This Week on Microstock: Getty Launches #RePicture Contest, Canva Milestones, Teen Wins EyeEm Awards and Stockperformer Interview with Sean Prior

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Getty Launches #RePicture Image Contest

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The leader in global image licensing Getty Images launches a new #RePicture contest that will run until November 20, 2014. Photographers and everybody who loves photography can take part in the contest by submitting images that repicture concepts of love, family, body, hero and other things that influence life in modern times.

By submitting photos, participants can get a chance to win great prizes like Canon EOS 5D Mark III body, a Canon EOS 70D camera body and other awesome prizes.

To enter, register on Getty’s competition platform and upload your photos until the closing date. Participants can also share their entries on social media channels using the #RePicture hashtag for a chance to win a Canon Powershot G7X.

For complete details of the contest, check out this post.

Canva Milestones

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Canva, an online Australian graphic design platform that creates social media graphics, presentations and more has reached several milestones last September. Canva has raised an additional $3.6 million in funding, hits 600,000 users who have created more than 3.5 million designs and unveiled new “Design” button integration for third party websites.

233363v2-max-250x250Instead of just offering an ‘Upload’ button and expecting users to figure out the rest, the Canva Button enables a website’s users to easily create graphics without leaving their page. We want this to be accessible to everyone so the button is free and can be implemented with just a few lines of code,” said Canva CEO Melanie Perkins.

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Canva has already partnered with GoDaddy, TabSite, Post Plannes, Agora Pulse and Tailwind. Users can create Canva graphics on these websites without leaving their page.

“Canva provides users with a unique combination of wonderful simplicity and powerful design capability and huge numbers of individuals and businesses have already had the opportunity to experience Canva’s unique offering,” said Square Peg Capital Co-Founder Paul Bassat.

Companies interested in integrating the button can apply at http://about.canva.com/button.

15 Year Old Belgian Photographer Wins EyeEm Awards

EyeEm Photographer of the Year 2014: David Uzochukwu

EyeEm Photographer of the Year 2014: David Uzochukwu

With more than 100,000 images submitted from 15,000 photographers in 150 countries, a Belgian teenager wins the EyeEm Awards Photographer of the Year 2014 who captures emotional portraits of himself and other people. 15 year old David Uzochukwu won a travel to the EyeEm Festival where he can showcase his stunning works.

The EyeEm Awards winners were carefully selected by a set of jury composed of world-class photographers, editors and designers. The two day Festival was held in Berlin earlier in September and showed the images that made it to the EyeEm Awards. The exhibition will be travelling the world showing the images to photographers and photo enthusiasts.

For more information, read this post.

Stockperformer Interview with Sean Prior

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Sean Prior – Wavebreak Media

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Stock Performer, the analytics for stock artists interviewed CEO of Wavebreak Media, Sean Prior as part of their series of Stock Performer customer interviews. Wavebreak Media is one of the top players in selling stock images and videos all over the world.

According to Sean, he was a late comer to photography and video. However, when he does things, he gives all his energy so he worked hard on learning about the photography industry. Taking short video on travel was his hobby that he turned into a full time career, which paved the way for the creation of Wavebreak.

When asked if it was challenging to be at the top of the game he said,

“Wow! I think that is the first time I have read that on paper i.e. ‘Wavebreak are one of the biggest players in the Industry’! That’s pretty awesome to read and I will be delighted to share that with my team here. I’m not sure we are quite at the top, but we are constantly progressing and it can definitely be challenging. We are always trying to find new ways of doing things better and I think that has helped us a lot. Everyone in our company comes from outside the industry which is an amazing fact. In theory this should make it even more challenging but perhaps it also gives us the advantage of looking at things differently.”

Sean also shared some insights on the stock industry and what he expects of the stock photography business for the next years.

“Massive volume and low prices i.e. pricing continuing to erode as the subscription model completely dominates. I am not so sure that is a bad thing either i.e. which would you prefer (a) sell 10x images at .40 cents per image or (b) 1x image at 3 USD per image. As the library grows so too does the differential.”

Head over to the superb full interview here at Stock Performer’s Blog.

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