CREDENTIALS: New Guideline for Submitting Editorial Content

Credentials are proof that you have the authorization to take an image of an event. They are usually, but not always, in the form of written permission. Please note that credentials are different from property releases. Property releases provide proof that you are allowed to take a photograph on private property. Credentials, on the other hand, are proof that you are allowed to take a photograph of an event.

Images submitted for editorial use that have been taken at the events listed below require proof of credentials before they will be reviewed:

  • Sporting events (including those taken at non-collegiate schools or recreational, non-professional events)
  • Concerts
  • Festivals
  • Trade shows
  • Theatrical performances (including those taken at school performances/theater)
  • Conventions
  • Openings
  • Ticketed events

Credentials requirements: Images requiring credentials will only be accepted if the submission is accompanied with either of the following documents proving photographer credentials:

I.  An event badge (a generic sticker will not suffice) that indicates your authorization to shoot the event and includes the following information:

  1. the name of the event;
  2. the date of the event; and
  3. your name (if possible)


II. Correspondence (e.g., email, letter) with an authorized representative of the venue, performer’s management, or other authorized representative of the event having the authority to grant you credentials to shoot the event.  Such correspondence must include the following information:

  1. the name of the event;
  2. the date of the event (if not, then the date of the email);
  3. your name;
  4. the authorized representative’s name and company; and
  5. the email must be sent from the representative’s company email account.

Please note that we will evaluate credentials on a case by case basis. For more information on how and where to submit credentials, please send an email to Bigstock Contributor Help via Bigstock Support prior to submitting your images.

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