What does 20 cents mean to you?

Having become an exclusive contributor for Dreamstime recently, I would earn 20 cents for every photograph uploaded. I have been asking myself what this amount means to me.

For most of us, I suppose, 20 cents isn’t much.

It isn’t enough to get us a set lunch, for example.

Japanese lunch set

20 cents isn't enough for us to take public transport, such as a bus or a subway train.

Public passenger train in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

20 cents can’t buy us some nice clothes.

Girl's clothes with pockets

At the most, 20 cents may only enable us to order a glass of water or a bowl of rice at a food outlet.

A glass of cold water on the table

But then again, what may be so little can mean so much to us. For example, 20 cents can mean a world of difference when we landed our first sale in Dreamstime, and our first downloaded photo netted at least 20 cents or above. My first downloaded photo is that of a Malay wedding decor, and my joy can be said to mirror the joy of a wedding.

Malay wedding stage decor -Singapore

20 cents can give us a renewed sense of hope after a long wait for our next sale. My second downloaded photo is that of a bus stop, and come to think of it, it had almost felt like I was waiting for a bus that took a long time to arrive (except that the actual wait for my second sale was almost two months).

Bus stop -Singapore city

20 cents can be that extra step we need in order to reach our long awaited goal of having our earnings exceed $100, and we can then withdraw this amount from our earnings.

It’s the little things in life that really matters, isn’t it? Like the breath we are taking and the next breath we will be taking.

Young asian woman breathing fresh air

Handsome man doing yoga

So, what does 20 cents mean to you?

Photo credits: Greir11, Jimmytst, Kiosea39, Lianna2013, Marianehret, Siraanamwong, Jakraphong Suwannatrai.

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September 05, 2017


How long it will take to add 20 cent in account. After the approved of the photos.

September 18, 2015


in Bulgaria 20 cents is a cup of coffee
in Dreamstime it means a sure sale I could receive much more from a real sale, but I am not sure when and which of my images would be sold. 20 cents means security :)

May 31, 2015


Mariayunira, thanks for sharing your views. :)
Somadlyinlove, yes I remember I needed to close all my other accounts with other photo stock agencies, when I applied to become an exclusive contributor for Dreamstime.
Rajansingh, God bless you too.
Wxh6763, yes, symbolically it can mean a lot.
Angelaostafichuk, yes, travelling to other countries can give us different perspectives on the relative values of things. I find your blog on 35 cents insightful too. :)

May 30, 2015


I like your article. I wrote about this a few years ago about what the 20 and 35 cents sales mean. I agree that they are a great source of satisfaction (someone likes my work enough to purchase it!) but also on the other side of the world those numbers add up quickly. For me twenty cents is a small snack in China, or a bus ride in Ecuador or a small token of love that I can put into a street person's cup. Money is never just money, but I agree in N. America twenty cents won't get you far : )

May 30, 2015


if it's the money, 20 cents is too little but if it's the successful symbol, it's too many and great.

May 30, 2015


20 cents mean a lot for me. The joy that I received in just 20 cents is great . My first sale. With every 20 cent, I am earning 20 folds joy and happiness. God bless you dear.

May 29, 2015


Nice! Love your photographs! Question, when you become exclusive do you have to remove all past photographs from other sites? Is it enough to just post all future photographs on DT?

May 29, 2015


As an exclusive contributor, 20 cents for me means a huge responsibility and also a special satisfaction. A responsibility to create a good quality image. A special satisfaction that finally my work can pass through the standard of acceptance by the DT editors. ^_^

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