Founded in 2004 as BigStockPhoto, in 2009 they were aquired by Shutterstock, the biggest subscription based image library. Following this, they changed the look of their website and adopted a new name, Bigstock, in 2010.
Bigstock has never been our best earner - after their acquisition by Shutterstock nothing happened for a long time until recently, when sales went up a little. We believe it is due to the fact that Bigstock, like other agencies introduced subscription based programs. A year ago we would probably not recommend it to anyone, but now we think you should give it a try, because you may be successful with your individual photographic style. We can definitely place Bigstock in the second part of our Top 10, hoping it will improve over the next couple of months.
To become Bigstock contributor you have to sign up, read their Contributors Tutorial and complete short quiz - then you can start uploading your images. Review times are pretty long, so be patient for a week or so before your stock photos get accepted and go online.
With a new design, their website is very professional and intuitive, and provides good sales and views statistics. You should definitely register on Bigstock, as many photographers report thsi agency to be in their top 5 in terms of royalties.
|Location||New York, USA|
|Stock Media Files||Over 25 Million Royalty-Free Stock Photos, Videos and Vectors|
|How to apply||Register, read Contributor Tutorial, take the test and start uploading|
|Image size||At least 800 px (high or wide) - max. 25 MB|
|Media accepted||Image, Vector, Video|
|Licenses||Standard License, Extended Licence, Editorial Use Only|
|Image pricing||From $0.99 per single credit, $0.16 per image on Daily Subscription and $0.95 per image on Monthly Subscription|
|Contributor rates||From $0.50 for each credit download and from $0.25 per download with subscription (increased by number of downloads in the previous 12 months), 30% for Partners sales and $25 for Extended License sale|
|Payment methods||Paypal/Moneybookers and US Cheque|
|Referral program||35% of first purchase (no compensation for referred photographers)|
|Upload methods||Online Form or FTP (max. file size 25MB)|
|IPTC Data support||Yes|
|Language versions||Český, Dansk, Deutsch, Ελληνικά, English, Español, Français, Italiano, Magyar, Nederlands, Polski, Português, Русский, Svenska, עברית, 한국어, 中文, 日本語|
|BigStock Extras & Tools||API|
|Download Releases||Adult Model Release|
Minor Model Release
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