Fotolia is a microstock photography agency that is based in New York, New York. It was started by Oleg Tscheltzoff, Patrick Chassany, Thibaud Elziere in November 2005. The company also has offices in Seattle, Washington and Paris, France.
Fotolia provides means for worldwide distribution of royalty-free photographs, Vector graphics, and videos through PayPal (in the countries that use it), and Money bookers (another internet payment system offered in more countries than PayPal) amongst other payment methods. Some photographs are offered for free; those that are sold are priced from $0.75.
As of October 2008, Fotolia had more than 800,000 members who had uploaded more than 4.2 million photographs and graphic illustrations. By the end of July 2010, those numbers had more than doubled to over 1,967,000 members and 9.8 million images, vector graphics and HD videos. By May 2012, the member count climbed to more than 3,000,000 registered members and the database to 17 million digital images.
Fotolia is devoted to offering affordable creative imagery. Our crowdsourced library includes millions of royalty-free images, vectors, illustrations and video footage clips.
Whether you’re a professional designer, manager, presenter, small business owner or student, the right images for your website, brochures, reports, and slides are available on Fotolia.
A vast community of artists, graphic designers, and a select list of well-known agencies are responsible for our collective success. Tens of thousands of images, illustrations and videos are submitted every day, and our international team of moderators ensures that you see the best of the best.
Buyers access over 21 million images, vectors and videos at great prices, while contributing artists receive the highest commission rate on the market. Fotolia’s trusted business platform and technology helps facilitate millions of downloads every year. All images offered on Fotolia are royalty-free, and can be used for any design project or document, with no time limits or restrictions on the number of printed copies.
Over 3 million people prefer Fotolia.com for affordable, royalty-free images, graphics and HD videos. With the introduction of the Infinite Collection, Fotolia became the first worldwide microstock organization to offer both crowdsourced and professional images on one site. Founded in New York City in 2005, Fotolia spans the globe with websites in 13 languages and websites in 22 regions. Other leading microstock companies include: iStockPhoto, Dreamstime and ShutterStock. An April 2007 New York Times article reported that Fotolia and other microstock agencies are catching up in popularity to larger stock photography providers that have been in business for many years. In comparison to Fotolia's more than $100 million in annual sales, stock photography giantGetty Images takes in $807 million each year.
The microstock photography industry as a whole has been the target of complaints that their inexpensive images are taking business away from stock agencies that must charge much more to pay the higher commissions that professional photographers demand. The smaller agencies pay only small royalties to amateur photographers and hobbyists although some professional photographers like Yuri Arcurs and Andres Rodriguez also work with microstock on a large scale basis. Concern over emerging competition has taken a toll on the incumbents, which have seen their stock share prices plunge.