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Leave Your Creative Mark And Get Paid For It

on April 27, 2020 in All Blog Posts, Contributor Resources

Photographers, Creators, Entrepreneurs…

This is our call to you!

At ChiStockImages, we are building a community. One you can be proud of  – while making money selling your creative work.

There are literally thousands of street corners in Chicago filled with opportunities – and loads of people who need them. If you are good at taking photos and creating content, we believe you’d make a great contribution to our community.

In this post, we’ll be guiding you into our vision where we enable creative individuals to sell their authentic visual content. We believe that a huge part of photography is being able to share your passion for the city. Whether you are selling stock photos already or are planning to, show us what you got – and you will be rewarded for it.

If Your Photos…

  • Capture vivid, authentic and true moments
  • Show diverse scenes of Chicago
  • Featured local food, cuisines, restaurants/bars
  • Can help entrepreneurs, businesses and locals showcase their neighborhood
  • Match the quality of the stock images listed on our website
  • Provide up-to-minute editorial content
  • Are taken by you, and only you

You are officially a potential candidate for becoming a ChiStockImages Contributor.

The Benefits Of Selling Your Chicago Stock Photos On Our Site

As you probably know if you have glanced through our website, we are always searching for local artists who can contribute to our library.

Our idea is to feature local creators with an eye for detail and feature their amazing photos and images. And don’t worry – the commissions that we have prepared are beyond awesome!

How Does It Work?

As one of the leading Chicago stock photo websites, we are growing and want you to grow with us. The best part is that you will get your own Contributor Dashboard, where you can manage your products (photos) and see your commissions, activity, likes, comments, and so much more.

This is your playground – the place where you can express your love for the city, upload, categorize and tag the best Chicago images that you have and focus on creating the more content.

You will be able to see all of your orders, and track your commissions after a sale has been made.

Commissions Of Up To 50% (Or More)

If you want to be a contributor on our website, you will have to sell your Chicago stock images under a license. For each license that you sell, you will earn a royalty which is basically a percentage of the price that is paid by the customer (who bought the photo that you published).

The commissions vary, and can reach up to 50% (or more) of the amount that your customer paid for. The best part is that you can simply log in to your Contributor Dashboard and track your sales in real-time.

Once you have earned at least $50 USD worth of sales revenue, it will be automatically sent to your PayPal account. You can change the amount along with other setting to make your experience flawless.

A Couple Of Words About Licenses

If you are still wondering how does selling your photos to other people work – and if they have the exclusive right of using them – this is the part you should read.

At ChiStockImages, we are working with licenses. So, every time a user pays for a photo (which could be yours), they are not purchasing the ownership of the image. Instead, they are paying for a license to use this image wherever they want.

The key takeaway is that even if you sell your Chicago stock images, you are still the owner of those images. However, multiple users might end up buying a license to the same image. Users who buy this license can use the image for private or commercial purposes*.

*ChiStockImages does not allow buyers to re-sell any photos – our contributors are the exclusive right owners. Read more Seller FAQ’s

We Value Transparency And Fairness

Transparency and fairness are some of the most important values for us. By giving you a chance to contribute to ChiStockImages, we are also giving you a chance to earn by selling your stock photos.

At the same time, if you do not directly own the photos that you are planning to sell (they are not taken by you), we do not allow selling them on our website or acting in any official capacity.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHS ONLY (you must reside in the Chicago land area) who are able to capture awesome photos of our city in all of its diversity and lifestyles, landscapes, etc. This way, our (mutual) customers can enjoy the choice of a wider selection and be able to find authentic stock photos of Chicago for their needs.

If your creative juices are flowing, it’s time to start your personal photo story.

How To Apply

Applying for a ChiStockImages Contributor is easy. Just visit our Contributor page and scroll down to the bottom where you will find the “Apply Now” button. Once you do that, we will ask for some details and process your application. Please allow a few days for response.

Leave Your Creative Mark And Get Paid For It

At ChiStockImages, our mission is to change how people interact with images. Inspired by every corner of our breathtaking city, we are motivating everyone with a keen eye for detail to contribute to our Chicago stock photo library!

We want to create a community of photographers, where we give each a chance to leave their creative mark and bring home earnings from their talents.

Love the city, and it will love you back – in multiples. 

If you are interested in contributing to our platform, visit this link and get started! For any questions, inquiries or more information on the subject, feel free to contact us or apply now!