Image Quality Requirements
Images can be submitted in digital form only. If you would like to submit film/negatives, you must scan them into a digital format before you submit them.
Accurate focus, a clean camera lens, proper lighting conditions and proper camera settings are required. If your image is not perfectly sharp or is a bit noisy, try to downsize the image. This can help prevent technical problems.
Avoid sending similar shots when only one is your favorite. Edit on your own. Keep batch sizes of similar subjects down to the bare minimum.
We ask you to avoid sending us the same image with slight variations on the angle.
Please refrain from sending in the same image in color, black and white, sepia, and blue tone. The color image should suffice. In rare cases if filters and color tones give the image an unique atmosphere, we will make an exception.
File Format, Resolution and File Size
At the moment, we accept JPG, TIFF and PNG. PNG files should have transparent backgrounds, otherwise we suggest you re-save your files in JPG format instead. The file must be at least 2MP (2 Megapixels/2 Million Pixels). To calculate the number of pixels in a photo - multiply the width by the height. For example - a photo that's 1700x1300 is 2.21 million pixels. Keep in mind that MP refers to the amount of pixels in the image and MB refers to the size.
*Width and height both need to be greater than 1200 pixels.
Note: Images may not be upsized more than 5% - if you upload upsized images, your submissions will be rejected and you risk your account being suspended. Images have to be correctly exposed and in-focus.
Please be sure your file names do not contain any special characters, Cyrillic, dashes, underscores, or accents.
Examples: [ , ] , _ , & , å , ñ, é, ß, ®, ©, §, ç, ä, ø, ü, or quote marks (“ ” or ‘ ’) or ( ) ~ ' , & \ / ! ? @
All digital files must have the sRGB or Adobe RGB (1998) color space embedded. We do not accept CMYK files or differing resolutions. Black & white images must be desaturated RGB files, not Grayscale.
You must be able to agree to all provisions in our Contributor Agreement in order to sell media files on our site, please read it thoroughly and make sure you understand your rights and responsibilities.
Submitter must have rights for distribution to the submitted imagery. Found or public domain images, illustrations, or their parts, cannot be submitted under any circumstances. If you do not have complete rights to the submission, you may not submit it.
For submitted work that contains any copyrighted material including paintings, other copyrighted photos, copyrighted logos, or any other art/advertisements/sculptures/exhibits which are copyrighted, you must either submit releases from the copyright owners or you must note to the curator the images are editorial.
If you are interested in finding out more about copyright, or in registering your work with the US copyright office (this is not necessary, but it can afford you additional legal protections), you can take a look at their website: http://www.copyright.gov/
Model and Property Releases
All commercially-oriented content that contains recognizable people must be accompanied by a signed Model Release (available here). Releases need to be signed by the model(s) as well as by a witness other than the cameraperson/uploader.
Even if you are the model in the image, we require a model release, signed by you and a witness. Also, if there is a recognizable minor, a parent/guardian signature is required.
Property Releases are required when copyrighted or trademarked material appear.
You can download standard model and property releases here. We will accept other release agreements as well, as long as the legal provisions are roughly the same.
Note: Scans of signed releases should be uploaded in JPG format.
Before uploading photos of public buildings or landmarks, do a bit of research to see if you can legally sell images of it. For example, did you know the Hollywood Sign is owned by a nonprofit trust, and requires their permission for it to be shown in commercial films? For that reason, all clips of the Hollywood Sign on our site are marked "editorial only"). We may be able to answer some of these questions, but you can get much more comprehensive information online.
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