The following outlines the most common reasons photos are declined:
Content / subject is not commercially or editorially viable
- Image has poor composition/lacks visual impact
- Subject matter would not appeal to buyers
- Subject matter does not convey enough editorial or newsworthy context
- We already have too many similars in our collection
Technical quality or production value is below our minimum standards when viewed at 100%
- Main subject is blurry and out of focus
- Image does not have a clear focal point
- Excessive noise that cannot be fixed
- Banding or digital compression
Includes intellectual property that is ineligible for Royalty-Free licensing
If you’re unsure, check the official website of the building or location for any photography restrictions they may have in place.
Submission is a duplicate or too similar to a photo you have already submitted
- While we encourage variations or series of photos each individual image must offer a significant difference in lighting, composition, pose, facial expression, models or props, etc. Images that are nearly identical apart from a very slight difference may be considered too similar.
Subject matter may be considered unsuitable or offensive
- Graphic nudity
- Children without model releases - editorial content must have context to be considered for licensing
- Depictions of violence or cruelty
Declined photos are not intended for resubmission due to factors that cannot be altered.