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There has never been a more exciting time to be a Shutterstock contributor. Here at Shutterstock we’re seeing demand for more creative content, we’re paying higher royalties on new products, and we’re talking with more contributors than ever before.

Recently, as part of our partnership with the World Photography Organization, members of our content team traveled to London for an inspiring series of workshops on being a successful stock photographer. The Shutterstock team led a series of seven workshops, discussing stock photography with over 250 emerging and established photographers. We fielded questions on model and property releases, the qualities of top-selling stock photos, keywords, idea generation, new content opportunities, and more.

Shutterstock also presented an award as part of the Sony World Photography Awards, as part of the selection committee for WPO’s Open Competition, which received 52,000 entries from all over the globe. The winning and commended images were featured in an exhibition at Somerset House, a beautiful and historical arts and cultural center in the center of London. Tobias Braeuning took home the award for an artistic – and seemingly impossible – split-second image of multiple colliding water droplets.

We feel very fortunate to be members of a creative community. London is just one destination of many and we’re very excited to be spending time with new and existing contributors across the globe. In the coming weeks and months, we’re going to be providing more informative and educational materials to you as part of our commitment to investing in your success. We can’t wait to share more thoughts and strategies on how to be a top-selling stock photographer.

Images: Top © James Gash, bottom 3 courtesy WPO