Pond5 Review

21 September 2012 Stock Photo Agencies Last update: 14 June 2015

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Pond5 describe themselves as the “world’s most vibrant marketplace for creativity”. And in the opinion of many microstockers they are.

Launched in 2006, Pond5 unlike other stock media agencies, started accepting videos first and thanks to their selling power shortly became the leader in video licensing. Pond5 also offers Music Tracks, After Effect Templates, Sound Effects, 3D Models and since 2011, Photos and Illustrations. Due to their partnership initially with 123RF and later with Pixmac, YAY Micro and FeaturePics they managed to grow their royalty-free image collection very quickly.

Today, most stock photo agencies accept video clips and audio, so why is Pond5 different?

  • You can set your own prices for all media with the option to request curators to set a price for you;
  • You receive 50% royalties for each sale;
  • No exclusivity or subscription plans;
  • Payout level from $25 - one of the lowest in the microstock world;
  • Very friendly and helpful staff;
  • Reasons for rejection clearly explained.

Our verdict:

Although Pond5 is a great opportunity for video, audio, After Effects or 3D producers, it should also be considered by stock photographers. With possibility of setting your own prices and 50/50 revenue split it is very promising, meaning that for each sale you receive much more than the industry standard.

For those interrested in buying stock photos (and other media), Pond5 has introduced new Prepaid Credit Packages. Read more here...

You can visit Pond5 website here and register your free account.

Pond5 Details

LocationNew York, USA / Prague, Czech Republic / Geneve, Switzerland
Stock Media FilesOver 14 Million Photos / Over 2,5 Million Illustrations / Over 3,8 Million Video Clips / Over 350k Music Tracks / Over 600k Sound Effects / Over 9k After Effects Projects
How to applyRegister for an account and begin to upload your files. You can also send your stock images on a CD, DVD or portable hard drive
Image sizeAt least 2MP (2 Megapixels)
Media acceptedVideo, Photo, Illustration, Music, SFX, After Effects, 3D Models, PSD Templates
LicensesRoyalty Free License
Credit pricing$1 per single credit (no subscription offered) with discounts up to 10% depending on the package
Contributor rates50% on all sales
Minimum payout$25
Payment methodsCheck, Paypal or Moneybookers
Referral program5% of sales and purchases for 1 year
Upload methodsVia HTML5 uploader or FTP
IPTC Data supportYes
CurrenciesUS Dollar
Language versionsEnglish, Deutsch, Español, Français, Polski, Português, Русский, Suomi
Pond5 Cool StuffAdobe Premiere Plugin, Public Domain
Download ReleasesAdult Model Release
Minor Model Release
Property Release

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