How to contribute your photos

Learn the ins and outs of how to submit your photos, the review process, and more.

How do I submit my photos to Marketplace?

To enable your photos for licensing, they must first be uploaded to the 500px community site and pass a content editing review. Please note that you cannot submit your work to Marketplace only. To upload your Marketplace images, simply visit your Photo Manager, select the photo(s) you'd like to submit, and enable the ‘Marketplace’ option in the right hand sidebar. Make sure to provide high quality keywords so that your photos can be searched, include model releases for photos that have recognizable people and check that your submissions do not contain digital borders or personalized watermarks. By submitting images to Marketplace you are accepting the 500px, Inc. Contributor Agreement.

You can always protect your work by enabling 500px watermark by selecting this option from the right hand sidebar. After you’ve clicked ‘Save’ the content is submitted for a review. Review times can vary and may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. You will be notified if there are any problems with your submissions and you can track the status of your submission in your 500px Store Settings.

How fast is content reviewed?

Not everything you submit will be accepted into our Marketplace. Our editors review all submissions and take several factors into consideration including quality, uniqueness, aesthetics, commercial saleability, buyer feedback, and existing content. Every image is reviewed at 100%, which is how the overall quality and resolution is evaluated. Going forward, we are going to be more strict on what we accept into the collection.

Note: imagery that is accepted is not based on your 500px Membership tier. Review times can vary and may take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months depending on the images submitted. If you believe your images have been missed or overlooked, please contact us directly.

How do I re-submit content that was previously reviewed?

If you made the changes suggested by the reviewer, you are encouraged to re-submit content that was rejected. You can review the suggested changes in two ways:

Refer to the rejection email that you received after your image was reviewed. It outlines why your image was rejected, suggests steps you should follow to make your image suitable for licensing and has a link to the licensing form of the image in question;

Go to your Photo Manager and click on ‘Marketplace’ in the left hand sidebar. You will see a list or rejected photos under the ‘Changes Required’ section. To see a list of the necessary changes, click on the ‘Changes Required’ text in red in the top right hand sidebar and a flyout window will guide you through the licensing errors.

Content that was approved but has since been deleted by you will need to be resubmitted and reviewed like any other new content.

How do you market my work?

Our collections are available to all our clients around the globe. We also highlight our artists across our social media channels. We feature new artists each week in specific newsletters or weekly digest emails and on our ISO blog. Read some of our contributors’ success stories.