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« on: August 05, 2006, 12:34 »
I just got a set of 12 emails from Fotolia with the following rejection, "Your photographic work is excellent but does not meet the needs of the Fotolia customer base." I'd never seen any but their famous generic rejection, so was surprised at this, but couldn't imagine 12 of them (I only had 14 in their que). Then I opened them up and saw it was the same 2 six times.

You do good work, now go away and don't bother us with it.
« Last Edit: August 05, 2006, 12:40 by dbvirago »

« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2006, 04:52 »
now they have a million they are starting to be picky again.


« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2006, 05:11 »
i noticed this too, over 80% Rejectionrate now before the million it was less than 10% also SS becomes more and more picky funny game  :D i think i can't take it really serious  ;D

now they have a million they are starting to be picky again.
« Last Edit: August 06, 2006, 05:14 by grp_photo »

« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2006, 06:35 »
i think it is oinly going to get more strict as the quality of their database goes up.


« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2006, 06:58 »
Just had another batch of 5 all rejected for this reason. Does not meet our needs. 3 of the 5 were the 2nd in a series where they had accepted the first one, so clearly it met their needs the day before. Think I just hit a bad reviewer.

« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2006, 09:17 »
Sorry to dredge up an old thread but I just got a huge set of photos rejected by Fotolia and went in search to see if anyone else had any similar experiences.  They rejected 30 of the 33 images I just submitted which is just unheard of.  Don't get me wrong, after playing the microstock game for 8 months I've gotten somewhat used to accepting a certain amount of rejection... but 30 out of 33?   ???  Wow, they must have really gotten strict since reaching their million.  They were all given either "Your photograph did not reach our desired level of aesthetic quality." or "Fotolia has received an overabundant amount of high quality images similar to this photo and does not have need of more photos like it."

I guess I need to toughen my skin if I'm going to continue to submit there.   :'(


« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2006, 10:17 »
Yeah, I just had a batch of 5 totally different shots, all rejected for 'we have an overabundance of these.' I am always suspicious when a whole batch gets rejected for the same reason. Reviewer in a hurry - having a bad day.

Same as any other reject, I just mark it down and move on. I can upload 20 more in the time it takes to argue over one

« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2006, 16:50 »
Does anyone get any acutal sales there?

« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2006, 17:20 »
Does anyone get any acutal sales there?
Yes, very regular sales, about 1/10th of the SS sales, which represents about 1/5 of SS in terms of revenue.  It adds up.
But sure they are becoming very picky about acceptance.  Messages like:
" the same or similar photograph was already submitted to Fotolia.", or
"Fotolia has received an overabundant amount of high quality images similar to this photo and does not have need of more photos like it."
...messages which are not completely true when doing a search on their site.  They just know the kind of pictures they want to focus on.

« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2006, 17:30 »
Does anyone get any acutal sales there?

Yeah, about $40 a month for me.  Not much but better than nothing.

« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2006, 09:55 »
I just got one from them "Thank you for submitting your photos. However your watching over photo requires further inspection, and has been placed on hold. The photograph submitted contains elements likely protected by patent or intellectual property laws. ..."

Well, the photo was a shot from a balloonfest -- main subject was an eagle balloon looking over a bunch of balloons in the distance.  I wrote to them and told them that, to the best of my knowledge, there was nothing in that photo that was patented or "intellectual property" and about ten mins later they approved it.

I've had most  of  my submissions to Fotolia approved (roughly 75%), but not many views and only one sale ($0.33) since I started about a  month ago.  I use Fotolia as my "baseline" -- if they approve then I submit the photo to Dreamstime and if Dreamstime approves, then it's submitted to Istock.  I have had the most success with Istock - I've had 9 downloads in the three weeks I've been there (so far, I've only uploaded 8 photos that've passed their test but the approval rate there is about 75% as well).  I've given up on Shutterstock - I can't get an approval there to save my life!

« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2006, 10:17 »
It happened to me too yesterday....the biggest single rejection I have ever had at Fotolia, I'm also a silver level with them, so you would think I would know by now what they want.  ???

« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2006, 13:05 »
They weren't to hard on me, got a reviewer in good mood it seems like, they just rejected half of my images..

« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2006, 15:26 »
Wild!!   Just the opposite happened to me today. My limited history with Fotolia has been dismal at best [ my Canon wanted to suicide ]. Fotolia was rejecting the vast  majority of what I post. In fact, I had decided on one last shot with them last night. Figured I'd get a massive rejection and give up. Sooo last night I put up 12 images fully expecting a 99.9% or higher rejection. I just popped open my mail and had 12 emails of congratulations. I was shocked! And,  I honestly don't expect that to ever happen again. Fotolia is strange, pix I sell on DT, BS and even SS get rejected by Fotolia for... "out of focus",  even though they're clean and crisp at 100%. Hey they all have their quirks and weirdness.


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