How to sell images on Alamy
- 1 Why Alamy is the best place to sell your stock images
- 2 How do I get my images for sale on Alamy?
- 3 Guidelines for submitting images to Alamy
- 4 How do I send you my stock images
- 5 Alamy Quality Control for Images
- 6 Understanding stock image licensing
- 7 Model and property releases for stock images
- 8 Captions and tags for Alamy
- 9 When and how do I get paid for selling images
- 10 Additional revenue options from selling images
Guidelines for submitting images to Alamy
You can send us stock photos, illustrations, live news, mobile, archival and reportage imagery. All of these have slightly different submission guidelines.
Stock photos and illustrations
Photography and illustrations need to meet our technical criteria and pass our Quality Control (QC) checks. Make sure you check your images before you submit them to get your images on sale quicker.
We need your photos to meet all 4 points:
- Photos from a DSLR (or equivalent) camera that has a minimum of 6 megapixels
Cameras with less than this won’t be able to produce a good enough quality to pass QC, or for us to sell
- Good enough quality for all our customers’ needs
There are a number of technical reasons why images might not pass our QC checks. If you’re uploading for the first time, take a look at our QC Failure Reasons PDF to avoid any issues.
Shoot or illustrate in whatever format you like, but you’ll need to submit your images to us as JPEGs.
- JPEG file size of over 17MB (when uncompressed)
This is likely to have a compressed JPEG size of 3-5MB. Opening a JPEG in an image program such as Adobe Photoshop will show you the uncompressed (open) file size.
Top tip: Make sure you check all your images at 100% (actual pixels) for errors.
For more info on QC, see the Quality Control Section.
We have an iPhone app called Stockimo. If you take photos on your iPhone and want to make some money, download our Stockimo app, share your photos and we’ll sell them on Alamy and through our distribution network. There’s lots of information on our help page and over on the Stockimo website. Download Stockimo in the App Store and start uploading now.
We have an additional upload route for collections of archival or reportage images which might not meet our technical standards for regular stock imagery.
We have high customer demand for this type of imagery, so if you have a collection then make sure you let us know.
- What do we mean by archival images?
Images that are historically or culturally significant, examples include film stills, press archives and specialist collections.
- What do we mean by reportage images?
Photojournalistic images illustrating a story but captured under difficult circumstances and might not pass our standard QC checks. Examples include photo essays or features.
Newsworthy photography captured within 24 hours of the event has different requirements to stock. To find out more, check out the Live News section.