The ultimate in refusals, a Free image rejection...

I am a bit confused.

I researched how to upload a couple of images to the Free section. I followed the instructions to upload by activating the option, that if an image is not approved for my portfolio, it could go to the Free section.

This is a similar image, because the system does not permit me to upload rejected images...

These are the images IDs of the rejected images ...

#18736558 and #18736567

in my Rejection section (so I cannot publish the images)

First and foremost, my interest is in learning how to upload images to the Free section.

My question is, then...

.. Are these images considered Refusals or Rejections, (since I knew they would hit the wall of Similar Images...)

.. Is it a mistake by the reviewers (who are human, after all)


.. Is it a mistake in my process of uploading to the Free section?

I have noticed some very cogent and opportune Admin responses to these blogs, over time, so I would be very grateful if somebody out there could help to clarify my confusion.

I am pleased with my progress in DT and am trying to learn the ropes.


Photo credits: Billdayone.

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March 16, 2011


Thank you for replying, Nikitu.

I feel that I am getting somewhere slowly. You are the second person to offer some specific information on the subject.

However, I must insist that I am not complaining or questioning a rejection but trying to learn how to upload to the Free section.

I will quote from the advertising of the Free section:

If you are a photographer, the heavy traffic of this section offers you the opportunity to achieve great portfolio exposure by offering free images.

This seems to invite the photographers to contribute to the Free section and gain the advantage of good portfolio exposure. That is all I am trying to do, following the existing guidelines of quality and exposure.

I researched and saw that there were not many images of this sort (and similar images have been accepted into my portfolio). So I felt that it was not a QC situation, and that the images were up to par.

So I am a bit confused about the general policies for uploading to the Free section and I am looking for some help..

March 16, 2011


First of all, contact support when having a question on rejections. Admins don't read or reply to all blogs and you should not be blogging about a rejection in the first place.
To answer your question, not all images that are uploaded for the free section are approved there, in fact, very few are. If you want a more detailed explanation do contact support.

March 16, 2011


Indeed it does help. It is a specific answer to a specific question and a personal experience and your pictures are not the problem. They are very beautiful.

However, I would like to hear from somebody that it is the policy. Then I would know that I am barking up the wrong tree.

Thank for understanding that it is not a beef about a rejection but a legitimate question on policy and procedures. Have a good day..
Admin, please..

March 16, 2011


I don't think I can help with your understanding, but I can tell you that the same thing has happened to me many times. I have uploaded many photos where I checked the box indicating that I would donate them to the free section if they were not approved. Not one has been selected for the free section. I no longer check that box. All of my free images are ones that have been online for over a year without any sales.

March 16, 2011


Sadly. I am no closer to understanding how to upload images to the Free Section. I know the process, as set out in the instructions, but it didn´t happen, for me.

So, once again, if some kind Admin person would chip in and help me along my way.

I have no axe to grind and no beef with the processes. I just can´t get it to work.


March 15, 2011


nice share,

March 15, 2011


So without talking about rejections it could be of use to note the reasons given by the reviewer on why the images were rejected. The other way to submit to the free section is when an image has been online for over 1 year and it has zero sales, you can choose for that image to go into the free section.

March 15, 2011


Thanks BCritchley...

Before there is a confusion, and I had hoped that I had made myself clear, I am not questioning the refusal, I am trying to understand the process of uploading to the Free section.

The images are of the same quality as the example in the Blog. There are not similar images to this one in the Free section. I do have similar images in y portfolio and that is why I wanted to test them in the Free section.

However, for clarity sake, I am not questioning the refusal but trying to understand how to upload images to the Free section.

I have noticed, sometimes there are many similar images in a given post in the Free section.

So this confuses me even more.

And I activated the option to upload to the Free section..

March 15, 2011


Your not the first to say this :-) Even though there is a "free" section, DT wrightly still applies a quality control, they will not just accept anything as the free section is a way of attracting buyers by saying look how good our free images are and the ones you pay for are even better. Also the free images are only available to a certain size and it's quite common for someone to then buy the "free" image at a greater size.

You will probably get shot down for mentioning rejections as it's against DT rules but stick in there as it is all a learning curve. :-)

Brett, UK.

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