There are many well know stock libraries that specialise in nature but you will find most of these are run by the top Nature Photographers who use them primarily to market their own work rather than invite others to submit their stock images. With this in mind we've compiled a list of general libraries that accept contributions that have a nature category.
A royalty-free photo library offering stock images at affordable prices with a 50% commission rate for the photographer. The library currently has just under 6.5million stock photos and is growing by the day.
With over 18.8 million stock images Alamy is one of the leading online libraries. It's free to upload and you get 60% off the sale. Your first submission of photos is checked and needs to pass quality control before you are accepted to the library.
Can Stock Photo
Has over 2.5 million images and is easy to join to sell. Simply fill out the registration and submit three sample photos and await approval.
Photos need to be 3Mb and available without restrictions for worldwide sales. The upload system is claimed to be one of the fastest available allowing you to drag files from your desktop straigh to their server. They pay 50% commission on sales of all stock images.
Nearly 8.5 million photos including royalty free and high resolution stock images. Pictures need to be 3Mb, RGB colour space and jpg, saved at highest quality setting. To join you register and your first submission is assessed. Once accepted you can earn between 30 and 60% of the sale value depending on use of stock image.
A smaller picture library with around 370,000 images. It's free to join and submit stock images. You get 50% of the net sale. Pictures should be between 1Mb and 100Mb, RGB colour space and jpg, saved at highest quality setting.
Established in 2000 this stock image library now has over 6.7million photos. Initially it started as free downloads now they sell stock images and photographers are paid 20-40% depending on your level of membership. Each image submitted is viewed at full size and checked individually by at least one iStockPhoto's approval administrators for various requirements such as size, file type, quality and copyright. Pictures should be 1600x1200 or larger and in rgb/jpg format.
Shutterstock has over 11million stock images and is looking for new contributors. To join you submit 10 images that must be varied in subject matter. Images must be 4Mp You can get paid anywhere between $0.25 and $28. Payments can be made through paypal when your account reaches $75.
Part of the Corbis group, Veer offers affordable stock images, but royalty fees are quite low, from $0.20 to $35.00. The site was launched last year (2009) so is less established than many of the others so there may be less photographers signed up and you may stand a better chance of being seen. You can upload in batches using ftp and to become a contributor you need to submit your best 10 images for review.
A slightly different approach in that you join, create a profile and upload your stock images. They are then seen by people who want to buy t-shirts, calendars, postcards, greetings cards, prints and framed photos. RedBubble has a fixed price charged to process the order, you can add on top how ever much you like, so the commission or how much you make is totally in your control.
One other option is to cut out the middle man and set up your own portfolio site to sell stock photos. Have a look at foliopic - an easy to use template system for photographers, with a gallery and an option to sell photos and take automatic payment. There's a free 14 day trial and three levels of service - all competitively priced.
Have we missed an important library that will take stock image submissions from nature photographers? If so please add a comment below and we will add it to the list.