Fotolia Announced $5,000 Prize For iPhone Image

Posted on 3/5/2014 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Fotolia has announced that it will award a prize of $5,000 USD for the best selling image in 2014 that was uploaded to its new Instant Collection for iPhones. In addition, every image accepted in the Instant Collection before the end of April, will instantly earn $1. Now everyone has a chance to sell smartphone images, regardless of technical ability or expensive equipment.

Contest details here:
The Instant Collection features images catering to a specific, more spontaneous and in-the-moment look. Contributions to the Instant Collection can be made exclusively via the iOS app "Fotolia Instant", available for download from the Apple App Store for free. An Android version of the Instant App is already in Beta-mode and will be released soon. Android users will then be able to participate in a separate contest, which will also award $5,000 USD for the best-selling Instant Collection image taken using an Android phone.

"Four months ago, we launched the Fotolia Instant Collection for Smartphone images," says Fotolia's CEO and co-founder, Oleg Tscheltzoff." Today, the app has been downloaded nearly 20,000 times and the Instant Collection consists of more than 10,000 curated images. What started as an iPhoneography experiment has far exceeded expectations. At Fotolia, we know the big breakthrough in smartphone snaps is already underway, and we're ready for it.

To see images that have already been loaded into the instant collection go here.

We already have 1 million global buyers paying for professional images, but those same buyers are crying out for spontaneous, raw, real-world images. That's why smartphone images sell so well on Fotolia and it has become a real opportunity for talented smartphone photographers."

Fotolia Instant's Art Director, Morgan David de Lossy, explains further: "Images in the Instant Collection are different from regular stock photos: they are impulsive and edgier, and we are always looking for more images that fit this description. Our customers need this iconographic mobile style to advertise on social media and mobile platforms."

His advice for successful contributions: "Smartphone users should focus on uploading images which catch that special spur-of-the-moment mood in moments with friends and family, matching keywords like happiness, fun, leisure, travel, youth, etc. Images with pets, flowers or food are less likely to be accepted. To achieve the best quality, shoot images outside in good light conditions and with a clean lens. Filters should be used sparingly."

Current best-selling Instant contributor, Robert Kneschke from Germany, says "The Instant Collection proves how well even smartphone images can sell. Some of my smartphone shots sell much better than the images I took with $5,000 equipment, so it really has nothing to do with the camera."

For more detailed information about the Instant Contest and to download the app please visit the Instant Contest page and the iTunes App Store

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