Getty Images, one of the largest providers of stock photography recently put out a call for artists on the Flickr web site. Getty first became involved with Flickr by offering the “Flickr Collection” on Getty Images in March of this year. The Flickr collection was populated with images from photographers who had opted in to the program by indicating that they would be happy to be contacted by Getty images. Anyone who opted in could in theory have their images selected if they were found to be of interest to Getty Image editors.
Getty have now launched a formal Call For Artists. The difference is that Flickr members can upload 10 images to a dedicated Call For Artists group, rather than waiting for the Getty Images editors to get in contact. When your 10 images are uploaded they will be assessed for suitability, which basically means “will they sell on the Getty Images web site?”
The submission guidelines are
- You can upload ten images
- Files must be at least three megapixels in size
- You must be able to provide model or property releases where appropriate
- Photos cannot be licensed to any other must not be licensed to any other users or through any other agency or distributor
- You must be the creator or the copyright owner of the image
If any or all of the uploaded images are selected, Getty Images will invite you by Flickrmail to enroll. There are two types of license available in The Flickr Collection on Getty Images:
1. Rights-managed (RM) – Rights-managed works are licenses on a use-by-use basis. Price of the license takes size, placement, duration of use and geographic distribution into account.
2. Royalty-free (RF) – Royalty-free images are licensed at set prices based upon the file-size the customer purchases. The end-use is not specified.
Depending on which side of the fence you’re sitting on this could be a fantastic opportunity to get more attention for your photography or illustrations and to earn a bit of money from them. Prices from images sold range from $5 up to a few hundred dollars depending on how it will be used, so if you’re lucky enough to have an image selected and sold it is certainly financially more worthwhile than selling through any of the micro stock libraries.
For more details visit the Getty Images Call for Artists group on Flickr.
Are you a Flickr user? Will you be responding to the Call For Artists?