Getting Started

How do I submit photos for review?

a guide to uploading and preparing photographs for review

How do I submit vector illustrations for review?

A guide to uploading and preparing vector files for review

Title and Keyword Guidelines, Policies and Best Practices

Overview of requirements and policies relating to metadata for Shutterstock [...]

Submission and Account Guidelines

Important policies and account regulations

How do I sign up to become a Shutterstock contributor?

A guide to registering for a contributor account

How do I submit video for review?

Guidelines for uploading and preparing video content for review

How do I submit illustrations for review?

A guide to uploading and preparing JPEG illustrations for review

How do I send my first set of images to Shutterstock?

Different content types have different requirements for submission

What is the difference between Commercial and Editorial content?

A quick guide to how each type of content may be used

What can I do if my first submission did not get approved?

Tips for understanding rejection reasons and helpful links for new contributors

How do I become a Music Contributor?

Information for aspiring music contributors

How is "Similar Content" Defined?

Submitting subtle variations of the same image is not allowed.

Can I register for a contributor account as a business?

Business accounts must send us separate documents to register

How can I improve the performance of my portfolio?

Shutterstock's tools and tips for success

Why did I not receive a registration verification email?

Registration requires email verification to succeed

Terms of Use for Shutterstock Forums

Please adhere to these rules for the Shutterstock Forum

How is Keyword Spamming Defined?

Keyword spamming is the overuse of repeated words, or the use of irrelevant terms.

Can I open a second account?

Our policy restricts using multiple accounts

Is there a minimum age for contributors?

You must be at least 18 years old to sign up for Shutterstock

Can I sign up using a nickname?

You must register under your full legal or business name, not a nickname

Can I share an account with someone else?

Your account may only contain your own work and cannot be shared

What are the requirements for passwords?

Passwords must be a combination of letters and numbers