If you have been working with stock video footage for the last few years, chances are you already know about Pond5. They have been around for a while and have built up the reputation of being a market leader in selling video footage. How did they get there? By a few great features that benefit both contributors and sellers alike. For example, you can set your own prices on all of your items. Plus, you always receive a great 50% commission on all sales.
Now for the good news for photographers – Pond5 have thrown their doors open (finally!) to include stock photography. Previously they had some images online, but only through partner programs with other agencies like 123RF. Now you can get the benefit of directly uploading to Pond5, setting your own prices and getting that 50% commission.
Hopes are high for Pond5 and their entrance into stock photography. This is not ‘just another’ agency. This is an established player, who has made a huge success of their stock video clips and yet still kept things good for contributors – unlike some other agencies that start reducing commissions as soon as they are successful.
At the moment they do not accept direct uploads of vector graphics (the ones on there are from partner programs) but expect that to change in the not-too-distant future.
If you have any video clips in your stock portfolio, this one is a no-brainer. Sign up with Pond5 now! If you focus on photography alone, then it depends – are you ready to give another agency a go? My advice – if you are with all the major agencies and are willing to try just one ‘new’ agency this year, make it Pond5. If they do half as well with photos as they have done with videos then we will all be glad they entered into the stock photography market.
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