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New Vegan Stock Photo Site: Call for Photographers and Advertisers!

By Jasmin Singer — April 20, 2011

I totally thought I was a genius when I came up with the idea of creating a vegan stock photo site, but it turns out that — if I was a genius — I was not the only one. Blogger Katrina Fox even put out this call for creative solutions, which included a suggestion for the creation of a vegan stock photo site. And, before my friend and comrade Glenn Gaetz and I could buy veganstockphoto.com, someone upped and snatched it — which, of course, thrilled us to monumental proportions.

That someone turned out to be two someones — animal rights powerhouse couple, Chris and Crystal Tate (yup, the ones responsible for Food for Lovers Vegan Queso, and BTW, OMG, buy this shit immediately). Chris and Crystal decided, in true indefatigably positive fashion, to jump on the let’s-change-the-world bandwagon and create a 100% vegan stock photo website, where vegan bloggers and journalists can download, for free, photos of cruelty-free food, rescued animals, and a variety of other categories — all vegan. Chris, a vegan of 9 years and senior web developer, wanted to put veganstockphoto.com online as a tool for the vegan community, and none too soon. According to Chris, “With veganism becoming mainstream, we need a reliable source for vegan stock photos… This is a place where professionals of all trades can find reliable vegan stock images provided by photographers across the world.” That’s what I’m talking about!

There will be an agreement for both the photographer and the user, to ensure that everything — photo and content — is veeeee-gun. As in, no animals were harmed during the making of this photo. And, voila, here we have activism at its finest. Let’s latch on to this productivity — being proactive instead of simply reactive — shall we?

Though the site won’t be live and usable for a few days (they are gunning for Friday — Earth Day, which is also Chris’ birthday — or, as they call it, his bEARTHday), they are currently in beta testing and are seeking photographers to submit their best vegan shots. You don’t need to be a pro (though that’s always nice), and no, you won’t get paid (we’re in it for the animals, after all), but everyone will get credited. “Woot” to that. Oh, and when someone downloads your photo for use, they will have the opportunity to also make a donation to you. So be nice.

Here are some of the site’s nifty ground rules, as told by Chris and Crystal themselves:

  • Please respect each others’ efforts.
  • If you use an image, you must credit the source/photographer.
  • Do not alter the image.
  • If you like the contributor’s work or use it often, please consider donating to the photographer.
  • Images must be 100% vegan (free of all animal products).
  • Images of animal cruelty, questionable nature or inappropriate content will be removed immediately.
  • Be cognizant of your uploads. Bandwidth is costly. Please do not upload several images of the same object/shoot. Please do not use veganstockphoto.com as your personal photo stream.
  • Upload selected photographs which will provide quality options for those seeking vegan stock photos (e.g., acceptable: 5 quality images of different types of pancakes; unacceptable: 5 images taken of the same stack of pancakes at different angles).

In addition to photographers, the kind folks at Vegan Stock Photo are also seeking vegan advertisers for the site, and they will offer a special rate for non-profits. The money from the advertising will help run the website, which is no cheap task, given bandwidth fees. Email Chris and Crystal at chrisandcrystal[at]live.com to get in on that.

So here’s your homework, lovelies: Before Friday (preferably today!), upload your photos to the beta page for Vegan Stock Photo, which is currently and temporarily found at http://beta.veganstockphoto.com. All of the instructions are there. Yes, of course you can submit your photos after Friday too, but we want this site to launch with ample photographs ready to be downloaded by the zillions of bloggers and journalists who, I’m sure, will flock to Vegan Stock Photo. And yes, I am one of those people. And no, I cannot wait! I mean, this is just what the compassionate doctor ordered.

Once it’s officially launched, Vegan Stock Photo will be available here, at www.veganstockphoto.com. In the mean time, before launching the site, Chris and Crystal want to make sure that all potential bugs are ironed out, so if you see any, be sure to let them know (and give them a high five while you’re at it). They also intend to really amp up the design of the page, but were eager to get this beta version up ASAP so that y’all will submit photos. That will ensure that the website will provide us users with plenty of  photos from which to choose, from the get-go.

Lastly, it was just announced that VegNews plans to also “build and host a vegan photo bank to assure the availability of vegan stock images.” Rock on, then. When it comes to providing vegan resources and tools, and supporting fellow vegans and animal rights activists, there is room for everyone to get on board.


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(8) Readers Comments

  1. April 20, 2011 at 8:45 am

    I am disappointed that the vegan stock photo site won't allow images of animal cruelty (although I obviously understand why). I was recently trying to find stock images of broiler hens to use in a graphic design job for a pamphlet to protest against KFC, and had no luck. I wonder if there is a call for this type of thing, for the purposes of activism.

  2. April 20, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Farm Sanctuary and Mercy for Animals' Flickr page have those images available that anyone can use if you credit them. And all of PETA's materials are royalty-free, so you should have no trouble finding what you need.

  3. April 20, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    As someone who has to rely on stock photos for work from time to time I feel the "do not alter images" point needs to be addressed in some way, or at least clarified, I regularly must crop, tilt, mask, add text, adjust colors, all those things perhaps are altering the images and if I cannot be allowed to do those things then I can't use these pictures. There are a number of licenses from Creative Commons that might be used. In any case, thanks for doing this.

    • April 20, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      Tim, you might want to share your thoughts with Chris and Crystal (it's not Our Hen House doing this -- we're just blogging about it). They are very open to feedback at this point. It's a community effort. Their email address is within the blog entry. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us, and I hope you reach out to them as well. They are very receptive to feedback.

  4. April 20, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Great blog post, Jasimin! This sounds like a fantastic resource.

  5. April 22, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Hey everyone! Site is still set to launch some time today. Chris is making last minute touches before pushing it into production (live). With regards to commercial use, no need to fret. We have some seriously incredible news that we are very excited to share.

  6. April 23, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Oh great another place that wants 'pro' photographers and won't pay. Professional means you make a living from it. Free or working for tips means it is a best a hobby. They are building a income producing web site, they are looking for advertisers, all based on the work of other people and they don't even want to pretend to give a percentage of this income to the people who will make their site possible. Also who will fact check these images for truly vegan content?I have already wasted too much time with this.

  7. April 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    Eric, photographers are paid from use of their images. In fact, photographers who contribute to veganstockphoto.com are paid a higher percentage than istockphoto and other non vegan stock photo sites.

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