How do I sign up to become a Shutterstock contributor?

Becoming a contributor at Shutterstock is simple! Register in a few simple steps, then start submitting content.

To sign up for a Shutterstock contributor account register at This is the site made specifically for our contributors, our customers use

To register, you’ll need to provide some basic personal information and verify your email.  You are welcome to create a free browse account on our customer site as well, but you can submit content only through your contributor account on

STEP 1: Provide Basic Information

On the first page, enter your full name, display name, and email address. Your full name should match your legal name or your business name if you are registering as a business. Your display name is what customers will see. Your e-mail address is where we will contact you.

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When you press “Next”, we will send you an email to verify that the email address you provided is valid.  Follow the instructions in the email.

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Check out this article if you run into problems with email verification: Why did I not receive a registration verification email?

STEP 2: Add your address

Enter your residential address and your mailing address, if it is different. Address information should be entered in English only (no accented letters or special characters like ó,ï,ę please).

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That's it, you're done! You can now explore your account dashboard, and start uploading your content!


Submit your work

To become an active Shutterstock contributor, you will initially need to submit a few of your best photos, jpeg or eps illustrations, or a few video clips for your first submission.  The content you submit will be reviewed by our expert team of reviewers. When your first piece of content is approved, your account becomes fully active and you can submit any type of files without limitation. Please keep in mind that you may only upload work that is owned or fully controlled by you.

You can learn more about submitting different content types here:

How do I submit photos for review?
How do I submit illustrations for review?
How do I submit  vector illustrations for review?
How do I submit video for review?

If none of your works are approved the first time around, don't get discouraged and try again! Check out this article for tips and suggestions that may help you succeed as a Shutterstock contributor: What can I do if my first submission did not get approved? You can also get a better understanding of the reasons your content was not approved here: Content Rejection Reasons

Helpful links:

Get to know our Submission Guidelines
Check out ShutterTalk Live  series of streamed workshops for our contributors
Read our
contributor blog for updates and inspiration
Chat with other contributors on our forum

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