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15 Best Places to Sell Nature Photography Online

by Alexandra Bateman on Apr 9, 2020

Do you want to sell your nature photos on the internet? Selling your work online is a great way to get your photography in front of a larger audience and add a new revenue stream to your business. In this article, we will share 15 of the best places to sell your nature photography online.

There are many different platforms available to sell nature photography on the web. We’ve picked some of the best places for you to sell your photos, so you can start earning money for your work from the comfort of your home.

To sell all other photos, check out our guide for the  Top Places to Sell Photos Online and Make Money.

We’ve separated this list between platforms with Rights Managed Licensing and those with Royalty-Free Licensing. That way, you can easily decide which are right for you.

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Rights Managed Licensing

With rights managed licensing, the buyer pays a licensing fee in order to use your image, which is based on their usage of the image. This allows you to completely control how your images are used, how long they may be used and where they may be used.

That’s the big plus to going the rights managed route, and many professional photographers prefer this method of selling for that reason.

However, the buyer also has the option to purchase exclusive rights to your photo. If you choose this route and the customer buys exclusive rights, you will not be able to sell that particular photo again. Just keep that in mind.

Here are some reputable places to sell your nature photography online with rights managed licensing:

1. Nature Picture Library

Nature Picture Library

Nature Picture Library is an image library that showcases nature and wildlife photos. It is a highly professional platform to sell your work. And, as an added bonus, Nature Picture Library donates a portion of their quarterly profits to conservation organizations across the world!

You can contact them to showcase your work in the Nature Picture Library and start earning money from your photos.

2. Minden Pictures

Minden Pictures

Minden Pictures is the premier provider of nature stock photos. It features award-winning nature photographers, and sells specifically to professional buyers.

Contact them to become a contributor and feature your work at Minden Pictures. It is a great platform to sell your nature photos.

3. Animals Animals

Animals Animals

Animals Animals is the perfect place for both nature and wildlife photographers to sell their photos. The website works with photographers on a contract basis.

You’ll need to follow the guidelines for photographers for your photos to be considered. If Animals Animals selects your photo for the stock site, you’ll split your commission with the agent at a rate of 50%.

4. National Geographic Images

National Geographic Images

National Geographic Images are famous for their nature shows. Their website hosts award-winning photographers that capture beautiful nature images. Many of the photos hosted by National Geographic Images end up in commercial and editorial projects.

You can contact them to become a contributor and start selling your photos through their site.

5. Steve Bloom Images

Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom Images represents some of the most accomplished nature photographers. You can sell your photos and photo stories from this platform.

Not only can you sell your photos through Steve Bloom’s website, but their rights managed licensing agreement lets you know exactly how buyers are using your photos. Contact them for more information.

6. FineArtAmerica

Fine Art America is a marketplace for wall art prints, posters and all types of home decor featuring photography. Their great collection of nature and wildlife photos tends to attract buyers looking for nature-centric prints for their homes or offices.

This site delivers more than just a digital download of your photo to buyers. Once a customer selects an image from the site that they like, Fine Art America prints that photo on a piece of merchandise and sends it to the buyer. As the photographers, you can also choose to sell finished products you’ve printed yourself in order to keep all of the earnings from the sale.

With the variety of images they accept, you can feature and sell your photos while making extra money hassle-free. They’ll even handle the transaction and shipping!

You can start selling from their site here.

7. Sea Pics

Sea Pics

Sea Pics features ocean wildlife photos from all over the world. You’ll need to submit some sample photos, and once your images are approved, you can submit the photos you want to sell here.

This platform specializes in marine photography, so only apply if you have relevant photos to sell. Read the submission guidelines for more information.

8. Photoshot Collection

Photoshot

Photoshot Collection is a hub of world-class nature photography. Their focus includes trees, marine scenes, animals and more.

They have a large number of buyers, so you have a lot of earning potential using this platform. Contact them for more information about becoming a contributor.

9. DRK Photo

DRK Photo

DRK Photo is another great photo selling website. And this site allows you to take orders for prints through the website.

They work with major magazines and other platforms, so you have an opportunity to sell your work to an even bigger audience. Read their prospective photographers page for their official guidelines.

Royalty-Free Licensing

The difference between royalty-free licensing and rights managed licensing is that, with a royalty-free license, the buyer pays a one-time fee for the photo that they can then use however they want without any restrictions.

With royalty-free licensing, you may sell your image multiple times to different buyers, as often as you want.

Here are some great sites for selling royalty-free photos…

10. Adobe Stock

Adobe Stock, formerly Fotolia, is another giant in the nature stock photo purchasing and selling space. With a large community of creatives and image buyers. You can upload your photos for free to the Adobe Stock library.

You can earn a greater share for each image that you sell exclusively on Adobe Stock.

Click here to start uploading to Adobe Stock.

11. iStockPhoto

iStock

iStockPhoto is a reliable platform to sell your nature photography online. It has a large number of visitors and users.

To add your photos at iStockPhoto, you first need to submit a few samples. If your sample photos are approved, then you will be able to sell your photos.

12. BigStockPhoto

BigStockPhoto

BigStockPhoto is a managed photo selling system. You can signup for free, but you’ll need to complete their tutorial to start adding your photos.

All your photos must be approved by the BigStockPhoto team. You can maintain and grow your portfolio to earn more with BigStock.

13. CanStockPhoto

CanStockPhoto

CanStockPhoto is another photo selling website. They have an application process to get your account approved, and then you will be able to sell your nature photos here.

You can earn even more by referring CanStockPhoto to your friends. They also give an additional commission for exclusive photos.

14. Shutterstock

Shutterstock

Shutterstock is a well-known photo selling website with a large number of image buyers.

You can build your contributor portfolio and earn more as the popularity of your portfolio grows.

15. Dreamstime

Dreamstime

Dreamstime is a review-based photo selling platform. Simply become a member and upload your photos to make them available to buyers. The process is pretty simple!

This website pays per number of downloads your images receive. The more times clients download your images, the more you earn from Dreamstime. Read more on their FAQ / contributor-related questions page.

16. Creative Market (Bonus)

Creative Market

Creative Market is a marketplace for you to sell your photos with over 15000 creators. It allows visitors to signup and get multiple free resources.

If you want to earn more from your photos, then Creative Market is the right option. They pay 70% of every sale to the creators, and there are no hidden policies.

We hope this article has helped you to find the best places to sell your nature photography online.

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Comments

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  1. Very helpful article..thank you for taking the time to write it…l am an advanced amateur photograher with many shots friends are urging me to sell, and now you have a place to start.

  2. I’m a new amateur photographer. I have about 500 shots +/-, maybe less than half are on Facebook. If I wanted to sell those shots would I need to take those down off my board or would I be able to keep them up if someone bought the rights?

  3. I captured an amazing picture of what seems to be a man standing on a cloud. It is very clear and captivating. I know it will spark interest if shown to the right person

  4. Hey my name is Sifiso
    I really like and enjoy teaching pictures of nature and sometimes animals but I’m still an amateur coz I use my phone but I do have good shot
    I’m not sure if I’d fit in, in the above mentioned sites
    I was looking for something basic right now I just want people to see my pictures on Google when they search.
    I’d like to make money out of them but the main thing is just getting them out there

  5. I captured a picture of a cloud that looks like a war ship. This cloud is very detailed and was taken from the pier in Panama City beach Florida. I know the right person will be amazed from this picture. Also the war was from September 1 1939. To September 2nd if 1945. And I took this picture on September 17 2018. It really is remarkable. Iโ€™ve not shared with anyone as of yet.

  6. Your Comment
    hello,am from Nigeria,I’ve got pictures displaying an average African pastoral/local settings and am looking forward to selling them to intrested buyers

  7. My husband and I have been traveling the U.S. for over a year now and Iโ€™ve been taking lots of photos of the diverse landscape. One of my favorite subjects is old barns. My question is can I sell photos of someoneโ€™s barn without their permission?

  8. I take some odd photo’s of for instance insects that you can find in almost any urban setting, cloud/ skyline photos, trees, and alot of urban stuff usually dealing with animals and insects people see everyday. Just curious if stuff like that is sell able. Complete amateur and currently dont have anything but an iPhone camera due to undesirable circumstances.

  9. Hello just wanted to know if I could sell pics of my cats an my cooking and pics of my face an body please let me know we are poor an need money fast please help

  10. I am wondering how or where I can find information on how to price photos that I have if I wanted to start selling them. Can anyone give me ideas where to start?
    Thank you in advance for your help.

  11. I hope you don’t mind if I ask a quick question. My dad and I are doing a backpacking trip this fall. About 20 miles with likely rain. What brand boot do you think would be best for that trip? Thanks big time for the help. I really appreciate it.

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