New app helps smartphone users sell their photos to everyone from designers to news agencies and publishers
© National Geographic Image Collection / Alamy
Alamy, the largest online collection of imagery for photo buyers, which has already paid out over $140 million to photographers since 2001, today announced the launch of Stockimo, an app that turns smartphone photos into cash. Compared to similar apps, users can make more money out of their photos by using Stockimo because it plugs into Alamy’s existing sales and distribution network. Until July 31, 2014 any user that registers with Stockimo will earn a higher commission on all sales. The app is designed for the iPhone 4S and above and is available worldwide.
By signing up to Stockimo, users are able to upload and tag their iPhone photos. Uploads are reviewed by photo experts before going on sale on Alamy and through its established global sales and distribution network. With Stockimo, photographers can make more money compared to other mobile stock photo apps. Photos uploaded through Stockimo and sold through Alamy sell for the same price as those taken with professional camera equipment. Alamy’s customers include news agencies, publishers, designers, advertising agencies and corporate marketing departments.
Alan Capel, Alamy Head of Content commented: “Smartphones have changed photography - they can capture a moment within seconds. With Stockimo, anyone can make money from the moments they capture on their phone. We’re trying to help put the value into smartphone photography and helping photographers cash in on their galleries of pictures. There’s a place for mobile pictures in the stock industry. We want to be the first choice app for creative people who take photos using their mobile phones and want to make some money and showcase their work to a global audience.”
James West, Alamy CEO said: “Our photographers don’t always have their cameras with them; they do always have their phone. Stockimo was created to give them, and budding photographers, a way of making money from their phone pictures.”
Key features of the app include:
- The app is about simplicity. Users upload and tag any photo they’ve taken, including images which have been filtered using other apps
- Photos are sold globally, with key markets in the US, UK, Germany and Australia
- Users still own the photos they take but can also make money on the ones they sell
- Stockimo is truly mobile first. Photo reviewers approve uploads on a mobile without needing to touch a computer
- Built for the iPhone 4S and above; designed for the iPhone 5S
Based on present figures, the average image sells on Alamy for $90. Photographers could make even more if images are sold to advertising agencies or publishers, with average prices reaching:
- Advert $500
- Book $150
- Online $20
Alamy worked with award winning mobile app developer, Mubaloo to create Stockimo.