Photopreneur’s Big List of Stock Photography Sites (categorized)


The Internet now contains thousands of stock photography sites, giving editors a huge choice of image sources, and photographers a wide range of outlets for their images. We’ve checked sites and pored over lists to produce our own guide to stock photography.

We’ve broken the sites down into subject categories but it’s likely that many overlap. Certainly, the large sites will also include niche subjects. Not all of the sites accept contributions but many do.

Entries are arranged alphabetically and should not be considered as recommendations. Be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully, and let us know about your experiences with the sites on the list and any that you think we’ve missed.

The Giants

Two stock companies dominate the industry. They’re big enough to set the prices, determine styles and lock in buyers with subscription fees. Many of the sites listed here are now subsidiaries of one of these firms.

Corbis

Getty

 

General

Both Corbis and Getty accept images of every topic imaginable. Lots of other sites offer general images too.

Acclaim Images

AGE Foto Stock

AGPix

Alamy

Big Shot Stock

First Light

if images

imagestate

Jupiter Images

Masterfile

Plain Picture

SuperStock

YouWorkForThem

 

Unique Payment Models

Stock companies generally license images on a royalty-free basis or a rights-managed basis, taking a (large) commission for themselves. Some stock companies though are pushing back against that model with payment plans of their own.

fotoLibra

Photographer’s Direct

PhotoShelter

 

News

News and editorial images generally need to be delivered quickly to reach markets and generate sells.

AP Images

Atlas Press Photo

Black Star

Citizenside

Contact Press

Magnum Photos

NewsCom

Polaris Images

Redux Pictures

Retna

Reuters

Rex

The Image Works

World Picture News

Zuma Press

 

Regional News

Local news services, even national rather than international ones, may offer targeted sources for buyers and contributors.

Agence VU

All Canada Photos

Invisu

Kyodo News

Laif

Landov

Oculi

Oeil Public

SIPA

Tass Photo

The Canadian Press

Top Foto

 

Celebrity

Some of the highest paying editorial images are shots of celebrities. Paparazzi images in particular have to be sent in very quickly.

August Image

Contour Photos

Headpress

JBG Photo

Lickerish

Lime Foto

MrPaparazzi

Vistalux

 

Microstock

Microstock companies accept images from everyone but charge and pay small amounts on a royalty-free basis.

123rf

Big Stock Photo

Can Stock Photo

Citizen Image

Crestock

Cutcaster

Deposit Photos

Dreamstime

FeaturePics

Fotolia

Gimmestock

ImageVortex

iStockphoto

MicrostockPhoto

MostPhotos

Photaki

Photocase

Pixmac

ShutterFarm

Shutterstock

StockFresh

Stockphoto

StockPhotoMedia

Vivozoom

Webshots

YayMicro

Zoonar

 

Artistic
Art rarely makes the best stock, which needs to functional rather than artistic. Some stock companies though do specialize in art images.

Aperture

Arcangel Images

Art and Commerce

Bransch

F-Stop Images

Gallery Stock

Glass House Images

Independent Photography Network

Lens Modern

Panos Pictures

Redux Pictures

Stock That Doesn’t Suck

Trunk Archive

 

Environmental

Images of the environment have become more important as interest in climate change has grown.

Aurora Photos

Eco Photo Explorers

Ecopics

Global Warming Images

Green Stock Media

 

Science

Science images, including astronomy, can have strong demand but they often require access to laboratories and specialist tools.

Custom Medical Stock Photo

Oxford Scientific

Photo Researchers

Science Photo

Visuals Unlimited

 

Nature
With the right agency, it’s even possible license your shots of landscape, nature and animals.

Animals Animals

DRK Photo

EarthWater

Mangelsen: Images of Nature

Minden Pictures

Nature Picture Library

NHPA

Picture-Nature

Seapics

Tidal Stock

Terra Galleria

Sports

Sports photography can be as topical as news or as general as portraiture. Some sites cover every sport; others focus on just one activity.

A-Frame Photo

Blue Green Pictures

Extreme Sports Photo

Icon Sports Media

International Sports

Kos Sailing

Sports Chrome

Surfing Stock

Travel

Making money out of your vacation photos isn’t easy. Create travel images of exotic locations though and you can license them on specialist stock sites.

Africa Imagery

BeachFeature

FotoTeca

Hedgehog House

Lonely Planet

Odyssey Productions

Photo-Africa-Stock.com

Picturesque

Scandinavian Stock Photo

Tropical Pix

Travel Library

US Regions

The United States is big and varied enough for images of different regions to have their own outlets.

Accent Alaska

Alaska Stock

Idaho Stock Images

Pacific Stock Photography

Photo Resource Hawaii

Photohouston

Salmon River

International

Photographers in countries around the world can try to sell their images through sites that use the country or region as a brand.

4 Corners

All Canada Photos

Anzenberger Webgate

OnAsia

Axiom Photo

Euro Stock

Europe Stock Images

Greek Stock Photos

Imagine China

Cubo Images

Mauritius Images

Photo New Zealand

Folio

Switzerland Photos

Terra Brasil Imagens

Music

Images of musicians, instruments and performance can make a particularly valuable niche.

Lebrecht

Music Pictures

RedFerns

Industry

Images of industry and transport can be both valuable and difficult to produce. If you can arrange access, some specialist sites will be happy to take your targeted, quality images.

Alvey and Towers

Construction Photography

Energy Images

Mining Photo

Traffic Stock Photos

Transtock

 

Food

Food pictures might need the help of a professional food stylist but they can make for a useful niche.

Fabfoodpix

Food-image

Stock Food

Aerial Photography

Aerial photography requires some special equipment and is usually commissioned. Some stock companies though do sell images shot from a height.

Airphotona

Aerolist Photographers

Aeronautic Pictures

AirView Online

Ireland Aerial Photography

Add Yours here, in the comments.  Include the category.


16 comments for this post.

  1. Yousif Jawhar Said:

    You forgot about Demotix.com "News agency"

  2. Microstock Posts Said:

    Very useful list here. Small error on the microstock section, it's correct that everyone is allowed to submit images and that microstock agencies pay smaller amounts than traditional stock agencies, per license sold. However microstock sites don't "charge" their contributors, as mentioned in the article. Thanks.

  3. Alexander Lukyanov Said:

    Useful information.
    In your list there is no Russian microstocks: Lori, PressFoto

  4. George Koruth Said:

    I have been following your blog very carefully. Everytime you come up with some something so new and so usefull. This is an awesome list. Thank you so much for all the post. I would like to ask you something, which is better way to sell photos having all the photos on your website or flickr or through stock. One more small question, what do you think about http://www.500px.com

  5. Subhendu Sen Said:

    About Getty: the following link can throw some light: http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2011/04/05/new-getty-contract-met-with-apathy/#comments

    Appreciate your excellent collection, though. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Charles Biasini Said:

    Great list. Now you can search through all of these stock photo agencies on one site. http://www.oseeris.com. You can also categorized your searches and more. It's a great tool and so far it's free.

  7. Cherry Alexander Said:

    Great list. Can you add us to travel please, we specialise in all aspects of the Arctic and Antarctica.

  8. Jim Streeter Said:

    Extremely useful list and categorization. Can you add us to the environmental section? Thanks.

  9. John Lund Said:

    Don't forget Blend Images (www.blendimages.com)! The world's leading multiethnic stock agency!

    Thanks for the Blog Post!

    John

  10. Jane Faircloth Said:

    Please add Transparencies, Inc. to the regional section or the small agency section. Thanks.

  11. Laura Said:

    I think we are crawling all of the sites you have listed - Can you add us in a new section "ALL Stock Photo Sites" :)

  12. Matt Brading Said:

    Great list ... can you please add us to the Unique Payment Models section ... no commissions!
    Global Eye Images

    Thanks!

  13. Madison Said:

    You forgot to mention http://www.imagebrief.com - the resource for advertising agencies to brief a global network of professional photographers.

  14. Anonymous Said:

    Please add http://www.allyoucanstock.com

    royalty free stock photo agency

    thank you, alloucanstock

  15. Oliver Stephenson Said:

    Please add picdesk.com. Any questions just email me at [email protected].

    Many thanks

  16. Geoff Bryant Said:

    Good selection but I don't see any botanical/horticultural collections on your list. There are quite a few out there, though of course my favorite is going to be mine: Botanical Stock Photos ( http://www.botanicalstockphotos.com ).

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