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Phil Preston

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  1. After getting used to the instant QC pass for 5 star status, I had a delay of about 18 to 24 hours recently, after which I discovered the batch had failed. Have not submitted since then, but surprisingly, am still showing as 5 stars for QC status.

  2. 6 hours ago, CAROL SAUNDERS said:


    Oooh that's interesting and what a coincidence, would love to know what museum they are going to be in and when but I don't suppose we will ever get to find out😐. Note to self....maybe book another cruise😀





    When I first saw my sale for a UK museum, I thought perhaps it might be an exhibition about climate change, then I saw your photo, and thought probably not!


    Yes, would be nice to know which museum, don't think Alamy will be telling us anytime soon though.

  3. 18 minutes ago, FOTOLINCS said:

    Are iPhone images acceptable and can you download them in the usual Alamy way.  


    As far as I am aware, mobile phone images are not accepted by Alamy itself, but they have an App called Stockimo which is specifically for iPhone images, so you might want to check that out. I should mention that forum rules do not allow discussion about Stockimo in this forum. 

  4. Like Ed, I'm also not keen on bothering Alamy with minor matters, so when I re-edit an image, I upload it while the original is live, then change the title of the original to 'Awaiting deletion, see image ID (ref no) for replacement', then save changes and delete the original. If a potential buyer should see the 'awaiting deletion' image during the 6 month wait for deletion by Alamy, they will at least know the replacement image ID should they wish to see it.

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  5. 7 minutes ago, spacecadet said:

    I searched the blog and couldn't find anything in particular- could you link it?

    Mark,  I can't find it myself now! It was produced around the time when commission rate was reduced from 60 to 50%, to clarify what Alamy meant by exclusivity. Think its also been referred to in the forum on previous occasions. Generally, I think your post above is a good summary as far as I can recall. 

  6. 10 minutes ago, Jan Brown said:

    Are you sure about that? It seems to directly contradict exclusivity, at least if you're talking about the same image. Maybe if you're sharing photos that aren't on Alamy, but not the same ones, surely?


    Please read the Alamy blog post on this issue.

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  7. 2 minutes ago, Jan Brown said:

    Yes, but making them available elsewhere online undermines their value as an exclusive image on Alamy.

    I know what you mean, but Alamy already indicate that being on another website by itself, does not contravene their exclusivity requirement. 

  8. 11 minutes ago, Jan Brown said:

    I can't see that they'd still be exclusive. There are ways and means, I daresay, of downloading your photos from that site (Fl...r?) which circumvents the need to pay.


    I think the main point is that images should not be available for 'purchase' from another website/stock agency, apart from circumstances I mentioned above. Theft, or copyright violation of images is another matter.

  9. Alamy have produced a blog about exclusivity, so suggest you check that out. My understanding is that images marked as exclusive to Alamy should not be available for purchase from another stock agency, but they can be available for purchase from Print On Demand (POD) sites and the photographers personal website if they have one. I'm not clear exactly what you mean by a 'hobbyist photo sharing site', but by 'photo sharing', if your images are available to others for commercial use on the hobbyist site (other than through purchase directly from Alamy), you might (???) be breaking Alamys definition of exclusivity. If you still have doubts after reading the relevant Alamy blog, you could always contact contributor relations and ask them directly.

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  10. 16 hours ago, Ed Rooney said:

    Paulette, I read somewhere that more people are killed by hippos in Africa than any other animal. Is that right? And of course, they can run faster than us. Hell, everything can run faster than us. 


    There was a BBC programme on TV last night about Hippos in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, and I think (if memory serves me correctly) they said that Hippos kill about 500 people a year. Thats presumably all Hippos, not just those in the Okavango.

  11. ...but sadly, only 1 from my portfolio.


    My CTR has been reasonable the last few months, but is in freefall this month (July), so when I noticed some nice person had 'zoomed' one of my images, I looked at my Pseudo info and saw that someone had searched for 'Russia historical portrait', and zoomed 3404 of the 4003 images they viewed.


    Occasionally, I have seen up to perhaps about 50 zooms for a single search phrase, but never anything remotely near the 3404 in this instance. Unless this was a bot stealing our images for display on some dodgy website (unlikely? given that only Alamy customers' zooms are recorded??) just curious as to why someone would have the time and inclination to zoom so may images?

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