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Last updated on: 15th Dec 2020
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  • Shutterstock
    This is legitI tried thisI like thisI made money with it

    Website: Shutterstock

    Shutterstock focuses on Royalty-Free content, mainly on subscription-based licensing. As they were among the first implementing subscriptions they have a very solid base and a huge amount of customers, downloading image after image.

    Customers pay a flat fee that will allow them to download (buy) a certain amount of images per month.More about Shutterstock here

  • Dreamstime
    This is legitI tried thisI like thisI made money with it

    Website: Dreamstime

    Dreamstime has been around the block for 20 years now. They have a lot of experience with stock photography from both the customer as the contributor perspective. At the moment they have over 30 million users, making them the worlds’ largest community for royalty-free photos and illustrations.More about Dreamstime here

  • 123RF
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    Website: 123RF

    Since 2005 123RF has grown into a global company with quite a big amount of active users. They have over 110 million creative works (photos, vectors, footage, audio) 

    Your content will be available across 44 countries and with 5 million+ potential buyers, there is a fair chance that this will make you money.More about 123RF here

  • Adobe Stock
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    Website: Adobe Stock

    The name Adobe in Adobe Stock cannot be unfamiliar to you as they have decades of experience providing the world with all kinds of software for creating and editing multimedia. Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, Lightroom, XD, you name it.

    The software is offered through cloud-based programs, and a lot of them integrate Adobe Stock to provide creatives with photos and video footage.More about Adobe Stock here

  • Alamy
    This is legitI tried this

    Website: Alamy

    With over 200 million stock images, vectors, videos, and even 360-degree panoramic images, Alamy is a stock photography platform that has a great attraction to both contributors as buyers.

    They keep it simple and hassle-free: no subscriptions, credits, or registration. If you like an image, just click-and-buy.More about Alamy here

  • Depositphotos

    Website: Depositphotos

    If you have never heard of Depositphotos you should really check their website. This is a nice gem with truly nice photos and footage.

    Depositphotos has been around since January 2009 and has grown a lot since then. You should take a look at their beautiful About Us page where they present their history in an impressive timeline.More about Depositphotos here

  • PICHA stock

    Website: PICHA stock

    PICHA stock specifically provides curated Afrocentric visuals in order to enable brands and businesses to tell richer stories that include modern Africans.

    They want to bring forward the voices, faces, and stories of modern Africa in the belief that original stories can change perceptions.

  • iStockPhoto
    This is legitI tried thisI like thisI made money with it

    Website: iStockPhoto

    As a division of Getty Images, iStock( short for iStockphoto) is one of the larger suppliers for stock photography and a great place to start if you are exploring stock photography as a side gig.

    You can sell both images as video footage. The latter will pay better, but both have great potential for passive income. After uploading your material it will remain there for years. More about iStockPhoto here

  • Canva
    I tried thisI like this

    Website: Canva

    There are a gazillion images that you can buy or download for free, but when it comes to that picture that you need for your blog…
    No problem, I hear you think, there are also hundreds of photo-editing applications available, so let’s get one.

    But when you start them and take a look at all the tools the user interface offers you, you feel the first signs of frustration, growing in the back of your mind.

    And then there was Canva!

    More about Canva here

  • Etsy
    This is legit

    Website: Etsy

    Etsy is a platform that is focused on selling handmade items and craft supplies. They do, however, also provide shop owners with the possibility to sell digital items.
    Therefore they offer a great opportunity to monetize your photos and illustrations by selling them as printables.More about Etsy here

  • miPic

    Website: miPic

    miPic is a platform that empowers you with print on demand product manufacturing. Basically, you sell your images as a printed product.

    So they take the uploading, tagging, and reviewing part we see with a lot of stock photo sites and combine it with print-on-demand on a wide range of awesome products.More about miPic here

  • Foap

    Website: Foap

    Although the basic principles of selling photos and footage through Foap are the same as with other, classic, stock photography agencies, there are a few remarkable differences. For one thing, you work with the free app to upload your material straight to Foap. More about Foap here

  • Creative Market

    Website: Creative Market

    Creative Market lets you set up your own shop for selling -digital- creatives. 
    You can sell your images, but also illustrations, 3D objects, or even templates and designs.

    You can set your own price, you don’t have to go exclusive and, as it is your own shop, there is no per-product approval. Just go live with it instantly

  • Zoonar

    Website: Zoonar

    This German Microstock agency offers an extensive amount of self-control over prices, licences and the passing on of pictures to their contributors. They also let you link your own website to pictures loaded onto the Zoonar platform!

  • Fotomoto

    Website: Fotomoto

    Fotomoto by itself is not a website but a widget that you can use on your own website. It lets you add print-on-demand e-commerce functionality.

    I just found out about Fotomoto and this brief post probably doesn’t do it justice, but I wanted to share it anyway. Make sure to come back here, and check for an update as soon as I have checked Fotomoto myself.

  • 500px

    Website: 500px

    If you need another example of a hobby that became big business then 500px is an excellent one. Evgeny Tchebotarev started it while finishing his business degree and now this Canada based company has millions of users.

    I could browse their pages for hours and hours. They have the most gorgeous images! Please check it yourself, even if you’re not a photographer.

  • Crestock

    Website: Crestock

    Crestock, founded in 2005, is one of the veterans when it comes to selling stock images. They do not accept editorial images, so make sure that you have model or property releases of the people or objects in your photos.

    The registration is simple and common to most stock sites. Register with your email address, upload your images, tag them, and await acceptance.

  • Bigstock

    Website: Bigstock

    Bigstock is a credits-based international microstock photography website that has over 105 million images from talented photographers and illustrators all over the world.

    The signup process for contributors is straight forward. Just follow the steps they describe on their signup page.

  • Stocksy

    Website: Stocksy

    This Canadian stock photography and video platform was founded in 2013 focuses on useful and authentic material. 
    Seeing your pictures presented on their beautiful website alone may even be an incentive in itself.

    The registration and uploading process should be familiar by now. Register with your email address, upload your best 10 images, and await acceptance as a contributor.

  • Smugmug

    Website: Smugmug

    Smugmug lets you create an online portfolio with just a few clicks. They provide you with all you need to control access to your portfolio, safe storage for your images, and-so-fort.
    They facilitate you in setting up shop from your portfolio. 

    This, however, is not a free plan, but they offer so many great features for photographers that want to focus on their photos, not managing the tech.

  • Getty Images

    Website: Getty Images

    A list of sites where you can sell your photos, illustrations, and footage can not be complete without Getty Images. 
    To join you need to download their app, contribute sample images, and after acceptance, you can start uploading.

    The best thing: you will be selling on both Getty Images as on iStock!

  • EyeEm

    Website: EyeEm

    At first glance, EyeEm is more of a social network for photographers. However, they have millions of images for sale, so why not yours?
    With the EyeEm Missions, photographers are challenged by both EyeEm, and by brands. Sometimes there is a cash reward, sometimes you get visibility on the brands’ platform.

  • Scopio

    Website: Scopio

    Launched in 2016, Scopio is a fairly new player on the stock photography market. Still, their image marketplace has over 200K pictures and they are of great quality.

    They love to support rising photographers across the world and make sure that their authentic images are available for creatives to power their storytelling. 

  • Vecteezy

    Website: Vecteezy

    Vecteezy accepts photos, vectors, and videos. To apply you will need to upload some samples of your work, which of course, will be reviewed by them.

  • Snapwire

    Website: Snapwire

    Snapwire is more of a social platform that connects photographers with brands and businesses all around the world. Next to uploading photos to build up a portfolio, you build up points through submitting to challenges. If you have enough points you may be invited to commissioned assignments.

  • Yay Images

    Website: Yay Images

    Yay Images has a community of over 12.500 designers and artists. They have over 11 million images and vectors available.
    those numbers should tell you that they have experience and they are liked by contributors.

    They pay a 50% commission per sale, which is very nice compared to other stock photography marketplaces.  

  • Ingimage

    Website: Ingimage

    Ingimage is part of the Ingram group. They have their headquarters in London but have offices in Amsterdam and New York too.

    To become a contributor you will have to apply on the contributor page of the Ingram Group portal.

  • SignElements

    Website: SignElements

    Imagine your images ending up on a sign, wouldn’t that be awesome? SignElements specializes in stock content for sign makers.
    They are is part of the Ingram group. 

    To become a contributor you will have to apply on the contributor page of the Ingram Group portal.

  • Pond5

    Website: Pond5

    Technically, video footage is just a bunch of pics in a sequence. This category will not be complete without Pond5. The world’s largest collection of royalty-free stock video. 
    However, they also offer: stock images, 3d objects, music tracks, sound effect, and much, much more

  • Can Stock Photo

    Website: Can Stock Photo

    Founded in 2004, Can Stock Photo is one of the oldest microstock photography agencies. Even after all this time, they are doing great with almost 20,000 images added every day.

    They offer instant downloads, credit-based, and subscription-based plans for their images and footage
    As they say themselves: Can Stock Photo was founded on the basis of offering a fair-trade alternative by paying contributors fairly and treating them with mutual respect.

  • VectorState

    Website: VectorState

    Not a photographer? Not a problem! If you are more into creating sharp, slick, stunning, and awesome illustrations then VectorState is a great place to contribute.
    VectorState is part of the Ingram group.

    To become a contributor you will have to apply on the contributor page of the Ingram Group portal.

  • ImageVortex

    Website: ImageVortex

    ImageVortex has a very high and competitive payout (commission) for their photographers. Add that to the fact that you can set your own price per photo and then tell me this isn’t interesting.

    ImageVortex lets you choose to receive your payment via PayPal, cheque, or a wire transfer to your bank account.

  • PicFair

    Website: PicFair

    Would you rather sell your own photos? Then PicFair provides you the means to set up your own shop, without you having to worry about licensing, shipping, etcetera.
    As the name suggests, they think fair pricing for photographers is important, You will get 100% of what you price your pics for. 

  • agefotostock

    Website: agefotostock

    agefotostock is an independent photo agency that has 110+ million stock images, over 500k video’s, and more than 3 million vector illustrations online.
    Their contributor page has all the information you need

  • Scoopshot

    Website: Scoopshot

    Scoopshot lets you submit images and footage straight from your phone with their mobile app (free) which will then become available in their store.

    You will get a notification as your image is bought, also through the app.

    Scoopshot has another business model through its in-image advertising network. If your picture is used, you will share in the advertising revenue.

  • MostPhotos

    Website: MostPhotos

    With love from Stockholm. MostPhotos loves images and scenes from the real life. You can turn your environment, friends, and family into money! (Please make sure you have their consent of course) 

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