28 Apr 2007 123RoyaltyFree

123RoyaltyFree, commonly known as 123rf, was around when I first started selling photos online. My original popularity test told me it wasn’t a good investment of my time, but I’m starting to see a lot of other microstockers experiencing pleasing results with them.

The 123rf website has the appearance of an established market participant, complete with all the bells and whistles. An initial investigation shows the numbers are starting to look good. So, it’s time to reconsider my original decision about 123rf.


Web Address www.123rf.com
Google Pagerank 6
Google Backlinks 1,240
Alexa Rank 12,458
Image Stats 700,000 images at time of review (over 17,000,000 at Dec 2012)
Minimum Size 6 Megapixels
Vectors Yes
Video Footage Yes
Licenses Standard Royalty Free. Extended Licenses for Multi Seat and Resale Items, but Unlimited Reproductions are included in the standard license.
Compensation 50% for credits and 36 cents for subscription sales
Pricing Scales per size, starting at $1, or subscription
Payment Methods PayPal, MoneyBookers, Check
Payout Threshold $50 paid automatically on 15th of following month
Referral Program 15% of buyer purchases and 10% of contributor sales for six months
Application None, just start uploading
Exclusivity Not offered
Upload methods FTP, web form
IPTC data Yes
Delete Images? Yes, individually
Currencies US Dollars
Languages English, Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Taiwanese
Headquarters San Francisco, CA. USA (Operational HQ in Malaysia)
Ownership Fully owned by traditional stock agency Inmagine


The 123rf website is great. The layout is clear and all the information you’d expect to find is there. The agency is owned by one of the larger traditional stock photography companies, Inmagine.


I have no complaints about 123rf who I feel are doing a fine job with their website and creating some success with their agency. My only reservation with them is their popularity and turnover. I hope that given their website and technology seem solid they’re now concentrating on marketing and building their customer base. I will sign up with 123rf and upload a selection of images and watch. If the images sell sufficiently well I will continue to invest.

Sign up with 123rf here.

  • dbltapp
    Posted at 14:37h, 18 November Reply

    Agency appears to be folding. Website isn’t working right, no response to contact requests. Seems like everyone went home for good.

  • Chris
    Posted at 11:47h, 23 February Reply

    Totally agree with dbltapp. I was an affiliate for them a while, but the conversions have nose dived, and they never pay me automatically! I have to constantly contact them every month to ask where my payment is. And there customer service is slow. And the stats area in the ‘make money’ section is always on the blink, every time I login I don’t know if it is going to work or not. Given my serious lack of confidence in them I have now completely stopped promoting them on my website!

    • Kapina
      Posted at 18:22h, 21 August Reply

      Hey Chris;
      I want to start doing stockphotos I’m a new commer at this and I was sent to this website. Looking at your comments. I’m thinking twice about signing up. as I write I have the site on hold. Should I finish signing or should I look for a better site.

      Thank you

  • bayu harsa
    Posted at 08:47h, 11 March Reply

    the site is working well.
    i received my payment last month for about USD 50.0

    the site is now have a new looking.

  • Christian
    Posted at 20:17h, 17 September Reply

    I seem to agree. I am not impressed with the 123RF website.
    It’s taken me 2 years to finally reach the minimum amount of a payment which only takes me in average a month with other agencies. On top of it I haven’t been paid and waiting for response from their support…At this stage its not worth the energy to maintain an account there and I can’t find anywhere on the site where to cancel my account. I would not recommend and photographers to work with this site.

    • tberruiser
      Posted at 22:12h, 21 October Reply

      I see a lot of negative comments and will be careful here. However, does anyone have any suggestions for a GOOD and RELIABLE posting site?

  • hassan
    Posted at 07:13h, 10 April Reply

    hy, plz help.
    when ever i upload a photo it gives me the error DIMENSION BELOW REQUIREMENT.
    what should i do?

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 20:17h, 10 April Reply

      Hi Hassan, this message means your files are too small. They’re below the minimum specification at 123RF which is 4 megapixels. You’ll need to submit larger files to avoid getting this error. Good luck.

  • hassan
    Posted at 21:21h, 10 April Reply

    thanks, my problem is solved.

  • James B
    Posted at 05:16h, 24 May Reply

    Hi Hassan and Lee

    I think they changed the minimum submission requirement to 6Mp at least.
    2. What image format does 123rf accept?
    Stock photos:
    – Images should be at least 6 Million pixels.


    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 20:46h, 24 May Reply

      Thanks James, you’re right. I’ve updated the blog post to reflect the new limit. Thanks for pointing it out.


  • hassan
    Posted at 02:22h, 25 May Reply

    @ james
    thank you,.. minimum requirement is 6MP and your photo should be in “jpeg” format.

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 09:39h, 13 August Reply

    As a customer of 123RF I am annoyed at how many extremely artifical looking and sexist photos they provide. Everytime a woman is portrayed doing anything technical she looks confused or silly. And everyone looks SO fake! There was one photo I liked and so I bought some credits and now suffering as I wade through some horrible photos to find more.

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