By Jennifer Farley

Getty Images Call For Artists On Flickr

By Jennifer Farley

flickrlogo 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?

  • @carter_vagrant

    RE: My twitter reply. I know you’re just passing along interesting info, and I don’t mean to connect you in any way to Getty. I apologize if that’s how it seemed. I’ve recently had clients burned by them. I find their business practices to be personally appalling, as they target site owners (not the designer) with letters demanding “settlement” for images that Getty has randomly decided have been used not only against copyright, but with “malicious intent”. Do a Google search on “Getty Letter” and you’ll find plenty of info in regards to this practice. It is my personal opinion that this is an ethically and morally challenged scheme.

  • I agree, i do not like Getty Images too. Do some research on their company in Google and you will see many people have been sued for no real reason by them…

  • Anonymous

    Also, Getty use their market muscle against photographers as well. They offer them appalling royaly terms (generally they pay 20% of earnings on RF sales, and 30% on RM sales).

    I have heard recently that in the small print of their contract they basically say “if we really like your image, and think it will sell well, we reserve the right to get one of our in-house, salaried photographers to take a really similar image, so we can license that to buyers instead, and we will then not have to pay you any royalties at all”.

    Getty images is all about profit for the owners. They do not give a damn about photographers.

  • Hi Guys, thanks for the comments. Since I wrote the post and saw your comments I’ve seen more about the “Getty letter” and it is scary stuff. I suppose for anyone who might sign up for the Flickr-Getty partnership it’s a case of photographer beware.

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