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Hi All,

I just wanted to flag this upcoming event with Robb Crocker for you.  It will take place in our office and via Livestream.

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Are you interested in learning more about the business of producing stock footage and increasing your revenue?  If so, you're invited join us on October 23 at Shutterstocks state-of-the-art office in the Empire State Building for an exclusive free event featuring videographer Robb Crocker, author of Stock Footage Millionaire, brought to you by Shutterstock in partnership with ProductionHUB. And if you can't make it in person, you can catch the whole thing via Livestream starting at 7pm EDT.

Based out of Portland, Oregon, Robb produced and directed commercials for brands including Nike, Microsoft, and HP before discovering the world of stock footage. Starting with a single $2 sale in 2007, Crocker and his team built Uberstock, growing a library that has since boasted more than 70,000 purchases, nearly $7 million in revenue, and over $2.7 million in royalties.


http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/youre-invited-to-a-talk-with-stock-footage-millionaire-robb-crocker

Best,

Scott
VP of Content
Shutterstock


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Hello All,

One of our biggest goals here at Shutterstock is to foster a safe environment for you to license your content to third parties. We want to make sure that you are equipped with the information you need to protect your content as the digital marketplace expands.

To that end, we have created the Protect Your Content guide so that you can learn more about your rights as an artist, and what you can do to protect these rights.  It's an easy-to-understand, in-depth look at information about legal considerations in creating content and how to protect your work.

The guide is now available in 8 languages (English, Russian, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Korean and Japanese) here: http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/protecting-your-content-a-guide-now-in-8-languages

While the information contained in this guide is not intended to be legal advice, we hope that this guide helps empower you to make informed decisions regarding your content.

In addition, we'll soon be releasing a Spanish-language version of the Contributor Success Guide (available in 5 languages + Spanish shortly), found here:
http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/contributor-success-guide-available-in-five-languages

And as always, our contributor blog contains a lot of great articles on tips, advice, contributor interviews, and more:

http://www.shutterstock.com/contributor-blog

Best Regards,

Scott
VP of Content
Shutterstock

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Hi All,

We experienced some network latency issues today.  New uploads are currently working, but images uploaded earlier today may temporarily appear as broken thumbnails in your account.   Please **do not** delete those images; they should populate correctly into your account within the next 12-24 hours. 

Thank you for your patience and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience!

Best,

Scott
VP of Content
Shutterstock

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Hi All,

We recently moved our Shutterbuzz content to a new blog platform at: http://www.shutterstock.com/contributor-blog

We're very happy to have this new presentation framework to bring you stories about contributors, tips, tutorials, and more.

In addition, the overall Shutterstock Blog has been nominated for a Webby Award for best Business Blog.  If you haven't already, we kindly ask that you take a few minutes of your time today to vote for The Shutterstock Blog to win this award on behalf of the whole Shutterstock community.

It's pretty quick and easy:

Vote for Shutterstock here: http://pv.webbyawards.com/2014/web/general-website/blog-business


Many thanks for your time and consideration!

Best Regards,

Scott
VP of Content
Shutterstock

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Shutterstock.com / Dramatic images from protests in Kiev, Ukraine
« on: February 21, 2014, 19:00 »

Since photojournalism isn't discussed much, but forms a meaningful part of our collection, I thought I'd take a moment to share some dramatic photos being provided by your fellow contributors in Kiev, Ukraine:

http://www.shutterstock.com/blog/violence-in-kiev-photojournalism

Obviously, a tough situation for the photographers themselves, so worth spending some time with. 

Best,

Scott
VP of Content
Shutterstock

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Shutterstock.com / Now accepting: "illustrative" editorial images
« on: December 20, 2013, 09:13 »
Hello,

We've added a new type of editorial image to our accepted content: "illustrative" editorial. 

For a full explanation and examples, please see this blog post over at Shutterbuzz:

http://www.shutterstock.com/buzz/announcing-shutterstocks-new-editorial-guidelines

Please note the keyword and other guidelines to ensure that your images get accepted.

Happy holidays. :)

Best,

Scott
VP of Content
Shutterstock

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Hello All,

At Shutterstock, we meet and connect with individual contributors a number of ways: daily, through email exchanges and phone calls; through contributor visits, tours and research at our HQ in New York; through forums and social media; through events; and also by visiting cities around the world and meeting contributors personally for 1:1 or small group conversations.

It's often the case that contributors tell us stories of why they're artists and what drives their passion and creativity.  Those stories are very interesting, humbling, educational and inspiring.  With that in mind, we created the "Shutterstock Stories" $75k artistic grant program to uncover and celebrate those stories.

There will be a total of seven creative grants as part of this new program: five $5,000 grants and two $25,000 grants, including one grant winner who will be selected by the public.

Please see today's announcement below and the first teaser video of contributor and excellent illustrator Anja Kaiser HERE.


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Entries Are Now Open for the Shutterstock Stories Artistic Grant Program!

Last week, we announced our new artistic-grant program, Shutterstock Stories, and starting today, submissions are now open! A total of $75,000 in grants will be awarded to the winners of the program, which is open to all current Shutterstock contributors in good standing.

Its all in celebration of our 10th anniversary the perfect occasion to showcase the inspiring stories of the artists who have made the success of our first decade possible.

Submissions are open from today at 12:00pm EDT until 11:59pm EDT on August 14, so over the next several weeks, well be on a mission to uncover the most extraordinary, emotional, humbling, exciting, and downright entertaining stories of Shutterstock contributors. There will be a total of seven creative grants: five $5,000 winners and two $25,000 winners, including one who will be selected by you, the public.

If you have a story to tell, get your thinking caps on and get ready to share it. You can watch a few of them in the video above for initial inspiration, then check out the story of contributor Anja Kaiser for more, and keep reading for full submission details.

Please read and get more details here:
http://www.shutterstock.com/buzz/celebrating-a-decade-of-creativity-announcing-the-shutterstock-stories-artistic-grant-program

Thank you!

Best Regards,

Scott
VP of Content
Shutterstock

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Hello,

We are receiving inquiries from exclusives who are interested in joining Shutterstock.
 
We have created a direct email address, [email protected], to guide them through the signup and approval process.
 
When contributors create a Shutterstock account via submit.shutterstock.com, they are asked to submit 10 images for review. If a contributor is leaving exclusivity to submit to Shutterstock, we ask that they write a note to the reviewer mentioning their exclusive status with a link to their portfolio.

Lastly, please review the terms of your exclusivity to make sure that you are not breaching your agreement.

Please direct any questions to the above email address.

Thanks and Regards,

Scott Braut
VP Content
Shutterstock


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Hello,

Contributors often ask what kind of content were looking for, so to make it easy, weve created a Twitter feed to answer exactly that question. Well be tweeting out specific content needs (for photos, video and illustrations) as they come in, and the rest is up to you. Visit this link to follow @ShutterstockReq. (Tip: Even if you dont have Twitter, you can check the page periodically to find out what were looking for.)

Twitter feed:
https://twitter.com/shutterstockreq

More details:
http://www.shutterstock.com/buzz/what-content-are-we-looking-for-follow-shutterstockreq-on-twitter-to-find-out

Best Regards,

Scott
VP of Content
Shutterstock
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Shutterstock recently sponsored a 24-hour "Hack-A-Thon" for employees.  Everyone in the company was given 24 hours to come up with any idea and execute it.  

The Shutterstock footage team "4:3" created and produced this mixed-media short overnight, in just 24 hours:



Read more about the short here.

Enjoy!  

SITE IMPROVEMENTS:

You'll notice that we've also begun to make some of many expected improvements to the footage site.   We're starting with customer-facing features, such as the footage homepage, pricing page, and sign-up process.  Additional improvements will be released in the coming months.  

http://footage.shutterstock.com/

FEATURED CONTRIBUTOR:

This month, we've also featured contributor Sean Prior at Shutterbuzz:
http://buzz.shutterstock.com/sean-prior

As always, our customers are always looking for new clips and we're looking forward to your submissions.
http://submit.shutterstock.com/

More exciting things to come... :)

Best Regards,

Scott
GM, Shutterstock Footage

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***EDIT*** - Service should now be restored.   Thank you.


Hi folks,

Our apologies, but after some planned maintenance on Sunday, we now have some unplanned maintenance for FTP uploads.

We expect FTP uploads to be unavailable overnight and restored as early as possible before noon Eastern Time on Wednesday, Nov. 10th.  

Web-based uploads can still be accessed at:
http://www.bigstockphoto.com/account/uploads/add/

Thanks for your patience and understanding. We will notify users via a "Your Account" system alert when FTP uploading has been restored.


Best Regards,

Scott
Bigstock.com

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Hello all,

FYI...

We are planning some scheduled system updates for Sunday, Nov. 7th, 2010. FTP uploading will not be available from 7pm - 9pm U.S. Eastern Time.

We thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Best Regards,

Scott
Bigstock

PS - This update is unrelated to any support issues, so if you've had any issues requiring technical support, please reach out to our customer service team directly at: http://www.bigstockphoto.com/contactus.html

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If you'd like to see some of the great work of your peers, here's a selection of some breathtaking sports images that we've posted at the Bigstock "buyer" blog, The Download:

http://www.bigstockphoto.com/blog/thedownload/2010/07/stock-photos-of-sports/

Best,

Scott
Bigstock

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