17 Jun Complete List of Microstock Agencies

For as long as I’ve been observing the microstock market there’s always been a lot of microstock agencies. New sites open all the time while others close or just fade away. This is a maintained list of ‘serious’ microstock agencies.

For the purpose of this list I’m defining a ‘microstock agency’ as:

  1. Crowdsourced (accepting submissions from the public)
  2. Selling photos online only
  3. Selling photos at micropayment prices

Important – Remember, this is the Internet, so be careful about where you supply your personal information and images. I have not listed agencies where I know of dishonest activity, but I haven’t checked them all.

123rf Review 2005 @123rf 123rf articles
Albumo 2006 – 2009
ARS Box 2012
BigStock Review 2004 @bigstockphoto BigStockPhoto articles
CanStockPhoto Review 2004 CanStockPhoto articles
Crestock Review 2005 @crestock Crestock articles
Cutcaster Review 2008 @cutcaster Cutcaster articles
Deposit Photos Review 2009 @depositphotos Depositphotos articles
Dreamstime Review 2004 @dreamstime Dreamstime articles
FeaturePics Review 2002 FeaturePics articles
Fotolia Review 2005 @fotoliaUS Fotolia articles
Fotomind 2007 – 2010
Gimmestock 2005 – 2013
GL Stock Images 2008 @glstock
ImageVortex 2004
iStockphoto Review 2000 @iStock iStockphoto articles
Kozzi Images 2012 @kozziimages
LuckyOliver Review 2007 – 2008 LuckyOliver articles
MicrostockPhoto 2005
Moodboard 2007 – 2010 @moodboardblog
MostPhotos Review 2005 @mostphotos
PantherMedia Review 2004 @panthermedia PantherMedia articles
Paxxion 2004 – 2010
Photaki Review 2009 @photaki Photaki articles
Photocase 2001 @photocase
PhotoDune Review 2011 @photodune PhotoDune articles
Photokore 2010 @photokore
Pixamba 2009 – 2010 @pixamba
Pixmac Review 2008 @pixmac Pixmac articles
Pixta 2006 @pixtastock
Polylooks Review 2009 – 2010
Pond5 Review 2006 @pond5 Pond5 articles
ThePhotoStorage 2005 – 2010
Photola 2007 – 2010
ScandinavianStockPhoto 2004
ShutterFarm 2006
Shutterstock Review 2003 @shutterstock Shutterstock articles
Snapixel Review 2009 – 2012 @snapixel Snapixel articles
SnapVillage Review 2007 – 2009 SnapVillage articles
StockFresh Review 2010 StockFresh articles
StockPhotoMedia 2004
StockXpert Review 2005 – 2010 StockXpert articles
The3dStudio 2009
USphotostock 2005 – 2010
Veer Marketplace 2009 @veermarketplace Veer Marketplace articles
Vivozoom Review 2008 @vivozoom Vivozoom articles
YayMicro Review 2008 @yaymicro YayMicro articles
Zoonar 2006
Zymmetrical Review 2006 – 2009 @zymmetrical Zymmetrical articles

The quantity of agencies in this list (32 active) demonstrates nothing if not that a lot of people believe there’s money to be made running a microstock agency. I don’t expect many of these agencies are profitable themselves, and it’s even less likely that many of them are profitable for contributors.

Are there any that I’ve missed? Add them in the comments and I’ll include them in the list.

List last updated 2013-04-10

61 Comments
  • Gribbler Stubbs
    Posted at 13:47h, 19 June Reply

    Perhaps you could segment these by tier? Which do you use?

  • Lee Torrens
    Posted at 13:54h, 19 June Reply

    Hey Gribbler, thanks for your comment. Take a look at my comparisons posts and you’ll find lots of ways to separate them. Any of my earnings posts will show you which ones I use.

    – Lee

  • Jifarnis Gwibson
    Posted at 21:45h, 20 June Reply

    I see that you’re making pretty good money off of Dreamstime. I signed up with all the microstock co. that you were making decent money off of–thanks for the tip.

    However, Dreamstime doesn’t seem to have a ftp bulk upload system. Also, I haven’t found out a way to see my files pending review. Am I missing something?

    Anyhow, thanks for putting up this website. I wish I had seen it 3 years ago when the microstock industry just started taking off. But, never too late to get started, right? It just seems that most of the good ideas have already been taken by amateurs who have greatly increased their skills, while I’m just a daft amateur without many ideas.

  • Lee Torrens
    Posted at 21:50h, 20 June Reply

    The Dreamstime FTP details are available via the Management Area – top-left icon in the “Contributors Area”.

    “Pending Files” is also in the same location.

    Correct! It’s never too late. And there’s never a shortage of ideas! Stick at it for as long as you’re having fun. Thanks for your kind words, and Good luck!

  • Jifarnis Gwibson
    Posted at 21:55h, 20 June Reply

    I just found the Dreamstime ftp page. Sorry bout that.

    Fotolia V2 has been down for a few days. Sux.

  • Janis
    Posted at 00:58h, 21 June Reply

    V2 does seem to taking awfully long to come on line. Have any off you sold anything during this downtime?

  • Lee Torrens
    Posted at 06:46h, 21 June Reply

    Fotolia has been working fine for a few days for me, and yes, I’ve had sales. If you’re still getting the holding page, try holding the Shift key while refreshing.

  • laurent
    Posted at 07:35h, 21 June Reply

    Personally i got few sales just after V2 but it is very quiet now I am a bit worry about the consequences this update will have on Fotolia though…

  • Janis
    Posted at 10:36h, 21 June Reply

    I got zip. And this really ticks me off b/c right before the V2 update my views had increased 10x and sales 2x. Now I’m back to ground zero. Very unprofessional these people.

  • Slobodan Rickis
    Posted at 19:02h, 21 June Reply

    funny you no get sale. i no keyword but still sale ok. just in there hang.

  • Karin
    Posted at 03:44h, 04 August Reply

    Might want to remove Galastock until they can prove they aren’t shady. Earlier this year one of their employees was caught selling photos submitted to GS at other micros. TalkMicro and Microstock Group both have threads where you can read up on the incident.

  • george flopos
    Posted at 07:27h, 16 September Reply

    you forgot Zymmetrical. thanks

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 10:15h, 16 September Reply

      Thanks George, I’ve added Zymmetrical to the list.

      -Lee

  • Emanul Gery
    Posted at 19:08h, 12 November Reply

    I buy photos on dreamstime but now i know new microstock pixmac.cz isnt bad very good number of pictures and prizes are great. So try that and dreamstime too. πŸ˜‰

  • Lee Torrens
    Posted at 20:49h, 05 March Reply

    List maintenance:

    Removed CheapStockPhotos – diagnosed as suspicious by Google Safe Browsing.
    Added Cutcaster
    Removed GreatStockPhoto – website gone
    Added Pixmac
    Removed ShutterShots – website gone

  • Lee Torrens
    Posted at 05:05h, 14 July Reply

    List maintenance:

    Added Veer Marketplace
    Added Pixamba

  • Frank
    Posted at 08:53h, 17 August Reply

    How about Clustershot? Only 12% commission!

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 22:00h, 18 August Reply

      Thanks Frank, I’ve had a good look at Clustershot and don’t consider them a “microstock agency” with their current model. Additionally, without solid legal agreements or a review process to ensure buyers don’t get into trouble, I don’t think it’s safe to label them as such.

      -Lee

  • Emma McLellan
    Posted at 09:23h, 05 October Reply

    You missed out Polylooks! :-) Established in 2009.

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 12:38h, 05 October Reply

      Thanks Emma. I’ve mentioned Polylooks a few times in my news summaries so I don’t know why I didn’t add them. I’ve added them now.

      -Lee

  • Lee Torrens
    Posted at 20:25h, 01 December Reply

    Updated to reflect the closure of ImageCatalog. Thanks to NiagraGirl for the heads up.

  • Yakov
    Posted at 07:48h, 12 February Reply

    A newcomer that may be worth checking out: http://www.kosherstock.com is microstock focusing on Judaism and the Holy Land (images of the Jewish culture and religion as well as pictures of Israel).

  • Vitezslav Valka
    Posted at 13:35h, 07 March Reply

    Lee, add Snapixel review here please :-)

  • Vitezslav Valka
    Posted at 18:10h, 01 April Reply

    Hey Lee, Fotomind is closing on 15th April. Sad news.

  • Pablo Blanes
    Posted at 07:36h, 19 April Reply

    Hi Lee,

    Can you add Photaki.com in your list, please? It´s a new microstock.

    Congratulations for your blog πŸ˜‰

    Pablo Blanes

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 00:44h, 02 March Reply

      Hi Pablo, finally added. Thanks.

      -Lee

  • Margo
    Posted at 00:10h, 05 May Reply

    keyimagery.com is a New Zealand based agency not on your list

  • Taina
    Posted at 10:53h, 21 June Reply

    Hi Lee, what do you think of DepositPhotos.com?
    http://depositphotos.com/
    Great blog! :)

  • jnicklin
    Posted at 17:49h, 12 August Reply

    Do you have any info on Alamy?

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 18:37h, 12 August Reply

      No, not much. There’s a few articles which look at Alamy, but they’re all quite dated now. Use the search field at the top of each page to find them.

      -Lee

  • Lee Torrens
    Posted at 11:57h, 30 September Reply

    Updated to reflect the announced closure of Polylooks.

  • Van
    Posted at 23:39h, 09 October Reply

    I don’t know if you mind listing a somewhat provocative niched microstock website but http://www.adultstockphoto.com seems to be responding to a need, albeit its taboo connotations.

  • Yenty Jap
    Posted at 04:34h, 20 October Reply

    Hi, Could you do a review on deposit photos?
    Thanks

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 10:38h, 27 December Reply

      Done and added to the list, thanks.

  • Davide
    Posted at 18:35h, 25 November Reply

    Another stock agency: http://www.photostockup.com

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  • AJL
    Posted at 11:27h, 22 March Reply

    Hello, great list and I’ve followed you over at Twitter. http://stockfuel.com has been around since 2009, if you would kindly add it to the list.

    @stockfuel

    Thanks,
    AJL

    • busja
      Posted at 03:10h, 27 May Reply

      I am sorry, in order to add Stockfuel, it is necessary that he answered letters contributors.

  • busja
    Posted at 03:33h, 27 May Reply

    I think that should be added http://www.photospin.com/

  • Jeff.G
    Posted at 04:29h, 31 May Reply

    Hello
    Do you know the French based site Xilopix ? http://us.xilopix.com/
    How would you rate it ?
    Thanks
    Jeff (from France)

  • Motaz
    Posted at 02:55h, 09 July Reply

    Nice reviews, what about this one:
    http://www.photosearch.com

    Thank you :)

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 03:18h, 09 July Reply

      Photosearch isn’t a microstock agency.

  • Lee Torrens
    Posted at 18:29h, 21 November Reply

    Added PhotoDune

  • Dennis Holmes
    Posted at 03:29h, 24 November Reply

    You should add http://clipartof.com – graphics only
    If you think your good enough. contact me

  • Lee Torrens
    Posted at 14:08h, 12 December Reply

    Added Photokore to the list.

  • Rey Borlaza
    Posted at 09:49h, 25 December Reply

    Please issue your review of Photokore. thanks and good tidings

  • P/B
    Posted at 15:34h, 02 March Reply

    Two additional agencies I didn’t found on your list:
    Clipdealer (http://www.clipdealer.com)
    PhotoXpress (http://www.photoxpress.com/)
    And please continue with great site

    • Lee Torrens
      Posted at 18:00h, 02 March Reply

      Hi Peter, Clipdealer is a video agency and so far I haven’t been adding those that don’t take photos directly. PhotoXpress is part of Fotolia, and not a microstock agency that people can submit to directly.

      • Claudio
        Posted at 17:16h, 08 March Reply

        Hi Lee, despite their name Clipdealer accepts photos as well now. I know because I uploaded a few thousand photos there.

  • Jewish Pictures
    Posted at 16:12h, 06 March Reply

    Database of Jewish Pictures

  • Nabeel
    Posted at 16:35h, 07 June Reply
  • zkx99
    Posted at 06:24h, 19 March Reply

    Sadly, gimme stock is gone. I had some photos on that one. They were nice. Wish they had told me they were going away.

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  • Thomas Mueller
    Posted at 03:33h, 21 August Reply

    Hi there,

    We want to introduce you to a new microstock agency.

    stockmaxx has been online – the microstock agency for license-free photographs, illustrations and vector graphics, at low prices and with a huge selection of over 4 million images.

    The time has now come for a new agency – stockmaxx – THE resource for all those looking for images.

    It would be great if you could add them to your list.

    Regards
    Thomas

  • Jesse Kunerth
    Posted at 21:25h, 02 June Reply

    I submit to about 10 and the best ones are Shutterstock and Istock by far.

  • John Mailer
    Posted at 03:04h, 03 June Reply

    And what about Canva :-)

  • Arti
    Posted at 01:28h, 30 June Reply

    What about Stocksy? I’ve seen some banners arrond the net, or lately in one article: https://fstoppers.com/business/heres-what-it-takes-become-professional-travel-photographer-72114. Thx.

  • John C
    Posted at 06:59h, 23 July Reply

    Hi can you tell Me about Ultimate Stock?

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