Selling Stock

How to Sell Stock in Three Easy Steps

1Join Our Community

You need to be an iStock member before you can contribute your stock. But don't worry – joining only takes a minute and it doesn’t cost a thing.


2Apply to Be a Contributor

Click the file type you're interested in to start reading the training manual. Once you're feeling confident about your abilities, you'll have to pass a quick quiz.

3Submit Samples of Your Work

The last step is the most important. Upload three samples of your work along with your application. These are the files we'll be using to evaluate your suitability as a contributor, so you'll want to send your very best work.

Grow with iStock

Reach Your Potential

Blend hard work with creativity and you could be the next iStocker to quit their day job.

Learn From the Best

Our international contributor base is always awake, ready to offer tips and tricks in the forums.

Challenge Yourself

We're proud to offer some of the highest quality stock photos, illustrations, video and audio files in the industry. Only your best work will do.

Be Part of History started in April 2000 as a free stock photo exchange site. By 2001, we had the crazy idea to start selling our library of stock images for prices anyone could afford.

What Does iStock Pay?

iStock pays contributors a base royalty rate of 15% for each file downloaded. If you are an Exclusive contributor you can earn up to 45%. Learn more

Become Exclusive

We want you all to ourselves. Make iStock your exclusive online royalty-free agent. You'll make a higher royalty rate (from 22%-45%), grab more of the attention and you could get a chance to upload your files on Getty Images' sites. Learn more

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