14 Jul 2007 Microstock Contests

I’ve personally never been big on contests, but I think I’m in the minority. Most contests offer you the chance to win a substantial prize for doing something not-so-substantial.

So what are some of the contests around in the microstock market? Let’s take a look.


iStockphoto launched their first contest, called Future Now in February, ending on April 30. It was for video submissions, “centered on today’s high-tech lifestyles, offering a perspective on our futuristic, gadget-driven lives”. The submissions needed to use the free videos and still images from the iStockphoto portfolio.

Prizes for the Future Now contest consisted of video cameras and accessories, Pixel Corps memberships, and software.


Shutterstock run a monthly contest for new images to be submitted following a changing theme. In June the theme was Summer and this month it’s Grunge.

Prizes include a Shutterstock t-shirt, a $20 book gift certificate and the winning and runner up images are featured in the appropriate lightbox.

Here’s last month’s winner:

Summer, Shutterstock contest winner


Dreamstime have monthly ‘Assignment Contests’, also following a different theme each month. Images must be new and submitted exclusively to Dreamstime. Contributors can escalate the pricing level or sell the rights ($25) to their entries. The theme this month is water. Last month it was, you guessed it, Summer!

Prizes vary but this month includes a Video iPod and, you guessed it, a Dreamstime t-shirt.

Here’s last month’s winner:

Cute little girl with lollipop, Winzworks


Fotolia run regular contests to design new themed Fotolia logos, such as Easter, New Year or their recent V2 upgrade. The prize is 100 credits and the honor of having your design displayed on the Fotolia website for a week.

Here’s the V2 and New Year logos:

Fotolia V2 logoFotolia New Year logo

They also run Name that Photo contests where five images are displayed and entrants need to identify the files by searching through the database. The prize is 5 credits.


For the month of June LuckyOliver ran a “Keeping it Cool” competition where you entered by submitting images following the “cool” theme and placed the competition name in the keywords. Prizes available were various sized Blurb published books of your images. LuckyOliver also offered each entry a 30% royalty bonus if a total of 200 entries were received.

The winner hasn’t yet been determined.


StockXpert are running both a monthly image theme contest and an annual contest. The monthly topics have been parenting and graduation.

Prizes for the monthly contests are iPods, 80GB for first prize and 30GB for second. The annual contest gives the winner the choice of some high end digital SLR cameras or an Apple Macbook!

Here are the winners so far:

StockXpert 'Graduation' theme contest winning shotStockXpert 'Parenting' theme contest winning shot


Crestock ran a contest this year in three parts. There were three separate themes and three separate prizes. The themes, in order, were The Meaning of Life, Feeling Sexy, and Speed Demon. All the prizes were cameras, Leica D-lux 3, Nikon D40x, and Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II.

Here are the winning shots:

Friends, chandandeRight Here, llinaSprinting Greyhound, EcoShow

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