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. 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, Pixmac, YAY Micro and FeaturePics they managed to grow their royalty-free image collection very quickly.

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. It is one of the lowest in the microstock world;
  • Very friendly and helpful staff;
  • Reasons for rejection clearly explained.

Pond5 Review: Our verdict

To summarise this Pond5 review we can say that it is a great place for video, audio, After Effects or 3D producers. With possibility of setting your own prices and 50/50 revenue split it is very promising. For each sale you receive much more than the industry standard. It should also be considered by stock photographers, but image sales are slow at the moment. We believe that high quality stock photos sell, but suspect the sales to be much lower than on Shutterstock or Fotolia.

Visit Pond5 website today and register your free account.

Pond5 Details

LocationNew York, USA / Prague, Czech Republic / Geneve, Switzerland
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
Contributor rates50% on all sales
Minimum payout$25
Payment methodsCheck, Paypal or Skrill
Upload methodsVia HTML5 uploader or FTP
IPTC Data supportYes
More detailsDetails of Contributor Royalties, Image/ Credit/ Subscription Prices, Referral Programs and Exclusivity Rates can be found in our Comparisons
Download ReleasesSee Model & Property Release Forms
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