Top 15 sites to sell your photos online

I take a lot of travel photos (it comes naturally, being a travel blogger!) and I’m always thinking of ways that those photos can make me money. I love the photos I’ve taken, so surely other people would too?

Here I’ve put together a big list of websites where you can sell your travel photos online, some are big companies you’ll have heard of – others are smaller companies – that might make a better choice if you’re taking this on as a side project for extra ‘pocket-money’. Either way – these are all great places to sell your photos online – so get reading!

iStock Photo

Sell your images through iStock Photo and you’ll earn a royalty rate of 15% for each download. There is also an option to become an exclusive contributor and earn up to 45% instead, which is pretty impressive. These website has a good community feel to it – there are lots of forums and group discussion, which really helps when you’re trying to figure out which of your photos will sell online better than others.

Art Storefronts

Learn how to sell photos online as fine art, and get your own eCommerce website with must-have features to increase your art sales.  This is a robust website platform for professional photographers focused on selling their images as art prints.  They provide first-class educational resources, and a step-by-step Success Plan to ensure that you follow best-practices.  You can print and fulfill your own orders, choose your own lab, or use one of their labs for automated print fulfillment (“print on demand”).  There is also a members-only forum where all customers share ideas, sales strategies, and receive guidance from industry experts.


This website is a lot like an online gallery or portfolio – with the added benefit of being able to sell your photos online via the tool too. It’s great as it has two purposes. The first (of course) to sell your photos, the second – to make them look awesome. And you’re more likely to sell more photos online, the more professional and awesome you’ve got them displayed.  You can set your own pricing and you get to keep 85% of the markup – but that’s not all, as well as selling digital downloads, you have the option of selling prints and greetings cards too, which is good for those of us who want more selling options.


On Alamy photographers earn a whopping 60% royalty fee on any images they sell, so it’s easy to see why this website is such a popular choice when it comes to selling photos online. It’s one of the world’s largest stock photo libraries – so you’l have a fair bit of competition,  but maybe that’s a good thing and will help you step up your game!


This is one of the smaller websites on the list, but still offers a great reach for beginners – so would make a fantastic option for anyone wanting to dip their toe into the world of selling photos online. The royalty isn’t too bad either – you’ll get 50% of the price of each photos you sell.


Dreamstime is a microstock agency, and one of the best there is. Aside from being easy to use, it is well thought of and reputable too – which is just as important when making the decision of where to sell your photos online. Before you start selling, you’ll need to get your images approved by their editors (which can be a long process) but once you’ve been approved and you’ve got the hang of it, a rate of 25-50% royalty is yours for the taking.


This is perhaps one of the more well known options on this list, and if you like the idea of selling your work (but at the same time want to retain complete control and pocket more of the profit – who doesn’t want those things?) you could consider setting up a professional photography website with built-in ecommerce from PhotoShelter. The PhotoShelter system is modern, and will make your images look beautiful.


To start selling with Crestock, simply sign up to their website, follow through the easy registration process… and you’re good to go! They’ll give you 30% royalty, so once the images have been approved by staff you may be able to start selling images within the week!


I like Fotolia for its convenience, fair royalties and expansive market reach. Sign up and present your work to more than four million image buyers around the world, around the clock and you’ll notice your images start selling quickly and seamlessly. Each time one of your photos sell, you earn a royalty of between 20% and 63% of your sale, which is immediately added to your Fotolia account – which takes away any money hassles.


Shutterstock is a highly ranking website which means it likely gets a lot of online traffic – perfect for making sure you sell your photos! Shutterstock also have an approval process in place – and you’ll have to submit ten initial images for approval before you can proceed with any others. But no fear! There are many online forums on their website where you can pick up hints and tips for getting this right first time. With Shutterstock you’ll earn between $0.25 and $28 each time an image of yours sells, depending on the licence.


With this site, their royalty structure is based on your contributor level, which is quite unique. It basically means, the more images you upload, the more you can earn – good news for anyone who plans to commit to this full-time. The amount you receive could rise from 30% up to 60% if you are particularly active on the site – so get started quickly and build up your reputation.

Can Stock Photo

Can Stock Photo offers photographers a 50% royalty fee which is great if you’re just starting out. Once you’re a member it’s easy to submit images and you can get going almost immediately.


Zenfolio allows you to create a portfolio site of your work, a little like Smug Mug mentioned above. You can upload photos, create galleries, password protect galleries, and make your photos available for purchase – a great option for wedding and event photographers where you might make several sales off the back of one event. There is a 14-day free trial available if you want to give it a spin first.

Red Bubble

This is a more quirky one, but I wanted to include it! If your images are more VSCO and Instagram friendly – than studio lighting and fake smiles, you may find the audience on Red Bubble more interested in what you have to sell. They don’t just sell images, it’s all about the products too – so you could sell canvases with your images on, for example.

Snap Market

This is a bargain stock photo website, so the amount you’ll make will be less per image – but if people buy in bulk, it may end up equalising anyway. With a less strict submission process that other big names on this list, it may be a good option for anyone wanting to test the water.

To see examples of my own photos that have sold well online, I’d love you to take a look at the following blog posts – they can be really helpful for inspiration (especially if you take travel photos too!): 

A photo for everywhere I went in 2013

Central park, NYC, in Autumn

The beautiful windows I found in Venice, Italy

Bondi Beach Street Art, Sydney Australia

Photos of Santa Monica, USA

San Francisco and her city streets

  • First of all, you should differentiate between stock photography and event photography ! I am doing both

    For stock photos, the best place to sell is Shutterstock (

    For event photos, the best places to create a selling website is Smugmug ( and BlueMelon (

    • Steph Stevenson

      What is the difference Nick? How many photos per month would you need to sell to make your money back on the monthly fees?

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  • Steph Stevenson

    Have you sold many photos? Has this been worth the monthly upkeep costs for you?

  • Kathleen McCaffrey

    Great list! But should be here too – I sell pics here (free to contribute) and it just relaunched with some pretty awesome new features for photographers, buyers & even models soon!

  • Grace

    Hi. thanks for sharing value info. I have fund other site when you can sell photo for a higher price.

  • Thank you for sharing! Here are a list of the sites i use to sell my pictures.

  • zxzoomy

    And you can sell ‘news’ photos on Mine are here:

  • Scott

    Great reference. I’m using for portfolio hosting and sales – any chance of including that here?

  • Bishal Soni

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  • Brooke

    I recently started using an e-gallery service called photo.BANGK! It is exactly what I have been looking for — Shoot. Upload. Sell. — Super easy to use, free registration, no recurring monthly or annual fees… Features like “auto-watermarking” and SocialBlast™, that assist in promoting your photography business… It’s great.

  • Tim Clark

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    Like ImageKind, but I think the interface is a lot classier!

  • Mark – Shotkit

    Nice post Elle-Rose! I’m currently using an online gallery called Shoot Proof and find their service to be pretty damn good! I wrote a guide on how I use their gallery + email automation system to sell my photos – might be of use to some of your fans! Keep up the good work and safe travels 🙂

  • Yamuna Adhikari

    we have many photos for sale.How can i sale?what i have to do for selling photos.

  • Cool Digital Photography

    Being an artist myself, I have been searching for sites where people can sell their art. Associated with Ranthambhore Art Gallery, there are many artists who struggle to get decent amount for their art work. Thanks for this list which mentions Art Storefronts, which I missed in my own list to sell photos online. (

  • Hey. Great work on the article. I’d like to make your readers aware of another great site which photographers, artists and anyone who creates desirable images can sell them worldwide with no hassle, no cost and no risk. gives everyone the tools to re-sell their work as Photo Gifts and Wall Art across over 170 countries.

  • Being a developer and photograver, I have to share where you can sell your photos and set your prices

  • Nica Tortosa

    Hi Elle Rose Williams! Awesome post, really useful! Have you heard about Rawpixel? You’ve probably seen our images all over the place. We’re the leading stock photo contributor in the world. We’ve just launched our website where we give away the best free design resources out there. We’d be stoked if you could add us to this list. Check us out on Looking forward to you joining our community of creatives. BE INSPIRED. BE RAW.


  • Thanks for the tip! This is great information! 🙂

  • Jerry

    Another notable mention has to be; a site that extensively promotes and markets the art creations of artists across the globe.

  • felix

    Add to your list. They just added store functionality and it’s pretty good.