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Keep your copyright. License non-exclusively. Earn up to 30% of the sale price of your content.

Earnings Breakdown

Amount Earned per Download
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Your Lifetime Earnings as a Contributor*:
Your Lifetime Earnings as a Contributor* Monthly Subscriber Image** On Demand Image** (Sml/Med) On Demand Image** (Any Size) Enhanced License Image** Custom Image** Footage Clip
$0 - $500
Amount Earned per Download
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$0.25 $0.81 $1.88 $28.00 20% (up to $80)† 30%†
*As your lifetime earnings increase, the amount you earn per download increases, too.
**Images include photos, vectors and illustrations.
†Percentage is based on sale price received. Amount earned may be more if sale price received is more.

Referral Earnings

For the first two years after a contributor you referred is approved, earn $0.04 each time one of their images* is downloaded.
For the first year after a contributor you referred is approved, earn 10% of the sale price actually received by Shutterstock each time one of their clips* is sold.
When you refer a customer to Shutterstock, you'll earn 20% of their first payment, up to $200.**

*Referral earning is for clips or images uploaded by your referred contributor.
**For example, if you refer a buyer whose first purchase is a $249 membership, 20% ($49) will be added to your current account.

Shutterstock reserves the right to withhold payments due to you under the Shutterstock Referral Program for up to 90 days from the date your referred submitter or subscriber establishes its Shutterstock account (see Paragraphs 10a and 10b of the Terms of Service).