FOTOLIA SHARES TOP SELLERS OF 2009

NEW YORK, NY, January 12, 2010 – Sales of $1 images continued to generate six-figure incomes for the world’s top photographers in 2009. The three best selling images on Fotolia.com accounted for nearly 10,000 downloads this past year. Images from the top three sellers range from $1 – $20 per download, depending on the size required. “The best photographers and artists in the world upload their images to Fotolia because they know we aggressively market to buyers in 12 countries around the world,” says CEO Oleg Tscheltzoff. “Fotolia’s growth has been phenomenal, thanks to the quality and affordability of our stock imagery.” In alphabetical order, the top three sellers in 2009 on www.fotolia.com were: Artist: ioannis kounadeas http://www.fotolia.com/id/10056459 Artist: Monkey Business http://www.fotolia.com/id/8653783 Artist: pressmaster http://www.fotolia.com/id/6202659 -30- Over 1.5 million people prefer Fotolia, LLC for affordable, royalty-free images, graphics and HD videos. With the introduction of the Infinite Collection, Fotolia became the first worldwide microstock organization to offer both crowd-sourced and professional images on one site. Founded in New York City in 2004, Fotolia spans the globe with websites in 10 languages and offices in 12 countries. With over 8,000,000 images to choose from, find it on Fotolia. www.fotolia.com Media Contact: Jennifer Laraway Director of Communications, North America Fotolia, LLC Direct:...

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WIN A $50 GIFT CARD

We at Microstock Forum know that things have been a little slow around here recently. We are going to be adding some new agencies to the agency review list, but need you help to make this a worthwhile resource for photographers and illustrators: WE NEED REVIEWS! We are giving away a $50 gift card to B&H Photo to get them. Not just any review will do, we need thoughtful reviews of the ability of people to make an income and have a enjoyable experience working with the different agencies.So yes… we are giving away a $50 Gift card to B&H Photo to try and drum up a little excitement. Where are the reviews? View the Agency Review List. You must be logged in to ad a review to the list. The rules are: You will get 1 point for each thoughtful review you write. All points will be entered with the username for a random drawing. The winner will be notified by email. If no response is received within 48 hours and alternate winner will be selected. You are limited to 1 review per agency You must actual be a member of the agency you review and have uploaded photos (hopefully with some accepted) We reserve the right to not approve any review that we think is not susbstanitive, including hateful remarks or things such as “XXXXX agecy sucks!” without suffecient evidence to make the review helpful to others. Only one account per person, don’t start 15 accounts and write reviews on each one. The contest ends July 15th, 2009, so get those reviews in there...

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“WONDERS OF NATURE“: NEW PHOTO COMPETITION

Panthermedia is running a new Photo Competition in connection with NaturFoto Magazine. Prizes From Sony and MyPhotobook. (http://www.panthermedia.net), the leading and rapidly growing marketplace for royalty-free photography, presents together with the NaturFoto Magazine the new Photo Competetion „Wonders of Nature“ starting May 1st until July 31st. First and second prize are the Sony DSLR A200k Alpha and the DCS-W210 Cyber-Shot, followed by prizes fom MyPhotobook with a total value of 240 Euro. Our nature has become one of the central and most important issues in our society. Environmental protection, climate change and natural disaster, to name a few, are constantly discussed in our society. Did human-hand change the nature around us so rapidly during the past 50 years or is it the constantly recurring course of time? Our environment shows us stunning moments of time which we admire and cannot forget. Each region of the world has its very own nature phenomenon: sandstorms in Africa, the polar lights at the North Pole, hurricans in the sea and summer storms in Germany. The animal kingdom is full of an astonishing diversity, worth to be captured: a swarm of migratory birds on its way south, a brown bear in Norway hunting for salmon in a river or a spider´s web full of dew on a balcony. The „Wonders of Nature“ start almost outside of your own front door! Take your camera and capture the most beautiful moments for this competition. Join The Competition It’s very easy to participate. Photographers register as a free standard member at PantherMedia and upload their photo for the competition. As a member of PantherMedia they can then discuss the images and comment on them in the photocommunity and offer the images for sale via the stock agency. More information on the competition as well as sample images can be found...

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SNAPIXEL LAUNCHES OPENSTOCK(TM) READY-TO-LICENSE SYSTEM

San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) April 28, 2009 — Snapixel (www.snapixel.com), a new photography site that combines elements of the photo sharing site Flickr and the popular stock photography site Istockphoto, announces Openstock(TM), an innovative system that provides photographers with an easy-to-market solution to sell photos. “The Snapixel model extends selling power to all levels of photographers. While not every image belongs in a stock photography marketplace, our ultimate goal is to widen the creative spectrum of traditional stock photography, without decreasing the value.” said Ivan Wong, COO and Co-founder of Snapixel. In the past, the price-point of semi-professional digital photography equipment and the high level of technical knowledge posed a barrier-of-entry. Now with the emergence of affordable DSLR cameras by electronic manufacturers such as Canon, Nikon, Sony and others, a larger pool of talent are producing higher quality photos. Everyday, people throughout the world post creative photography on the web with no intention of selling their work. Whether it be the complex and lengthy application process posed by popular stock photography sites or a hesitation to acknowledge their work as commercially viable, these talented individuals produce diverse and engaging photography. “We are creating an opportunity for the next generation of photographers and photo-enthusiasts, by offering reliable tools, secure storage and a platform that offers incremental income in a competitive market.” said Adam Oliver, CEO of Snapixel. Instant Scalability and Secure Storage Built using the powerful scalability of Amazon Web Services(TM) cloud-computing platform, people can quickly and securely upload and organize their photos. Photos for sale can be distributed with a standard and extended license, or Creative Common licensing can be applied to images that are not-for-sale. Photos can be easily purchased with Snapixel credits, and prices will vary depending on the license type and size of an image. Snapixel offers 1GB of free storage or a premium package for unlimited storage. Focused on community and fostering a positive environment, Snapixel is where photographers can connect with others to share comments, tips and critiques by starting or joining forums and groups. About Snapixel Based in San Francisco, Snapixel is a Flixya Entertainment LLC company that operates a network of media-related sites which include Imagebam, a global top 300 website hosting over 40 million images and Flixya, a social networking site that pushes 100% revenue to it’s members via the Google Adsense API. Snapixel is a photo sharing community and stock photography marketplace, providing all levels of photographers and photo-enthusiasts with the tools to upload, store, organize, share or sell their photos. The...

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Pixmac

Agency Link: Pixmac.com Files: 10,000,000 Referral Program: Yes Pixmac is a new agency that has gone through a fast growth spurt. The design of the site is excellent for being so young and the company seems very response to questions. Pixmac is a fast, new microstock agency with plenty to offer. Based out of Prague and only recently born, only time will tell how they will fare. They have stated their focuses are: microstock, user experience, free keywording, easy to use, simple, fast. With daily free images, Pixmac is a good place to checkout. For photographers they have excellent commisions: 50-60% depending on whether the image is exclusive. Images must be at least 3MP with no upper size...

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