We recently partnered with AdobeStock/Fotolia as one of our distributors to offer the 500px collection to the AdobeStock Premium collection. 500px photographers benefit from AdobeStock's reach and scale with its vast array of enterprise and creative customers.
Distributors and resellers work directly with local brands and advertisers in specific territories. Most distributors operate their own websites where they host 500px Marketplace content.
We’ll always do our best to make royalty payments available to you as quickly as possible. When it comes to payouts from sales made through our distributors like AdobeStock and Fotolia, 500px receives monthly and quarterly sales reports from our distributors depending on their royalty reporting process. Once received, 500px will wait for full payment from the partner before processing the sales in our own system. Once the money has been received, we process the payouts through our Marketplace system and if necessary, backdate the payout to the month it was sold by the distributor. Lag time between the actual sale through the distributor and a payout to the photographer can exist in some cases. If you think there has been a sale processed for one of your images, you should check your Marketplace Store first to ensure the sale is in our system. Due to reporting processes and timing, distributor sales may not appear immediately in your Marketplace Store but we can always connect with our distribution network to inquire about a specific image ID that may have sold, but is not yet reported to us.
Photo Attribution on Adobe Stock vs. Fotolia
AdobeStock attributes photographers right down to the photographer name, whereas you will notice their affiliate site, Fotolia, credits the author as “500px”. Both sites do include identical photo ID’s, so it’s easy to confirm who the photographer is on each photo and which photographer to provide royalties to.
Opt-Out of our Global Distribution Network
500px contributors can always opt-out of our distribution network if it's not right for them. Interestingly enough, less than 1% of Marketplace contributors have done that to date.