ImageBrief Sets Record For Highest Single Image Sale

Posted on 8/5/2014 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

ImageBrief reports that in July they made their highest single image sale ever, a $30,000 fee for a stunning aerial image of Rio de Janeiro taken by Flavio Veloso of Brazil Photos.

The brief called for aerial photographs of some of the world’s most iconic cities including: Sydney, Beijing, Shanghai, Dubai, Honolulu and Rio. The client wanted all media advertising rights for the financial industry and offered a budget range of $5,000 to $10,000 per image. However, once the client saw the image they were willing to pay 3 times the top figure of their original budget for the rights.

The ImageBrief team report, “Recently we have had buyers coming to us with a slightly different request to what we’re used to. They have come asking to be introduced to photographers they can hire, be it for a new product launch, or a series of shots that could only be done by going out and shooting. We heard this enough to realize there was an opportunity to expand our platform and re-think the way we help find work for our community.”

Starting in July they began trialing a new feature we’re calling Premium Accounts. These allow photographers to promote themselves as ‘available for hire’ on any live brief. If successful in winning an assignment, the photographer deals directly with the client and retains 100% of the fee.

On one of the first projects Y&R hired Ian MacLellan and Chip Kalback to shoot a new campaign for their Land Rover account.  See some of the images here.

If you want to start winning assignment work through ImageBrief's Premium Accounts you’ll need to request an invitation as there are only a limited number available.

Copyright © 2014 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


  • Bill Bachmann Posted Aug 5, 2014
    Nice sale. I have had several sales for over $20,000 in my career, but my largest sale was in the late 70's of my famous "Paris at 100 mph" shot for $25,000 --- exclusive for travel industry for print & television for an airline. Not sure what $25K is in 2014 dollars, but I sure liked it back then.

    You still can get $5000-10,000 sales in today's market if you DO NOT list them as RF or Microstock. I had one last month for $7000 so it happens. This is why I always tell you, Jim, to not assume everyone has to send images to Microstock.

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