World's Most Successful ''Crowdsourcing'' Stock Photographer Reaches Half a Million Images Sold on iStockphoto

    CALGARY, ALBERTA, June 5 /CNW/ - Lise Gagne, a freelance photographer who
sells stock images online, just sold her 500,000th image on iStockphoto.
Gagne, from Quebec City, Quebec, was the first to become a full-time iStock
photographer and has almost 5,000 files on the site, which have been
downloaded an average 100 times each. She has quickly risen to become
iStockphoto's most in-demand artist, making a six-figure income.

    iStockphoto pioneered the concept of micropayment stock imagery and was
one of the first social networks in the world to actually pay contributors for
the sale of their work. It remains the world leader in micropayment stock and
is now the global volume leader in all stock photography sales, whether
user-generated or traditional. iStock has more than 1.8 million members and an
image or video is downloaded from the site every 2.5 seconds.

    "Lise is a great friend, a true artist, and has really set the bar high
for the members of our community," said Bruce Livingstone, CEO of iStockphoto.
"We work very hard to promote our artists, providing training, business cards,
partnerships, and advertising that give all our exclusive contributors maximum
worldwide exposure. I believe Lise is the first of many who will achieve this
milestone, as we have just barely scratched the surface of the worldwide
appetite for imagery. What may be her most astounding accomplishment is that
by our calculations, she just may be the most prolific stock photographer on
the planet."

    iStock artists are paid instantly every time one of their images is
downloaded. Exclusive photographers can make 40 percent royalties on each
image sold, and 50 percent on extended license agreements. iStock promotes its
collection and photographers through aggressive marketing and advertising
campaigns worldwide, and has many partnerships internationally that increase
channel sales potential for its artists.

    In recognition of her achievement, iStock is creating an iStock Wall of
Fame, with Lise the first member inducted. She'll be joined by many more of
the artists she has inspired during her meteoric rise.

    "I love the community aspects of iStock so much and have learned a great
deal from all my friends there since 2003," said Lise Gagne. "I fell in love
with iStock right away, but never would have dreamt that someday it would be
my career. But things have a way of working out: I got fired from my old
design agency for spending too much time on iStock, and suddenly found myself
with all the time in the world to give to photography. Now I hope to hit a
million downloads in half the time it took to reach 500,000."

    To view Lise's work, visit To see
the praise from hundreds of her friends and colleagues, visit

    About iStockphoto

    iStockphoto,, 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,
selling video for as low as $5 per 30 second clip. 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.

    iStock(TM), iStockalypse(TM) and iStockphoto(R) are trademarks of
iStockphoto Inc. All other company or product names are the registered
trademarks or trademarks of their respective owners.

    /NOTE TO PHOTO EDITORS: A photo accompanying this release is available on
    the CNW Photo Network and archived at
    Additional archived images are also available on the CNW Photo Archive
    website at Images are free to accredited
    members of the media/

For further information:

For further information: iStockphoto Kara Udziela, Public Relations
Director, 360-574-2466 Cell: 503-260-0441 or Kelly
Thompson, Executive Vice President, 403-451-3470

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