Welcome to Storyblocks!

Storyblocks is the name of the parent company formerly known as Videoblocks. In September 2017 we announced a new name and debuted a new look for our three websites — Videoblocks, Graphicstock and Audioblocks. With the launch, Graphicstock became Storyblocks. This change signals an important direction we're moving in as a company — to unite all of our content under the Storyblocks brand. Rest assured though, Storyblocks is still made up of the same people and leadership with the same mission to provide amazing stock media content at an affordable price. We just look a little different now!

Storyblocks.com and Videoblocks.com are subscription-based services. With a subscription, members have access to a selection of content with no download caps in the "Member Library". In addition, members can access pay-per-download content in our Marketplace — which is where your content comes in. All accepted submissions are published to the Marketplace.

Since we profit from our membership fees, we pass on 100% of the Marketplace sales back to you. Our Marketplace pricing is competitive and you earn nearly twice as much per sale as you do with other agencies. Our unique model allows us to offer lower prices to customers while still ensuring that you earn more for each sale.

If you can't find the answer to your question here, feel free to contact our contributor support team: contributor@storyblocks.com or +1-888-802-7316.

Getting started

On Storyblocks and Videoblocks, our Marketplace has substantially more content than our Member Library, and continues to grow with each upload. The Marketplace is intended to offer more diversity, breadth, and volume than the Member Library. If a customer can't find what they are looking for in the Member Library, chances are they will find it in the Marketplace.
Graphicstock lives on but with a different name and a new look. Our Marketplace offering of photos, vectors, and illustrations can now be found at storyblocks.com/stock-image. We're the same company with the same business model — but with a makeover! Read more information about the transition to Storyblocks here.
Nope! It is free to sign up, submit content, and earn.

Start by visiting the main sign up page. If you would like to contribute footage, motion backgrounds or templates, select "Videos" as the content type you are interested in uploading. You will be able to start adding content as soon as your account is created.

If you would like to contribute photos, vectors or illustrations, select "Images" as the content type you are interested in uploading. You will be directed to an application you will need to complete. If your account is approved to contribute images, our team will reach out to notify you and enable you to upload photos, vectors and illustrations.

If you would like to contribute both video content and image content, select "Videos + Images" as the content type you are interested in uploading. You will be able to start adding video content as soon as your account is created and you will be directed to the application for contributing images. If your account is approved to contribute images, our team will reach out to notify you and enable you to upload photos, vectors and illustrations.

You may apply to contribute images to Storyblocks by completing the application within your account page or through this link. If your account is approved for uploading, our team will reach out to notify you and enable you to upload photos, vectors and illustrations. Please be patient with us as we review your application! Applicants' portfolios are reviewed individually and this may take some time. It could be as little as a couple weeks or it could be several months. Since this is a new Marketplace, we do not want our content review process to be overwhelmed by a large volume of submissions and for review times to be unacceptably long. This is why we are accepting new image contributors slowly and will accelerate as we have greater capacity.
Footage, motion backgrounds, and templates will be sold on Videoblocks. Photos, vectors and illustrations will be sold on Storyblocks.
A user must be a member — including trial members — in order to purchase content. However, anyone can visit our websites, search, and add content to a shopping cart. A visitor may also purchase a one day membership upon checkout in order to purchase content. If you have elected to sell your content through Enterprise and Third Party Platforms, Enterprise customers and end users of participating platforms may purchase your content.

In addition to selling your content through our Marketplace, you have the option to increase your earning potential by participating in additional sales channels.

Enterprise brings an expanded market of potential customers to you. TV and advertising markets represent a large customer base with substantial purchasing power. The Enterprise platform meets the needs of these markets with a specialized licensing option — one that includes enhanced indemnification and unlimited distribution. The Enterprise platform allows us to reach a new audience we didn't serve previously by including these offerings.

Third Party Platforms refer to a wide variety of web-based content creation platforms that we partner with. More and more customers want fast, flexible access to quality stock media content, where their work is unfolding. We meet that demand by bringing our Marketplace to their fingertips and integrating our content via API into platforms that provide services like presentation building, video editing and website creation. Their user bases are extensive and millions of new buyers will be able to purchase your content without having to leave their workflow.

The pricing and commission for each sales channels can be seen here.

You may decide whether you would like to participate in additional sales channels. To opt-in to either Enterprise or Third Party Platform sales, visit your Account tab in the contributor portal. You will see a My Channels section and a toggle button for each channel. Select ‘Opt In!' for each channel you would like to participate in. The channels you are already opted-in to will read ‘Active’. All of your content will automatically be made available for sale through your active channels. Please note: As of January 23, 2018, all new contributor accounts created will default to ‘Active’ for all sales channels. You may contact contributor support if you do not wish to participate in Enterprise or Third Party Platform sales.
No. Content submitted to the Marketplace will only be made available for sale in the Marketplace.
We reach out to the contributor community on an as-needed basis to license existing content. Our team makes decisions about the content we acquire based on internal data and customer insights.
The amount of sales you make depends on a lot of factors, including the relevance and quality of your keywords, the quality of your content, and whether your content meets customers' needs. The bottom line is, the better you manage and curate your content, the more success you're likely to have. See our submission requirements for more tips.

Questions about payments

You will receive 100% commission from each standard Marketplace sale on Storyblocks and Videoblocks.

The pricing and commission for all content and sales channels can be seen here.

Payments are issued on the 15th of each month, for revenue that we collect on your sales during the previous month. For example, on the 15th of May you'll be paid for revenue collected on your sales from April. You can hold your payments indefinitely to help reduce third-party fees if you'd like. A minimum balance of at least $25.00 is required to receive payment each month. Earnings under the threshold will accumulate and carry over to the next month's payment. We offer the following payout options:

  • Payoneer (Prepaid MasterCard card and Global Bank Transfer)
  • PayPal
  • Direct Deposit
  • Wire Transfer
  • Check
  • eCheck

Third parties we work with to help process your payments do charge small fees.

Banks charge a credit card processing fee (3.75%) on each transaction. Our payout manager, Tipalti, charges small transaction fees. The fees for each payout option are as follows:

  • Payoneer - 1% of the payout
  • PayPal - $1.00 per payout
  • Direct Deposit - $1.00 per payout
  • Wire Transfer (United States) - $15.00 per payout
  • Wire Transfer (International in USD) - $25.00 per payout
  • Wire Transfer (International in local currency) - $20.00 per payout
  • Check - $6.00 per payout
  • eCheck - $5.00 per payout
See our Tax Center for a detailed explanation of how taxes work.
All tax forms must be approved by our team in order for you to be paid. You can submit your tax form at any time but we encourage you to do it early. Due to volume, our team reviews tax forms after your first sale between the 1st and 10th of each month. Once your form is reviewed for accuracy, you'll be approved for payouts on your next sales cycle. For example, if your first sale is June 7th, our finance team will review your tax forms between July 1st and 10th in order to pay you on July 15th.

Questions about content

We accept commercial quality photographs, illustrations and vectors.

We accept commercial quality HD and 4K footage across all themes and categories, animations (including motion graphics, backgrounds, alpha channel effects, transitions, and lower thirds), and After Effects and Apple Motion templates.

Please see our submission requirements for detailed specs and guidelines.

See our submission requirements for a comprehensive guide to shooting and submitting content.

You can upload your content using our web uploader (100 file limit) or an FTP server that we provide. To request FTP credentials, select the Upload Media button on your content page. On the pop-up, scroll down to "View FTP Settings."

To keep your account secure, we randomly assign temporary FTP login information that is different than your normal login. These FTP credentials will be permanently retired 48 hours after they are last used. This allows uploads to process quickly and more securely. You can request new FTP credentials through the same popup to upload additional content later. Please note that releases must be uploaded directly to the portal. They cannot be uploaded with content to FTP.

Each file submitted to our Marketplace is reviewed to maintain quality and value for customers. To ensure the best chance of your content being accepted, please read our submission requirements.

All submitted content, including the files themselves, metadata, and release forms, are reviewed. If any component of a submission does not meet our standards, the file will not be accepted.

We have a full time team dedicated to reviewing content. We do our best to make sure that content is reviewed fairly, accurately, and in a timely manner. Please note that actual review time may vary based on factors such as the volume of submissions.

Metadata (an all-encompassing term for titles, keywords, and other data stored with a file) can be applied to files in three ways:

  1. You can edit metadata using our online platform (the Content tab).
  2. You can upload a CSV file to apply metadata. A CSV (Comma-Separated Values) is a common spreadsheet format (Click here to download a CSV template). We also accept CSVs formatted for Shutterstock or Pond5 - no editing needed!
  3. We can read metadata stored in your file's IPTC Core. We read the following fields: Headline (populates our Title field), Description, Title and Keywords. In order to populate the Title field which appears on the website, our system will read Headline first, followed by Description, and then Title in order to add the metadata.
At this time, all titles and keywords must be provided in English.

Yes. Any clip or image with a recognizable face(s) or location should have an appropriate release form. Content without releases may not be accepted. Below are several industry standard release forms you can download:

We do accept content as editorial so long as the action or event depicted is a newsworthy item or provides commentary on subjects of human interest. For more information about release forms and why they're important, see our submission requirements.

Your uploaded source file is made available for customers to purchase. For 4K footage, we also provide a high quality HD MOV option for purchase. For all content, we offer a watermarked, HD comp file for users to download. For all vectors we require an accompanying JPEG to be uploaded as an option to download.

Our Contributor License Agreement was last updated on January 23, 2018. By continuing to use our platform, you are agreeing to the terms of the current agreement.

Click here to read the current Contributor License Agreement.

The highlights are:

  1. You maintain the copyright to your content. You are giving Storyblocks and Videoblocks licensing rights.
  2. All content licensed through Storyblocks and Videoblocks is non-exclusive, so you can keep your relationships with other agencies.
  3. You can upload or remove content at any time, no strings attached.

Click here to read the Customer License Agreement for Storyblocks and Videoblocks.

Members are granted a perpetual, worldwide license to use your content. Members cannot use the content on a stand-alone basis or for purposes that are defamatory, pornographic or otherwise illegal.