STOCKXPERT STOPS SELLING

StockXpert was acquired by Getty Images, the owners of iStockPhoto a while ago. In a rather predictable move they announced that they would be closing direct sales on the site starting February 11th, 2010. What does this mean for photographers? Well consider it a consildation of accoutns and one less place to upload images. Buyers are being directed over to iStockPhoto and they are even allow to transfer their credits. From this post on the forum it appear that photographers can either transfer fund or email StockXpert for a payout. As for your earnings you can either transfer then to your iStock account by logging back into your account and then follow the guidelines to do so. If you don’t want to transfer to iStock or do not have an account there, email customer support and ask for a complete payout. I suggest you only do so after Feb 10 in case you get more sales until then. Accounts at StockXpert will still be actiave and the place photographers receive earning for Getty’s ThinkStock project. If you haven’t already setup a iStockphoto account, view iStockphoto reviews or signup. Have questions? They have a forum topic going about the issue or post you comments and questions here on Microstock...

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SNAPVILLAGE SHUTS DOWN UPLOADS

Last week I recevied the following email from SnapVillage. It seems that we will have to take a little break from sending images there. I have not uploaded much seeing as I get very few downloads (none actually in the last 2 months). Hopefully their new Veer Marketplace will find a little more success. The next stage requires that we stop accepting new uploads to SnapVillage. We have scheduled this to happen on Friday, May 1. This means you can continue to upload images through April 30th, but after that you’ll have to hold on to your images for a few weeks while we transfer the rest of the SnapVillage content over to Veer Marketplace. While we can’t take new uploads, you’ll still be able to access your SnapVillage account as you always have and during this transition, SnapVillage buyers will continue to be able to license your...

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STOCKFRESH.COM : DREAM GROUP KNOWS MICROSTOCK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dream Group Launches New Stock Photo Site Stockfresh.com Budapest, Hungary – June 1, 2010 – After the success of the widely popular stock photography sites Stockxpert (stockxpert.com) and stock.xchng (sxc.hu), Hungary based Dream Group is entering the stock photo marketplace once again with Stockfresh (stockfresh.com) a brand new microstock offering. The new website aims to offer the best royalty free images in the market at prices everyone can afford – via a hassle-free, clean and easy to use interface. At launch the Stockfresh collection features over 100,000 images for sale from top stock photographers and studios such as Yuri Arcurs, Ron Chapple’s Iofoto, Monkey Business Images, Dmitriy Shironosov and many more. They can be purchased through a wide range of pay per download and subscription plans available at highly competitive prices, and with Stockfresh’s exceptionally high artist commissions customers can always be sure that their money goes to the right place. In addition to this, the website’s easy to use, intuitive and uncluttered interface helps customers save time on their projects. Stockfresh was founded by Peter Hamza and Andras Pfaff who have been in the stock photo industry for nearly 10 years and were also behind the highly successful free stock photo community stock.xchng and its microstock sister site Stockxpert. After working together with some of the biggest agencies they decided to become independent again and sold their shares in those sites to create something new and exciting from scratch along the values they believe in – in Peter Hamza’s words “simplicity, quality, fair pricing and last but not least fair commissions”. For more information visit http://stockfresh.com. About Dream Group Dream Group is a creative venture set up by a group of young professionals who believe in the combination of imaginative thinking and technological competence for the sake of successful business. The first establishment, Dream Interactive digital agency was set up in 1997 in Budapest, and over the past 10 years it has become one of the most successful interactive agencies in Hungary. Founded in 2001, Dream Group’s stock photography division included the widely popular free stock photo community stock.xchng and its microstock sister site Stockxpert.com until they were acquired by Getty Images in 2009. Dream Group’s newest stock photography offering is Stockfresh.com. Other projects include SeeMe, a mobile marketing agency, and two companies focusing on event marketing: Dream Lab and Glamour Models. Contact Information Peter Hamza...

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NEW ISRAELI MICROSTOCK AGENCY OPEN’S

‘Microstock IL’ opened in Israel aims to offer a vast repository of images for commercial use. Covering life in Israel, and Jewish, Islamic and Christians holly places. The uniqueness of ‘Microstock Israel’ is in its focus on images from Israel and the Middle East.   The site features an impressive selection of pictures surrounding many issues of life in Israel: Business, Religion, Landscape, Architecture, Beauty, Life Style, people, and more.   With prices starting at 1$ an image the site owners intend to become a leading player in ethnic stock photography industry and to offer a solution to an existing need among many publishers and companies.   According to Yaniv Hanina; Co-Founder: “There is great demand for Israeli images worldwide, especially among Muslim, Christians, and Jewish publishers and small businesses.  Our photo pool stands at 100,000 images with 6,500 new images added each month.   “Many professional photographers in Israel are unable to make a living selling pictures because they lack an effective marketing system that can locate the niche customers. ‘Microstock Israel’ gives them a platform to display and sell the pictures to the specific audience needing them.   “It’s important for us to promote and strengthen the status of Israeli photographers and help them. While international agencies filter out large portion of ethnic images we welcome and promote them.   site address: www.microstock.co.il   The people behind Microstock IL ‘Microstock Israel’ site is a subsidiary of a|s|a|p Creative , an 18 years veteran stock agency, serving hundreds of customers. our company represents world renowned quality photography and has reserves of millions of images (12.5...

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GETTY IMAGES INTRODUCES THINKSTOCK

Introducing Thinkstock: a New Kind of Image Subscription A Complete Image Subscription Product Offering Premium Royalty-Free Imagery from Getty Images and Jupiterimages, and User-Generated Images from iStockphoto   NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Getty Images, Inc., the world s leading creator and distributor of visual and digital media content, today launches Thinkstock (www.thinkstock.com), a new image subscription product that provides one of the most complete offerings available in the marketplace. Developed for value-conscious creative professionals, Thinkstock is one of the only subscription products to offer this level of quality, simplicity and value all in one place, with world-class legal protection.   Thinkstock is the new industry-standard in the image subscription business,  said Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images. Thinkstock will change both the reality and customers  perceptions of image subscriptions. By delivering an affordable and simple offering with excellent legal protection, Thinkstock provides one of the most complete subscriptions available anywhere, with premium, professional and user-generated imagery all in one place.   Thinkstock offers creative professionals access to a comprehensive collection of imagery that is unmatched in its quality and variety, and provides all file sizes regardless of the subscription package. Thinkstock offers millions of select royalty-free images, vectors and illustrations from the industry s leading content providers: Getty Images, iStockphoto and Jupiterimages. The collection combines both user-generated content and professionally art-directed images ensuring Thinkstock provides a genuinely diverse range of concepts and subjects with original and creative interpretations. Each week, Thinkstock will add thousands of new, premium images, all of which have been reviewed against the strict legal standards that Getty Images is known for in the industry.   The streamlined Thinkstock subscription plan complete with broad global usage rights, enables customers to begin using their imagery immediately after it is downloaded to their desktops. The monthly or yearly subscription options, priced at $249 and $2499 respectively, grant customers access to the entire library of Thinkstock images with downloads of 25 images per day, up to 750 images per month. Additionally, Thinkstock will soon offer multiple-shot image packs, with prices ranging from $59 – $999, ideal for customers with smaller budgets or who require imagery for a specific project.   Recognizing that today s customers are working against accelerated deadlines to bring their creative projects to market, Thinkstock s simple, user-friendly website   powered by Getty Images   makes it easier than ever to find the right image for any project. The site utilizes Getty Images  proprietary...

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