At Bigstock, we encourage photographers to submit images with model releases and, if appropriate, property releases, so buyers have the flexibility to use the images in advertisements. Sometimes, however, it makes more sense to submit an image as an editorial image—like the celebrity red carpet photo seen here. This post will help explain what those cases are.

Keep in mind our review team enforces quality standards on editorial images as they do on every image in the collection. Customers see a notice before they download editorial images letting them know there are usage restrictions on these images.

If you’re interested in starting to shoot editorial images, read these tips before you submit them to Bigstock. Good luck!

News events

Photos of something happening that’s of wide interest, such as a public speech, a press conference, or a natural disaster, are acceptable for submission to the Bigstock collection.


Photos of sports events and sports figures are usually acceptable as editorial images.


Strong, professional photos of performers are suitable for editorial use.


Photos of celebrities at public events, such as “red carpet” areas, are welcome on Bigstock.

Not acceptable

Images of little-known people, non-newsworthy scenes, or studio images you shot without getting the proper releases, are likely to be rejected and should not be uploaded for editorial sale. You should not think of the editorial category as a last chance to upload stock shots that aren’t suitable for commercial use.

You also should not alter photos you upload for editorial use. Editorial buyers expect these images to reveal what actually happened in front of the camera, so heavy tonal adjustments and any removing or cloning of elements is unacceptable.

Include captions

Photographers who wish to submit editorial images must include a clear description of the image, including who is in it, the date the image was taken and the location where the image was taken.

For more information, please see our editorial use page.

Photo: LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 15: Actress and supermodel Brooklyn Decker on the red carpet of the 2010 ESPY Awards at the Nokia Theater at LA Live, on July 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. © Allen Berezovsky/Bigstock.



  Model and Property Releases 101
Model and Property Releases 101
  Now Accepting: Editorial Illustrations & Vectors
Now Accepting: Editorial Illustrations & Vectors