Stocksy United introduced

By Andrew Hudson Published: March 25, 2013 Updated: January 28, 2016

By Andrew Hudson Published: March 25, 2013 Updated: January 28, 2016

The founder of iStockphoto — Bruce Livingstone — has founded a new microstock site, Stocksy. This time, the agency is a co-operative, owned (in theory) by all the participating photographers (of which there seem to be many). Photographers get 50% royalty and 90% of profits are divided among members.

Based in Victoria, BC, Canada, Stocksy offers “… sustainable careers through profit sharing and co-ownership with our artists. We also pay the highest royalty rates in the industry.”

“We will revolutionize licensed photography not only with our co-op structure, but by making great images accessible for a reasonable price while simultaneously raising the industry standard.”

You could join the team:

“If you are interested in becoming a Stocksy artist and joining our sustainable co-operative, we’re happy to review your portfolio. Successful artists will be contacted by receiving an invitation to apply.”

The Stocksy team, March 2013. Founder Bruce Livingstone is in the white T-shirt. Image from Stocksy.

Stocksy, a licensing co-op launched March 2013, is a new concept in the world of stock photography: An online marketplace owned collectively by its photographer-members and dedicated to paying them the maximum fees possible for their work.

Co-founded by Bruce Livingstone, who invented microstock with iStockphoto — which he sold to Getty Images in 2006 — Stocksy was built out of his experience shaping the ground floor of the sector. Stocksy is a cooperative designed to respect the work of the artist and whose very system of shared ownership and profit sharing allows for real, sustainable careers for all participants in the marketplace.



Sources: Photography Blog, Stocksy.

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