Flickr Partnership Ends, Getty Images' Commitment to Contributors Continues

My Getty Images Experience – Part 3 – Flickr Partnership Ends, Getty Images’ Commitment to Contributors Continues

Here are the latest news following up Part 1 and Part 2 of my Getty Images Experience.

I’m only 2 weeks in, and Getty already announced HUGE changes. Yesterday I got an e-mail stating:
“Flickr Partnership Ends, Getty Images’ Commitment to Contributors Continues”
(The whole text is posted on the end of this post).

Still having unanswered questions, I went to the Flickr forums and found a post about the recent announcement.
Here’s what I wrote:
“wow, i got invited to join getty via flickr 2 weeks ago and now all these changes already.
if someone reads my message here, and is willing to help answer one question, that’d be awesome! i’m blogging about my whole getty experience right here btw:
i meant to contact them directly today, but i’ll try here first.
my question is:
– i seriously have no clue how to upload pictures to getty. especially now, that they’re not involved with flickr anymore. the only clue i got is the tiny message in my contributor account:
“You’ll be notified by email when the editors find images that they want you to start preparing for sale. If they do, you can start working on those images here.”
i thought i’d just need to submit to flickr and then they would randomly select some of pictures from time to time, if they’d meet their requirements ofc…but now, they that they don’t do flickr anymore, i have no idea how to proceed to be honest.

so, if any kind soul is willing to help clear this up…i thank you in advance! 🙂

yannick “

I was very happy to get this answer from Richard@GettyImages:
“Hi Yannick, 

The new upload functionality will be available in a few weeks time which will allow you to submit images of your choice for review by our editors.

We’ll keep you updated with information as soon as we can. ”

Another unanswered question has been clarified by SVEN BERGER FOTOGRAFIE via the comment system on this post.
I saw that my pictures had only 3 tags, but Sven told me that:
“It is quite easy … more keywords will appear after some weeks … Getty will make the keywords.”

Full E-mail announcement text:

Today we are announcing that we provided notice to terminate our existing agreement with Flickr. Our original agreement reached its end, and while we continue to be open to working with Yahoo!/Flickr, we have not agreed to a new agreement at this time.

Your status as a contributor to Getty Images is unchanged by this news. Your current agreement with Getty Images remains the same and agreements will NOT be terminated by us as a result of this change, no matter how few images you have on

For the last 5 years we’ve been very proud to provide a global platform for the work of Flickr artists, celebrating their originality and talent with our customers around the world. Those of us who are directly involved with the Flickr collection have thoroughly enjoyed and been inspired by our experience working within the Flickr community. Built to represent the best in authentic, spontaneous photography selected through social sharing, Getty Image’s Flickr collection has grown to be a tremendous success.

We have never been more committed than we are now to expanding on what we’ve started together.

What Will Change? Here are some highlights—with details to follow in the coming days and weeks:

Welcome to Moment: The Flickr Collection will form the basis of a new house collection called Moment.

Moment Mobile: Our new Moment-Mobile App provides another way for you to participate by submitting images shot on your mobile device. All Flickr collection contributors will be invited. (iOs only for now-Andriod to come). We are very pleased with the launch and early results from our Moment App, which is now being used by 3,500 contributors from 100 countries who have so far have submitted more than 30,000 images through the app.

Curators: Flickr curators will continue and expand their role in identifying the best social content from a wider range of sources which, alongside our Moment App, will further grow our Moment collections.

The Upload Portal you are already familiar with will be updated to accommodate a slightly different workflow (see below) but your log-in will remain the same.

You will be in control. Since we will not be using the systems built for the Flickr partnership, we will no longer be searching and browsing through photostreams or Artist Picks looking for images and inviting them. Instead, you will be using the same procedure as all our other Getty and iStock contributors and submitting full-sized, captioned and released images to us for review and selection.

Support: Communication and daily guidance will continue via our Getty Images Contributor Community website and forum. We will be sending out a welcome e-mail containing the URL and your log-in credentials. These emails will begin shortly and continue over the next few weeks until everyone is covered.

Creative Research: You will have access to our proprietary research briefs on an ongoing basis.

Range of Products: You will have access to be reviewed for submissions to our other collections where appropriate including editorial, video, and — our new platform for wall décor, print sales, and more.

What should you do? Please watch for more news and information in our Getty Images Contributors Group on Flickr and watch for important emails.

Check your Contact information! Please make sure the e-mail address and other contact information we have for you is up to date so we can include you in our communications. You can do this by logging in to the Upload Portal at and clicking on “Update your profile” in the “Account Management” section.

Thanks you for all of your wonderful images and support over the past five years! We look forward to moving ahead with Moment, and with each and every one of you.

The Getty Images Creative Team

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