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When you think of winter-time, several recurring images pop into memory, including snow, a Christmas tree, presents, Santa Clause, and fireworks.

If your job entails working with images (as a designer, blogger, advertiser, etc), this is a rare opportunity to increase traffic to your website and attract new clients.

Any of the following 10 stock image agencies are ready to welcome you in this season.

YAY Images

YAY Images

YAY is labeled “Spotify for images”, and for a good reason. Let’s say you search for ‘winter’- based items, plain and simple. Not only does the database offer over 150.000 results in this case, but it’s never been more convenient to look for similar images to the ones that you love the most. Besides, 50% of the first month’s worth is now discounted for all three subscription plans with code “XMAS_GIFT”.

Speaking of subscriptions, YAY’s major plans are Print, Digital, and Streaming. In any instance, users benefit from an in-browser filter and editor for the images they acquire, as well as a limitless number of downloads per month.

On top of everything, the images intended for use on the web are hosted for free, so that the user doesn’t necessarily have to download and then upload everything on their blog/website. As you can see, the perks of buying images from YAY are plenty.

Digital and Streaming hold great promise because they have so much to offer in exchange for a very small price. In other words, for a monthly $49.90, subscribers to a Digital plan can take any number of images as large as 3 megapixels, to use in apps, PowerPoints and e-books.

Alternatively, Streaming delivers 700 pixels wide/high meant to be used on web pages, only for $9.90-a-month.

Mostphotos

Mostphotos

Mostphotos is really special, particularly around the holidays.

You see, right now it would be perfect to use images that hit as close to the target as possible, and Mostphotos has a predilection of publishing authentic and local images after they’ve been submitted by contributors who are either professional photographers, or practice photography as a hobby – and happened to have a strike of genius in an inspiring setting. In this respect, anything goes as long as it is valuable.

Make haste and take advantage of the discounts instated for “Mini 10” and “Mini 20” subscriptions: 10% off for signing 6 months, or 15% for enlisting a whole year right from the beginning.

At present, 5 and a half million stock files are at your service, not to mention that 10.000 new ones are usually included on a daily basis.

So, if you go ahead and start up a search with the keyword “winter” for instance, then 100.000 photos and vectors will greet you on the results page.

See anything you like? If you want to make sure, feel free to zoom in down to the last pixel, and check the quality before you finally buy.

Last but not least, Mostphotos lets your co-workers reap benefits, too: once you create an account, your colleagues get to set up theirs for free.

Stocksy

Stocksy

You’re going to love what Stocksy has to offer. Stocksy United is a co-operated agency, ran entirely by its photographers, and this can make quite a difference when you’re looking for top-grade images to use during the holidays.

For starters, only the best submissions are published, and everything is individually assessed according to aesthetic criteria.

Since the selection team handpicks fresh stock images, you no longer have to sort the good from the irrelevant (like you used to do with other agencies).

Stocksy is special and they know it: as far as microstock agencies go, you rarely get to meet such impressive, 100% exclusive content.

Don’t take my word for it: just check the “Holidays” and “Celebrate” categories, and you’ll get my meaning. Loads of gorgeous seasonal images are waiting to be bought, at a price starting with $10 for individual royalty-free licenses.

Check out Stocksy and you will feel like you somehow landed on the online portfolio of a professional photographer.

However, if you look at the prices, you’ll know for sure that you’ve encountered a cost-effective source of unbelievably beautiful holiday images.

Depositphotos

Depositphotos

Depositphotos found its way in my top ten for several good reasons.

First of all, it has 19 million superb stock files to browse through, and secondly, its users are gifted every week with one free item from the Vectors Collection.

However, it is the third reason that carries the most weight: Discount Lightboxes. Depositphotos instated a permanent practice that offers 20% discount to season-specific photos and vectors; at present, no less than 925 such images are placed in the Christmas Lightbox.
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If your work involves continuous use of creative images, then you’re probably used to searching the databases of countless stock photo agencies – one at a time – looking for that perfect royalty-free item, and pay for it via that agency’s credit system/subscription plan.

What if I told you that there is a way to cut back on your expenses, as well as find the avidly sought-for stock files really fast?

Lootback

This is the story of Lootback, a platform that connects creative professionals to the topmost microstock agencies of the industry, and rewards its users for each and every purchase that was completed with its help.

In other words, Lootback claims a certain commission from the partner agencies for sending in new clients, and then shares that money with the user responsible for it, fair and square.

Every purchase entails new earnings, so it really helps your finances in the long run.

It’s very easy to work with Lootback and get cash for doing what you normally do; only now you can search faster, and in a centralized place.

For instance, the first step is to start a quarry, so let’s assume you jot down ‘winter’ as keyword and move forward. The results page summons all pertinent matches that exist in renowned stock agencies’ archives.

Lootback Search

Lootback partnered up with the most popular agencies on the market – iStock, Shutterstock, Thinkstock, Deposit Photos, and Envato’s own Graphicriver, Themeforest, and Videohive – in order to deliver flawless content at your threshold.

You may toggle which kind of files you’re specifically looking for, as well as the source venues from whence they come.

Scan through the results gathered from all these high-ranked agencies, and when one of them catches your fancy, feel free to click on it.

Now, you have to create a Lootback account. It won’t take long, and you need it in order to reap the benefits later on, so give it a minute of your time.

After registration, you’re redirected to your stock image of choice, where you will have to pay for it with the prepaid credits of the agency in question.

So, if you don’t have an account, create one there as usual (you know the drill), and then make the purchase via credits. The process is herewith completed.

Lootback Purchase

In no more than 12 hours after completing a transaction, you will be sent Cash Back in your Lootback account, which will be visible in the ‘Cash Back Earnings’ section of the dashboard.

Every time you buy an image in this manner, its designated Cash Back won’t fail to appear.

You may cash out all your earnings with Paypal in 7 to 90 days, as the stock agencies that you bought from need to process each report – which can take very little time, or slightly more than expected. But it reaches you, nonetheless.

Lootback Signup

Lootback is, as you can see, very easy to use, and works to your advantage.

Give it a try and see how you like getting money while acquiring royalty-free images to employ in your projects.

Gratisography is a website that features high quality photos for free.

It is definitely not a stock photo site, there is a small number of photos but new ones are added regularly.

They are captured by Ryan McGuire and can be used for both personal + commercial projects.

Gratisography

A high-quality photo has the power of converting any design into something beautiful. And, that’s usually where the stock photo providers come in.

Depositphotos, one of the biggest stock photo providers, has a huge database of photos and vector images from thousands of contributors.

I remember their launch ~3 years ago, had used them those dates and now see that they grew to 12+ million images.

Depositphotos

Well, such many images can look hard to browse but they have a good categorization and search system for narrowing the results.

It is possible to include/exclude keywords, choose orientation and filter by color (which I think is the greatest option).

Lately, they announced the acceptance of videos from their contributors as well, so, stock videos under the same service doesn’t seem so far.

Depositphotos Sample Image

Pricing

Once, stock images were costing hundreds of dollars it was hard to use them for every project. But, the pricing of Depositphotos is very reachable.

Images have different prices for their sizes but, as a short info, web-ready images would cost ~$2-4/each dollars and print-ready ones will be ~$8-10/each which is so reasonable for the result they help us to create (the even become cheaper with the subscription plans).

Depositphotos Sample Image

Become a contributor

For any photographer, becoming a Depositphotos contributor is a great way of presenting and sharing the work you created.

They have a pretty straightforward revenue-sharing model, have a modern uploader and you can always view the stats of your inventory.

Also, if you are shooting videos, this may be a good time to submit them in order to catch their launch of the videos section.

Depositphotos Sample Image

Conclusion

You should definitely check Depositphotos, browse through their repository and see how easy + good-priced the service is.

Every designer needs high-quality images for good-looking and/or print-ready designs.

If you are in search of such stock photos for an affordable price, Photaki, a microstock agency created by photographers and designers, is a must check.

Photaki

The service has launched in 2009, grew fast in means of content + users and, right now, 5000+ images are added each day. So its always  guaranteed to find something fresh.

Like mentioned, Photaki has a focus on keeping the prices as low as possible. It works with a credit system where downloading an image without having to buy an entire credit pack only costs 1 € (or it gets much lower with the packs -down to 0.20 €-).

Photaki Sample Photo

There are images on any keyword, they are categorized>sub-categorized well and a location-based search exists. Simply, it is pretty easy to locate the file you need.

Photaki Sample Image

If you are a photographer or designer, becoming a contributor makes sense with high commissions (between 50% and 80%), detailed sales/visit reports and unlimited storage. And, for artists with a large collection, they help automating the entire process.

Photaki‘s website is available in many languages and you can always keep in touch with them regarding any questions.

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