Best selling photos in 2010!

Hot arrival from our secret statistics, here comes the list of best sold images in 2010! We'll start with the best selling photos and continue with best selling illustrations so stay tuned for our next post to see the entire list of images the buyers went nuts for last year. To our joy, they picked a few newcomers but remembered to blow the dust off some old library shelves as well. New and old were both in fashion if we are to judge by the upload date of the runners up. Also, the buyers shopped from top selling contributors but did not overlook smaller portfolios. The pond is big enough, ladies and gentlemen, it's the quality that counts. And speaking of quality, we all know that good stock always sells well so don't be surprised to spot some of last year's best sellers on this year's list again.

Going back to our crowned images, it looks like Christmas was hot again despite the freezing cold in many areas of the world. The 2010 winning image is similar to last year's best seller and it is uploaded by the same contributor. Which means it's worth revisiting your portfolio and improving your best shots (moderation is recommended as a too many re-visitings may damage your high-level imagery sale potential). The sparkling background, the traditional red and gold Christmas colors remain favorite for winter holiday fans.

As expected, two of our major preoccupations and occupations have put business and environment concepts again on the list. We've got an oldie but goldie - the 2009 oak tree made it on the 2010 list and occupied a higher rank - while Yuri Arcurs may just be the business man of the year as two of his business images are included in the best sold list. Does anyone think multi-ethnic?

Everyone loves a good love story and what better way to end it than with a wedding on the beach and a genuinely happy kissing bride and groom. Sold! And here they are, please welcome the happy couple again on the best sellers' dance floor, a classic of our beloved exclusive, Kelliem. Thirsty after dancing? 2010 has also been the year of water images and our buyers seem to have preferred clean, splashing water backgrounds.

We all get spiffed up for parties, events, gatherings so no wonder cosmetics sell a lot. The same goes for cosmetics images. You'll probably ruin your freshly polished nails but if you want to leave a note, don't forget that old and vintage paper textures were the rage of stationery in 2010. I hear they are classical.

What makes these images best sellers? Maximum attention to detail, great composition with no distracting elements, copy space and popular subjects are the main ingredients. A touch of magic gets them out of the 10 million images, as they face tough competition. For those interested parties and keen eyes, the list is displayed below:

© Acik
First placeSecond placeThird placeFourth placeFifth place
© Okea
Sixth placeSeventh placeEighth placeNinth placeTenth place

Photo credits: Beata Becla, B1e2n3i4, Jennbang, Juliengrondin, Kelliem, Okea, Dimitry Romanchuck, Yuri_arcurs.

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December 14, 2011


Thanks for the share.

February 21, 2011


Congratulations! nice shots and congrats

February 19, 2011


I really like the comment:

Most of winners have one thing in common: ROOM FOR TEXT AND BODY COPY. Believe it or not, titles and text usually accompany photos and illustrations. So often I find a great images on this site, but can't use because there's no room for a message and I don't have time to fiddle with them in photoshop. - posted by Bonnieslippers on February 04, 2011

- So often I do this, leave space for text as should be done and the images get judged by editors with a camera club judge mindset. Of the top selling images many of these surprise me - third, for example, 5,6 and 10. Ninth place is a really nice photo and I'm not surprised it sells but top ten, very surprising.

February 18, 2011


@Digitalexpressionimages I'm not saying that selling an image over 400 times and getting over $1000 is bad. I'm just saying it's not very much for the best selling image on a micro-stock site. But I'd be thrilled to sell anything so well.

The best selling image on Dreamstime last year has 315 sales. The same image on ********photo has over 3300 sales. Did I choose right by being exclusive here? I'm not quite sure.

February 08, 2011


Good article

February 04, 2011


nice shots and congrats..

February 04, 2011


@Brynjarg. I'm not sure what you are getting at. If an image has sold over 400 times, as many of these have, the total revenue is very likely over $1000. That's for 1 image. How much do you expect to get for each of your photos?

February 04, 2011


Most of winners have one thing in common: ROOM FOR TEXT AND BODY COPY. Believe it or not, titles and text usually accompany photos and illustrations. So often I find a great images on this site, but can't use because there's no room for a message and I don't have time to fiddle with them in photoshop.

February 02, 2011


Obviously I have been going about keywording all wrong. (for example "red" and "sunbathing") I'll give you a hint - it isn't the image with the red wrapped gift.

February 01, 2011


Is it just me, or are the pictures here not selling very well? I mean the best selling photos are selling around 400 times and that is (I guess) over 2 years or more.
What I want to know is how much royalty each of these pictures is getting. With the level based system each picture should get more and more royalty but as they get more expensive I'd guess that they get less and less sales as well. So old stock on this site isn't making much money, right?
Now I'm a beginner to stock photography, I've been working as a photojournalist for some time now, and I'm just trying to find out how these things work. I'm exclusive to Dreamstime, but seeing what seems to be the maximum amount of times each picture might sell, I'm beginning to doubt if being exclusive is really the right thing. Any thoughts?

January 28, 2011


Thank you for clarifying Carmen! Let me clarify my comments, so we are all on the same page :) The image that was best seller for 2010 is on the first page since you guys changed the view to show more images. Before it was on the second/third pages depending on the day :) The image that disappeared from searches is the best seller from 2009. Doesn't matter what keywords I use. Unless I go to a string of very specific keywords (like "Christmas gold decoration ribbon"). It used to be the first image for keyword "Christmas" through the beginning of last year, and then suddenly it moved down. I do realize there must have been a good reason for this :) Also, I am not complaining. I'm sorry if it came through like this. I'm very happy with Dreamstime, and having best sellers is simply exhilarating for me. Only, just as surprising :)

January 28, 2011


Very inspiring! Congratulations to the talented photographers. So awesome!

January 28, 2011


@Acik To clarify a few things:
We did not suggest that your image was a revisiting, we merely recommended to other users that it is worth going back on best sold concepts. Regarding the search, please understand that best sold files do not necessarily appear on the first page - although yours does. The search engine functions based on various criteria, the image info being the most important one. You say you cannot find your image on the first page but what keywords are you using for searches? Also, there are other factors influencing the placement. If you type Christmas, you will see that your image is on the first result page.

January 27, 2011


Fabulous images - Congratulations!

January 27, 2011


Wow! This is SO GREAT! I am so excited! It's the second year in a row that my image is in the first place. Thank you all for congrats :) It's unbelievable, but also a bit worrying to me - it didn't get that many downloads and it never appeared on the first page of search results - are the statistics correct?...

Also, the article suggests that this image has been a result of "revisiting the concept". In reality both this and last year images were captured in the same session, and uploaded a few days apart. Only this image didn't picked up until this season, while the last year image disappeared from searches after being the best seller for 2009 :( I would really like to know how the search sorting is decided upon...

January 27, 2011


Damn, missed this one )

January 27, 2011


Congratulations to the TOP artists

January 26, 2011


Congratulations all. Great images.

January 25, 2011


Thanks for sharing!! Great photos!!

January 24, 2011


Hi Carmen

All photos are good, but I like most "Kelliem". Looks unreal.

Web Design Sydney

January 24, 2011


Congratulations to the top ten photographers. Great images!

January 24, 2011


Great images and helpful to see what's selling. Pretty amazing that a Christmas image with its limited use for a particular season is first. It is quite lovely and timeless. I second those who'd like to know how many downloads each of the top 10 had in 2010, although if they were all uploaded this year, a simple look at each photographer's profile page will tell us what we want to know.(If they are older, then we'll only know lifetime DL)s. Pretty amazing, the #3 seller has only 29 images in her (his?) portfolio and over 700 sales!
It's interesting to see their ports & what other images they have, too. Much to aspire to.
Thanks for sharing.
And congrats to those with the popular images!

January 24, 2011


Congrats to all. Thank you for the interesting information.

January 23, 2011


Thank you for the list and congrats to the brilliant photographers!

January 22, 2011


well deserved congrats

January 22, 2011


Congrats to the top 10 [well actually top eight photographers].

Carmen — Thanks for posting this interesting info …

Would be nice to know the actual number of sales, and not just the top ten ranking items.
Well by that I mean not the total sales, but rather the total sales for 2010 [per each of the top ten listed].

I am trying to do a comparison base, for myself.
I suspect they are nothing close in my top seller for 2010 [imgl]12380780[/imgl], it would still be nice to have the comparison, so I can see where my one fared.

And — I also support the request for the EXCLUSIVE figures as requested earlier.

January 22, 2011


Thanks for sharing, very valuable article.

January 21, 2011


Congratulations the Top sellers. I take it this is by the number of downloads. Just wondering what pictures brought in the most $$$$$$?

January 21, 2011


Thanks for sharing!!

Amazing pictures!!

January 21, 2011


First off, a belated Happy New Year to you, Erin, Achilles,etc.. and all at Dreamstime. We cannot forget the reviewers of course, and more so those who consistently APPROVE our new works ;) for without them, our portfolio will be stunted from making new sales for you and ourselves.
Wishing us both a better 2011, and shorter waits before each payout.

Carmen, yes, I like to second Bradcalkins, re a survey of the top ten sellers exclusive to DT. Also the top ten EXCLUSIVE IMAGES to DT.
I , like many here, am very very curious to see if there is really
a benefit to consider EXCLUSIVE image or contributorship to DT
in this forthcoming year (s).

God Bless, and multumesc.

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