Microstock Agency Reviews

Microstock agency reviews for contributors are useful for both new and even existing contributors. Find out what you need to know about each agency with our balanced microstock agency reviews. Bear in mind, we don’t usually review agencies based solely on ethics (a quality sorely missing in microstock these days), but rather on revenue possibilities, ease of use, contributor relations and innovation. We aim to keep our reviews up to date, at least yearly if not sooner.

Remember, these are microstock agency review for contributors. If you are a buyer trying to find out where to spend your hard earned money, you might be better off reading our microstock buyers guide.

Top Level Microstock Agency Reviews

In this section you will find what we (and many others) consider to be the best microstock agencies for contributors in terms of revenue. Performance will vary according to the individual portfolio, but really, these guys are the bigger players and the obvious choices for joining if you are looking to earn money from microstock.

Shutterstock Microstock Agency

Read our Shutterstock review, the number 1 selling microstock agency for most independent stock contributors.

Dreamstime Microstock Agency

Read our Dreamstime review, one of the higher earning agencies for many stock photographers & illustrators.

Pond5 Microstock Agency

Read our Pond5 review, a brilliant agency for selling video footage, but increasingly good for other media as well.

Depositphotos Microstock Agency

Read our Depositphotos review, an agency with a massive advertising budget and increasing sales figures.

Fotolia Microstock Agency

Read our Fotolia review, an agency with a long history in the industry and now backed by Adobe.

123RF Microstock Agency

Read our 123RF review, a consistent earner for most contributors with a decent sized portfolio of good images.

Middle Tier Microstock Agency Reviews

While not having the consistent sales or the long history like some of the top tier microstock agencies, these middle tier microstock agencies are still going to earn you some income from your photos, illustrations or videos. If you are taking the approach of being an independent contributor (which is highly recommended) then you will still want to be with these agencies.

PhotoDune Microstock Agency

Read our PhotoDune review, a part of the massive Envato network of stock media sites. Although relatively new, PhotoDune makes sales for many.

Canva Review

Read our Canva review, a completely different approach for stock photographers – but a very successful one with a bright future ahead.

BigStock Microstock Agency

Read our BigStock review, a microstock agency now owned by Shutterstock. Since introducing subscriptions, sales are up at BigStock.

All You Can Stock Microstock Agency

Read our CanStockPhoto review, an agency that has weathered many years in the industry and seems to have a loyal customer base.

iStockPhoto Microstock Agency

Read our iStock review, an agency with more high’s and low’s than any other, but which still sells lots of images.

Low End Microstock Agency Reviews

These microstock agencies are either relatively new to the market, or haven’t yet managed to get off the ground in a big way. Still, many of them promote fair trade style relations with their contributors and offer higher royalty rates than the big agencies do. As such, many contributors choose to support these little guys in hopes that with enough support, some fair trade agencies might just make it to the top.

Sign Elements Microstock Agency

Read our Sign Elements review, a microstock agency that is squarely focused on the sign writing industry and vehicle wraps.

Stockfresh Microstock Agency

Read our Stockfresh review, an agency built and run by a seasoned professional in the microstock industry that is slowly gaining ground.

YAY Images Microstock Agency

Read our YAY Images review, a microstock agency with a unique streaming model.

All You Can Stock Microstock Agency

Read our GL Stock Images review, a fair trade agency that has always treated its contributors well, but could do with more sales.

Mostphotos Microstock Agency

Read our Mostphotos review, a Scandinavian microstock agency that is slowly increasing in sales and doubles as free online backup of your files.