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  1. Comparison between 2021 vs 2020: - Portfolio: +10% (poor motivation) - Views: +30% - Zooms: +9% - Sales: +16% - CTR: -16% - Gross income: +25% - Gross per image (average): +8% - Average gross price per image: $23 - Net income: +12% - Net per image (average): -4% - Earnings per image per year: +1% Best year ever (my first significant year was 2018), so can’t complain too much. Last quarter was awful. Still pending a BBC magazine license to appear and several unauthorized use claims. Happy New Year to everyone and best photogr
  2. A couple of years ago, a wildlife magazine I subscribe to published a wrongly-ascribed photo of an obscure and very localised tropical insect. A surprising number of readers wrote in, though I have to say that the differences between the two insects are miniscule IMO. I didn't take note of which agency the original image came from, but they had definitely used Alamy as well as other agencies in the past. The next issue of the mag published an apology and said it would only be sourcing from specialist agencies in future. So that person, who may well have made a genuine mistake, diverted sales a
  3. I've been with Alamy for years and it's always been a small seller for me, but it was a good add-on. When Alamy announced their newest royalty reduction, I paid no attention to the $250 gross threshold for staying at my current 40% royalty rate because I'd never had such low earnings and it wasn't an issue. After the pathetically low sales at the end of 2021 - and I had a number in November at 21 cent gross, 8 cents for me as well as the 15/4 cents sales from December 30 & 31 - I looked at my 2021 gross sales for first half and second half. The second half sales were one tenth
  4. The discontent has been consistent since the contract change this past summer, but Geophotos pointed out that free photos and web content tend to be what we expect, and in the past, readers were paying for print content, including photographs, and newspapers had more advertisers. Some people have had better years than others, and I've noticed that most of those have had five figure collections, as you do. Unless photographers organize something like Science Fiction Writers of America and get all professionally published photographers to join and fund a grievance committee (SFWA got Disney t
  5. i looks like Alamy decided to do a full write off of outstanding sales, still weird to have so many Personal Use that didn't use immediate pay, You would think Alamy would have communicated ahead if this is what was happening.
  6. Taken from FAQ "Q. I’ve seen my photo being used but it hasn’t been reported as a sale?A. The time it takes for our customers to report image uses varies depending on what industry they’re in. This can mean they don’t tell us they’ve used an image until the end of a month, quarter or publishing cycle. If you’ve seen an image being used, and it hasn’t appeared in your sales history within 3 months, then please let us know by filling in our unauthorised use form which you’ll find on your contributor dashboard and we’ll follow it up." So have usage from July 6. That is mo
  7. Hi Grace: I would just echo what has been said about the cost effectiveness of outsourcing scanning your film. Because of the low percentage of sales vs number of submitted images, you would probably never recoup your costs. I don't shoot much new material now so most of my images are on film...thousands of 35mm, 120mm and 4x5 transparencies and negatives from 40+ years. I have used several scanners in the past and now use a Plustek 8200. They are fairly inexpensive as far as film scanners go...$350-$400. The Plusteks come with a trial version of software which is useful and worth purchas
  8. Oh my. I like to use B&H because they have my sales tax exemption and it can make a big difference. Although I'm not sure it works for a computer. We'll see. They are generally good to deal with for fast shipping, etc. So I will just devote myself to getting everything I need onto an external drive so it is ready to go on the new machine. Paulette
  9. Hello everyone, I am a member for 2 months. I have 1700 works. 1000 people have looked at my works. I have not had any sales for 2 months, is this normal? I wonder if I am doing something wrong, can you give an idea or suggestion?
  10. Alamy Live News Sales Team to National Newspaper news desk " We have real time images coming in of a national news event how much will you pay for them" " Nothing but to keep the books straight we will pay 10 cent each." "Fantastic offer we will send them right over". 🙄
  11. One sale and one zoom here so far this month. My sale a couple of days ago was the first since 5th Dec last and I normally get one per week on average at the minimum. Zooms seem to be almost non-existant. Very disappointing. Jim.
  12. Hello to all, I am not really new to Alamy. I already have some images online for sale. But until now I have always neglected Alamy a bit. However, after I had six sales in 2021 and at an amount where I would have to sell hundreds of images at other agencies, I thought I'd try it more closely with Alamy. I would be happy if one or the other would take a look at my portfolio to tell me what I could do better. At the moment I have over 3200 pictures with a green bar and about 700 pictures with a yellow one. How important are the bars actually and are they conducive to educate a sale?
  13. I had absolutely no idea that live news images would sell for such a low fee, indeed I thought it would be quite the opposite ! The two sales I had today were the lowest $ I've had. However, the Macmillan image was taken on a paid shoot and the Covid image was taken as I happened to be there so I guess it didn't cost me anything although I know that's not the point, time and effort is still taken in uploading and keywording. Carol
  14. Hi all, Hope everyone is well. I've opted out of distributor sales when the new contract with disappointing fees was unveiled. Looking now at my October sales I am still getting sales which have distributor commission on them. Is this right? Can the sales continue even though I've opted out and if so how long for after? Or do i need to contact Alamy? Many thanks!
  15. When images are licensed for peanuts it’s no longer viable even posting into the months images sold thread. 2 sales at $0.95 each gross is a joke. I shot an event on Saturday in London, but my main reason was to chat to a few non Alamy photographers I know on how their business is doing.
  16. one thing James has highlighted is the average licence for all of Alamy of $30. A great exciting information to assist contributors make decision, would be more drilled down data. For example what is the average licence for Distributors per market. If anything showing which one are the hard dragging the average down would help Alamy's result which seems focused on Average Licences, since I would gladly remove my images for sales in the sluggish markets.
  17. James, It would be really nice to know what these exciting plans might be and how they would encourage us contributors to continue to support Alamy? I've been with you for 18 years and all I've seen is the royalty split for contributors erode and now sales for pennies are the norm. Please give us some encouragement to continue to supply you rather than pushing us to supply multiple agencies or work with agencies offering better terms and higher fees.
  18. October is the time of year I start seeing calendar sales come through. I have had several this year for $32.99 compared to $40.29 last October for the same size print run. My share has also dropped from 50% to 40% so my take this year is 35% down. On the plus side October has seen the best months sales for some time and is over 1/3 of my total gross to date in 2021.
  19. Nada, here. Zooms pitiful also. I guess most buyers spent their photo allotment by the end of the year and are taking a breath.
  20. i am also curious what proportion of licences (dollar weighted) came out of the 7%. The non exclusive would include many repeats of Public Domain images from "hoover contributors", and plenty of the non editorial typical background MS images which may or may not be a major seller in Alamy's market place- we do see frequently MS experts reporting low sales on here.
  21. i wonder if Alamy will update us on the Zoom reduction project..... as for slow, same here. one tiny distro, and 3 zooms (though all 3 of them on specific searches where i was the only zoom, so fingers crossed)
  22. It's actually slow LOW start for me. Only seen the $1.56 gross RM licenses. Zooms are average in my case.
  23. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2022/jan/18/weatherwatch-the-sun-filled-mild-climate-of-the-azores Konstantin Kalishko https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/jan/18/babies-die-england-stop-jailing-pregnant-women Mark Harvey https://www.theguardian.com/business/2022/jan/18/thg-shares-profit-sales Timon Schneider https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/17/sleep-deprived-nhs-doctors-realised-my-error-when-patient-collapsed Jes2ufoto
  24. CTR comes from you Alamy Measures page... How is this data collected? This data is collected from the search activity of our paying customers. It records searches, visits, views, sales and zooms. How to use this page? Use this page to identify pseudonyms that are performing well or badly relative to one another. Pseudonyms with a high click through rate (CTR) will be receiving more zooms relative to views than pseudonyms with a low CTR. This is important information because the ratio of zooms to views is one of the factors that influences your AlamyRank score.
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