33 Marketplaces to Buy and Sell Stock Photos and Graphics

Stock photo and graphic marketplaces are useful for designers to both buy and sell stock resources. Designers frequently need stock photos, especially when clients don’t have high-quality photos of their own. And other types of stock design resources (like vectors, icons, PSD files, textures) can save a great deal of time for designers. But selling stock graphics and photos can also be an excellent source of supplementary income, and in some cases it can even turn into a full-time income.

In this post we’ll showcase 33 marketplaces where you can buy and sell photos and illustrations.

iStockphoto

iStockphoto

Fotolia

Fotolia

Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Getty Images

Getty Images

Deposit Photos

Deposit Photos

BigStock

BigStock

Pixmac

Pixmac

 

Corbis Images

Corbis Images

Veer

Veer

Crestock

Crestock

Stockfresh

Stockfresh

Thinkstock

Thinkstock

Photocase

Photocase

Cutcaster

Cutcaster

Photos.com

Photos.com

Reflex Stock

Reflex Stock

Jupiter Images

Jupiter Images

Alamy

Alamy

Stocked Photos

Stocked Photos

Stocklib

Stocklib

Glow Images

Glow Images

Texture Vault

Texture Vault

VectorStock

VectorStock

GraphicRiver

GraphicRiver

Graphic Leftovers

Graphic Leftovers

Inmagine

Inmagine

ShutterPoint

ShutterPoint

Epictura

Epictura

123RF

123RF

PunchStock

PunchStock

PhotoSpin

PhotoSpin

Blend Images

Blend Images

Image Vortex

Image Vortex

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Published March 8th, 2011 by

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  • Michael Nelson, March 8, 2011

    Do you know of any price comparisons? Are they all fairly competitive?

    • Vandelay Website Design, March 8, 2011

      Michael,
      Most of them are in the same ballpark as far as the base percentage of payout, but each has it’s own unique details. Most of them offer higher commission if you make more sales and/or if you sell exclusively at their marketplace. One thing to keep in mind, even with a higher percentage of payout you can’t make as much money if the site has a smaller audience. So the bigger sites like iStockphotos will have the greatest potential, but you’ll also face more competition from other photographers and designers. So in my opinion it is kind of difficult to compare the opportunity at one site to another because it is more complex than just what percentage they share.

  • aledesign.it, March 9, 2011

    A nice collection. Is possible to see a collections by free photo? Useful in any case! Thanks.

  • Baltech, March 9, 2011

    Thanks for this information. Every collection of all the pictures are very beautiful. But there should be a little bit information about every picture.

  • Gareth, March 9, 2011

    Very nice to have all of these collections in the same place in order to compare them.

  • Arnie, March 9, 2011

    I knew about some of these and have used one or two.However, I was not familiar with some of the others. thanks for the information.

  • Web Design East Yorkshire, March 9, 2011

    Nice to get a list of so many stock photo resources in one place… I use a site called Dreamstime.com which is great value for money compared to some of the bigger name sites. Thanks for sharing.

  • robb, March 10, 2011

    I’ve been looking for a list of sites like these. Thanks Vandelayyy

  • jayce-o, March 13, 2011

    Really great list! Istockphoto and Shutterstock are well worth the effort

  • KoolDot, March 14, 2011

    Wow, nice listing. We’ve be using iStock, great to have move options.

    Thanks

  • Reaction Web, March 15, 2011

    Good list. I wonder if there’s anything out there that’s not too pricey? I’ve been eyeing shutterstock but, so far, price is sort of a barrier for me. I really don’t want to be paying $400 for a single ultra-high res picture so I can convert it to a wide banner.

  • acls renewal, July 2, 2011

    Sweet detailed list!! I’ve been using Istock Photo for the longest time, but actually wanted some variation. Glad this came up when I googled it:)

  • jareso, December 13, 2011

    For me as a seller (hobbyist stock photographer) it is very useful link(s) compilation. I am always looking for new market channels for my stock photos and stock graphics. Some of those agencies that I didn’t know look interesting and very promising. I will definitely exanimate them further in order to participate as contributor.
    Thanks for sharing this list!

  • Bjorn from Yay Images, March 3, 2012

    Very nice list.

    Hoping you could also check out yaymicro.com since we belive it offers some features that a lot of bloggers will find nice. Like the availability to buy a single images. Most stock site have a minium purchase limit which is to high for web users that just want’s a nice photo for their blog. Prices are also much lower than on iStockPhoto and the other major players.

    Kind Regards,
    Bjorn from Yay

  • These are all great places to buy and sell RF stock imagery with – many of these I work with, myself.

  • Jeasy, March 26, 2012

    Hi There,

    What a great list of places to sell stock images and design leftovers. I will definitely be checking them out.

    I have recently found another great site to sell templates, logo designs, vectors, etc. Its called GraphicMonk http://www.graphicmonk.com

    They are new on the block but surely picking up speed. I for one had great luck with them, a week after uploading a leftover design up, I had a first sale. How cool is that. You guys must include them in the list and check them out.

    I believe, its going to be worth keeping an eye on them. They also have one of the highest payment rates in the marketplace unlike many other websites that have a tier payment system.

    Cheers, Jeasy

  • Jhun, May 11, 2012

    Shutterstock and iStockphoto is my choice to buy and sell stock photos and graphics. They always pay on time. I’ll try to check some websites on this list.

  • Mark @GraphXT, September 21, 2012

    Thank you for the list and information !

    I’m also a photographer and part of GraphXT which was started as an idea in
    2009 and launched this summer 2012 to make a difference for all possible
    photographers and buyers. We specialize in editorial / commercial / artistic
    photography and encourage photographers to work with us for the longterm. We
    offer one of the highest commissions and in exchange offer only the best to buyers. We have many advantages so feel free to check our F.A.Q and further information on our site. In our news section you can also read a bit about our roadmap.

    Since we’re new we hope to attract enough photographers to supply images
    so we can actively approach buyers. I’d like to invite you and everyone who
    is interested hereby !

    Thank you,

    Mark @GraphXT

  • julian, October 3, 2013

    Check us out http://www.imagegate.com, small and beautiful.