Contributor App User Guide

Monday April 8, 2019

Table of Contents
General app information
Where do I get the app
Signing into the app
Navigating the app
How to upload:
Uploading a general submission
Adding Metadata
Uploading to briefs
Starting a submission from other apps
Reviewing your submissions
Batch editing
Need help?

General App Information

What is the Contributor by Getty Images app?
Contributor by Getty Images is a mobile app for contributors to upload and submit content, and view their portfolios using iOS and Andriod devices.

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

What does the app do?
By using the app, contributors can submit royalty-free (RF) creative photos, view their portfolio, review all submissions whether created through our app, ESP on desktop, or a third-party platform such as, DeepMeta.

The app does not yet support:

  • Rights-managed (RM) images

  • Editorial photography, such as news, sports, or entertainment

  • Illustrations

  • Video content

Where do I get the app
Download Contributor by Getty Images Through The App Store by Google Play TM.

Signing into the app

Select the SIGN IN link and use your ESP username and password to log in.

Please note: If you are a contributor with both Getty Images and iStock, you'll need to switch between your two accounts: Sign out of one and then sign into the other.

If you forgot your username or password, please visit the 'forgot something?' option on the into screen, then choose either the username or password links. Or visit to request a reset.

Navigating the app

Once you’ve signed in, you’ll see a list of briefs along with the INTERESTED tab at the top of the page. At the bottom, you’ll see three links: BRIEFS, +, and MY PHOTOS. From the main landing page, you can explore briefs, begin uploading by selecting +, or access your submissions, portfolio, and stats via MY PHOTOS.

There’s also a menu, represented by three vertical dots, in the top right corner that provides links to additional information as well as a link to sign out.

How to upload
Uploading a general submission

Tap on the + symbol in the bottom navigation.

You’ll be taken to your camera roll. Please select the image(s) you want included in your new submission and click, Done. You’ll see a status bar as the file(s) are uploaded.

When the upload is finished, you’ll see your photo(s) in the background with a dialog box prompting you to apply metadata. Choose Ok to add metadata immediately or Later to add the metadata at another time.

(If you choose Later, you can still edit your submission in the Submissions tab.)

If you choose OK, the first photo will be displayed. Type a Title and a and optional Description. You can also update the country or date if necessary.

iStock Exclusive contributors can also nominate their image for Signature+ on this screen. Tap the box to nominate your image.

The next step is to Add Keywords. Our keyword limits can range from a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 100. Tap on the green Add Keywords button to begin.

You’ll be presented with a list of suggested keywords based on your image title and the contents of your image. To select an applicable keyword, tap on the keyword and you’ll see it added to the gray bar at the top of the page.

You can also search for keywords by typing in a word in the gray bar. Results will display below. Tap on the applicable keywords to add it to your photo.

After you have completed your keywording, click Done and you’ll return to your image. You’ll see the full list of keywords added to your image.

*For non-English contributors, you can still take advantage of our suggested keywords because it recommends keywords based off the image. To further improve the suggestions, please use our title translator tool.

Tap on the [EN] button to the right of your title. The app will translate your title into English and suggest keywords in your language based off the English translation.

If you need to add releases, tap on Add Releases to begin. From here, you’ll click on the green + symbol.

Name the release and select enter. It’s best practice to name the release with something identifiable so you can reuse the same release later if needed.

Choose the release type, property, or model. Model releases require the model’s date of birth (DOB).

Choose the date of birth if it's a model release and tap Confirm.

Choose a location where the release is stored, either Camera Roll or Documents. You can import a release from the file system on Android devices, or from a cloud service like Dropbox or iCloud on iOS. Contributor by Getty Images will accept a photo of an executed paper release or a PDF.

Once the release is successfully uploaded, you can attach additional releases by tapping the green + symbol. When you have uploaded all of your releases, tap Done and the app will go to the next photo in your submission.

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. To learn more about keywording review our FAQs and review our Keywording Guide.

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

You’ll now see your submissions in a list showing Status: Submitted. Click on the My Photos tab to see the status of your submission.

Uploading to briefs

If you want to submit content for a brief, go to the Briefs tab and tap a brief to open it.

For each brief, you’ll see the title, example images, a description of the brief, and the submission deadline.

After you’ve opened a brief, read the requirements and review the example images. Some briefs will display Editor’s Favorites, which highlights images liked by our creative teams.

Depending on the brief, you’ll see an Add Photos button or the option that allows you to choose if you’re interested in submitting to a brief. Once you choose “Interested”, the Add Photos button appears.

Begin your submission directly from the brief by selecting, Add Photos. Briefs you mark as “Interested” also appear in a separate tab on the main screen allowing you to access the briefs quickly and easily.

Starting a submission from other apps

If you store images on Dropbox, Google Drive, or somewhere other than on your phone’s camera roll, or if you use other apps for editing, you can begin a Submission by sharing images to the Contributor by Getty Images app.

To share images to the Contributor by Getty Images app from another app follow these steps:
  • Choose the images for your submission and tap “Share” on any app that supports sharing.

  • Tap the Contributor by Getty Images icon (if you don’t see it, choose “More”, locate ‘Contributor’ and tap the toggle to enable).

  • Once you’ve shared, the submission will be waiting for you in the Contributor by Getty Images app. You can then add your keywords and submit when you’re ready.

  • Andriod

    Reviewing your submissions

    You can review all previous submissions in the My Photos tab.

    In previous submissions, you’ll see the number of images you’ve uploaded and submitted. You can also see your submission status, which can be either accepted, revision requested, or rejected.

    Each submission is color-coded by their status:

  • Blue - Submitted. The submission batch has been submitted, and not yet reviewed.

  • Green – Reviewed. The submission has been reviewed. Click on the submission to see details.

  • Yellow – Needs edits. You have not yet submitted this batch or additional metadata needs to be added.

  • Pink – Revisions. This submission needs to be revised and resubmitted.

  • Tap your submission to see the details of the submission, including revision requirements and any reasons for rejected photos, and to respond to any revisions.

    Batch editing

    From the My Photos tab, you can open any submissions that require edits or revisions. For submissions with multiple files, you can also do a batch edit.

    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.


    Tap on Portfolio in the My Photos tab to access your portfolio. Your portfolio shows all accepted photos associated with your credit line. Keep in mind, if you have multiple credit lines you will need to sign in to your different accounts to see all your portfolios.

    Share your portfolio: Tap on the share icon

    Keyword search: Tap on the search icon to find photos in your portfolio through a keyword search.


    *This option is only available to iStock contributors

    Tap on Stats for insights on how your content is performing. You’ll see sales and views for each of your files.

    Views: total number of unique views on the Asset Detail Page for a file
    Sales: total number of licenses or downloads for a file

    Tap on the calendar to adjust the time frame in which you want to view your stats.

    Need help

    Please review our FAQs and Contact us if you still have any questions.

    For technical issues related to the Contributor by Getty Images app, create a support ticket then choose the following options: I have a technical problem > with the app.
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