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Are your submissions on Picxy getting rejected? Here's why!

There are several reasons to why many regular pictures don't work out as stock photos. An important thing to remember as a photographer is that a high standard of effort, ethics and style needs to be maintained in photography, even if it is for a single picture.

Stock images are always pictured as those in high-res, well-executed and completely original. Well, that is what makes them stand apart.

But, are images rejected by stock-image websites? Everyday!

Worried that your submission on our site won't make the cut? Here's a quick tour of things that don't work for Picxy so that you are assured a smooth submission process.  

You may have submitted a duplicate/ replicated/ similar picture

The first click of the view in this particular angle
The first click of the view in this particular angle
The second picture not deeming much of a difference
The second picture not deeming much of a difference
The third being no different from the first or the second
The third being no different from the first or the second 

Well? You may say it's the same picture. Exactly! Many a times, we click the same angle multiple times and submit them in bulk too, but only one of these are chosen. This could also stand to mean that the photo you have submitted is not genuine, it is a copy, not an original. Picxy accepts submissions that are completely original and whose property belongs to the person making the photo submission.

Theft of images are a strict no-no
The image you have uploaded seems to have issues related to copyright and trademark infringement. Please upload images that you have captured and avoid uploading those that are taken off the internet or stolen.

The subject in the frame is not in focus

An example of an image not in focus (in this case, the deer)
An example of an image not in focus (in this case, the deer)
An example of an image not in focus (in this case, the two performing dancers)
An example of an image not in focus (in this case, the two performing dancers)

Take a look at the above two pictures - You'd notice that the picture clicked in this instance may end up not focusing on it’s prime subject or area of focus. This problem mainly occurs when one shoots on a manual mode and the focus ring is not set at the right pace. It can also happen when the lens used is not cleaned or the settings of your camera are not in the accurate sync.

Obviously, high resolution images are a must
The golden rule of stock photography - Image resolution is a very important aspect. So, make sure that your images have the highest resolution possible. Low resolution images are simply not acceptable.

The image is either blurred or your hands have shaken while clicking

An example of an image blur

The image/ images that you have uploaded and submitted to our review team need to be in focus and a strong grasp is an absolute must. The picture above is a self-explanatory visual on how a beautiful sight of the Charminar seems too far/blurry for the eyes. So, make sure that the images you’re uploading are crisp - they need to be clicked with a steady hand.

There is noise all over the pictures clicked

An example of an image clicked in the dark with noise 
An example of an image clicked during daytime with noise 

Avoid uploading images with noise - which is a kind of grainy texture all over the image. Most happens even when the lens is not properly cleaned - the remaining dust causes the issues in this case. Image noise can also be caused by various factors like brightness, color information or image sensor.

Incorrect Property Release/Model Release
This would imply that the release you have attached in terms of submission is incorrect. It could be the wrong release, the reference image saved as one, model identification details saved as a model release and so on.

The pictures are Over Exposed/Under Exposed

An example of an overexposed image 
An example of an underexposed image 

The above two images are a good example of images that are overexposed (first one) and underexposed (second one). The image you have uploaded is either over exposed i.e there is too much light in the image (too bright) or underexposed i.e the image isn't bright enough. The correct lighting comes with the right frame and it's own aperture, shutter and program settings.

Watermarked Images and Images with text or logos on them

An example of an image with a watermark
An example of an image with a watermark
An example of an image with unnecessary text
An example of an image with unnecessary text

This would mean that the picture/ pictures you have uploaded contains watermarks. Watermarked images would indicate that the picture submitted doesn’t belong to the person submitted. Or that you haven't submitted the originals on our site and these are copies of the same. Clean images without any addition of text or logos will be considered acceptable by the review team.

Heavily Processed images don't have the original integrity

An example of a heavily processed image
An example of a heavily processed image
An example of a heavily processed image
An example of a heavily processed image

This means that the image you have uploaded is processed to an extent which is not acceptable. Take one look at the picture above and you'd notice that the contrast, brightness, hue and highlight settings for them have been adjusted and they seem more imbalanced now. Try to maintain the original integrity of the image.

10. Image Rotation

An example of an image that is incorrectly oriented
An example of an image that is incorrectly oriented


Images with the incorrect orientation go straight to the rejected section. Consider our review team to be very strict in this case. So, make sure you edit the images by rotating them to the correct orientation before uploading.

11. Heavy Sensor Dust

An example of an image with heavy sensor dust
An example of an image with heavy sensor dust

The small circled spectacles in the picture above are caused due to the camera clicking the picture with heavy sensor dust. This term is almost self-explanatory as it means the flaw is due to a lot of dirt on the sensor.

That was it! As we mentioned earlier, clear efforts, originality in style and high quality are what we look to secure with every published photo and the process begins with you. reader. So, do keep these in mind, and you will be good to go as a stock photographer. Also remember that, no matter what level you're at as one, genuine efforts and enthusiasm is always appreciated by the Picxy family.

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