Get paid for your travel photography!
If you are anything like me, and thousands of other travellers, you are likely to have gigabytes of photos stored up in the Cloud somewhere. Wherever that is.
What if I told you that those bytes are a goldmine waiting to be converted into cash?
Photography is valuable, if you’ve travelled somewhere unique, someone might want your worth in a thousand words.
Here are 10 easy-to-use websites that will pay you for your travel photography:
Foap is an easy and efficient way of selling your photos on the move. You can download the App to your phone where you can easily upload, monitor and sell your pictures on the Foap Market. You get 50% of the revenue for each picture, every time you sell it! Foap also regularly hosts competitions on behalf of other clients. You can submit your most appropriate and best work for a chance to win.
Holding more than 78 million photos and videos, Fotolia by Adobe is one of the largest royalty-free image and video sites. You can submit your best work to reach millions of users, across all of their Adobe platforms. This includes Adobe stock – a new creative stock marketplace. With a creative community this vast, it would be a mistake not to sign up as a contributor! They have a pay-as-you-go service that offers between 20-63% of the sale price. Their subscription service offers 33% of all image sales and 35% for videos.
Tandem Stills + Motion
You can sell your photographs or videos on Tandem after registration. Their focus is on environment/nature, travel, culture, geography, nature & conservation, outdoor adventure, outdoor lifestyle and outdoor sporting genres. Tandem follows their own Right’s SpecificTM pricing model which was developed through extensive market research and to ensure better rates for photos. It is largely based on what the type of use is that the buyer is requesting. Tandem is a clean company who also partners with environmental non-profits. Well worth it!
500px is a great platform for uploading your work. As well as being able to sell to the stock photography marketplace, you can also gain exposure, get feedback, and compete against other photographers for some exciting prizes. They also give you the option to upgrade to 3 different packages for statistics, a customisable portfolio plus other great perks.
iStock is part of Getty images and being a contributor for them means you can access their global client base of 1.5 million customers worldwide. You can become an exclusive contributor and earn up to 45% on your work. This is calculated by what is sold in a 1 year period on all iStock and Getty Images sales channels. Non-exclusive rates are 15% for photo, 20% for an illustration, and 20% for a video. You have to submit an application with your portfolio to be accepted.
Snapwire are big believers in “fairness and respect” and they try to reflect this with their payouts. You can submit your photos to a request or challenge or directly to the marketplace and your profile. For challenges you will need to follow a creative brief. People can nominate your photographs and the best ones are paid. You will earn 70% of the listed request price for these. For marketplace and profile submissions, you will get 50% of what it is sold for. That’s pretty reasonable compared to other marketplaces on this list!
Shutterstock is one of the biggest stock photography websites. In addition to just photography, they are also looking for vector art and video footage. Earnings are based on your lifetime earnings as a contributor. As your earnings go up, so will your sale price per image. The average earning rate ranges from 20-30% per image (this includes vector art and illustrations). You have the option to earn more money by referring a contributor and receiving $0.04 per image they sell for the first 2 years.
PhotoMoolah is an alternative way to get paid for your photographs. It is predominantly based on entering your very best photos into one of their numerous contests. Images are then shortlisted and if you win, you will be showcased on their platform with your name. The more you earn the higher you rank. You can also receive badges for earning more and moving up levels as well as for referring friends. Payment is dependant on the contest and once you image is purchased you will get a bank transfer. Simple!
SmugMug is a unique and creative way of selling your photos. It allows you to completely customise your page from how you want your gallery to look, to controlling who can see which pictures, it’s all up to you! For print, the profit you make is 85% of the difference between the price you set and SmugMug’s default price. For digital downloads, pricing is dependant on a gallery or single download.
Can Stock is a fast way to sell your photos. They have a SpeedSubmit™ system that allows you to upload and submit your images in minutes. Their application process involves signing up and sending over a few examples of your work. This is also quick and easy and they usually respond on the same day. The added benefit of selling your photos on Can Stock, is that your images will automatically be represented on Fotosearch, one of the world’s largest stock photography agencies.
Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. You don’t get paid for sharing photography on Unsplash, it is a fun way to use those shots that didn’t make the final cut. While controversial with some professional photographers who can see it as ‘devaluing the industry’. It is a good way to grow your fanbase, broaden your exposure, and give back to an awesome community.