Monday, November 3, 2014

Stock Photography Sales Statistic October 2014

This is my stock photography sales statistic for October 2014. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.


These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for October 2014:
  1. Shutterstock
  2. DepositPhotos
  3. BigStock
  4. Zazzle
October was not a bad month this year, but it came with a big scare. In the second half October my Shutterstock revenue dropped down to about 30% on daily subscription sales and referral income. It would have been devastating if I would not had an increase on direct, on demand, and EL sales. So far I am not sure what the reason is. October was compared to September the same and had a drop of 5% compared to October 2013. It was the best month ever for iStockPhoto, BigStock, DepositPhotos, Picsastock, and StockPhoto.com.



(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)






Monday, October 27, 2014

Alamy has expanded its reach with a new office in Australia

Alamy, the world’s largest online stock photo agency has announced the opening of its first office in Australia - the office has been set up to support strong growth across Australia and New Zealand.

The company has been selling directly into Australia and New Zealand since 2012 and sees this as the perfect time to invest in its growth. Alamy is also adding to their team with an account executive joining the existing business development team in Brisbane.

Rachel Wakefield, head of sales says: ‘This is a key market for us and after the success over the last few years it’s a good time to expand the team and set down permanent roots.’

The Australian team will be based in Brisbane and can be contacted on +61 7 3012 6131.


About Alamy:

Founded in 1999, Alamy revolutionised stock photography by creating the world’s first open, unedited collection of images. With over 44 million images Alamy is the world's largest independent agency for news, stock and video imagery. It supplies thousands of designers, marketing departments, news desks, and publishers with imagery produced by the best professional and amateur contributors around.

Alamy provides the most comprehensive choice of imagery, supported by excellent customer service and a fast and simple online experience. Alamy is proud of its fair and ethical business model. It aims to be the first port of call for buyers and suppliers of imagery. It has a friendly and helpful approach. And it shares the rewards with its suppliers with fairness and transparency. Alamy’s business is underpinned by a philanthropic ethos.

See about Alamy for more information.











Saturday, October 25, 2014

Canva Launches App to Bring Amazingly Simple Design to the iPad


  • Canva app brings professional design to the iPad
  • Canva reaches 870,000 users and 6.2 million designs
  • Renowned investors have invested $6.6 million

Sydney, Australia — 10/15/14 —Australian startup Canva today announced the launch of the Canva app for iPad. The app brings together a simple drag-and-drop design interface with a library of more than one million photographs, graphics and fonts, and it makes creating graphics fast and easy.

“Canva makes graphic design amazingly simple for everyone, allowing any idea to be beautifully presented in print or online,” said Canva CEO Melanie Perkins. “We are excited to extend this experience and now allow people to design at home, in the office or on the go.”

“In the past year since our launch we have been overwhelmed by the many ways people are using Canva every day. Our new app brings everything people love about Canva to the iPad.”

Canva’s iPad app is free to download and provides access to Canva’s library of millions of stock photographs, illustrations and layouts. Users can upload photos from their device or Facebook account, or pay per premium element when they publish their design.

Canva also provides professional designers with a faster way to create layouts and collaborate with clients, removing the need for frustrating back-and-forth email exchanges. The iPad app makes it especially easy to collaborate on the go.

Canva has been backed by investors including Facebook Director of Engineering and co-founder of Google Maps Lars Rasmussen, Yahoo! CFO Ken Goldman, and funds including Matrix Partners, InterWest Partners, and 500 Startups.

Former Apple chief evangelist Guy Kawasaki, who recently resurrected this title when he began to work for Canva said, “Canva realizes the creative potential of the iPad. The app is beautiful and it’s intuitive, just like the iPad. It allows everyone to create beautiful designs for work and play.”

Canva will be available in the app store starting from today. Find out more at http://about.canva.com/ipad


About Canva

Canva makes it amazingly simple for everyone to create professional quality graphic designs. Its online design platform brings together a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a library of more than one million photographs, graphics and fonts, allowing anyone to take an idea and present it beautifully in print or online.

Canva can be used to design almost anything: presentations, posters, blog content, cards, online marketing materials, invitations, flyers and so much more. For more information on Canva, visit the website or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram or Pinterest.






Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Commission Service from Bridgeman Images

Bridgeman Images, the world’s leading supplier of rights managed art, culture and historic images, is excited to announce the launch of their new Commission Service.

03 October 2014 - Welcomed by artists and clients, Bridgeman has developed a simple, right-managed solution for commissioning original work from their portfolio of contemporary artists.

Clients can now commission art, illustration and photography from a talented pool of contemporary artists via Bridgeman Studio for a range of commercial applications including book covers, gift products and interior design. This is an addition to existing licensing related services including retouching, research and copyright clearance for artists and estates.

Commission exclusive images, tailored to your brief

Advantages of Bridgeman's Commission Service for clients

- Commission a unique image(s) from talented artists, selected for commercial licensing
- Create the perfect design for your brief allowing for continuity throughout
- Bridgeman will liaise with artists to clear copyright, saving time and money
- Exclusive and original images for your product
- Peace of mind: A secure rights-managed service
- Over 40 years experience as arts licensing specialists
- Commission Agreement and proofs ensure you get exactly what you want

Getting started: a one-stop shop for image licensing

Straightforward rights-managed service

Pass a brief onto the Bridgeman Studio team, and we will liaise your artist on your behalf

The artist will sign a Commission Agreement to deliver your art by the agreed date

Receive a high-quality, digital image, cleared to use immediately

Find out more about commissioning artists

Bridgeman Studio: The best contemporary talent for image licensing

All new artists are carefully selected by our dedicated Bridgeman Studio team, reflecting trends and demands within the global image-licensing industry.

Bridgeman Studio offers exclusive NEW benefits for artists and clients while maintaining the unbeatable Bridgeman service. Read more







Getty Images and iStock challenge photographers to #RePicture the world

Unprecedented global competition explores how we can change the paradigm around stereotypical imagery currently used to describe people and communicate concepts

London – 1 October, 2014: Getty Images, the world’s leader in visual communication, alongside iStock by Getty Images, the web’s original resource for crowd sourced royalty-free stock images, media and design elements, today announces the launch of an innovative new global competition, calling for photographers to help #RePicture the world and break free from stereotypes.

Getty Images launched #RePicture this year at Cannes Lions, with the aim of challenging how we look at the world and exploring how we can change the paradigm around stereotypical imagery currently used to describe people and communicate concepts.  The #RePicture competition is also inspired by the success of Getty Images’ recently launched partnership with the women’s empowerment organization LeanIn.Org to create the Lean In Collection, with image sales from the moving collection up 66 per cent YOY since the February launch.

Speaking on the competition, Getty Images Senior Vice President for Creative, Andy Saunders says: “We feel passionately that images have the power to change the way people view the world. We’re excited to launch this competition and not just continue with our aim of breaking down existing visual stereotypes, but also to discover ground-breaking new creative talent around the world. Getty Images has always been committed to creating imagery that presents a more authentic view for our customers– everywhere from Tokyo to Toronto.”

The contest runs from 1 October through to 20 November, 2014, with winners announced the first week of December, and is open to semi-professional and amateur photographers, as well as creatives worldwide. The competition will be judged by a leading panel of ceative and photography industry experts, including:
  • Severin Matusek, Vice President, Community, EyeEm
  • Mike Owen, European Professional Marketing Manager,  Canon
  • Toshiya Kono, Executive Creative Director, Hakuhodo
  • Pam Grossman, Director, Visual Trends, Getty Images
  • Jessica Bennett, Contributing Editor, LeanIn.org
  • Romain Colin, Founder, Fubiz
  • Astrid Prummel, Editor-in-Chief, Adformatie
  • Gert-Jan van Ek, Photo Editor-in-Chief, De Volkskrant
Judging criteria is focused on consistency with the theme, composition of the photograph, technical skills and authenticity. Winners have the chance to not only receive some fantastic prizes, but join the Getty Images team as a contributing photographer, with access to and guidance from Getty Images’ global team of art directors and editors. Other prizes include a Canon EOS 5D Mark III, as well as a Canon G7X for the People’s Choice award.
Getty Images invites participants to share their imagery using #repicture, reimagining key concepts such as love, family, body, hero, women or age. Click here for more on the competition, or visit competitions.gettyimages.com/repicture  to submit your entries.
  • Participants have until Thursday 20 November, 2014 to upload their images to http://competitions.gettyimages.com/en. Simply register on our competition platform and upload using #repicture.
  • Judges will review all entries and select the winner. In addition, entrants also get a chance to win the people’s choice category for the picture which gets the most likes. Share with your social networks, using the hashtag #RePicture and encourage friends to vote for your entry.
  • Prizes:
    • First prize will receive a Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera body
    • Runner up will receive Canon EOS 70D camera body
    • People’s Choice Award will receive a Canon G7X
About Getty Images
Getty Images is the world’s leader in visual communication, with over 170 million assets available through its premium content site www.gettyimages.com and its leading stock content site www.istock.com. With its advanced search and image recognition technology, Getty Images serves business customers in more than 100 countries and is the first place creative and media professionals turn to discover, purchase and manage images and other digital content. Its award-winning photographers and content creators help customers produce inspiring work which appears every day in the world’s most influential newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books and online media. Visit Getty Images at www.gettyimages.com to learn more about how the company is advancing the unique role of digital media in communications and business, and enabling creative ideas to come to life.  For company news and announcements, visit press.gettyimages.com, and for the stories, innovation and inspiration behind our content, visit Stories & Trends http://stories.gettyimages.com. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gettyimages and Twitter at https://twitter.com/GettyImages.

About iStock by Getty Images
iStock by Getty Images is the web’s original resource for crowd sourced royalty-free stock images, media and design elements, offering millions of hand-picked photos, illustrations, videos and audio tracks. A site “by creatives, for creatives,” iStock started in 2000 as the pioneer micropayment photography site, freeing creatives everywhere to create beautiful communications on a budget. The site has become one of the most successful and profitable user-generated content sites in the world. iStock is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Getty Images.







Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Stock Photography Sales Statistic September 2014

This is my stock photography sales statistic for September 2014. You can find a complete list of stock photography agencies that I work with here.



These are for me the best 4 performing stock agencies for September 2014:
  1. Shutterstock
  2. DepositPhotos
  3. Zazzle
  4. iStockPhoto
September started very slow. It was not until the second part of September when finally it gained ground. September closed with an increase of 14% compared to August and an increase of 25% compared to last year September. It was the best month ever for iStockPhoto, and StockPhoto.com.



(This statistic include referral earning at the different agencies)






Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Canva raises an additional $3.6 million in funding, hits 600,000 users, announces “Design” button

- Australian startup Canva raises an additional $3.6 million in funding
- Unveils new “Design” button integration for third party websites
- Canva has amassed 600,000 users who have created more than 3.5 million designs

Sydney, Australia — 2014 —Australian company Canva has raised an additional $3.6 million in funding, grown to 600,000 users who have created more than 3.5 million designs, and enabled other websites to integrate Canva’s design capabilities.

Canva is an online graphic design platform which makes it simple to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, blog graphics, invitations and more. The company has today unveiled its ‘Canva Button’, a simple new plug-in for third party websites which allows their users to create their own graphics.

“Every site that allows users to upload content, whether it’s a Web app, e-commerce provider or ad network, wants their users to have beautiful graphics,” said Canva CEO Melanie Perkins. “However it’s almost impossible to create something that looks good without knowing how to use professional design tools.”

“Instead of just offering an ‘Upload’ button and expecting users to figure out the rest, the Canva Button enables a website’s users to easily create graphics without leaving their page. We want this to be accessible to everyone so the button is free and can be implemented with just a few lines of code.”

Canva has announced a series of partnerships with companies including GoDaddy, Tailwind, Agora Pulse, Post Planner, and TabSite. At each of these companies’ websites, users will be able to create Canva graphics without leaving their page. The Canva Button will be rolled out on partner websites over the coming weeks.

Shasta Ventures and Founders Fund have joined existing investors Matrix Partners, Blackbird Ventures and Square Peg Capital in this funding round.

“The team has made remarkable progress in delivering on that vision since Canva’s launch in 2013 and we are excited to have the opportunity to make a further investment in their current round,” commented Square Peg Capital Co-Founder Paul Bassat.

“Canva provides users with a unique combination of wonderful simplicity and powerful design capability and huge numbers of individuals and businesses have already had the opportunity to experience Canva’s unique offering.”

Companies interested in integrating the button can apply at http://about.canva.com/button.


About Canva
Canva makes it amazingly simple for everyone to create professional quality graphic designs. Its online design platform brings together a simple drag-and-drop design tool and a library of more than one million photographs, graphics and fonts, allowing anyone to take an idea and present it beautifully in print or online.

Canva can be used to design almost anything: presentations, posters, blog content, cards, online marketing materials, invitations, flyers and so much more. For more information on Canva, visit the website or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram or Pinterest.