Contributor FAQs


Get your photos off your hard drives. Share them with the world. Get Millions of Creatives to Use Your Images and Earn Side Money.

Photo by Matteo Fantuzzi / Scopio Contributor

Follow us on @scopioimages and submit on Scop.io/Submit

 

Earn side money and get noticed with us today! Scopio is changing the way people see the world through authentic photos. Our mission is to change the narrative of photography and highlight the stories of diverse communities around the world. We connect photographers with companies and creatives looking to publish their real photos.

To build an authentic photo library, we turned to photographers around the world and launched a portal where photographers can share their work with the most edgy creatives all over the world craving authentic and diverse images. Your photos can be used by companies and creatives across the globe to earn exposure, license your creativity — and get paid for your work!

We are also proud to be introducing Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) functionality to our platform though our partnership with Magic Eden, to help you get more earnings and royalties for every transaction through NFTs. You can find out more about selling your images as NFTs on Scopio here.

See what recent photo creators are saying about us. 

How to Get Hired on Scopio

 

  1. Photo Submission
  2. Model Releases
  3. Payment
  4. NFT
  5. Scopio’s App
  6. About Scopio

We'd love to have you take part! You can submit here. Once you submit tell us your story here!

 

1. Photo Submission

How do I know that my photos were submitted?

You'll receive an email asking you to send out and complete model releases. You can see if your photo is accepted by searching on scop.io. Submit here: scop.io/submit

What happens after I submit?

Once your submission is in, and all model releases are in, your photos go to our photo editors who pick your best work. We then title and tag the images for you and put them up on our shop. Your images should be live in less than 2 weeks. You can search your name to find your page. If none of your photos made it, make sure your releases are in. Submit more than 100-200, and you have a high chance of making our weekly newsletter and featured artist. Sign up for our newsletter to check out some rising talent. We promote our community heavily.

You'll be paid every time your photos get published by companies. Some of our top photographers make over $2000/month. We will tag and title your work and do the leg work for you to promote you and your photos, all for free for you. We get you more opportunities. Submit here. scop.io/submit. Once you submit, make sure to share your photographer story or more info on a specific shoot so we can promote who you are and what you care about to the world here.

Do I have to make an account?

No, there's no need to create an account. You can submit directly at scop.io/submit. You can submit as many times as you want there. We'll send you details by email after you submit. 

What are Scopio's photo requirements?

  • Please submit all photos at once or multiple times if you have different shoots. Do not submit as a .zip (or other condensed) file type.
  • Negative space/copy space
  • Flatlays (food, back to school etc.)
  • Clear, crisp definition
  • Effective use of DOF
  • Strong design elements (naturally occurring symmetry, shapes, colors etc.)
  • Interesting textures
  • Seasonal themes (Christmas, summer, Halloween)
  • Non-cliched conceptual themes
  • Images of kids studying, elderly, home care (brushing teeth, cleaning…), technology in all forms of our life, especially with elderly and kids
  • You will need to sign Scopio's contributor agreement and model releases for all recognizable people in the photos. You can do all of this through our submission portal on scop.io/submit
  • Minimum resolution is 4 megapixels, but 10 megapixels is preferred. If your images disappear when uploading it was under 4MP, and our system did not accept it. Submit the high-res version to avoid this.
  • No watermarks, heavy editing or logos (please edit out watermarks and logos) we can't use images with other people's brands which is why logo removal is so important. If you absolutely can't it will be considered for editorial.
  • No images of guns, drugs, images that contain suicidal thought or images that are bad for society and humanity.
  • The more you submit, the better chance you have of being a regular Scopio contributor as you build your page

The photos should also be natural. They should represent what’s popular in your region while retaining the authenticity that makes Instagram, well...Instagram! Think about what makes your city, town or country unique, and aim to show that in your submissions. We love photos of groups, like families or friends, if you can get the ok from all of the people in the photos.

If you’re not sure whether your photos would work for Scopio, we’re happy to take a look at your proposed submissions. Simply send an Instagram DM to @scopioimages or email us at photographers@scop.io. We’re happy to help. Submit here: scop.io/submit

How many photos should I submit?

We like it when you submit more than 50 photos, you don't need to do it at once, but it will help us pick the best of your work and promote YOU. The more you submit the more your page will grow. You are welcome to submit unlimited images. Our editor selects your best work. Just make sure your photos fit the requirements listed above. If you have photos without people, submit those separately and write 0 when uploading, also if you have editorial images with people, you can't get permission for you can write 0 but make sure you do that separately. 

The link doesn't work when I try to open or use it.

Try submitting by writing out "scop.io/submit" in a browser app on your phone (don't click on it from Instagram), or try submitting directly from a computer. Submit here: scop.io/submit

How to get hired for your skills and unique person you are!

  • Your artist bio is up to date, please tout any achievements
  • Scopio contributor profile - please take a few minutes to create a contributor profile and upload some images to scop.io/submit - anything non-exclusive/non-commissioned mark as no download in the app
  • A short 1-2 sentence concept of what you would want to create  

Once you submit your profile, we get back to you on payment/timeline.

Make sure you add your capabilities in skills- there might be some other collaborative opportunities. 

Can I send you the photos via DM or email?

Please send all photos using scop.io/submit. It walks you through the process, and we'll provide everything you need there. It only takes a few minutes. Submit here: scop.io/submit

Why should I do this?

Your photos can make it to famous brand campaigns, book covers, social media pages, printed tees, it's awesome to see how people love and use your images. It's easy exposure if you're trying to grow your sphere of influence — you'll be right in front of everyday people, creatives and companies you admire. You get your own photographer page we curate, and all the information needed for creatives to find your photos. We tag, and title your images we accept. This also gives you the potential to expand your skills and get more opportunities to work with companies in the future. We make it easy for you so you can spend your energy on creating content. We know how hard it is to manage your own work. We sell your photos and for our top photo creators we sell their work on prints and canvases, and do other activities like gallery shows, email campaigns, and advertisements to highlight you. 

Submitting your photos to Scopio opens the door for more chances to get seen and published, and more opportunities to impact the world. See what recent photo creators say about us.

We also connect photographers with more people that are interested in their photos. Besides boosting your follower count, this can pave the way towards future relationships with other content creators, and become a part of our community changing the world through authentic photos. Submit here: scop.io/submit

You're also free to submit as many images as you'd like to Scopio. This will only increase your chances of getting noticed and published and building your photographer page. Submit here: scop.io/submit

How can I remove logos in my photos?

There are a variety of tools you can use to remove logos in your photos and ensure that they can be sold commercially. This will make sure you can maximize your opportunities. Submit here: scop.io/submit

Try these approaches:

  • Edit your images with retouching software: Use a tool such as Photoshop to remove logos
  • Crop sensitive stuff: Crop logos out of your photos if you have space
  • Use an app: Using iOS? Try something like Snapseed or TouchRetouch. Aviary or TouchRetouch are apps that are available for Android. For desktop, try your favorite photo editing tools or something like Inpaint.

We have a blog post on how to edit logos out here. Submit here: scop.io/submit

Will I receive credit for my photos?

Yes! Your images will be credited to you when we show them to clients, and some of our clients even credit you when they publish the photos. This is a stellar way to get more eyes on your work if you’re trying to grow your following and influence, as your work will be visible to millions. Submit here: scop.io/submit

What will happen to my photos? What will Scopio users do with them?

First, your photos will be submitted for approval. If your submissions are accepted, they can be published for a variety of design purposes, emails, social posts, or in print and branded material. Your images will have the potential to travel the globe and power more human storytelling. Besides this, you'll build on your skills and portfolio. How cool is that? You can see if your photos were accepted on scop.io, we refresh the content every week. 

There’s potential for long-term partnerships, too; Scopio’s users will also be able to see your image credit if they’d like to work with you directly. We do exclusive works often and once we know you we can reach out with more opportunities. We will also let you know the most popular image categories in case you'd like to submit more in the future and increase your influence. Submit here: scop.io/submit

What rights do I have to my photos? Do I retain any rights?

You are signing a non-exclusive agreement, which is photographer-friendly. This means that you retain copyright to your images. You can re-use and re-sell your images under other non-exclusive provisions, so feel free to keep ‘em up on Instagram, too! Submit here: scop.io/submit

Can I re-use and re-sell my photos?

Yes, feel free. Since this license is non-exclusive, you are free to re-use and re-sell your images under other non-exclusive agreements. It’s a very flexible agreement for you. You can also expand reach on your photos by placing them in Scopio’s library. We'd love to promote a large collection from you, and it will increase your digital footprint. You can submit as many times as you would like. Submit here: scop.io/submit

What file format does Scopio need photos to be in (JPG, BMP, etc.)?

Please submit photos as JPG or PNG files. Submit here: scop.io/submit

What size do my photos have to be?

The absolute minimum is 4 megapixels, we prefer images that are 10 megapixels or above. Submitting images that are higher resolution increases the chances of your submissions being published. Make sure you submit the original high-res file (not a download from fb etc.) Not sure how to calculate megapixels? Enter your image’s dimensions in this calculator. Submit here: scop.io/submit

I have friends that might like to contribute. How can I refer you to them?

Community is key! Send them our link at scop.io/submit. You will not compete for them, as we are building the largest library of real people photos, the more faces the better. Submit here: scop.io/submit

How do I sign the licensing agreement?

You can sign the licensing agreement after you upload your photos to Scopio. The steps will walk you through this automatically. Submit here: scop.io/submit

How will I know if my photos were sold?

We'll DM or email you to let you know. Submit here: scop.io/submit

 

2. Model Releases

What is a model release?

A model release is a legal agreement that allows photographers the ability to license images of other people. If you appear in a photograph that a photographer is trying to license (and you are recognizable in the image), you will need to sign a model release for it. And if you're a photographer, you'll need to get all of your models to sign releases. If you are a photographer and you appear in your own images, you will need to sign a model release for yourself. Submit here: scop.io/submit

If I'm the photographer, do I need to sign a model release for myself?

Yes. If you are the photographer and you appear in your own image, you will need to fill out our short form and sign a model release for yourself. Submit here: scop.io/submit

Will I be notified when my models sign the release?

No. But if your model releases aren't completed, we'll try to reach out to you via DM or email to let you know what has been signed and who you need to send a reminder to. It's best to ask models to inform you when they sign the release. We have an easy link you can copy and send. Submit here: scop.io/submit

What is a model?

A model is anyone that appears in your photos, including you! Each model has to fill out one model release in order to maximize your photo submission and have a better chance of getting scoped out. Submit here: scop.io/submit

There are two types of licenses for Model Releases

What is a Commercial License?

Image usage in products, merchandise, services, marketing, ads, blogs, websites, educational content, and more. All images with recognizable people need to have model releases.

What is an Editorial License?

Types of usage: newsworthy, or of public interest including sports, entertainment or cultural events, in any type of publication, whether print or digital, such as books, articles, newspaper, magazines, blogs. Images with recognizable people do not need to have model releases.

How many model releases do I need to fill out if I’m the only person in the photos?

Please fill out one model release for yourself each time you submit, unless the photos of you from all submissions are from the same shoot. Submit here: scop.io/submit

How many model releases does a model need to sign?

Each separate model needs to sign one model release per shoot. If you have separate shoots with the same model, have them fill one out for each shoot. Submit here: scop.io/submit

How do I access the model release? Do I need to get a copy online?

We provide the model release for you so that it's an easier process. After you finish uploading your photos and click submit, we'll create a special model release page just for you where you can view the images you submitted and send out releases to your friends to sign. Your browser should automatically refresh to this page. 

Make sure you create a bookmark of this page so you can go back to it later. If you lose track of your special model release link, just email photographers@scop.io. Submit here: scop.io/submit

Who signs a model release?

Recognizable people in images should sign model releases if the photographer is trying to license or publish photographs of them.

You might need to sign multiple model releases if you appear in more than one photo. 

If you're the photographer and you appear in your own images, you will also need a model release. Submit here: scop.io/submit

My friends aren’t models. Do I need to have them sign a model release?

Yes, they would need to sign a model release. In this case, model simply refers to a photo’s subject — not just those Gisele Bündchen types. Submit here: scop.io/submit

Do I need a model release if I submit photos of my child (or if someone else does)?

Yes, we would need a model release for your child if you or someone else submitted photos of them. You will be able to fill out a model release using their name and information. Since we need your consent as a parent or guardian, please don't forget to add your signature at the end to give permission to sell their photos. Submit here: scop.io/submit

My model does not want to sign a release. What should I do?

You can submit images that are not model released, but they can only be published with little use. In this case, we suggest also submitting images of people who do agree to sign a release. This will increase your chances of being published and paid for your hard work. Submit here: scop.io/submit

How do photographers and models sign the model release?

Like the licensing agreement, the model can access the model release online through our web-based submission portal. Submit here: scop.io/submit

 

3. Payment

Am I paid for each image I submit?

We will pay you if any images you submit are purchased by one of our clients through our subscription or on individual image purchases. Submit here: scop.io/submit

How will I be paid?

If your images are purchased, we’ll reach out and pay you using PayPal when you reach $50. If you don't have a PayPal account, it's very quick and easy to sign up. We also do Payoneer for countries where Paypal does not operate. Submit here: scop.io/submit

How much will I be paid?

You get 40% of individual image sales, 20% of every download in our subscription, and 100% of revenue from customers who contact you through Scopio for collaboration opportunities. You can be paid up to $500 USD per image that is purchased. Receiving credit on your images in Scopio's library also opens the door for more sales and connections for you.  

Another way to increase your payout is to refer photographers to us that might be interested in submitting. Simply DM us on Instagram @scop.io or shoot us an email at photographers@scop.io with their Instagram handles (and yours), and we’ll reach out.

When will I get paid?

We will email you to set up a payment if your images are purchased. You can also see which images were accepted, that we will market on our website.

How can I increase my chances of getting paid?

You can increase your chances of being paid by:

  • Making sure your submissions are the highest image quality possible (10 MP or above is ideal)
  • Submitting as many photos as you have available for this project. A wide variety gives us more to choose from.
  • Featuring elements from your distinct region or culture
  • Ensuring that all the people in your photos sign releases for all images they are in. If you don't know the people in your photos or can't obtain releases from them, the photos will be accepted as editorial with more limited uses.
  • Ensuring that all images aren’t edited heavily or Face tuned

Will I receive royalties?

Sometimes royalties are included in payments. Our goal is to sell your photos non-exclusively to audiences, sometimes we partner with other companies and it is a one-time payment, and other times we will sell you per sale. This opens up the door for future connections and additional projects, and name recognition for you. We also print products from our top-quality images. You just upload once and we tag, title, and promote and sell it to creative buyers and think of ways to get your content out into the world and make you money. Submit here: scop.io/submit

4. NFT

Scopio is proud to be introducing Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) functionality to our platform to help artists get earnings and royalties for every transaction through NFTs.
We’re excited to be partnering with Magic Eden, the #1 NFT marketplace on Solana, with $15M transactions a day and 15 million users, that launched by the end of 2021.

 

Guaranteed Payment Scopio is helping rising artists by giving them the option of getting paid in cryptocurrency* and having their work sold as NFTs in addition to making money on Scopio’s platform. This is a perfect and easy way to invest in yourself and in your art and increase your dollar and crypto balance! Our goal is to reach photographers and creatives from countries around the world and provide them with the opportunity of gaining guaranteed money just by letting their artwork do all the job! Crypto payments can be used to make more money through NFTs.

*Cryptocurrency is a virtual currency that can circulate without the need for a central monetary authority such as a government or bank.

How to set up my Phantom Wallet? 

https://scop.io/pages/setting-up-your-phantom-wallet

Submit your Wallet ID here in 5 minutes:  NFT Project - Wallet Set up

What is Phantom?

Phantom is a crypto wallet for Solana: https://phantom.app/

What is NFT?

Scopio has a video on Instagram explaining what is NFT: https://www.instagram.com/p/CYPOPQBFIUJ/

Why Solana?

Low fees, fast transactions, and a great community allowing us to bring global artists opportunities in NFT. 

Do I need to do constant checks and observations on the image(s) I upload, or is this something that will earn/grow by itself?

Once you register your NFT it will go through a process called "minting," this image is going to be registered on a platform, like Solana or Ethereum. That record is unique, meaning that it can only be traded from person to person, so after you do your first selling of that image, the buyer can also sell it to someone else, who can sell it again, and so on. As for you, being the original artist/creator of that NFT, you will receive royalties for each transaction of that NFT in the future, which is automatically credited in your crypto wallet (Phantom).

Where is my wallet ID?

Your wallet ID is on the top part of the phantom app. Clicking on the ID will copy it to the clipboard. This can be shared publicly. Do not share your secret phrase with anyone.

How do we register our NFT?

You can submit your images at https://contributor.scop.io/ Adding stories to your images is always a plus since it adds more value and context to your art! Then our editors will curate the images and add them to the collections and build storytelling and causes around them when you tell us what is important for you.

How will Phantom work for our photo?

Phantom helps you in managing your crypto wallet. Phantom works with Solana in the same way Metamask works with Ethereum.

Do you need specific images? What is trending?

All we need is the wallet for now.  If you have anything more creative, you can upload it to your Scopio page, which will get curated by our editors. For this project, we mainly appreciate editorial images, as well as art, illustrations, and creative photography around storytelling and causes. If you want to get inspired, go to OpenSea and search by photography.

Do you take all the photos from our portfolios or just choose some that fit? If you choose, can you show some examples of photos that you plan to sell as NFTs? I’m already part of another NFT Platform, is it okay if I’m using the same photos as NFT for both platforms?

Once you associate your wallets, we're going to make all of your published photos available to be purchased as NFTs on the Solana Network.

The pictures I post on Scopio are non-exclusive. Will this affect selling them as NFTs?

No, it won't affect the selling procedure. Buying an NFT is more about getting ownership of that asset over a network (Ethereum or Solana), but it won't affect the right of other companies or individuals to use those images if you, as the creator, allow them to do so. Scopio lets you keep the copyright of your images, so you are just “licensing” them on web 2 and web 3 now.

As a buyer would you pay a few pennies for an image or a lot more for the NFT?

That is one of the main reasons why Scopio chose Solana instead of Ethereum as the blockchain to mint NFTs: Ethereum "gas fee" (the fee that you pay to the minter to mint the NFT into the blockchain) is very high (~$80), and when we compare to Solana (~$0.10) it becomes clear that it would impact a lot into how much the artist would receive.

Will we receive royalties for the reselling of the NFTs?

Yes, the artists will receive royalties for the reselling of NFT which is why we are so excited about this for the ownership and future for artists.

I've created a wallet.  How do I associate it with a Scopio account?

The team is currently developing the integration to the portals, so for now you can submit your wallet through this Google Form ASAP: NFT Project - Wallet Set up 

Note: make sure to use  the same email that you use in Scopio Contributor Portal  (edited)

If I don't set up your Phantom wallet, what happens? 

We will set up a Scopio wallet by default. This is not the best option since we need to transfer ownership if there is a sale, and there will be a gas fee that the artist will have to pay to receive the images. We already have the licenses needed for this in the contributor agreement, and this license will now serve as a license on the blockchain where you will see full transparency of use and royalties per sale, which is better for the artist. This is something Web 2.0 has not allowed us to do and a beautiful thing about the blockchain.

Can only commercial images be NFTs? 

All images and renderings can be NFTs except for images that represent memorabilia like Coke, Harry Potter, Ferrari.

What is the Fee Structure?

Magic Eden is a Curated centralized marketplace. One of the largest marketplaces on Solana with a focus on ease of use for creators and collectors.

  • No listing fees on Magic Eden. 
  • Magic Eden takes 2% on all transactions. 
  • Magic Eden honors the royalties set by creators.

Regarding royalties for each transaction on Magic Eden, what is the fee structure?

60% goes to the photographer, 38% goes to Scopio and 2% goes to Magic Eden

What is the fee structure on Scopio’s site?

Photographers pick their percent and can add wallets to share their earnings, for example with a charity they are a part of.

Royalties are defined at 6%

70% goes to the Artist (4.2%)

30% goes to Scopio (1.8%)

What are "traits" on Magic Eden?

Traits or Attributes define the Uniqueness/Rarity of an object or in this case, your NFT. 

Why are NFTs exciting?

Collectors are different, a whole new market of people buying than traditional art.

Resale royalties

It is a whole different sphere, and they love the idea of having a resale royalty, that is something that is baked into the contract which doesn't exist in sales today. The engagement and secondary market guarantee compensation that keeps paying back.

Why should I add my story to my image to make it more valuable?

The question to ask yourself is why does this work as an NFT? Your idea is what is missing You have to include your idea that fits the description or concept of the image to make it more valuable. It is the natural projection of photography. For example, when you walk into a gallery or museum and see a painting, the actual painting is not the artwork - the idea, the framework that describes the idea and contained in the certificate of authenticity is the artwork. Have fun telling the story in the image (fantasy or reality)

Where can I promote my images?

Twitter and Discord. The more you engage the more you get back. Show up.

Gamifying it

Some ideas. There is an interplay or competition between physical and NFT. You can exchange the NFT for a physical but you have to exchange it so it's a battle between NFT and physical. Successful projects play on our senses and fun

The number one reason people buy NFT's

For fun. There is only so much space on your walls but you can buy NFT's all day and collect more art and photography that you care about.

 

5. Scopio’s App

How do I create an account?

Open Scopio App, sign up by creating an account or connecting with your Facebook account and let the experience begin.

How to recover access to your account?

Go to "Sign In" > "Forgot password" > "Type your email" > Reset the password > And Login

How do I submit images?

Click the “+” sign in the middle of your screen, then “Add image, “select images from your gallery and click “Add”. Also don’t forget to add as many details to your submission, such as the story behind each image, the location and others. Scopio values a detailed story. You can also choose whether you wish that your image be downloadable (available on our marketplace) or be sold as an NFT on Scopio or just for display. See more on the differences below.

What are collections?

A collection is a compilation of images relating to a certain topic 

How to delete images?

Go to Profile > click on the image you wish to delete > go to the three dots above on the right > Delete the photo

How long does it take for my photo to be accepted?

Once your submission is in, your photos go to our photo editors who pick your best work. Your image should be live in less than 2 weeks.

Is the app in IOS and Android?

Currently, we run on both and provide support for and recommend using the following devices: iPhone running iOS 11 or higher and Android running version 11 or higher.

Troubleshooting

The most common reason why you can be experiencing problems is a bad Internet connection. We always recommend updating your app to the latest version.

If this does not resolve your problem, we recommend uninstalling and installing the app again. And finally, if it does not work too, you can contact us, sending your message to our support team.

What are the supported image formats?

For a while we supported just JPEG and JPEG image formats. If you are using an iPhone for example, it can have a different format (HEIC), that will be converted during your submission.

What is the difference between sell as NFT and downloadable? 

When you decide to sell your images as NFT, you then make the choice to sell them as a non-fungible token under a price you indicate. When you decide to make your images downloadable, your images get purchased by companies and individuals and they will get you earnings (get paid in crypto or in cash). This feature is necessary for distributing your photos outside of Scopio’s app. Don’t forget to turn these buttons on!

How do I sell my images as NFTs on the app?

During the submission process, you can choose which images you wish to sell as NFTs before submitting them by choosing to turn on the button next to the option “Sell as NFT”. You can also set your price in SOL.

How can I know how to price my photo when it is being sold as an NFT? 

NFTs are all about rarity, so the rarer an NFT is, the bigger its value will be. It's important to understand how your art is positioned in the NFT market and how much other artists are asking for their NFTs on average, so you can have a competitive NFT. The better NFT’s have a very strong storyline and theme. Also, cryptocurrencies in general are very volatile, so it is to know the value and trending of SOL in the market, which can be checked here.

How can I retrieve the money I get from downloads?

Once you earn $25 the options to withdraw your money will be available in the Contributor Portal. The first step is to submit your Tax Information, through a form available in the Contributor Portal. Once that is done, you can receive your money through PayPal or Crypto (SOL), so you must connect your PayPal or Solana wallet to proceed.

How can I delete my personal data?

If at any point you wish to delete your personal data, you may inform us at info@scop.io or submitting a ticket at Scopio Support Portal.

 

6. What’s Scopio?

We're a high-tech company based out of New York. Scopio provides authentic real and diverse photos businesses can finally use. 

We're committed to the photo creators and creatives of the world and want to help them create long-lasting influence and partnerships to humanize storytelling. Never before have we had access to the world's images. We built Scopio to be the platform for any creator in the world to license their work and have equal access. Read about us here. Follow us on Instagram @scopioimages.

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