Learn the ins and outs of how to submit your photos, the review process, and more.
To enable your photos for licensing, you must first agree to the terms of our Contributor Licensing Agreement when activating your store. Photos must be uploaded to the 500px community site and pass a content review before they can be licensed. To upload your high resolution images, simply visit your Photo Manager, select the photo(s) you'd like to submit, and enable the Licensing option at the top of the right hand sidebar.
Make sure to provide high-quality, relevant keywords so that your photos can be discovered on our partner platforms. Attach model releases for photos that have recognizable people, and be sure to check that your submissions do not contain borders or personalized watermarks. By submitting images for licensing you are accepting the terms laid out in the 500px Contributor Agreement.
If you made changes to your submission, suggested by our inspector/reviewer, you are encouraged to re-submit photos that were rejected. You can review the suggested changes in the following way:
Once revisions have been made, click the “Re-upload Photo” button in the right-hand sidebar of the Photo Manager and choose the revised file.
Content that was approved but has since been deleted by you will need to be re-submitted and reviewed like any other new content.
Image review times will vary depending on the volume of content we receive. Reviews generally take a week or less but may take longer at times.
All photos submitted for licensing are reviewed by an inspector/reviewer to ensure each photo is suitable for licensing. Before your first submission we highly recommend familiarizing yourself with our Photographer Guidelines so your images get accepted. Here are a few of the things we look for when considering a photo for the 500px collection:
These factors are not mutually exclusive, they are subjective which is why we’re relying on our team of highly qualified inspectors/reviewers to carefully consider each submission. Curations are not permanent and are subject to change based on seasonality, aesthetic trends, multiple reviews and audits.
You can check the status of your submissions by going to your Photo Manager and clicking on ‘Licensing’ in the left-hand sidebar.
Pro/Core: This means your photo has been approved for licensing by our inspectors/reviewers. Approved photos are automatically added to the corresponding collection and made available for our distribution partners.
Changes Required: If our inspectors/reviewers flag an issue with your photo you’ll receive a notification explaining there are changes required, and the reason. Rejected photos will appear under the ‘Changes Required’ section. To see a list of the necessary changes, click on the ‘Changes Required’ text in red in the top right hand sidebar and a flyout window will guide you through the licensing errors.
Here are the possible reasons for required changes:
Declined: Photos deemed unsuitable for licensing may be permanently rejected or declined. These are generally photos that cannot be fixed or do not meet buyer needs. The following outlines the most common reasons photos are declined:
You cannot re-submit declined photos for licensing through 500px. You may want to consider another licensing platform or outlet.