Here's some good news for all of us. The Vice President International of Shutterstock has met up with our organizers in Hong Kong 2 weeks ago and has made a proposal. After that, he wrote to me yesterday. This is what he wrote:
Hope all is well. Thanks a lot for the nice early morning meeting we had together two weeks ago when I was in Hong Kong. I am back in (much colder) Europe again and wanted to follow up on next steps.
You should sign up at submit.shutterstock.com to become an approved Shutterstock contributor. On this page you will find the link to our referal scheme where you can benefit directly from any new contributors you recruit for Shutterstock. In addition you can download the contributor success guide from that page which will allow you to educate others on how to become a successful contributor to Shutterstock. In case you have any questions on this part, please do not hesitate to contact Anthony (copied in this email) who is managing all contributor relations worldwide and will be happy to help!
In addition we talked about you and JPG helping us to spread the word and promote stock photography as an interesting earnings opportunity within the Hong Kong area.
The idea we have discussed is to build an online community for Australian (I think he meant Hong Kong) photographers, illustrators and videographers and educate them step by step on stock imagery. You can take a look at this page we just launched (sorry, it's all in German, but you should get a first impression): stocktopia.de. Tracy Kim (copied) will be your point person for the community.
Once again, it was a big pleasure meeting you last Wednesday and I am very much looking forward to working together in the future!
Please send my regards to the other club members who joined us at the hotel.
All the best Gerd
Vice President International
60 Broad Street, 30th Floor
New York, NY 10004"
Okay, from what you've read here, you can see that he wants me to be a contributor and also bring in other contributors from our group. I think all of us can be contributors. I have received another email on how to submit our photos and it has provided some links on the procedures. Here's the email:
It is a pleasure to meet you, albeit virtually.
As Gerd mentioned, the best place to start is at the following link which is our site for contributors: http://submit.shutterstock.com
Here, you will be able to create your personal contributor account to start your first submission as well as become a referring contributor for Shutterstock.
Before you start uploading, please watch our tutorial at: http://submit.shutterstock.com/tutorial/
As a new contributor, you must submit a set of exactly 10 of your best photos, vectors and/or illustrations for the initial review. If at least seven of the ten submitted images are accepted, you will be notified via email automatically and be able to submit as many images as you wish afterwards. If less than seven images are accepted, a waiting period is required (although I can waive this if you contact me) before the next test trial attempt. Note: Should you also have video clips to upload, there is no initial test so, the sign-up process is the same except for the fact there there is no limit to the upload of video clips for review assessment.
Please keep the following in mind: Our image reviewers inspect all images at a 100% view to check for quality issues such as focus and noise. I recommend that you do the same with your content prior to submission in order to avoid unnecessary rejections. You may also post some content in the critique section of the forum to get feedback from other contributors:
General Forum: http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/
Critique Area: http://submit.shutterstock.com/forum/f-4.html
In addition, a wealth of information is available at the following links:
Referral Program: http://submit.shutterstock.com/promotions/referrals/
(Note: must have active account to view the referral link above; This is likely to be very important for you to familiarize yourself with.)
Shutterbuzz blog: http://www.shutterstock.com/buzz/
Contributor Success Guide (now in five languages): http://www.shutterstock.com/buzz/contributor-success-guide-available-in-five-languages
Contributor Terms of Service: http://submit.shutterstock.com/tostos.mhtml
Earnings Schedule: http://submit.shutterstock.com/earnings_schedule.mhtml
I hope the information above helps you get started easily with Shutterstock. Should you have questions, please feel free to contact me directly at [masked] or via our general contributor support email: [masked]
So guys, you can see this to be an opportunity to get paid and get some recognition for all the photos that you've been shooting all this while.
Read the 2nd email carefully and look for the categories for the kind of shots that they are looking for. Check out the links provided.
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