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Big White Box - Dave Bailey, a final year student from Brunel University, has developed a not-for-profit online market place where you can buy or sell photography and raise money for charity at the same time.
Anyone with a digital camera or scanner can sell photos on Big White Box, with the profit from every sale divided between the photographer and a charity of the customers choice.
Traditional microstock sites pay just a few pence to photographers when their images are sold - the site absorbs the rest. BigWhiteBox offers a refreshing alternative by dividing all the profits between the photographer and one of three charities. The move is part of a growing trend for conscience consumerism - those who try to ensure that purchases are ethical and where possible, benefit charities. One such example is the recently launched Red American Express card, backed by Bono, which donates 1% of everything spent on the card towards a global humanitarian charity.
Photos on Big White Box cost 5 each, with 2 going to the photographer and 2.70 to charity. Photographers can also choose to donate their royalties, with 4.70 going directly to charity. The remaining 30p pays the transaction costs. Big White Box supports three aid organisations - Oxfam, Save The Children and CARE International. Each charity is a member of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) and the Make Poverty History coalition - ensuring the money raised really will change lives.
Jo Clayton, Corporate Development Manger, Save the Children UK says: We are very happy to have teamed up with Big White Box. With more and more people buying photography online, I am sure that Save the Children and indeed Oxfam and Care International will benefit greatly. It is very refreshing to see someone developing a service to benefit others.
Over the past four weeks, the site has only been promoted to sellers, to build up the number of images. In this short time, the site received a staggering 100,000 hits and now contains over 3,000 images.
Speaking about his project, 21-year-old Brunel student Dave, who originally hails from Warrington, says: I wanted to develop something that used the web to sell creativity at the same time as raising money for charity. Big White Box gives photographers, particularly students and keen amateurs, a great opportunity to promote their work and earn money. Designers and marketers can also benefit from a large selection of high quality photographs, at a very low price.
The digital picture industry is a multimillion-pound business, but never before has anyone considered turning it into a charitable outlet. By connecting talented people and giving them the tools they need to sell pictures, Big White Box has the potential to raise a lot of money and help a lot of people. I am confident that the site will be a big hit with photographers and those looking to buy good quality images.
Daves site is a great example of the projects that are produced by Brunel students year in, year out. He has taken a concept and adapted it to benefit the user, as well as some well respected charities, says Leon Cruickshank, course director for Multimedia Technology and Design at Brunel University. Big White Box will be officially launched at the MADE IN BRUNEL engineering and design show, which is taking place at the Business Design Centre, Islington in June.
Speaking about the site, Tom Begley, an amateur photographer from Surrey says: Big White Box has opened up new opportunities for me. Not only will the site provide me with promotion and potential revenue, it will also benefit charity.
Carol Monoyios, Marketing Director from CARE International, says: As more and more people buy photography online, Big White Box is an interesting and innovative idea. Were pleased to be involved.