Do you want to sell your photos online and earn some money? Wondering which websites allow you to sell stock photos?
In this guide, we will share the top 12 best places to sell photos online and make money doing what you love.
You can also read: Make Money With Your Photography Online
500px is a good place where you can sell your photos online and earn some money. This Canadian photography community is just that, meant to bring photogs together. It also happens to host some stock photos for licensing in its marketplace. It sells images for as little as $35 per image for the web from its Core Collection, which is royalty-free for the purchaser.
To submit, you must be part of the 500px community, then upload images with the site’s Photo Manager. In fact, any image you share could be listed on Marketplace unless you opt-out, but no one can get a high-res version without buying it. You get 60 percent of net sales on a photo used as stock, assuming it’s exclusively on 500px; 30 percent for non-exclusives.
Sweden-based Foap wants your smartphone photos. While it’ll sell to anyone, even big enterprises, the goal is to use the Foap apps for iOS and Android to get you to become a contributor earning some of that passive cash moolah. This is another good place where you can sell your photos online and earn some money because the commission is 50 percent for each photo licensed.
Naturally, Adobe would have a home for stock photos—that’s good ammo for the weapon that is Photoshop! In fact, if you have an Adobe ID, you can upload images to the Stock site directly from products like Adobe Lightroom, Bridge, and Premiere, not to mention via the website. It’s also open to vector images and illustrations and even videos.
Alamy offers over 122 million images, videos, and vector art, with prices starting at $19.99 for a license. It also offers great terms to stock photogs: you get 50 percent of a sale, even for non-exclusive images. Alamy says it has paid out $180 million to contributors around the globe. It also says it “want(s) everything you’ve got” as it tries to keep the catalog very broad for customers—but it does claim to prefer DSLR camera images or the “equivalent.” That equivalent has become at least an iPhone; it does accept iPhone image via its Stockimo app. It won’t reject your images based on content (within reason). Once an image is sent to Alamy and processed, you put in captions and keywords, and people can start buying.
Another site with a nice commission, Can Stock Photo will give you 50 percent on licenses sold, with a breakdown of lots of other payment options for different sized images (and different resolutions of video), and depending on if the buyer has a subscription. You have to sign up and apply to be approved as a contributor first—that means sending your three best images as an audition. Once your account hits $50, you can request a payout to PayPal. All images also show up on Fotosearch; a sale there shows up in your Can Stock Photo account.
An international photo community, EyeEm (pronounced “I am”) uses artificial intelligence to pick imagery for sale—it has about 70 million images. Since its launch, it has embraced smartphone photography, and it has apps for iOS and Android to be used for inspiration and uploads. Submissions have to be reviewed, which reportedly could take as long as a few weeks; the AI looks for the shots with the most commercial potential to grab first. You always get 50 percent of the revenue on a photo, which sells for anywhere from $20 to $250 depending on the license needed. Payouts come to you via PayPal.
This site is another that’s actively pushing to increase its stock catalog, now at 71 million images, with your shots from smartphones. Dreamstime also offers apps for iOS and Android for both uploadings (Companion) and for licensing photos (and videos) for use. You can earn up to $12 per license of a shot—that’s with a royalty that can vary from 25 to 50 percent. You get an extra for exclusives on Dreamstime only: 60 percent plus $0.20 for the first 100 submissions accepted.
This site uses a bit of a reward program—after getting approved, you get ratings and the higher the rating (from 1 to 5) the more of your shots get promoted. Payouts are made when your account accrues $100. Dreamstime is also the provider of images for Google Ads; if your art is used there, you get $2 per non-exclusive image and $2.20 for exclusive photos.
The little-known Crestock couldn’t make it any easier. Create an account, upload your images via the web or FTP, submit them, and await approval to become part of the market. There’s a limit of 10 submissions per week for new contributors. The royalty rate varies depending on how many downloads you’re earning. If you’re under 249 downloads, you get 20 percent for a single image license, or $0.25 if sold to a Crestock subscriber. It can go as high as 40 percent and $0.40, respectively, if you manage to get over 10,000 downloads. Payment is via PayPal once your account is over $50—it’s pretty much the standard.
Shutterstock is big with about 180 million images, clips, vectors, even musical tracks licensees can use royalty-free. It’s paid out $500 million to contributors since it opened. However, it’s hard to get in with Shuttershock, with supposedly only about 20 percent of those who try getting past the reviewers manning the gates. Those who do can upload via a browser (for images under 50 megapixels) or FTP, tag the image with metadata and keywords and attach release forms (definitely required for nudity/R-rated content, which is allowed), then wait for approval of each image and sales. Earnings are a little complicated, but the more you earn for lifetime earnings on the service, the more your royalty payment is.
This stock photo/vector/video/sound site makes it pretty easy to start earning 30 to 60 percent commissions (it depends on your level, from 1 to 10, with 1s being the newbies), without being exclusive. The more you add, the higher your level could go. Payment comes out via PayPal and some other services.
Stocksy wasn’t always open to submissions of pictures and video and only takes on a few new contributors a year. But if you’re in, Stocksy is happy to claim what might be the highest royalty for photographers: 50 to 75 percent—but that does require exclusivity. And it’s pushing to get more art from Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, not so much from the Americas. Apply with a minimum of 25 images or 10 videos with all keywords and model releases in place to get started.
You get a pretty fair shake at Pond5, with a 50 percent commission. And a good chance at a sale since they’re available in 150 countries. And the site is more than just stock photos; there are stock sound effects, music, video, templates, even 3D objects. Uploads happen over the browser or via FTP—and if you have a lot of media, you can mail them a hard drive. All media does have to be accepted and curated even after you do descriptions and keywords/metadata. The payout can only happen when you hit at least $25 via sites like PayPal and Payoneer, or $100 if you want a check mailed.