List of Microstock agencies

The following is an alphabetical list of the major Microstock Agencies updated in early 2017. I’ve also put together an alphabetical list of major Midstock agencies, which you will find in this link! Check it out and squeeze every last drop of earnings from your premium images!

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Agency Image Exclusivity Option? Commission on exclusive content Commission on non-exclusive content Barriers to entry for new contributors
123RF No N/A Depending on the specific type of subscription, details here None
500px Yes 60% 30% None
Bigstockphoto No N/A $0.50 per credit or 30% per Partner Program None
Canstockphoto No N/A 50% None
Canva No N/A 35% None
Clipdealer No N/A 46% of the net sale None
Cliparto No N/A 40-50% None
Colourbox No N/A 20% None
Crestock No N/A 20%, 25% after the first 250 downloads, up to 40% at 10,000 None
Cutcaster Yes 55% 40% None
Dreamstime Yes 60% + $0.20 bonus for each approved submission 20-45% depending on your level None
Depositphotos Yes From 50% to 60% per file sold or from $0.31 per sale via subscription 34-42% None
Fantero No N/A 55% None
Featurepics No N/A 50% None
Foap No N/A 50% None
Fotolia /Adobe Stock Yes From 35% to 63% 33% None
GL Stock Images No N/A 52% None
Mostphotos No N/A 50% None
Istockphoto Yes 22% – 45% 15% Application quiz and then submit a sample of three images
Panther Media No N/A 30-50% None
Pond5 No N/A 50% None
Photodune / Envato Yes 50% – 70% 36% None
Photocase No N/A 40% – 60%, depending on your current share level None
Photospin No N/A 40% None
Pixta Yes 30% to 53% 22-42% None
Pixoto No N/A 30% None
Scandinavian Stock Photo No N/A 50% None
Shutterstock No N/A Depending on the specific type of subscription, details here 1 in 10 images must be accepted
Signelements No N/A 30% None
Solidstock No N/A 50% Invite only
Stockfresh No N/A 50% to 62.5% None
Twenty20 No N/A 20% None
Yayimages No N/A 50% None


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