual property laws, and litigation in those countries may be costly and ineffective. Consequently, these intellectual property laws afford us only limited protection. Unauthorized parties have attempted, and may continue to attempt, to improperly use our content. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to prevent the unauthorized use of our content or that we will be successful in stopping such use once it is detected.

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Our products and services may infringe on intellectual property rights of third parties, which could require us to incur substantial costs and distract our management.

Media, internet and technology companies are frequently the target of litigation based on allegations of infringement, misappropriation or other violations of intellectual property rights or rights related to their use of technology. Some internet, technology and media companies, including some of our competitors, own large numbers of patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets and other intellectual property rights, which they may use as a basis to assert claims against us. We have developed proprietary technology and a robust infrastructure to power our products and services, and this technology is critical to our business. Third parties may in the future assert that the technology we have developed or the content that we display and distribute infringes, misappropriates or otherwise violates their intellectual property rights, and as we face increasing competition, the possibility of intellectual property rights claims against us grows. Such litigation may involve patent holding companies or other adverse patent owners who have no relevant product revenue, and therefore our own issued and pending patents may provide little or no deterrence to these patent owners in bringing intellectual property rights claims against us. Existing laws and regulations are evolving and subject to different interpretations, and various federal and state legislative or regulatory bodies may change current laws or regulations or enact new ones. We cannot guarantee that our technology is not infringing or violating any third-party intellectual property rights or rights related to the use of technology, or that it will not infringe or violate such rights in the future.

We license a significant majority of the content in our library from third parties, and we cannot guarantee that each supplier holds the rights or releases he or she claims or that such rights and releases are adequate. From time to time we receive notices from third parties claiming that certain content that we license infringes their intellectual property rights. In such circumstances, we may not be able to obtain licenses to use those rights on commercially reasonable terms or at all, we may have to stop selling such content, and we may have to pay damages or satisfy indemnification commitments to our customers, or we may incur significant expense to defend against claims of infringement. While we offer our customers indemnification for only certain specified amounts of legal costs and direct damages arising from the use of images, video or music licensed through us, our contractual liability limitations with respect to such indemnification obligations may not be enforceable in all jurisdictions. We maintain insurance policies to cover potential intellectual property disputes; however, such insurance does not cover all exposures, including the potential damages associated with any willful infringements.

We cannot predict whether assertions of third-party intellectual property rights or any infringement or misappropriation or other claims arising from such assertions will substantially harm our business or results of operations. If we are forced to defend against any infringement or misappropriation or other claims, whether they are with or without merit, are settled out of court, or are determined in our favor, we may be required to expend significant time and financial resources on the defense of such claims.

Furthermore, an adverse outcome of a dispute may require us to: pay damages, potentially including statutory damages and attorneys’ fees if we are found to have willfully infringed a party’s intellectual property rights; expend additional development resources to redesign our technology; enter into potentially unfavorable royalty or license agreements in order to obtain the right to use necessary technologies, content, or materials; and/or indemnify our partners and/or other third parties. Royalty or licensing agreements, if required or desirable, may be unavailable on terms acceptable to us, or at all, and may require significant royalty payments and other expenditures. In addition, any lawsuits regarding intellectual property rights, regardless of their success or merit, could be expensive to resolve, cause harm to our reputation, and would divert the time and attention of our management and technical personnel.

Although we have insurance to cover indemnification claims, we have incurred, and will continue to incur, legal fees and other expenses, as well as a diversion of management time and resources related to such claims and related settlements, which may increase over time, and adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.

Risks Related to Legal and Regulatory Matters

An increase in government regulation of the industries and markets in which we operate, including with respect to the internet and e-commerce, could have a negative impact on our business.

Existing or future laws and other regulations that may materially affect our business include, but are not limited to, those that govern or restrict:

privacy and biometric issues and data collection, processing, retention and transmission;

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data and cybersecurity;
automatic contract or subscription renewal;
credit card fraud and processing;
consumer protection;
advertising, marketing and sales of our content and services;
pricing and taxation of goods and services offered over the internet;
website content, or the manner in which products and services may be offered, paid for and/or marketed over the internet;
sources of liability for companies involved in internet services or e-commerce;
piracy and intellectual property rights;
internet neutrality and internet access;
controls on overseas suppliers and other similar anti-terrorism controls, anti-bribery and anti-corruption conduct and policies; and
outsourcing, contracting and employment.

For example, we are subject to numerous laws and regulations at the international and United States national and state level, including the following:

The United States Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the UK Anti-Bribery Act (and similar global legislation), which prohibits corporations and individuals from engaging in specified activities to obtain or retain business or to influence a person working in an official capacity. Under these acts, it is generally illegal to pay, offer to pay, or authorize the payment of anything of value to any foreign government official, government staff member, political party, or political candidate in an attempt to obtain or retain business, or to otherwise influence a person working in an official capacity.
The UK Modern Slavery Act, which prohibits corporations and individuals from engaging in the trafficking of or facilitation of trafficking of humans. Under this Act, it is illegal to engage in or do business with any individual or entity that engages in such trafficking and obligates companies and individuals to put in place appropriate controls to mitigate against such risks.
OFAC regulations, under which all U.S. individuals and businesses are prohibited from engaging in transactions with countries subject to comprehensive trade embargoes (such as Cuba and Iran) unless a specific exemption from the regulations exists (such as those for information, all materials and people-to-people exchanges) or a license is obtained from OFAC. Transactions with persons, groups or entities designated as terrorists or as their supporters or associates are also prohibited. A list of Specially Designated Nationals consisting of “drug kingpins,” terrorists and others considered a danger to the United States, is maintained by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. Known as the “OFAC List,” it contains over 5,000 names and is updated often. No U.S. person, individual or business in the United States, or, in some instances, the foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies, may conduct any kind of business with anyone on the OFAC List, and companies are expected to keep track of all changes to this list. Penalties for violations of these rules can be severe, including having the violator’s assets frozen or forfeited and up to $250,000 or twice the transaction value per violation in fines.
The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act regulates the collection, use, safeguarding, and storage of “biometric identifiers” by private entities. While the statute specifically excludes photographs from its scope to date there has been no dispositive judicial interpretations of that language.

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The Washington Biometric Privacy Law, which oversees the collection, use and storage of “biometric identifiers,” which include fingerprints, voiceprints, eye retinas, irises and other unique biological identifiers or characteristics used to identify a specific individual, while specifically excluding photographs from its scope.
Several foreign jurisdictions and U.S. states have adopted, and other jurisdictions are expected to enact, statutes that regulate the use, transmission and storage of personal data and require reporting certain breaches of the security of personal data.
Several jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom and the United States, are in the process of adopting or reforming or expected to adopt or reform legislation that impacts the content we distribute, including the EU Copyright Directive, the Copyright Act, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, and various statutes and regulations impacting rights of publicity for those depicted in imagery.

We currently license content to customers in virtually every country in the world, excluding Sanctioned Countries, and the different laws that apply in each of those foreign countries may be more or less restrictive than those that apply to companies operating solely within the United States, creating tension in compliance obligations across borders. The adoption, modification or interpretation of laws or regulations in any of these countries relating to our business could adversely affect the manner in which we conduct our business or the overall popularity or growth in use of the internet.

On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality regulations that prohibit blocking, degrading or prioritizing certain types of internet traffic. In response to the FCC action, several states have adopted legislation that requires entities providing broadband internet access service in the state to comply with net neutrality requirements or prohibits state and local government agencies from contracting with internet service providers that engage in certain network management activities based on paid prioritization, content blocking or other discrimination. Congress and numerous other states have also proposed legislation regarding net neutrality. The FCC’s action has been challenged in federal court and the future impact of the repeal, the court challenges and any Congressional or state action remains uncertain. Users who access our marketplace through devices such as smart phones, laptops, and tablet computers must have a high-speed internet connection, such as Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G, to use our services. Currently, this access is provided by telecommunications companies and internet access service providers that have significant and increasing market power in the broadband and internet access marketplace. If the repeal of net neutrality remains in effect, these providers could take measures that affect their customers’ ability to use our products and services, such as degrading the quality of the data packets we transmit over their lines, giving our packets low priority, giving other packets higher priority than ours, blocking our packets entirely, or attempting to charge their customers more for using our products and services. To the extent that internet service providers implement usage-based pricing, including meaningful bandwidth caps, or otherwise try to monetize access to their networks, we could incur greater operating expenses and customer acquisition and retention could be negatively impacted. Furthermore, to the extent network operators were to create tiers of internet access service and either charge us or their customers for availability of our services through these tiers, our business could be negatively impacted.

In addition, the rapid growth of the internet and the proliferation in the use of content therein has created tensions and instability in the application of traditional intellectual property law concepts to such uses.

Compliance with new regulations or legislation or new interpretations of existing regulations or legislation could cause us to incur additional expenses, lose the ability to transact business in the way we have historically done or, make it more difficult to renew subscriptions automatically, make it more difficult to attract new customers or otherwise require us to alter our business model, or cause us to divert resources and funds to address government or private investigatory or adversarial proceedings. Any of these outcomes could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations.

Our operations may expose us to greater than anticipated income and transaction tax liabilities that could harm our financial condition and results of operations.

We are subject to income and other taxes in the United States and numerous other jurisdictions. Significant judgment is required in determining our worldwide provision for taxes. In the ordinary course of our business, we are involved in many transactions where the ultimate tax determination may be uncertain. Although we believe our tax provisions are reasonable, the final determination of tax audits and any related litigation could be materially different from our historical income tax provisions and reserves for uncertain tax positions. We have created reserves with respect to such tax liabilities where we believe it to be appropriate. The final determination of such tax liabilities could have a material effect on our tax provision, net income, earnings per share, or cash flows in the period or periods for which that determination is made as well as subsequent periods. Furthermore, we have operations in various taxing jurisdictions in the United States and in other countries, and there is a risk that our tax liabilities in future taxable periods in one or

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more jurisdictions could exceed our estimated tax liabilities or our tax liabilities in prior taxable periods despite our plan to structure our activities in a manner so as to minimize our tax liabilities.

In addition, there are a number of applicable and potential government regulations that may impact the Company:

For example, the U.S. federal tax legislation commonly referred to as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “TCJA”), enacted in December 2017, resulted in fundamental changes to the Code, including, among many other things, a reduction to the federal corporate income tax rate, a partial limitation on the deductibility of business interest expense, a limitation on the deductibility of certain director and officer compensation expense, limitations on net operating loss carrybacks and carryovers and changes relating to the scope and timing of U.S. taxation on earnings from international business operations. Subsequent legislation, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) enacted on March 27, 2020, relaxed certain of the limitations imposed by the TCJA for certain taxable years, including the limitation on the use and carryback of net operating losses and the limitation on the deductibility of business interest expense. The exact impact of the TCJA and the CARES Act for future years is difficult to quantify, but these changes could materially affect our effective tax rate in future periods. In addition, several legislative proposals have been set forth that would, if enacted, make significant changes to U.S. tax laws. Such proposals include a potential increase in the U.S. corporate income tax rate. Congress may consider, and could include, some or all of these proposals in connection with tax reform that may be undertaken. It is unclear whether these or similar changes will be enacted and, if enacted, how soon any such changes could take effect. The passage of any legislation as a result of these proposals and other similar changes in U.S. federal income tax laws could have an adverse impact on our effective rate of tax in future periods.

We may have exposure to sales or other transaction taxes (including VAT) on our past and future transactions. A successful assertion by any jurisdiction that we failed to pay such sales or other transaction taxes, or the imposition of new laws requiring the payment of such taxes, could result in substantial tax liabilities related to past sales, create increased administrative burdens or costs, discourage customers from purchasing images from us, or otherwise materially and adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations. Further, we are currently subject to and in the future may become subject to additional compliance requirements for certain of these taxes. Where appropriate, we have made accruals for these taxes, which are reflected in our consolidated financial statements.

Due to the large and expanding scale of our international business activities, any changes in the U.S. taxation of such activities may increase our worldwide effective tax rate and harm our financial condition and results of operations. In addition, tax authorities in a number of U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Congress, are currently reviewing the appropriate tax treatment of companies engaged in online commerce, and new state tax regulations might subject us to additional state sales and other taxes. If one or more U.S. local, state or non-U.S. jurisdictions impose sales tax collection obligations on us, our sales into such state or jurisdiction might decrease because the effective cost of purchasing goods from us increases for those residing in these states or jurisdictions. We might also incur significant financial and organizational burdens in order to set up the infrastructure required to comply with these applicable new tax regulations.

We collect, store, process, transmit and use personally identifiable information and other data, which subjects us to governmental regulation and other legal obligations in many jurisdictions related to privacy, information security and data protection. Our actual or perceived failure to comply with such legal obligations by us, or by our third-party service providers or partners, could harm our business.

It is not always clear how existing laws governing issues such as property ownership, sales and other taxes, and personal privacy apply to the internet and e-commerce, as the vast majority of these laws were adopted prior to the advent of the internet and do not contemplate or address the unique issues raised by the internet or e-commerce. Regulatory scrutiny of privacy, data collection, use of data and data protection continues to intensify both within the United States and globally. The personal information and other data we collect, store, process and use is increasingly subject to legislation and regulations in numerous jurisdictions around the world, especially in Europe. These laws often develop in ways we cannot predict and some laws may be in conflict with one another. This may significantly increase our cost of doing business, particularly as we expand our localization efforts. For example, the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) imposes stringent operational requirements for controllers and processors of personal data of individuals in the European Economic Area (the “EEA”), and noncompliance can trigger fines of up to the greater of €20 million or 4% of global annual revenues. Further, following the U.K.’s formal exit from the E.U. in January 2020, we became subject to the GDPR as incorporated into U.K. law. In June 2021, the European Commission formally approved an adequacy decision for the U.K. on data protection in which they deemed the U.K.’s data protection regime sufficient to protect E.U. personal data. Additionally, although we are making use of the E.U. Standard Contractual Clauses with regard to the transfer of certain personal data to countries outside the EEA, recent legal developments in Europe have created complexity and regulatory compliance uncertainty regarding

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certain transfers of personal information from the EEA to the United States. For example, on July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) invalidated the E.U.-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (“Privacy Shield”) under which personal information could be transferred from the E.U. to U.S. entities who had self-certified under the Privacy Shield program. While the CJEU upheld the adequacy of E.U.-specified standard contractual clauses as an adequate mechanism for cross-border transfers of personal data, it made clear that reliance on them alone may not necessarily be sufficient in all circumstances and that their use must be assessed on a case-by-case basis taking into account the surveillance laws in and the right of individuals afforded by the destination country. The CJEU went on to state that, if the competent supervisory authority believes that the standard contractual clauses cannot be complied with in the destination country and the required level of protection cannot be secured by other means, such supervisory authority is under an obligation to suspend or prohibit that transfer unless the data exporter has already done so itself. We currently rely on a mixture of mechanisms to transfer personal data from our E.U. business to the U.S. (having previously relied on Privacy Shield) and are evaluating what additional mechanisms may be required to establish adequate safeguards for personal information. As supervisory authorities issue further guidance on personal information export mechanisms, including circumstances where the standard contractual clauses cannot be used and/or start taking enforcement action, we could suffer additional costs, complaints, and/or regulatory investigations or fines. Moreover, if we are otherwise unable to transfer personal information between and among countries and regions in which we operate, it could affect the manner in which we provide our services and could adversely affect our financial results.

Several other foreign jurisdictions have adopted or are considering adopting new or updated comprehensive privacy legislation to offer additional data privacy for individuals, such as: Brazil, where a General Data Privacy Law that imposes detailed rules for the collection, use, processing and storage of personal data in Brazil was signed into law in August 2018 and took effect in 2020, with enforcement beginning in August 2021; and India, where in July 2018 a committee formed by the Indian government issued a report and draft data protection bill that was updated in December 2019 by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and remains subject to continuing joint parliamentary review. Additionally, data privacy laws have been enacted in a number of jurisdictions, including, but not limited to, the European Union and certain U.S. states such as Illinois and California, which regulate the collection of certain biometric data regarding individuals, including their facial images, and the use of such data, including in facial recognition systems. Similar laws have also been introduced in several additional states. We have entered into certain contractual agreements that may implicate or make use of such technology. Such laws may have the effect of adversely impacting our ability to grow our business in that area. Although we are closely monitoring regulatory developments in this area, any actual or perceived failure by us to comply with any regulatory requirements or orders or other domestic or international privacy or consumer protection-related laws and regulations could result in proceedings or actions against us by governmental entities or others (e.g., class action litigation), subject us to significant penalties and negative publicity, require us to change our business practices, increase our costs and/or adversely affect our business.

Data protection legislation is also becoming increasingly common in the United States at both the federal and state level. For example, in June 2018, the State of California enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), which came into effect on January 1, 2020. The CCPA requires, among other things, companies that collect personal information about California residents to make new disclosures to those residents about their data collection, use and sharing practices, allows residents to opt out of certain data sharing with third parties, and provides a new cause of action for data breaches. However, the California Privacy Rights Act (“CPRA”), certified by the California Secretary of State to appear as a ballot initiative, was passed by Californians during the November 3, 2020 election. The CPRA, which will come into effect on January 1, 2023 (with a look back to January 2022), amends and expands the CCPA to add additional disclosure obligations (including an obligation to disclose retention periods or criteria for categories of personal information), grant consumers additional rights (including rights to correct their data, limit the use and disclosure of sensitive personal information, and opt out of the sharing of personal information for certain targeted behavioral advertising purposes), and establishes a privacy enforcement agency known as the California Privacy Protection Agency (“CPPA”). The CPPA will serve as California’s chief privacy regulator, which will likely result in greater regulatory activity and enforcement in the privacy area. Other states have also considered or are considering privacy laws similar to the CCPA. Additionally, the Federal Trade Commission and many state attorneys general are interpreting federal and state consumer protection laws to impose standards for the online collection, use, dissemination and security of data. The scope and interpretation of data privacy and cybersecurity regulations continues to evolve, and we believe that the adoption of increasingly restrictive regulations in this area is likely in the near future within the U.S. at both state and federal levels. The burdens imposed by the CCPA, the CPRA and other similar laws that may be enacted at the federal and state level may require us to modify our data processing practices and policies and to incur substantial costs in order to comply with these laws and to investigate, and defend against potential private class-action litigation or litigation brought by regulatory authorities.

Further, we may be or become subject to data localization laws mandating that data collected in a foreign country be processed and stored only within that country. In 2018, India introduced a bill, which was updated in December 2019, requiring local storage of certain personal data of Indian data principals. Such data localization requirements may have cost implications for us, impact our

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ability to utilize the efficiencies and value of our global network, and affect our strategy. Further, if other countries in which we have customers were to adopt data localization laws, we could be required to expand our data storage facilities there or build new ones in order to comply with these laws. The expenditure this would require, as well as costs of ongoing compliance, could harm our financial condition.

We are subject to payments-related risks that may result in higher operating costs or the inability to process payments, either of which could harm our financial condition and results of operations.

Non-payment or late payments of amounts due to us by customers could significantly and negatively affect our business and financial performance. A portion of our customers typically purchase our products on payment terms, and therefore we assume a credit risk for non-payment in the ordinary course of business. We evaluate the credit-worthiness of new customers and perform ongoing financial condition evaluations of our existing customers; however, there can be no assurance that our allowances for uncollected accounts receivable balances will be sufficient. As of March 31, 2022, our allowance for doubtful accounts was $6.2 million. If the volume of sales to enterprise customers continues to grow, we expect to increase our allowance for doubtful accounts primarily as the result of changes in the volume of sales to customers who pay on payment terms.

We accept payments using a variety of methods, including credit cards and debit cards, which are subject to additional regulations and compliance requirements and are susceptible to incidences of fraud. For certain payment methods, including credit and debit cards, we pay interchange and other fees, which may increase over time and raise our operating costs and lower profitability, and rely on third parties to provide processing services, who may be unwilling or unable to provide these services to us. We are also subject to payment card association operating rules, certification requirements and rules governing electronic funds transfers, which could change or be reinterpreted to make it difficult or impossible for us to comply. We may be required to provide cash deposits to our credit card processors. If we fail to comply with these rules or requirements, we could be subject to civil and criminal penalties or forced to cease our operations, fines and higher transaction fees or we could lose our ability to accept credit and debit card payments from consumers or facilitate other types of online payments. To date, we have experienced minimal losses from credit card fraud, but we continue to face the risk of significant losses from this type of fraud, which could adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.

We are also subject to, or voluntarily comply with, several other laws and regulations relating to money laundering, international money transfers, privacy and information security and electronic fund transfers. If we were found to be in violation of applicable laws or regulations, we could be subject to civil and criminal penalties or forced to cease our operations.

If our goodwill or other intangible assets become impaired, we may be required to record a significant charge to earnings.

Under generally accepted accounting principles, we review our intangible assets for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value may not be recoverable. We expect to have substantial balances of goodwill and identified intangible assets as a result of the Business Combination. We are required to test goodwill and any other intangible asset with an indefinite life for possible impairment on the same date each year and on an interim basis if there are indicators of a possible impairment. We are also required to evaluate amortizable intangible assets and fixed assets for impairment if there are indicators of a possible impairment. There is significant judgment required in the analysis of a potential impairment of goodwill, identified intangible assets and fixed assets. If, as a result of a general economic slowdown, deterioration in one or more of the markets in which we operate or in our financial performance and/or future outlook, the estimated fair value of our long-lived assets decreases, we may determine that one or more of our long-lived assets is impaired. An impairment charge could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations and financial position. We may be required to record a significant charge to earnings in our financial statements during the period in which any impairment of our goodwill or other intangible assets is determined, thereby materially and adversely affecting our results of operations.

Our ability to obtain additional capital on commercially reasonable terms may be limited.

After giving effect to the Business Combination, although we believe our cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments, as well as future cash from operations and cash available, provide adequate resources to fund ongoing operating requirements for the foreseeable future, we may need to seek additional financing to compete effectively.

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If we are unable to obtain capital on commercially reasonable terms, it could:

reduce funds available to us for purposes such as working capital, capital expenditures, strategic acquisitions and investments and other general corporate purposes;
restrict our ability to introduce new products or exploit business opportunities;
increase our vulnerability to economic downturns and competitive pressures in the markets in which we operate; and
place us at a competitive disadvantage.

We are, from time to time, subject to various litigation, the unfavorable outcomes of which might have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations and cash flow.

From time to time, we may become subject to various legal and regulatory proceedings relating to our business. Due to the inherent uncertainties of litigation and regulatory proceedings, we cannot determine with certainty the ultimate outcome of any such litigation or proceedings. If the final resolution of any such litigation or proceedings is unfavorable, our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows could be materially affected. For a description of our current legal proceedings, see “Our Business — Legal Proceedings.”

Risks Related to Our Class A Common Stock

The securities being offered in this prospectus represent a substantial percentage of our outstanding Class A Common Stock, and the sales of such securities could cause the market price of our Class A Common Stock to decline significantly.

This prospectus relates, among other things, to the offer and resale from time to time by the Selling Securityholders (including their transferees, donees, pledgees and other successors-in-interest), of (1) up to 407,799,789 Total Resale Shares, including (i) 211,176,779 shares of Class A Common Stock held by certain Getty Images Equityholders in connection with the consummation of the Business Combination as merger consideration at an equity consideration value of $10.00 per share, (ii) up to 58,682,257 shares of Earn-Out Shares that certain Griffey Global equity holders have the contingent right to receive upon the achievement of certain vesting conditions described herein as merger consideration, (iii) up to 3,930,753 shares of Class A Common Stock issuable to certain Getty Images Equityholders upon the exercise or vesting of certain equity awards, (iv) up to 20,560,000 Founder Shares issued in connection with the consummation of the Business Combination, originally issued in a private placement at a price of $0.001 to the Sponsor and a portion transferred to the Pre-Closing Independent Directors, (v) up to 2,570,000 shares of Class A Common Stock upon the conversion of Series B-1 Common Stock, subject to certain vesting restrictions pursuant to the Sponsor Side Letter, originally issued at a price of approximately $0.001 per share, (vi) up to 2,570,000 shares of Class A Common Stock which may be issued upon the conversion of Series B-2 Common Stock, subject to certain vesting restrictions pursuant to the Sponsor Side Letter, originally issued at a price of approximately $0.001 per share, (vii) 30,000,000 Backstop Shares, originally issued at a price of $10.00 per share, (viii) 20,000,000 Forward Purchase Shares, originally issued at a price of $10.00 per share, (ix) up to 36,000,000 PIPE Shares, which were originally issued for a price of $10.00 per share, (x) up to 18,560,000 shares of Class A Common Stock that are issuable by us upon the exercise of the Private Placement Warrants following the public resale of the Private Placement Warrants by the Selling Securityholders, and (xi) up to 3,750,000 shares of our Class A Common Stock issuable upon the exercise of our Forward Purchase Warrants following the public resale of our Forward Purchase Warrants by the Selling Securityholder; and (2) (i) up to 18,560,000 Private Placement Warrants originally issued by the Sponsor in private placement at a price of $1.00 per Warrant, currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share and (ii) up to 3,750,000 Forward Purchase Warrants originally issued to NBOKS pursuant to the Forward Purchase Agreement for aggregate consideration of $200,000,000 for the purchase of 20,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock and the Forward Purchase Warrants, each Forward Purchase Warrant is currently exercisable at a price of $11.50 per share.

The sale of all securities being offered in this prospectus could result in a significant decline in the public trading price of our Class A Common Stock. Even if the current trading price of the Class A Common Stock is close to the price at which the units were issued in CCNB’s initial public offering, the Selling Securityholders have an incentive to sell because they will still profit on sales due to the lower price at which they purchased their shares compared to the public investors. The public securityholders may not experience a similar rate of return on the securities they purchase due to differences in the purchase prices and the current trading price.

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We qualify as an “emerging growth company” within the meaning of the Securities Act, and if we take advantage of certain exemptions from disclosure requirements available to emerging growth companies, it could make our securities less attractive to investors and may make it more difficult to compare our performance to the performance of other public companies.

We qualify as an “emerging growth company” as defined in Section 2(a)(19) of the Securities Act, as modified by the JOBS Act, as of the closing of the Business Combination. As such, we are eligible for and intend to take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies for as long as we continue to be an emerging growth company, including, but not limited to, (a) not being required to comply with the auditor attestation requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, (b) reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements and (c) exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and stockholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. As a result, our stockholders may not have access to certain information they may deem important. We will remain an emerging growth company until the earliest of (i) the last day of the fiscal year in which the market value of our Common Stock that is held by non-affiliates exceeds $700 million as of June 30 of that fiscal year, (ii) the last day of the fiscal year in which we have total annual gross revenue of $1.07 billion or more during such fiscal year (as indexed for inflation), (iii) the date on which we have issued more than $1 billion in non-convertible debt in the prior three-year period or (iv) December 31, 2025, which is the last day of the fiscal year following the fifth anniversary of the date of the first sale of Class A Common Stock in CCNB’s initial public offering. We cannot predict whether investors will find our securities less attractive because we rely on these exemptions. If some investors find our securities less attractive as a result of our reliance on these exemptions, the trading prices of our securities may be lower than they otherwise would be, there may be a less active trading market for our securities and the trading prices of our securities may be more volatile.

Further, Section 102(b)(1) of the JOBS Act exempts emerging growth companies from being required to comply with new or revised financial accounting standards until private companies (that is, those that have not had a Securities Act registration statement declared effective or do not have a class of securities registered under the Exchange Act) are required to comply with the new or revised financial accounting standards. The JOBS Act provides that a company can elect to opt out of the extended transition period and comply with the requirements that apply to non-emerging growth companies but any such election to opt out is irrevocable. We have elected not to opt out of such extended transition period, which means that when a standard is issued or revised and it has different application dates for public or private companies, we, as an emerging growth company, can adopt the new or revised standard at the time private companies adopt the new or revised standard. This may make comparison of our financial statements with another public company which is neither an emerging growth company nor an emerging growth company which has opted out of using the extended transition period difficult or impossible because of the potential differences in accounting standards used.

As an emerging growth company, we may also take advantage of certain exemptions from various reporting requirements that are applicable to other public companies that are not emerging growth companies including, but not limited to, not being required to obtain an assessment of the effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting from our independent registered public accounting firm pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, reduced disclosure obligations regarding executive compensation in our periodic reports and proxy statements, and exemptions from the requirements of holding a nonbinding advisory vote on executive compensation and shareholder approval of any golden parachute payments not previously approved. We cannot predict if investors will find our shares of Common Stock less attractive because we will rely on these exemptions. If some investors find our shares of Class A Common Stock less attractive as a result, there may be a less active market for our shares of Class A Common Stock and our share price may be more volatile.

Our stock price may be volatile and may decline regardless of our operating performance.

The market price of our Class A Common Stock may fluctuate significantly in response to numerous factors and may continue to fluctuate for these and other reasons, many of which are beyond our control, including:
actual or anticipated fluctuations in our revenue and results of operations;
the financial projections we may provide to the public, any changes in these projections or its failure to meet these projections;
failure of securities analysts to maintain coverage of us, changes in financial estimates or ratings by any securities analysts who follow us or our failure to meet these estimates or the expectations of investors;
announcements by us or our competitors of significant technical innovations, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, joint ventures, results of operations or capital commitments;

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changes in operating performance and stock market valuations of other retail or technology companies generally, or those in the cannabis industry in particular;
price and volume fluctuations in the overall stock market, including as a result of trends in the economy as a whole;
trading volume of our Class A Common Stock;
the inclusion, exclusion or removal of our Class A Common Stock from any indices;
changes in our board of directors or management;
transactions in our Class A Common Stock by directors, officers, affiliates and other major investors;
lawsuits threatened or filed against us;
changes in laws or regulations applicable to our business;
changes in our capital structure, such as future issuances of debt or equity securities;
short sales, hedging and other derivative transactions involving our Class A Common Stock;
general economic conditions in the United States;
pandemics or other public health crises, including, but not limited to, the COVID-19 pandemic (including possible additional variants);
other events or factors, including those resulting from war, incidents of terrorism or responses to these events; and
the other factors described in this “Risk Factors” section.

The stock market has recently experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations. The market prices of securities of companies have experienced fluctuations that often have been unrelated or disproportionate to their operating results. In the past, stockholders have sometimes instituted securities class action litigation against companies following periods of volatility in the market price of their securities. Any similar litigation against us could result in substantial costs, divert management’s attention and resources, and harm our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

Our stock price may be exposed to additional risks because our business became a public company through a “de-SPAC” transaction. There has been increased focus by government agencies on transactions such as the Business Combination in the last year, and we expect that increased focus to continue, and we may be subject to increased scrutiny by the SEC and other government agencies and holders of our securities as a result, which could adversely affect the price of our Common Stock.

An active trading market for our Class A Common Stock may not be sustained.

Our Class A Common Stock is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol “GETY” and trades on that market and others. We cannot assure you that an active trading market for our Class A Common Stock will be sustained. Accordingly, we cannot assure you of the liquidity of any trading market, your ability to sell your shares of our Class A Common Stock when desired or the prices that you may obtain for your shares.

Future sales of shares by existing stockholders could cause our stock price to decline.

The sale of substantial amounts of shares of our Class A Common Stock or Warrants being offered in this prospectus, or the perception that such sales could occur, could harm the prevailing market price of shares of our Class A Common Stock and Warrants. These sales, or the possibility that these sales may occur, also might make it more difficult for us to sell equity securities in the future at a time and at a price that we deem appropriate. We believe the likelihood that Warrant holders will exercise their Warrants, and therefore the amount of cash proceeds that we would receive, is dependent upon the market price of our Class A Common Stock. If the market price for our Class A Common Stock is less than $11.50 per share, we believe the Warrant holders will be less likely to exercise their Warrants. As of August 5, 2022, the closing price of our Class A Common Stock was $25.95.

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If our existing stockholders sell or indicate an intention to sell substantial amounts of our Class A Common Stock in the public market, the trading price of our Class A Common Stock could decline. In addition, shares underlying any outstanding options and restricted stock units will become eligible for sale if exercised or settled, as applicable, and to the extent permitted by the provisions of various vesting agreements and Rule 144 of the Securities Act (“Rule 144”). All the shares of Class A Common Stock subject to stock options outstanding and reserved for issuance under its equity incentive plans are expected to be registered on Form S-8 under the Securities Act and such shares are eligible for sale in the public markets, subject to Rule 144 limitations applicable to affiliates. If these additional shares are sold, or if it is perceived that they will be sold in the public market, the trading price of our Common Stock could decline.

Although the Sponsor, CCNB initial stockholders and the pre-Business Combination stockholders of Griffey Global remain subject to certain restrictions regarding the transfer of a portion of the shares of our Class A Common Stock following the Business Combination, these shares may be sold after the expiration of their respective lock-ups. As restrictions on resale end and the registration statements are available for use, the market price of our Class A Common Stock and Warrants could decline if the holders of currently restricted shares sell them or are perceived by the market as intending to sell them. These factors could also make it more difficult for us to raise additional funds through future offerings of our Class A Common Stock or other securities.

If securities or industry analysts either do not publish research about us or publish inaccurate or unfavorable research about us, our business, or its market, or if they change their recommendations regarding our Common Stock adversely, the trading price or trading volume of our Common Stock could decline.

The trading market for our Common Stock is influenced in part by the research and reports that securities or industry analysts may publish about us, its business, our market, or our competitors. If one or more of the analysts initiate research with an unfavorable rating or downgrade our Common Stock, provide a more favorable recommendation about our competitors, or publish inaccurate or unfavorable research about our business, the trading price of our Common Stock would likely decline. In addition, we currently expect that securities research analysts will establish and publish their own periodic projections for our business. These projections may vary widely and may not accurately predict the results we actually achieve. Our stock price may decline if our actual results do not match the projections of these securities research analysts. While we expect research analyst coverage, if no analysts commence or maintain coverage of us, the trading price and volume for our Common Stock could be adversely affected. If any analyst who may cover us were to cease coverage of us or fail to regularly publish reports on us, we could lose visibility in the financial markets, which in turn could cause the trading price or trading volume of our Common Stock to decline.

Delaware law and provisions in our certificate of incorporation and Bylaws could make a merger, tender offer, or proxy contest difficult, thereby depressing the trading price of our Common Stock.

Our certificate of incorporation and Bylaws contain provisions that could depress the trading price of our Common Stock by acting to discourage, delay, or prevent a change of control of us or changes in our management that our stockholders may deem advantageous. These provisions include the following:

a classified board of directors so that not all members of our board of directors are elected at one time;
the right of the board of directors to establish the number of directors and fill any vacancies and newly created directorships;
director removal solely for cause;
“blank check” preferred stock that our board of directors could use to implement a stockholder rights plan;
the right of our board of directors to issue our authorized but unissued Common Stock and preferred stock without stockholder approval;
no ability of our stockholders to call special meetings of stockholders;
no right of our stockholders to act by written consent, which requires all stockholder actions to be taken at a meeting of our stockholders;
limitations on the liability of, and the provision of indemnification to, our director and officers;
the right of the board of directors to make, alter, or repeal our bylaws; and

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advance notice requirements for nominations for election to our board of directors or for proposing matters that can be acted upon by stockholders at annual stockholder meetings.

In addition, we will continue to be subject to Section 203 of the DGCL. Section 203 prohibits a publicly held Delaware corporation from engaging in a business combination with an interested stockholder for a period of three years following the date such person becomes an interested stockholder, unless the business combination or the transaction in which such person becomes an interested stockholder is approved in a prescribed manner. Generally, a “business combination” includes a merger, asset or stock sale, or other transaction resulting in a financial benefit to the interested stockholder. Generally, an “interested stockholder” is a person that, together with affiliates and associates, owns, or within three years prior to the determination of interested stockholder status did own, 15% or more of a corporation’s voting stock. The existence of this provision may have an anti-takeover effect with respect to transactions not approved in advance by our board of directors and the anti-takeover effect includes discouraging attempts that might result in a premium over the market price for the shares of our Class A Common Stock.

Any provision of our certificate of incorporation or Bylaws that has the effect of delaying or deterring a change in control could limit the opportunity for our stockholders to receive a premium for their shares of our Class A Common Stock, and could also affect the price that some investors are willing to pay for our Class A Common Stock.

Our Bylaws provide that the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware will be the exclusive forum for substantially all disputes between us and our stockholders, which could limit our stockholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us or our directors, officers or employees.

Our Bylaws provide that the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware is the exclusive forum for any derivative action or proceeding brought on our behalf, any action asserting a breach of fiduciary duty, any action asserting a claim against us arising pursuant to the Delaware General Corporation Law, our certificate of incorporation or Bylaws or any action asserting a claim against us that is governed by the internal affairs doctrine. These choice of forum provisions may limit a stockholder’s ability to bring a claim in a judicial forum that it finds favorable for disputes with us or our directors, officers or other employees and may discourage these types of lawsuits. This provision would not apply to claims brought to enforce a duty or liability created by the Exchange Act or any other claim for which the federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction. Our Bylaws provide further that, to the fullest extent permitted by law, the federal district courts of the United States will be the exclusive forum for resolving any complaint asserting a cause of action arising under the Securities Act. However, Section 22 of the Securities Act provides that federal and state courts have concurrent jurisdiction over lawsuits brought under the Securities Act or the rules and regulations thereunder. To the extent the exclusive forum provision restricts the courts in which claims arising under the Securities Act may be brought, there is uncertainty as to whether a court would enforce such a provision. We note that investors cannot waive compliance with the federal securities laws and the rules and regulations thereunder. Furthermore, the enforceability of similar choice of forum provisions in other companies’ certificates of incorporation has been challenged in legal proceedings, and it is possible that a court could find these types of provisions to be inapplicable or unenforceable. While the Delaware courts have determined that such choice of forum provisions are facially valid, a stockholder may nevertheless seek to bring a claim in a venue other than those designated in the exclusive forum provisions, and there can be no assurance that such provisions will be enforced by a court in those other jurisdictions. If a court were to find the exclusive-forum provision contained in our Bylaws to be inapplicable or unenforceable in an action, we may incur additional costs associated with resolving such action in other jurisdictions, which could harm our business.

We do not intend to pay dividends for the foreseeable future.

We currently intend to retain any future earnings to finance the operation and expansion of our business and we do not expect to declare or pay any dividends in the foreseeable future. As a result, stockholders must rely on sales of their Class A Common Stock after price appreciation as the only way to realize any future gains on their investment.

We may issue additional shares of Class A Common Stock or other equity securities without your approval, which would dilute your ownership interests and may depress the market price of our Class A Common Stock.

Following the closing of the Business Combination, as of July 22, 2022, we had options outstanding to purchase up to an aggregate of 29,044,490 shares of our Class A Common Stock and Warrants outstanding to purchase 43,009,980 shares of our Class A Common Stock. We also have the ability to initially issue up to 51,104,577 shares of Class A Common Stock under the 2022 Equity Incentive Plan, 5,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock under the ESPP, 6,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock under the Earn Out Plan (as defined below) and to issue up to an aggregate of 59,000,000 shares of Class A Common Stock to Getty Images Equityholders per the Business Combination Agreement.

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We may issue additional shares of Class A Common Stock or other equity securities of equal or senior rank in the future in connection with, among other things, future acquisitions or repayment of outstanding indebtedness, without stockholder approval, in a number of circumstances.

Our issuance of additional shares of Class A Common Stock or other equity securities of equal or senior rank would have the following effects:

Our existing stockholders’ proportionate ownership interest in us will decrease;
the amount of cash available per share, including for payment of dividends (if any) in the future, may decrease;
the relative voting strength of each previously outstanding share of Class A Common Stock may be diminished; and the market price of our shares of Class A Common Stock may decline.

There is no guarantee that the Warrants will ever be in the money, and they may expire worthless.

The exercise price for the Warrants is $11.50 per share of Class A Common Stock. There is no guarantee that the Warrants will ever be in the money prior to their expiration, and as such, the Warrants may expire worthless.

We may redeem your Warrants prior to their exercise at a time that is disadvantageous to you, thereby significantly impairing the value of such Warrants.

We may redeem your Warrants prior to their exercise at a time that is disadvantageous to you, thereby significantly impairing the value of such Warrants. We will have the ability to redeem outstanding Warrants at any time after they become exercisable and prior to their expiration, at a price of $0.01 per Warrant, provided that the closing price of Class A Common Stock equals or exceeds $18.00 per share (as adjusted for share sub-divisions, share capitalizations, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) for any 20 trading days within a 30 trading day period ending on the third trading day prior to the date on which a notice of redemption is sent to the Warrant holders. We will not redeem the Warrants as described above unless a registration statement under the Securities Act covering the shares of Class A Common Stock issuable upon exercise of such Warrants is effective and a current prospectus relating to those shares of Class A Common Stock is available throughout the 30-day redemption period. If and when the Warrants become redeemable by us, we may exercise our redemption right even if we are unable to register or qualify the underlying securities for sale under all applicable state securities laws. Redemption of the outstanding Warrants could force you (i) to exercise your Warrants and pay the exercise price therefor at a time when it may be disadvantageous for you to do so, (ii) to sell your Warrants at the then-current market price when you might otherwise wish to hold your Warrants, or (iii) to accept the nominal redemption price which, at the time the outstanding Warrants are called for redemption, is likely to be substantially less than the market value of your Warrants.

In addition, we will have the ability to redeem the outstanding Warrants at any time after they become exercisable and prior to their expiration, at a price of $0.10 per Warrant if, among other things, the closing price of the shares of our Class A Common Stock equals or exceeds $10.00 per share (as adjusted for share sub-divisions, share dividends, rights issuances, subdivisions, reorganizations, recapitalizations and the like) on the trading day prior to the date on which a notice of redemption is sent to the Warrant holders. In such a case, the holders will be able to exercise their Warrants prior to redemption for a number of shares of Class A Common Stock determined based on the redemption date and the fair market value of our Class A Common Stock.

The value received upon exercise of the Warrants (i) may be less than the value the holders would have received if they had exercised their Warrants at a later time where the underlying share price is higher and (ii) may not compensate the holders for the value of the Warrants, including because the number of Class A Common Stock received is capped at 0.365 shares of Class A Common Stock per Warrant (subject to adjustment) irrespective of the remaining life of the Warrants.

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The Warrants are accounted for as liabilities and the changes in value of the Warrants could have a material effect on our financial results.

Included on CCNB’s audited balance sheet as of December 31, 2021 contained elsewhere in this prospectus are derivative liabilities related to embedded features contained within the Warrants. Accounting Standards Codification 815, Derivatives and Hedging (“ASC 815”), provides for the remeasurement of the fair value of such derivatives at each balance sheet date, with a resulting non-cash gain or loss related to the change in the fair value being recognized in earnings in the statement of operations. As a result of the recurring fair value measurement, our financial statements and results of operations may fluctuate quarterly, based on factors which are outside of our control. Due to the recurring fair value measurement, we expect that we will recognize non-cash gains or losses on our warrants each reporting period and that the amount of such gains or losses could be material.

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USE OF PROCEEDS

We are not selling any securities under this prospectus and we will not receive any proceeds from the sale of securities by the Selling Securityholders.

Assuming the exercise of all outstanding warrants for cash, we will receive an aggregate of approximately $494,614,770, but will not receive any proceeds from the sale of the shares of Common Stock issuable upon such exercise. We expect to use the net proceeds from the exercise of the Warrants, if any, for general corporate purposes. We will have broad discretion over the use of any proceeds from the exercise of the Warrants. There is no assurance that the holders of the Warrants will elect to exercise for cash any or all of such Warrants. To the extent that any Warrants are exercised on a “cashless basis,” the amount of cash we would receive from the exercise of the Warrants will decrease.

The Selling Securityholders will pay any underwriting discounts and commissions and expenses incurred by the Selling Securityholders for brokerage, accounting, tax or legal services or any other expenses incurred by the Selling Securityholders in disposing of the securities. We will bear the costs, fees and expenses incurred in effecting the registration of the securities covered by this prospectus, including all registration and filing fees, NYSE listing fees and fees and expenses of our counsel and our independent registered public accounting firm.

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DETERMINATION OF OFFERING PRICE

The offering price of the shares of Class A Common Stock underlying the Warrants offered hereby is determined by reference to the exercise price of the Warrants of $11.50 per share. The Public Warrants are listed on the NYSE under the symbol “GETY WS.”

We cannot currently determine the price or prices at which shares of our Class A Common Stock or Warrants may be sold by the Selling Securityholders under this prospectus.

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MARKET INFORMATION FOR SECURITIES AND DIVIDEND POLICY

Market Information

Our Class A Common Stock and Warrants are currently listed on the NYSE under the symbols “GETY” and “GETY WS,” respectively. Prior to the consummation of the Business Combination, CCNB’s Class A Ordinary Shares and warrants were listed on the NYSE under the symbols “PRPB” and “PRPB WS,” respectively. As of August 5, 2022, following the Business Combination, there were 319,007,226 shares of Class A Common Stock issued and outstanding held of record by 55 holders, and warrants to purchase an aggregate of 43,009,980 shares of Class A Common Stock outstanding held of record by 2 holders.

Dividends

We have not paid any cash dividends on our Class A Common Stock to date. The payment of cash dividends in the future will be dependent upon our revenues and earnings, if any, capital requirements and general financial condition. The payment of any cash dividends will be within the discretion of our Board at such time. In addition, we are not currently contemplating and do not anticipate declaring any stock dividends in the foreseeable future as it is currently expected that available cash resources will be utilized in connection with our ongoing operations and development.

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Defined terms included below and not otherwise defined have the same meaning as terms defined and included elsewhere in this prospectus. Reference to “New CCNB” relates to the Company before the consummation of the Business Combination and references to the “Company” or analogous terms below relate to the Company after the consummation of the Business Combination, unless, in each case, otherwise specifically indicated or the context otherwise requires.

The following unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information presents the combination of the financial information of Getty Images and CCNB adjusted to give effect to the Business Combination, including the PIPE Financing and the transactions contemplated by the Forward Purchase Agreement and the Backstop Agreement. The following unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information has been prepared in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X.

The unaudited pro forma condensed combined balance sheet as of March 31, 2022 combines the historical balance sheets of Getty Images and CCNB on a pro forma basis as if the Business Combination and related transactions had been consummated on March 31, 2022. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined statements of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and year ended December 31, 2021 combines the historical statements of operations of Getty Images and CCNB for such period on a pro forma basis as if the Business Combination and related transactions had been consummated on January 1, 2021, the beginning of the earliest period presented.

The Business Combination and related transactions are as follows:

the Business Combination;
the Forward Purchase Agreement;
the Backstop Agreement;
the PIPE Financing; and
the repayment of approximately $275.0 million of Getty Images existing debt.

The pro forma condensed combined financial information may not be useful in predicting the future financial condition and results of operations of the Company. The actual financial position and results of operations may differ significantly from the pro forma amounts reflected herein due to a variety of factors.

Upon the closing of the Business Combination, public shareholders were offered the opportunity to redeem all or a portion of such shareholder’s public shares for cash equal to their pro rata share of the aggregate amount on deposit (as of two business days prior to the Closing) in the Trust Account. The unaudited condensed combined pro forma financial information reflects actual redemptions of 82,291,689 shares of CCNB’s Class A Ordinary Shares at approximately $10.03 per share, or $825.2 million in the aggregate.

The following summarizes the pro forma capitalization of the Company immediately after the Business Combination and related transactions:

    

Shares

    

%

CCNB’s public shareholders

 

508,311

 

0.2

%

Backstop

 

30,000,000

 

9.4

%

Sponsor and NBOKS (1)(2)

 

40,560,000

 

12.7

%

PIPE Investors

 

36,000,000

 

11.3

%

Getty Images Stockholders

 

211,938,915

 

66.4

%

Pro Forma Common Stock (3)

 

319,007,226

 

100.0

%

(1)

Includes 20,560,000 Founder Shares converted into New CCNB Class A Common Stock and 20,000,000 New CCNB Class A Common Stock purchased by NBOKS pursuant to the Forward Purchase Agreement.

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(2)

Excludes 2,570,000 shares of New CCNB Series B-1 Common Stock and 2,570,000 shares of New CCNB Series B-2 Common Stock subject to certain vesting restrictions pursuant to the Sponsor Side Letter.

(3)

The pro forma capitalization excludes the following:

·

29,044,490 Getty Images Options

·

65,000,000 Earn-Out Shares

·

20,699,980 unexercised public warrants

·

18,560,000 unexercised Private Placement Warrants

·

3,750,000 unexercised Forward Purchase Warrants

Former Getty Images was determined to be the accounting acquirer in the Business Combination based on the following predominate factors:

·

Getty Images Stockholders have the greatest voting interest in the Company with approximately 72% of the voting interest;

·

Getty Images Stockholders have the ability to nominate a majority of the initial members of the Company Board;

·

Getty Images senior management is the senior management of the Company; and

·

Getty Images is the larger entity based on historical operating activity and has the larger employee base.

The Business Combination was accounted for as a reverse recapitalization in accordance with GAAP, whereby CCNB was treated as the acquired company and Getty Images was treated as the acquirer. Accordingly, for accounting purposes, the Business Combination was treated as the equivalent of Getty Images issuing stock for the net assets of CCNB, accompanied by a recapitalization. The net assets of CCNB are stated at historical cost, with no goodwill or other intangible assets recorded. Subsequently, results of operations presented for the period prior to the Business Combination are those of Getty Images.

Assumptions and estimates underlying the unaudited pro forma adjustments included in the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial statements are described in the accompanying notes. The unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information has been presented for illustrative purposes only and are not necessarily indicative of the operating results and financial position that would have been achieved had the Business Combination and related transactions occurred on the dates indicated. Further, the unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information does not purport to project the future operating results or financial position of the Company following the completion of the Business Combination and related transactions. The unaudited pro forma adjustments represent management’s estimates based on information available as of the date of these unaudited pro forma condensed combined financial information and are subject to change as additional information becomes available and analyses are performed.

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UNAUDITED PRO FORMA CONDENSED COMBINED BALANCE SHEET AS OF MARCH 31, 2022

(in thousands)

    

    

    

    

Transaction

    

    

    

Accounting

Getty Images

CCNB

Adjustments

Pro Forma

(Historical)

(Historical)

(Note 3)

Combined

Assets

  

  

  

  

Cash and cash equivalents

$

210,847

$

220

$

828,823

 

(a)

$

84,074

 

 

(28,980)

(b)

 

 

(69,819)

(c)

 

 

(1,014)

(d)

 

 

360,000

(e)

 

 

200,000

(f)

 

 

(614,996)

(i)

 

 

(275,000)

(l)

 

 

(850)

(m)

 

 

(825,157)

(o)

 

 

300,000

(p)

Restricted cash

 

4,574

 

 

 

  

 

4,574

Accounts receivable

 

130,869

 

 

 

  

 

130,869

Prepaid expenses

 

12,747

 

202

 

 

  

 

12,949

Taxes receivable

 

10,249

 

 

 

  

 

10,249

Other current assets

 

14,076

 

 

(5,910)

 

(c)

 

8,166

Total current assets

 

383,362

 

422

 

(132,903)

 

 

250,881

Investment and cash held in Trust Account

 

 

828,823

 

(828,823)

 

(a)

 

Property and equipment, net

 

169,559

 

 

 

  

 

169,559

Right of use assets

 

53,393

 

 

 

  

 

53,393

Goodwill

 

1,505,107

 

 

 

  

 

1,505,107

Identifiable intangible assets, net

 

464,163

 

 

 

  

 

464,163

Deferred income taxes, net