Contributor App User Guide

Tuesday September 19, 2017

Contributor by Getty Images is an in-house designed app for iOs and Android mobile devices for our Getty Images & iStock contributors. Please use this guide to become familiar with using the App.

Table of Contents
General app information
Where do I get the app
Signing into the app
How to upload
Uploading to a Brief
Uploading a general submission
Adding releases
Reviewing your submissions
Batch editing
Need help

General App Information

What is the Contributor by Getty Images app?
The Contributor by Getty Images app is a mobile app that allows existing Getty Images and iStock Creative Photography contributors to upload content either in response to Briefs or as part of their normal submission workflow to Getty Images or iStock.

This app will replace the existing Moment by Getty Images app.

Who can use the Contributor app?
Any existing contributor of Creative Photography to Getty Images or iStock.

What does the app do?
Existing Getty Images or iStock Contributors can submit royalty free (RF) creative images, either in response to briefs or as part of their normal submission workflow. Content can be created on the device or transferred to the device and submitted. Contributors can also attach model or property releases to photos. Contributors can review their submissions, whether submitted on the app, via ESP or an approved third-party app.

The app does not yet support:

  • RM Creative Stills

  • Editorial Photography

  • Illustrations

  • Video Content

  • Enrolling new contributors

We have plans to continue updating the app to support more types of contributors and additional types of content.

Where do I get the app

iTunes App Store
Google Play Store

Signing into the app

You use the same account you use to sign into ESP as a Getty Images or iStock contributor.

Please note that if you are a contributor to both Getty Images and iStock, you will need to switch between the two accounts by signing out of one and signing into the other.

If you forgot your username or password, please cancel out of the sign in screen and visit the ‘forgot username or password’ links on the intro screen, or visit to request a reset.

How to upload

Once you are signed in, you’ll see two tabs, Briefs and My Submissions. From here you can begin uploading.

Tapping Briefs will enable you to submit content directly to a brief.

Tapping My Submissions shows you your previous submissions (from the app, from ESP or from approved third-party apps that work with ESP). You can see the status of your submissions and view them. There is also an option for submitting a general submission at the top of this page. From here you’ll be able to submit any creative photography content that you would normally submit with other tools.

If you tap the more (three dots) at the top of the screen you’ll be able to access links to other information and help including feedback. You can also sign out from here.

Uploading to a Brief

If you want to submit content to a brief in the app, simply go to the Briefs tab. Tap a Brief to open it.

You’ll see a sample image, title and description of the brief along with an end date.

To upload to the Brief, tap Add Photos. This will apply the correct Brief ID for this submission automatically.

Uploading a general submission

To upload a general submission go to the My Submissions tab and tap the Upload button at the top of the screen. You’ll be asked to name the submission, and optionally add a Brief ID if you have one that you obtained from another source such as the Contributor Community website.

Whether you are submitting to a brief or a general submission, you’ll have a choice of uploading content from your device storage (camera roll, etc.) or directly using the camera. You may be asked for permission to access your storage and/or the camera.

Let’s select the camera roll for this example. You can choose a single image or select multiple images. Once you have done that, the app will start uploading the images to ESP.

We’ll use a multiple selection of five images for this example.

When the upload is complete, you’ll see your images in the background with a dialog box asking if you would like to apply metadata now or later. Let’s choose now. (If you choose Later you can still edit your submission in the Submissions tab.)

The first image will be displayed. Type a title and an (optional) description, then hit Next.


After adding the title and description, you’ll be taken to the screen where you enter keywords. The keyword limits for your particular account will be displayed (most commonly Min 5 – Max 50).

We’ve introduced a feature that will let you find Suggested Keywords based on your typed title. Tap Suggested Keywords. You can make multiple selections from this list and the selected keywords will be added.

When complete, hit Done on the keyboard and then Done on the keyword screen. Review your keywords and if satisfactory, hit Next. You may also tap Add Keywords to continue.

Adding releases

On this screen you can add releases, if applicable. Tap Manage Releases to add a model or property release to an image. Press the + button to add a release. Name the release and hit enter. (It’s a good idea to name the release with something identifiable so you can re-use the same release later if needed.)

Choose the release type, property or model. Model releases require the model’s date of birth (DOB). For this example, let’s use a model release.

Choose the date of birth and tap Confirm.

Choose a location where the release is stored. You can attach a photo of an executed paper release or a PDF. For this example we will choose a Model Release that is photographed and on our device’s Camera Roll. Tap Camera Roll. Find the release on the Camera Roll and select. The app will upload the release to ESP. (You can also pull a release from the file system on Android devices, or from a cloud service like Dropbox or iCloud on iOS.)

If that is the only release needed for this photo submission, tap Done.

Tap Save & Next.

The app will go to the next photo. You’ll see that the same metadata content from your first photo is duplicated. If it is applicable without change to the new photo, you can continue on to the next photo. If that photo requires revision, you can edit all the metadata (including title, description, location and keywords) as needed to accurately reflect the new photo.

Progress through the rest of your photos, editing as needed. Please keep in mind that accurate metadata and keywords are critical to customers finding your photographs on Getty Images and iStock.

When you have completed the metadata edits for each photo and have reached the last photograph, hit Save & Finish. You’ll be asked if you want to submit all your photos now or wait until a later time. Hit Submit to submit all at once and complete your submission.

You’ll now see your submissions in a list showing Status: Submitted. Check back later on the My Submissions tab to see the status of this submission.

Reviewing your submissions

You can review all of your previous submissions, including those submitted to briefs, in the My Submissions tab.

In your previous submissions, you’ll see the number of photos uploaded and the number submitted. Later you’ll also be able to see if your images have been reviewed and if any revisions were requested and/or if rejections occurred.

Tap your submission to review in detail including revision requirements and any reasons for rejected images, and to respond to any revisions.

Batch Editing

From the My Submissions screen, you can also open any unsubmitted submissions and perform Batch Edit operations for submissions with multiple photos.

Open a submission and tap Batch Edit at the top. Select the photos you want to work on and hit Next. From there, follow the same steps as above to edit the photos within the Submission.

Need help

Contact us so we can help address your specific problem or question.

(For specific technical problems using the Contributor app, please choose the I have a technical problem > with the app when you create the ticket so we can respond to your feedback more efficiently.)
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