iStockphoto and Bigstock Growth and Other News in Monthly Report on October 1, 2010

Stock photo agency Number of images
(growth of image gallery)
Number of added images
(growth compared to prev. month)
1 Shutterstock 12.814.422 ( 2.54%) 316.833 (▼ -1.74%)
2 Fotolia 10.570.537 ( 3.66%) 373.362 (▲ 8.57%)
3 Dreamstime 9.556.442 ( 2.21%) 206.748 (▼ -6.45%)
4 123RF 7.591.472 ( 2.82%) 208.546 (▼ -1.23%)
5 iStockphoto 7.498.552 ( 2.04%) 150.150 (▲ 17.42%)
6 Bigstock 5.366.000 ( 2.35%) 123.000 (▲ 17.14%)
7 Depositphotos 1.979.553 ( 5.90%) 110.390 (▼ -4.42%)


Contributors are returning from vacations and overall trends of microstocks' galleries growth remain the same.

Shutterstock is still having the widest variety of images at the market adding to its base more than 300.000 of images every month.

The only stock agency, which can compete with Shutterstock is Fotolia: number of added images every month is always higher than in previous one.

Dreamstime and 123RF have results just little worse than in previous month and retain 3rd and 4th places of our rating.

Meanwhile iStockphoto and Bigstock have very positive growth of image gallery compared to previous month but in absolute numbers it's still less than every other microstock have except one.

And Depositphotos has the biggest growth of image gallery but compared to previous month its growth rate in September, 2010 is unexpectedly negative.


I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus on providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography like WordPress plugins. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.

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