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5 Stock Photo Agencies cheaper than Shutterstock



Shutterstock is a favored stock photo agency with an international touch, innovative ideas and images, competitive pricing and a long history of delivering stock photos to the general public. Their newest addition to their innovation, Spectrum, a keyword and color search option, proves their dedication to both buyers and sellers of stock photo all over the world.

But is Shutterstock it? What is Shutterstock? Is it the only agency that you should consider when looking around for a stock photo agency to supply you with creative images that are used to sell your business? Look at the other stock photo agencies below. If Shutterstock is not meeting your criteria for images, price or search, there are other stock photo agencies that offer quality stock photos and stock vectors for less or with less of a subscription investment.

5 Stock Photo agencies that are cheaper than Shutterstock

Before we do our comparison, it is important to note that the price for image as compared to Shutterstock may not be less but the investment required to purchase stock photos is less. This is important to distinguish when looking at stock photo options. Some businesses may not have the flexibility to invest over 2000 USD into an annual subscription to obtain the 28 cents per image price that Shutterstock offers. If your investment is less, but the image is a few cents higher, you still come out the winner!

1.) 99Club – Stock Photo Secrets

99 Club is a new membership program created by Stock Photo Secrets where you can download 200 XXL images for the whole year for only $99 per year. You can access over 4,000,000 stock photos, vectors and fonts.

2.) Bigstock

Bigstock LogoBigstock actually is one of our favourite subscription agency. They offer 5, 10, 25 or 50 downloads a month, starting at $39 a month. Like Shutterstock you can purchase subscriptions or image credit packs which includes large, high res photos. Great deal, nice prices.
BONUS: They even offer a 7 day free trial – where you can download up to 35 high-res images or vectors for FREE!

3.) Fotolia

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Great image library with a credit option to keep your stock photo expenses and investment down. If you opt in for a subscription, the prices are a few cents off from Shutterstock but you have more subscription options to choose from.

4.) PhotoSpin

Photospin LogoReally cheap premier subscription that limits your photo choices but provides you with a minimal one year investment. The premier subscription starts at $429 USD per year with 500 downloads per month and access to images, photos and vectors. You will get one month FREE which will be added into your account automatically, when you subscribe using our exclusive link.

5.) DepositPhotos

depositphotos_logoLots of subscription options for every budget making this a low investment option, a cheap option per image stock photo agency, and known photographers who are also in the more expensive stock photo agency libraries. If you want cheap and flexible, Depositphotos could meet your stock photo needs.

Cheaper can be better when it comes to stock photo agencies

Plan your budget, plan your photo needs and then find the stock agency that fits your criteria. A bit of planning goes a long way when deciding which stock photo agency is best for you!


About the author

I am a publisher and entrepreneur in the stock imagery field. I focus in providing knowledge and solutions for buyers, contributors and agencies, aiming at contributing to the growth and development of the industry. I am the founder and editor of Stock Photo Press, one of the largest networks of online magazines in the industry. I am the founder of Microstock Expo, the only conference dedicated to the microstock segment. I created several software solutions in stock photography, like the PixelRockstar WordPress Plugin. Plus I am a recurrent speaker at Photokina Official Stage, and an industry consultant at StockPhotoInsight. I am passionate about technology, marketing and visual imagery.