CALGARY, ALBERTA, August 21 /CNW/ - iStockphoto(R) today announced that
it rewarded its exclusive members with 100 percent of all revenues from their
images sold on Aug. 20. The giveaway took place one day after the previously
announced "Punctum Day," which celebrates outstanding artistry in five
categories. In total, iStock "exclusives" will have received over $100,000 as
a result of one day's downloads from iStockphoto.
One iStockphoto exclusive member, Kelly Cline, says, "iStockphoto is a
stellar machine that enables me to make money from what was once a hobby, and
the support of the network has encouraged me to pursue it fully. Receiving the
extra money is an exceptional bonus."
All 2,300 iStockphoto exclusive members sell their stock imagery and
video only through the iStockphoto website. This provides talented artists
with a second source of income and designers worldwide with great imagery and
video. Becoming an exclusive member can triple a contributor's earnings and
enhances both the business and legal support that iStock can offer them. The
site currently has over two million members.
"Punctum Day was inspired by our members, and we gave the money away the
first weekday after to maximize the bonus paid our contributors. We wanted to
find a way to thank our iStockphoto 'exclusives' and this is a great way to
reward them for their support and for making iStockphoto the most visited
stock imagery site in the world," said Bruce Livingstone, CEO of iStockphoto.
August 19 also saw iStockphoto announce the shortlists for its Punctum
Day Awards. The iStockphoto community voted for the best images and content on
the website. The shortlist for the first Punctum Day Awards can be seen at:
Winners will be announced September 4, 2007.
iStockphoto, www.istockphoto.com, is the world's busiest image market,
with an image downloaded every 2.5 seconds. iStock pioneered the micropayment
phenomenon in this industry, enabling buyers to license images for as little
as a dollar. iStockphoto entered the stock video market in September of 2006.
In partnership with its members, iStockphoto has turned community into
commerce, transforming the digital imagery market by encouraging passionate
dialogue and education, while making imagery affordable to businesses that may
not have licensed imagery otherwise. iStockphoto is headquartered in Calgary,
Alberta, Canada, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Getty Images.
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