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Anyone can become a member of the Dreamstime's community, however Dreamstime only accept quality-based photos for inclusion in our database. Dreamstime carefully review each application received. You may apply to become a member by registering and uploading your first files. If they are approved, you will see them on your personal account. If they are not selected for inclusion in the database, you will be notified via email, including the reason and/or suggestions for improvement. After solving the problem, you can upload them again.

As soon as your application is accepted, your files will be available for sale on the site. Upon review, the file will be included as a 1st level file. Depending on the quality of the shot, composition, subject and print size, the file will have more or less downloads than other similar shots. As soon as a specific file reaches 10 downloads, it automatically becomes a 2nd level file and begins to sell for a higher price. In a similar way, as soon as the file has 100 downloads it becomes a 5th level file. This approach is intended to give an equal chance to all files in the very beginning. It is also a way to encourage good shots that have less downloads, against other similar shots that have many downloads.

For each transaction, the photographer receives a 30-50 percent fee. Exclusive images receive an additional 15 percent bonus, while exclusive photographers enjoy a 60 percent fee and an additional bonus of $0.20 for each approved submission. Dreamstime awards the highest royalties in the industry, according to a study of PDN Magazine.

Any photographer may request to be paid for his/her sales on Dreamstime.com as soon as the balance has reached $100 and the photographer submits a payment request from the Management Area. We currently send payments by bank check, Paypal or Moneybookers.

Dreamstime ask to contributors to maintain/keep online a minimum of 70% of their approved/accepted submissions for at least 6 months.

For each image that a user downloads as Royalty-Free over the Internet, the photographer receives the following:

Level Version Earnings from Registered Users Downloads
(these are maximum values)
Non-Exclusive (per image) Exclusive image (per image) Exclusive photographer (per image)
Level 1 (0-4 downloads) Extra Small size $0.56 $0.64 $0.84
Small size $1.12 $1.29 $1.68
Medium size $1.68 $1.93 $2.52
Large size $2.24 $2.58 $3.36
Extra Large size $2.8 $3.22 $4.2
Maximum size $3.36 $3.86 $5.04
Subscription $0.35 $0.42 $0.42
Level 2 (5-19 downloads) Extra Small size $1.76 $2.05 $2.52
Small size $2.35 $2.74 $3.36
Medium size $2.94 $3.42 $4.2
Large size $3.53 $4.11 $5.04
Extra Large size $4.12 $4.79 $5.88
Maximum size $4.7 $5.47 $6.72
Subscription $0.35 $0.42 $0.42
Level 3 (20-49 downloads) Extra Small size $3.15 $3.62 $4.2
Small size $3.78 $4.35 $5.04
Medium size $4.41 $5.07 $5.88
Large size $5.04 $5.8 $6.72
Extra Large size $5.67 $6.52 $7.56
Maximum size $6.3 $7.24 $8.4
Subscription $0.70 $0.84 $0.84
Level 4 (50-99 downloads) Extra Small size $4.65 $5.35 $5.88
Small size $5.32 $6.12 $6.72
Medium size $5.99 $6.88 $7.56
Large size $6.65 $7.65 $8.4
Extra Large size $7.32 $8.41 $9.24
Maximum size $7.98 $9.18 $10.08
Subscription $0.70 $0.84 $0.84
Level 5 (>100 downloads) Extra Small size $6.3 $7.24 $7.56
Small size $7 $8.05 $8.4
Medium size $7.7 $8.85 $9.24
Large size $8.4 $9.66 $10.08
Extra Large size $9.1 $10.47 $10.92
Maximum size $9.8 $11.27 $11.76
Subscription $1.05 $1.26 $1.26
 
Additional Format (vector/RAW) double the royalties for the largest size available for download
Unlimited Seats any $17.5 $20.13 $21
Increase Maximum Copies any $35 $40.25 $42
Web Usage any $35 $40.25 $42
Print Usage any $35 $40.25 $42
Sell the rights any 50% 60% 60%
Exclusive photographers receive $0.20 bonus per approved submission.

The current pricing structure was released on July 29, 2008. Note that credits acquired in the past may be based on a different pricing structure. In order to meet industry dynamics, market trends, technological and knowledge improvements, Dreamstime performs regular updates on its pricing.

Dreamstime.com acts as an agency providing quality images to professionals of the industry, as well as helping professional or amateur photographers sell their portfolio online. We do not require exclusivity for the images you upload, but each uploaded image becomes subject to terms and conditions, and you must own the rights for each image you upload to Dreamstime's database.