Referral / Affiliate Programs Comparison

September 2014 Stock Photo Agencies Last update: 16 June 2015

Comparison list of referral programs offered by the stock photography agencies. You can see how much a stock photo contributor can earn by referring photographers who sell their stock photos or graphic designers who buy stock images for their projects.

Agency Referral Program
Shutterstock Logo$0.04 per each image downloaded (up to 2 years), 10% per each clip downloaded (in the 1st year), or 20% of the customer first payment (up to $200).
Fotolia Logo15% of net affiliation commission*, 5, 10 or 20 credits for subscription plans for up to 12 months of an affiliate's purchase (no commission for referring photographers).
*Affiliate commission is calculated as (sales price – photographer commission) x 15%
Dreamstime Logo10% of all sales within first 3 years + $5 one time bonus.
From $1 to $10 for each credit package and from $5 to $380 for each subscription package purchased.
123RF Logo25% of the first purchase (no commission for referring photographers).
Depositphotos LogoFrom 15% for every credit sale, $0.03 per subscription sale + extras.
IMPORTANT! New Affiliate Program launched - 30% commission for new and 15% for existing customer purchases. For more details visit Depositphotos Website.
Photodune Logo30% of a customer's first purchase or cash deposit.
Bigstock Logo35% of a customer's first purchase (no compensation for referred photographers).
iStock LogoEnded as of September 13, 2014 - now available to Exclusive Contributors only.
Pixtastock Logo5% of every purchase for 1 year after a buyer's registration.
FreeDigitalPhotos Logo80% of sales revenue for a period of 30 days. Read more here on how to avail of this offer.
ImageBrief Logo$50 voucher when any photographer you refer sells their first image.
Canstockphoto Logo10% from purchases within 6 months or/and $5 for every 50 items sold by referred contributor within 6 months.
Stockfresh Logo10% per sale.
YAY Micro Logo20% on customer purchases, €0.1 on photographer sales.
Alamy LogoOffered through third party affiliate sites. For more details visit Alamy's Affiliate Program Page.
Cutcaster Logo10% of purchases, 5% of sales, up to 2 years.
Pond5 Logo5% of sales and purchases for 1 year.
PhotoSpin Logo15% for each sale (on "new" purchases only).
Ingimage Logo20% of net purchases by referred clients, 5% of royalties by referred photographers for the first year.
Pixmac LogoPixmac moved to Pond5 - read more here.
Existing contributors - 40% - 60% of Pixmac's share with every download for 4 years / 20% - 40% of gross sales from the first purchase / cash every month for placing banner on your website.

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You can also check Royalty Comparison to see how much stock photography agencies will pay to their contributors, or see the Credit Price Summary or Subscription Plans Summary and find out how much they charge for a single credit or stock photo. In addition, you can read an article about becoming an exclusive stock photo contributor here and check our Exclusivity Comparison list.

Detailed summary with number of stock images, image/credit prices and contributor royalties can be found in Stock Photo Sites Comparison.

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