How to start with Shutterstock:
You must own or control the copyright to all content you submit to Shutterstock. This means that you cannot submit work obtained from other sources (e.g., online image search results or websites), or incorporate such work into your content submissions, unless you have permission to do so.
Public domain content cannot be submitted under any circumstances. If you do not have complete rights to the submission, you may not submit it.
Content submissions must not contain any copyrighted material, including artwork, other photos, sculptures, architecture, exhibits or audio which are copyrighted. Additionally, content submissions may not contain trademarks, service marks or other indication of origin, including logos, owned by third parties.
If submitted content contains copyrighted material and/or trademarks, you must submit releases from the copyright and/or trademark owners. Alternatively, where such content meets our editorial standards, you may submit the content for Editorial Use Only.
For a list of Known Restrictions, please see this list. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive.
Do not embed your own watermark, website name, or copyright notice in your content. We protect your content with our own watermark, which is applied when your content is accepted to our site.
We reserve the right to remove any previously accepted content submission from the Shutterstock library, and reserve the right to reinstate any previously accepted content submission which was later removed by a Shutterstock administrator, at any time for any reason.
You must be 18 years of age to create a Shutterstock account.
You may not sign up for an account with an ID belonging to another individual, share an account with another individual, and/or share content with another Shutterstock contributor without prior consent from Shutterstock.
The “Payto” name in your account must be your full legal name as it appears on your ID; this is the name to which royalty payments will be made.
In order to make your Shutterstock account a business account, you must provide us with documentation as required by your country or state that indicates you are a principal owner of the business. Shutterstock may allow you to hold a business account in its sole discretion.
You may not open a second Shutterstock account without permission from Shutterstock.
Any content featuring an identifiable person must be accompanied by a model release. If there is no model release for the content, it may be submitted for Editorial Use Only, if the content meets our editorial standards.
Any content featuring unique or identifiable property, or which was taken on private property, must be accompanied by a property release. If there is no property release for the content, it may be submitted for Editorial Use Only, if the content meets our editorial standards.
Model and property release forms are available on our site. Our list of acceptable English and foreign language release forms from other sources can be found here.
Releases should not be uploaded as content, but in the content editor before submitting for review.
For submissions containing nude content of artistic value, the model must look at least 25 years of age and the submission must be accompanied by a photo ID of the model. The decision to accept or reject content containing nudity will be made according to the sole discretion of Shutterstock. Never submit any explicit material. Submissions must not contain violence, X-rated content, or content that is illegal according to U.S. law.
Submissions depicting a minor must be accompanied by a model release that was signed by that minor's parent or legal guardian. If a submission does do not have a model release, the content may be submitted for Editorial Use Only, if the content meets our editorial standards.
Images must be at least 4MP (4 Megapixels/4 Million Pixels). To calculate the number of pixels in a photo - multiply the width by the height. For example, a photo that is 1700 x 1300 is 2.21 million pixels. Please note that Megapixels (MP) are not the same as Megabytes (MB).
Images should not be upsized. We perform an upsize to sell the “supersized” version where the file size is under 15MP.
Images should be correctly exposed and in-focus.
Images can be submitted in digital form only. If you would like to submit film/negatives, you must scan them into a digital format before you submit them. Do not send physical negatives or positives to Shutterstock.
Illustrations must be tagged as illustrations.
Vectors may not exceed 15MB in size.