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How to sell images on Alamy

How to sell images on Alamy

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 checks. Make sure you check your images before you submit them to get your images on sale quicker.

Technical criteria
We need:

  1. JPEGS
    Shoot or illustrate in whatever format you like, but you’ll need to submit your images to us as JPEGs.
  1. Photos from a camera that has a minimum of 6 megapixels
    Cameras with less than this won’t be able to produce a good enough quality for us to sell.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.

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 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.

You can apply for this through My Alamy, or by completing this application form.


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.

Live News

Newsworthy photography captured within 24 hours of the event has different requirements to stock. To find out more, check out the Live News section.