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$1 BILLION IN CONTRIBUTOR EARNINGS!

Shutterstock’s global network has a new breakthrough to celebrate: $1 billion in earnings paid to contributors! Their success was both historic and meteoric. This report breaks down that achievement, showcasing the earnings for each continent, as well as countries that experienced high growth and some of the contributors who made it possible.

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Annual amount of royalties and referral commissions paid to contributors across Shutterstock's network of brands - including Bigstock, Offset, PremiumBeat, Shutterstock Editorial, and Custom

CONTRIBUTOR EARNINGSAROUND THE WORLD

EUROPE

$105.3M TOTAL EARNINGS FOR 2018
FEATURED COUNTRY Germany
TOTAL EARNINGS $5.8M
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FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Alexander Kirch
Alexander Kirch
Videographer Category: Lifestyle

"Shutterstock gives me and my small company the freedom to work creatively, and the increasing sales confirm our direction is working. Most of our footage is shot in towns throughout Europe, from the tiny to the sprawling, and the historic to the modern.”

EUROPE

COUNTRIES WITH HIGH GROWTH
  • Kosovo Year over year increase 68%
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  • Estonia Year over year increase 43%
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  • Albania Year over year increase 38%
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ASIA

$26.6M TOTAL EARNINGS FOR 2018
FEATURED COUNTRY South Korea
TOTAL EARNINGS $335K
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FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Sanga Park
Sanga Park
Photographer Category: Travel

“I love to take photos of beautiful moments, whether in travel or in my everyday life. I especially like to capture beautiful, bright moments in new places. That’s why I continue to do travel photography.”

ASIA

COUNTRIES WITH HIGH GROWTH
  • Nepal Year over year increase 289%
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  • Bangladesh Year over year increase 65%
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  • Indonesia Year over year increase 49%
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NORTH AMERICA

$23.7M TOTAL EARNINGS FOR 2018
FEATURED COUNTRY U.S.
TOTAL EARNINGS $18.6M
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FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Michelle Carter
Michelle Carter
Musician Category: Music (PremiumBeat)

“I hear music and I’m constantly inspired by the general hum of life around me. Living in Los Angeles is a cacophony of sounds, from horns to singing birds and gentle winds. I think these odd pairings greatly influence and describe my music.”

NORTH AMERICA

COUNTRIES WITH HIGH GROWTH
  • Costa Rica Year over year increase 64%
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  • Mexico Year over year increase 25%
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  • Saint Martin Year over year increase 24%
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SOUTH AMERICA

$1.5M TOTAL EARNINGS FOR 2018
FEATURED COUNTRY Brazil
TOTAL EARNINGS $618K
global earnings south america
FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Paulo Leandro Souza de Vilela Pinto
Paulo Leandro Souza de Vilela Pinto
Photographer Category: Food

“I've traveled the world as a photographer, and found myself happiest when I have the freedom to create. I produce images that the whole world needs, and I’m able to see my work broadcast around the globe.”

SOUTH AMERICA

COUNTRIES WITH HIGH GROWTH
  • Venezuela Year over year increase 42%
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  • Uruguay Year over year increase 31%
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  • Argentina Year over year increase 23%
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OCEANIA

$1.2M TOTAL EARNINGS FOR 2018
FEATURED COUNTRY Australia
TOTAL EARNINGS $954K
global earnings oceania
FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Karen Banson
Karen Banson
Illustrator Category: Vectors

“My work focuses on seamless patterns and backgrounds. I have collections of bold vector graphics, in contrast with my hand-painted watercolors. Working across different styles helps me reach a larger audience and also keep things interesting.”

OCEANIA

COUNTRIES WITH HIGH GROWTH
  • New Zealand Year over year increase 8%
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  • Australia Year over year increase 6%
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AFRICA

$700K TOTAL EARNINGS FOR 2018
FEATURED COUNTRY Nigeria
TOTAL EARNINGS $7K
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FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR
Nzewi Confidence Chukwujekwu
Nzewi Confidence Chukwujekwu
Photographer Category: Lifestyle

“There are many reasons why I love doing what I do at Shutterstock. It's fun, it's adventurous, and I get to meet lots of people who brighten my day. I also learn a lot from the process, pushing unexpected boundaries as a photographer.”

AFRICA

COUNTRIES WITH HIGH GROWTH
  • Morocco Year over year increase 69%
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  • Kenya Year over year increase 68%
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  • Egypt Year over year increase 23%
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In-Demand Content

We’re always looking for the most relevant and up-to-date content. That means listening to our customers and passing on their requests. Here’s what they’re asking for:

  • Diversity
    Diversity

    Visuals showcasing unique locations are always popular, plus images from various backgrounds and lifestyles.

  • Localization
    Localization

    True stories from real places are a hot topic, with local images of different locations in high-demand.

  • Authenticity
    Authenticity

    Images that feel forced don’t resonate with customers—they’re seeking visuals of people in genuine moments.

  • Reactions
    Reactions

    Snapshots of what we face in everyday life get a lot of attention – the ups, downs, and everything in between.

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