Get Approved as a Contributor

Start making money today. Come upload your photos & illustrations and share the profits with us.

Anyone can become a contributing member at PhotoSpin, but before you can submit images for sale, you must be approved as a 'contributor'. Prior to getting approved and receiving an agreement we would like to review your work. Fill out the form below and *submit 3 files (with varying subject matter), on which your overall skill and technique will be judged.

* Please send 3 - RGB 72 dpi JPG samples. Samples not to exceed 1 MB. Final images submitted must meet our image requirements.








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Image Content

- You must own the copyright of any photo you submit.
- Photos cannot contain any copyrighted materials such as artwork, company logos or signage
- No embedded watermarks, logos, copyrights, website URLs, etc. on the photos.
- Model/Property releases are required for any photo depicting an identifiable human face and/or property.
- No series of 5 or more similar images

Image Quality

- free of dust, noise, and scratches at 100% image size
- correctly orientated and aligned
- clear subject matter and focus
- no added decorative borders or frames
- well-composed, well-lit images, not over sharpened

Image File Formats

Photos & Illustrations (raster art)
JPEG only. TIF, PDF and PSD files not accepted.
- RGB color mode.
- 3600 pixels minimum & 5200 pixels maximum. Any file smaller than 3600 pixels will be declined.

Illustrations (vector art)
EPS and a separate JPEG (3600 pixels maximum) preview of your illustration to extract the IPTC/XMP metadata. It is important that your EPS and JPEG filenames match or your illustration will be declined. TIF, PDF and PSD files are not accepted.

 

EPS ( vector )
- Adobe Illustrator 10-compatible.
- No embedded/placed files.

JPEG ( preview with keywords embedded)
- RGB color mode.
- 3600 pixels minimum & 5200 pixels maximum. Any file smaller than 3600 pixels will be declined.

 

Image Metadata

We extract XMP ( Author (Byline), Document Title, and Keywords) or IPTC (Creator, Title, and Keywords) data out of the JPEG files only. Any attempt to "keyword stuff" to manipulate a file's ranking will be declined and account may be suspended.

- Must contain keywords.
- Must contain image description/title (Document Title/Title).
- Must contain your name (Author/Creator). No hyperlinks or file will be rejected.

Model Release | Download Sample

All photographs where an identifiable human face is present require a model release. There are no exceptions. If the photograph is of a minor (a child under the age of 18), a model release must be signed by a parent or legal guardian. If the photo is of the photographer (a self portrait), a model release is still required. A model release should be uploaded with each file. If you're uploading related shots of the same model, the model release should be uploaded with each shot.

Property Release | Download Sample

The requirement for a property release isn't as clear-cut as for a model release because there is no specific right of privacy attached to the property as to people. Having said that, there are at least two reasons for obtaining property releases: (i) on the theory that a person's identity might be connected to the property in question (such as where a person's property is used in a manner that might defame the person as owner); and (ii) on the basis that to use someone's property for commercial gain without their consent may amount to an offense called "conversion". Also, if you go on someone's private property to take a picture of them or their property, it could amount to trespass. PhotoSpin recommends that a Property Release be obtained when the image contains identifiable property wherever possible (this isn't just for houses, it could apply to pets, cars and other personal property). The more recognizable and unique the property (and the more the owner's identity might be connected to or determined from the property) the greater the need for a property release. The Property Release needs to signed by the legal and beneficial owner(s) of the property or their authorized agent. Many of the same formalities apply to Property Releases as for model releases. A property release should be uploaded with each file. If you're uploading related shots of the same model, the model release should be uploaded with each shot.


What Does PhotoSpin Pay?

PhotoSpin pays a 40% revenue split for non-exclusive images. The copyright and the image remain yours, you're only licensing the image to us to distribute (as royalty free) to our customers on your behalf. Files are licensed two ways:

How Do I Get Paid?

PhotoSpin pays in U.S. dollars. When your monthly account *balance reaches $50, you can request payment by PayPal, Skrill or by check.
Payment

* Final balance for the month will be calculated at the beginning of each month for the previous month(s).