Alamy Review

31 October 2014 Stock Photo Agencies

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Founded in 1999, with its database of over 50 million images, Alamy is one of the leading stock photo agencies on the market.

Besides Royalty Free License, Alamy offers Rights Managed Licence, Rights Managed - Exclusive Licence and Novel Use Licence. Their commission is very high as they split each sale 50/50, which is very fair to contributors. Even though Alamy has the largest online collection of images and video clips, they are still growing and has recently opened new offices in the US and India, as well as sales teams in Germany and Australia.

To become Alamy's contributor you need to sign up for a free account and send in 4 images of varied subject matter for review. All 4 images must pass Alamy's Quality Control. Once accepted, you can send as many as you like, and the Quality Control Team will only check a sample of images in subsequent submissions and if they pass the QC, the whole bunch of 20 will be accepted. You can only submit images and illustrations (as jpegs), as well as video clips. Images must be over 6 MP, so a good quality DLSR is a must - here is all you need to know on how to prepare and submit images for QC.

What is very important when submitting your stock photos to Alamy - do not sharpen them - this policy is to retain the original quality of images so they may be edited by buyers with the minimum possible quality loss. In our opinion this is a very good approach, but only possible because your work is offered for sale in its original size (without any resizing as done by most microstock agencies).

Our verdict

Due to Alamy's specific business model, various types of licences and pricing being completely different to what other stock photo agencies offer, do not expect great sales in terms of quantity, but once you sell something, you will be very pleased with what you receive in reward.

Alamy Details
LocationAbingdon, Oxon, UK (with offices in US, Canada, Australia, Germany, India and many local distributors)
Stock Media FilesOver 58 Million Stock Photos, Vectors and Videos
How to applySign up for your free account and start submitting your stock photos
Image sizeMinimum 6.0 MP (Uncompressed file sizes of more than 17MB)
Media acceptedPhoto, Illustration (in JPG format only), Video
LicensesRoyalty Free Licence, Rights Managed Licence, Rights Managed – Exclusive Licence and Novel Use Licence
Image pricingDepends on the licence - visit Alamy Website
Contributor rates50% for sales on Alamy Website
50% for sales through Novel Use
50% for video clip sales
70% for sales through Alamy distributors (30% to Alamy, 40% to the distributor)
Minimum payout$75
Payment methodsPayPal/MoneyBookers, transfer to your bank account
Referral programNo
Upload methodsWebform
IPTC Data supportYes
CurrenciesUK Pounds Sterling (GBP), US Dollars (USD), Euros (EUR)
Language versionsEnglish
Alamy Cool StuffLink to your images on Alamy - with My Alamy Homepage visitors are able to browse and buy from your collection using Alamy without seeing images from other contributors.
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