Depositphotos Review

21 September 2012 Stock Photo Agencies Last update: 31 August 2015

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Depositphotos was a great surprise for us. We should have started submitting our stock images to this site long time ago. They tend to grow rapidly, and what is most important, you can expect sales from the very beginning! Most sales on Depositphotos are based on subscription plans (similar to these offered by Shutterstock), but some images sell for Credits too, which obviously provide you with higher royalties.

Their website design and layout looks professional, navigation is easy and all tools are clearly accessible. To start selling your photos you need to register a free account by visiting Depositphotos Registration Page, pass brief examination test and submit a few sample images for inspection. Once approved, you can start uploading.

Inspection times here are one of the fastest in the industry, ranging from a couple of hours to 1-2 days, and their staff is very professional and helpful. For example, if you are not sure to what categories you should assign your stock photos, they will be happy to categorize your images for you in order to increase your portfolio exposure to potential buyers.

As mentioned above, most photo sales are made via subscription and your compensation starts at $0.30 for contributors on Green Level, with $0.01 extra for each level above (Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum). You jump to the next level once you reach 500 downloads (comparing to Shutterstock where you have to reach sales of $500). For files purchased via pay-as-you-go credits you receive 34% (comparing to 44% before September 1, 2015 - read more) on Green Level and it will increase by 2% for next levels as above. You can become Depositphotos Exclusive Contributor with royalty starting at 50% or $0.31 for credit or subscription purchases respectively.

For full understanding of Depositphotos Royalty Rates and Contributor Levels please see the tables below:

Depositphotos Royalty Rates
New Royalty Rates implemented on September 1, 2015

Depositphotos Previous Royalty Rates
Previous Royalty Rates (before September 1, 2015)

Depositphotos Royalty Rates for Subscription Sales
Royalty Rates for subscription sales

Depositphotos Contributor Levels
Contributor Level Structure

Please note that each sale via credits counts as 1 download, while each subscription sale counts as 1/3 download, which means that you need 3 such sales to be accounted as 1 download.

Depositphotos offers many tools for their contributors:

  • If you are a blogger or have a website where you want to offer contests with real prizes you can avail of interesting promotional tools, such as Depositphotos sponsorship with free subscription plans for you or the contest winners.
  • If you are a top contributor with large portfolio and high quality content you can take part in the Contributor Promotion Program - once you are selected, Depositphotos will pay you $0.10 for every image accepted for their collection.
  • Depositphotos have recently introduced Clashot mobile application (available for both iOS and Android devices), which allows you to create, upload, comment and sell images directly from your mobile device. If you like taking pictures with your smartphone visit this page for more details on Clashot project. If you prefer, you can download it directly from AppStore or Google Play. For more details on Stock Photo Mobile Applications read our Go Mobile article.

For Photo Buyers

If you do not want to leave our website, use Depositphotos Integrated Search to find perfect stock photos.

Our verdict:

Depositphotos should be considered by any stock photographer with strong quality and attitude for a success, so visit Depositphotos Contributor's Page and register your free account now.

Depositphotos Details
LocationFort Lauderdale, USA
Stock Media FilesOver 36 Million Royalty-Free Stock Files
How to applyRegister, pass a brief test and upload sample images for review
Image sizeMinimum 3.8 MP (2400 x 1600 pixels) - max. 50 MB
Media acceptedPhoto, Vector, Video
LicensesStandard License and Extended Licence
Credit/image pricingFrom $0.96 per image (Pay-As-You-Go Credits) or $0.15 per image on Daily Subscription
Contributor rates34% - 42% per file sold or $0.30 - $0.35 per sale via subscription (all depanding on your contributor's level)
Minimum payout$50
Payment methodsPayPal/MoneyBookers
ExclusivityFrom 50% to 60% per file sold or from $0.31 per sale via subscription
Referral programFrom 15% for every credit purchase, $0.03 per subscription sale + extras.
IMPORTANT! New Affiliate Program launched - 30% commission for new and 15% for existing customer purchases
Upload methodsWeb Form or FTP
IPTC Data supportYes
CurrenciesUS Dollar
Language versionsEnglish, Deutsch, Français, Español, Русский, Italiano, Português, Polski, Nederlands, 日本語, Česky, Svenska, 中文, Türkçe, Español (Mexico), Ελληνικά, Korean, Magyar
Depositphotos Extras & ToolsSponsorship by Depositphotos, Special program for Contributors with large portfolios and top quality content, Clashot Mobile App, Adobe CS/CC Extension for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, Payment by SMS
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