IMPORTANT: Before signing up, read these very important guidelines!

Welcome to Bigstock!

The first step is to set up your Bigstock account. Once your account has been established you will need to read our
Contributor Tutorial. This will give you an overall idea of what you will need to do in order to submit content that Bigstock will accept into our collection. It will introduce you to basic concepts of successful commercial stock imagery, what is allowed under copyright law and what is not allowed, and the technical quality that will be required.
Only after you have passed the tutorial will you be able to enter a Profile Name in your account that will accompany all content you submit.
ou will then also have access to the Upload Area.

Select ten of your best images, illustrations or vector files to submit. Your content will be reviewed for technical quality, commercial viability, accurate descriptions and keywords, and the appropriateness for the Bigstock collection.

The first time a contributor uploads images, there is a limit of 10 images that can be in the review queue. As your Approval Rate increases, you are allowed to upload more images. If your approval rate drops then the number of images you can upload will also drop.

Please know that we apply the same review standards to new contributors that we apply to any other contributors.

If your images are not approved on your first submission, don’t despair. Please review the Rejection Reason(s) provided on your images to gain a better understanding of our expectations. You can search for similar images that have been approved on Bigstock so that you can see the type of commercial, high quality content that will get approved.


DO's & DONT's for Uploading Your Content

These general guidelines for uploading content may change at any time. Please review them each time you consider uploading to Bigstock. We reserve the right to remove any previously accepted submission at any time for any reason from the Bigstock collection.



  • Do inspect all images at 100% before uploading them to make sure they are in sharp focus and are free of artifacting, noise, dust & scratches.

  • Do send full-sized images. Upsizing images frequently results in loss of quality.

  • Do keyword your images carefully. This is how people find your work. Make sure all keywords relate directly to the image.

  • Do choose the correct category. If your image cannot fit into two appropriate categories, please only choose one.
       *Illustrators: Vectors and/or Illustrations must go into the Art-Illustration category.*

  • Do keyword your images in English only. We have a language algorithm that automatically translates the image's description and keywords into every language that we offer on the site.



  • Don’t embed your own watermark, website name, or copyright notice in your images. We protect your images with our own watermark, which is applied when your image is accepted to our site.

  • Don't "frame" or put decorative borders your photos.

  • Don't send snapshots. We do not accept photos with heavy shadows from the on-camera flash. Make sure your images have a clear topic and sharp focus on the main subject.

  • Don't send 10 snapshot pictures of your family pet.

  • Don't send dark or muddy travel pictures.

  • Don't send the same image with only slight variations on the angle.

  • Don't send the same image in color, black and white, sepia, and blue tone. One color version is enough. If any variation on color actually enhances the image, then you may submit it separately, but we do not want a batch of photos where each is submitted in four different ways.

  • Don't send similar shots when only one is your favorite. Edit on your own. Keep batch sizes of similar subjects down to the bare minimum.

  • Don't send flower pictures labeled "Flower" or "Spring Scene". Photos of flowers should be labeled with the scientific or common name. Labeling plants and animals with their scientific names may increase your sales (*Please avoid sending mediocre images that we already have a lot of such as sunsets, flowers, nature, etc.*).


Submissions must NOT contain any copyrighted material including paintings that you purchased, other copyrighted photos, copyrighted logos, or any other art/advertisements/sculptures/exhibits which are copyrighted. If submitted material contains any of these or other types of copyrighted content, you must either submit releases from the copyright owner or you must mark the images as editorial and create an appropriate caption in Dateline Format for the description.
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