Dreamstime, distinguished as a global photo community and a worldwide leader in the stock photography industry, celebrates another monumental achievement. Today the agency officially reached the 2m image mark.
Founded in 2004, Dreamstime has established itself as a social, interactive, crowd-sourcing agency. Serving a worldwide customer base of over 450,000 users, the three-year young company offers the best-edited image collection making a name for itself not only as the pacesetter but the trendsetter in the stock photography industry. With unique visitors exceeding 4,000,000 per month, the agency is a forerunner in the stock photography business providing imagery to an infinite gamut of clients in the creative market from the private sector to Fortune 500 companies (including the world’s largest advertising agencies, national and international magazines, as well as film and television production companies).
Dreamstime receives over 30,000 images per week; today, its portfolio features more than 2,000,000 images. “Having two million images available speaks volumes as to our crowd-sourcing business model,” said Serban Enache, CEO and co-creator of Dreamstime.com. “With a growing approval ratio (up to 70% from 50%), I’m proud to say Dreamstime.com offers the best-edited collection of photos. We have an exquisite collection (balanced in quality and quantity) and this in itself makes evident the power of our agency and the power of our contributors.”
The latest record-setting trend (adding 10,000 online images per day) has enabled Dreamstime to expand its customer base three-fold. In just the last quarter alone, the number of buyers tripled and now encompasses a variety of professional agencies in addition to independent customers, which broadens the overall buying market to virtually every and all types of photo shoppers.
Dreamstime is technologically progressive yet simplistic in navigation, application and its submissions processes, all to ensure repeat visits and returning business. Multiplicity is a Dreamstime speciality.
Some of the unique, one-of-a-kind, exclusive features include:
Unique to the stock agencies market, Dreamstime features DreamFinder, an unlimited, multi-tiered, in-depth search engine that extends improved navigation and accessibility within the web pages with refined and advanced search options (including keywords or excluded keywords, price, content, photographer-specific, resolution, photos/illustrations, color/monochrome and orientation criteria).
Dreamstime.com is the only microstock agency that provides keywording services and employs Keymasters [a crowd-sourcing opportunity for members and non-members to become part of the Dream Team]. The DT Keymasters work directly with the contributing photographers to load and key their new images by title, description, keywords and categories. This opportunity enables members (or non-members) who are photo enthusiasts, or who are just really interested in the stock photography industry, to become part of it while providing the busy photographer with immediate personal assistance in loading their photos expeditiously.
Flexible payment options
Monthly subscription plans can be purchased in addition to or simultaneously with credit-based plans.
Being the one of the very few resources that license images for free, Dreamstime offer a collection of free images at their website.
Photographer incentive programs/contests
In The News - a section specifically designed to initiate interest and participation by skilled and talented photographers. Dreamstime seeks out the amateur and semi-pro photographers who wish to elevate their exposure as a photojournalist—to introduce their photo stories in In The News. This exclusive section features photos that tell a story or are of news relevancy or interest (surrounding an event; community, national or worldwide; past or present).
The Assignment - motivating initiative established to entice photographers to become involved members. The agency posts a monthly Assignment; a contest in which a topic-specific photo assignment is issued to members. The winner of The Assignment receives a prize. Previous awards have included digital cameras, camera backpacks, tripods, photo lenses and more.
Succeeding any other microstock agency, Dreamstime.com increased its gallery of photos by 500,000 images in just four months earlier this spring. Dreamstime reached its goal of 1m images in February (2007). To assist in meeting its ambitious target marks, Dreamstime.com awards a photographer for every Milestone contribution. At every 100,000th interval, the contributor who submits a photo or image at the next 100,000 mark receives a prize.
In the last three years, Dreamstime has awarded over $500,000 (around £250,000) in prizes, bonuses and discounts to its customers and contributors for uploads or contributions.
In keeping with its return policy to give back to the community, and in celebration of reaching its 2m image mark, Dreamstime is offering three images for free to all new customers who register as a new member within the next 24-hour period. New members will enjoy the opportunity to select three web-sized images of their choice while the agency supports all royalties rewarded to photographers. “We want to celebrate our successes with new designers and all of our photographers who made this possible,” Serban added. “This incentive is extended to all our new members and, consequently, to all of our contributors.”
Contributing photographer, Inga Ivanova from Moscow, submitted the two-millionth image to enable Dreamstime to achieve its newest milestone. As an active contributor and participant in the 2m contest, Inga received a special prize in appreciation for her significant contribution.
With 25,000 current contributors (from novice to professional photographers), the image library includes an unlimited assortment of candid, expressive, artful shots, studio portraits and scenic photographs as well as distinctive imagery [sketches, graphic art and backgrounds] in high quality re-print formats. They may be used for personal and commercial use including: print advertisements, brochures, television commercials or shows, book covers and website designs, greeting cards, posters, calendars and general merchandise (t-shirts, cups, koozies, calendars).
The images on Dreamstime are the best money can buy and some are even absolutely free! Dreamstime is the place to shop for double platinum stock photography.