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Posted on 2/19/2014 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (8)

Over the weekend I reported that there were 71 live briefs on ImageBrief worth a combined total of over $150,000. Allyson Scott, who has been responding to briefs and submitting images for more than six months, points out that actually making a sale is not as easy as I might have made it sound. Here’s what she had to say.

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  • Todd Klassy Posted Feb 19, 2014
    I have to echo what Allyson said. In roughly 18 months I have been shortlisted 6 times and not one has resulted in a sale. I've told them repeatedly that I would be beneficial to know the final outcome of gigs, but they say they can't provide that information. I've become dubious of ImageBrief so I have contributed less and less.

  • jean-marie guyon Posted Feb 20, 2014
    Maybe just another way to get creative input from photographers at no costs...

  • Paul Melcher Posted Feb 21, 2014
    too bad you have not posted a comment by someone who had a positive experience. Or asked for someone at ImageBrief to answer.

  • John T Fowler Posted Feb 22, 2014
    Thanks Allyson. With the greatest respect and good will, I have to say that it didn't take me nearly as long to figure out that IB was a waste of my time.

  • Tibor Bognar Posted Feb 22, 2014
    In my experience the IB staff is trying hard to make this work, but the clients are very hard to please and often just fishing around but end up not buying anything. For the contributing photographer the key is to have a well organized archive, so it takes only a short time to locate and upload submissions. As this is my case, I'm sticking with them for now, but if the results don't improve I may well drop out at one point. In 6 months I've submitted over a 1000 images, had 22 shortlisted but made only one sale - not a very good record. But of course buyers are spoiled with choice, this is perhaps unavoidable.

  • Douglas Peebles Posted Feb 22, 2014
    18 shortlisted 1 sale for $500

    It was more viable when the were only taking photos directly from photographers. They are now funneling stock agency work through so it is very diluted.

  • Gerard Fritz Posted Feb 22, 2014
    Clients have always used catalogs, and now services like IB, to troll for ideas. Then they assign a shoot with a local photographer to copy the shot they like.

  • Douglas Peebles Posted Feb 24, 2014
    Just made another sale for $250 so I am not totally giving up.

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