Depositphotos Contributor Review (2024)

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Written By Sahadat Hossain

Freelancer in the profession. Keen and passionate about nature, wildlife, sports, and lifestyle photography.

Explore the comprehensive Depositphotos Contributor Review 2024 for invaluable insights on maximizing your earnings and success as a contributor.

You might be a well-established professional photographer, an amateur, or a complete newbie. Regardless, Depositphotos accepts photographers from all walks of life.

Even if you only own a smartphone, you can apply for the Depositphotos contributor program and start building a portfolio that will earn you money.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Depositphotos contributor earnings

As a Depositphotos contributor, you earn from $0.30 to $37.40 per photo and from $4.30 to $71 for a video. An average contributor earns a stable income after 6 months.

Let’s look at how the Depositphotos contributor earnings are calculated.

All images on Depositphotos are licensed under a royalty-free license, which is the most basic form of a paid license. Customers who license your content acquire lifelong rights to use them within the allowed uses of a royalty-free license.

Your actual earnings will depend on two factors:

  • Did the customer license your content with a subscription plan or on-demand?
  • What is your contributor level?

Contributor levels depend on the number of downloads of your content. The more your content is downloaded, the higher your contributor level and your commissions (also referred to as “royalties”) get.

Contributor levelRequired downloadsOn-demand commissionsSubscription plan commissions
Level 1up to 49934%$0.30
Level 2500 – 4,99936%$0.31
Level 35,000 – 24,99938%$0.32
Level 425,000 – 149,99940%$0.33
Level 5150,000+42%$0.35
Depositphotos contributor earnings

It’s worth noting that files downloaded via a subscription plan only count as 1/3 of a download.

Commissions for videos range from 30% to 38% based on contributor level. Audio files are the most profitable, with commissions from 34% to 42%.

Revenue Share Special Program

Depositphotos is quite stingy with information about the Revenue Share Special Program. To the best of my knowledge, it means the following:

Depositphotos offers an unlimited plan that encompasses around 700,000 photos from contributors. Contributors participating in the Revenue Share Special Program share 40% of net subscription revenue from these subscriptions. At the end of the year, the earnings are split between the contributors based on the number of downloads.

How to become a Depositphotos contributor?

To apply for the Depositphotos Contributor program, you need to complete these 3 steps:

  1. Register a Depositphotos contributor account. Click here to go to the signup page. It will take you no more than 10 minutes. It’s completely free and comes with no obligations.
  2. Upload a few of your best files. Make sure you upload only the very best. The initial test is the most strict one.
  3. Wait to pass the examination test by the Depositphotos. It may take a couple of days or even a week. Be patient.
  4. Start uploading. Even after you pass the initial test, all your flies will be reviewed before they are published on Depositphotos.
  5. Wait for your first sale. Getting your first sale is an amazing feeling. Just give it time.

To become Depositphotos Contributor, you must be 18 or older. You have to upload your files and own the rights to display the images.

This brings me to my next point.

Become a Depositphotos Contributor

Model and property releases

When you start earning money with photography, things get complicated. You can’t freely upload every piece of content anymore. Instead, you need to be the rightful owner of the photo/video, and you need the written permission of people and property owners featured within your photos/videos.

These documents are called a model and property release, respectively.

You can download a model release form and a property release form from the Depositphotos website.


If you want your content to be accepted, it needs to meet specific criteria.


  • Format: JPEG/JPG
  • Color space: RGB
  • Resolution: minimum of 3.8 MP (2400×1600 pixels)
  • Size: smaller than 50 MB


  • Formats: EPS, AI
  • Archive: ZIP archive with a JPEG/JPG preview with min. resolution of 3.8 MP (2400×1600 pixels)
  • Size: each ZIP smaller than 50 MB


  • Formats: ASF, AVI, DV, FLV, MOV, MPEG/MPG, WMV
  • Videos codecs: Photo JPEG, Motion JPEG-A/B; DV, HDV, DVCPro; H.264/AVC, DivX, Xvid, SVQ1, MP42, MP43, MPG4, MP4V, M4S2, MPEG-1, MPEG-2; WMV2, WMV3; FLV;
  • FPS: 23.976, 24, 25, 29.97, 30, 50, 59.93 or 60 FPS
  • Min. resolution: 0.07 MP (320×240 pixels)
  • Length: 3-60 seconds
  • Compression: the best possible image quality
  • Sound: Optional
  • Size: max 4096 MB


  • Formats: WAV, MP3, AIF/AIFF
  • Bit depth: 16 or 24
  • Sample rate: 44.1 or 48 kHz
  • Max duration: 10 minutes
  • Size: max 1 GB

Final thoughts

Depositphotos is an excellent way to make some more money with stock photography. However, it probably won’t be enough for a full-time job.

Hence, I recommend you sign up for other contributor programs like Adobe Stock or Shutterstock and upload your content there too. This way, you’ll maximize your profits.

If you want to learn how to make even more money as a photographer, read my thorough guide on selling photos online and how to earn money from Shutterstock contributor.

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