I won’t go so far as to say that publishers and photographers who sent award-winning photos their way were ever best friends in the full sense of the term, but they collaborated very closely. No more.
In fact, Paul Melcher writes over at Black Star that the media industry is quickly losing its primary source of imagery. The photo industry has started to look for new revenues — and respect — somewhere else. By publishing their own photos on the Internet, photograhers get into direct competition with publishers who rely on images that have been used over and over again thousands of time.
source Black Star