Shutterstock Celebrates 10th Anniversary as the World's Creative Marketplace and Launches Shutterstock Stories, A Creative Grant Program to Award $75,000 to Artists
NEW YORK, July 10, 2013Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), a leading global provider of digital imagery, is celebrating its 10th anniversary today as the World's Creative Marketplace. Shutterstock was founded on July 10, 2003 by Jon Oringer, and now has more than 28 million licensable photos, illustrations and videos from over 100 countries."It's been an exciting 10 years," said Shutterstock's Founder and CEO, Jon Oringer, "and we're just getting started. We have 40,000 amazing contributors providing content, powering this dynamic global marketplace."One of Shutterstock's most successful artists is Anja Kaiser, a vector illustrator living in Munich, Germany. "It's been a fantastic experience contributing to Shutterstock over the years," said Kaiser. "I began my career as a vector illustrator with Shutterstock, and the community and feedback has been so rewarding."The Company, which adds tens of thousands of rights-cleared images each week, is celebrating its anniversary by launching a creative grant program called Shutterstock Stories: Profiles in Creativity. Over the next several months the initiative will highlight the stories of Shutterstock artists and award $75,000 through 7 creative grants. To view a short video about Shutterstock Stories, click here."We have thousands of unique artists from all different backgrounds, and we want the world to see who they are," said Global Communications Director, Meagan Kirkpatrick. "Shutterstock Stories is a way to honor those who've made the last decade possible, celebrate their work, and inspire the next generation of creatives."Shutterstock's Stories program will begin accepting submissions on July 18 and close on August 14, 2013. During the grant selection process, a panel of jurors will review video and text entries from Shutterstock contributors and select 5 regional grant recipients ($5,000 each), and one global winner ($25,000). The public will also have the opportunity to select a People's Choice Winner to receive $25,000.To learn more about the creative grant program, or read the official submission rules, visit the Shutterstock Blog.
About Shutterstock, Inc.
Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE: SSTK), directly and through its group subsidiaries, is a leading global provider of high-quality licensed photographs, vectors, illustrations, videos and music to businesses, marketing agencies and media organizations around the world. Working with its growing community of over 140,000 contributors, Shutterstock adds hundreds of thousands of images each week, and currently has more than 100 million images and more than 5 million video clips available.
Headquartered in New York City, with offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, Paris, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley, Shutterstock has customers in more than 150 countries. The company also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock media agency; Offset, a high-end image collection; PremiumBeat a curated royalty-free music library; Rex Features, a premier source of editorial images for the world's media; and WebDAM, a cloud-based digital asset management service for businesses.
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