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Let's say you have taken some really cool images of a concert or sporting event. The images would be great for editorial use because they capture an event that you think would interest many people. How do you submit these images to Shutterstock?

Submitted images or footage which are taken at these types of events will require proof of credentials before they are reviewed. Credentials are proof that you are authorized to shoot the event.

Credentials are different from property releases because property releases usually show that you are authorized to shoot on private property. Credentials also differ from model releases because model releases commonly show that you are authorized to take an image or shoot footage of an individual.

Credentials, on the other hand, show that you are authorized to shoot an event, which may both be taken on private property as well as feature individuals, for editorial use.

Images or footage submitted for editorial use that have been taken at the events listed below require proof of credentials before they will be reviewed:

  • Sporting events (including those taken at non-collegiate schools or recreational, non-professional events)

  • Concerts

  • Festivals

  • Trade shows

  • Theatrical performances (including those taken at school performances/theater)

  • Conventions

  • Openings

  • Ticketed events

Credentials requirements: Images or footage requiring credentials will only be accepted if the submission is accompanied with either of the following documents proving photographer credentials:

I.  An event badge (a sticker will not suffice) that indicates your authorization to shoot the event and includes the following information:

  1. the name of the event;

  2. the date of the event; and

  3. your name (if possible)

OR

II. Correspondence (e.g., email, letter) with an authorized representative of the venue, performer’s management, or other authorized representative of the event having the authority to grant you credentials to shoot the event.  Such correspondence must include the following information:

  1. the name of the event;

  2. the date of the event (if not, then the date of the email);

  3. your name;

  4. the authorized representative’s name and company; and

  5. the email must be sent from the representative’s company email account.

 

Please note that we will evaluate credentials on a case by case basis. To submit images with credentials, please email credentials@shutterstock.com prior to submitting your images or footage.