Photographer Guide to upload images
The following is a basic guide .
- File Type - JPEG files only (RAW files may be requested from time to time by the client)
- File Size - Minimum 4Megapixel
- Bit Depth - 8 Bit (For film, scan to highest bit depth and convert to 8 bit before sending)
- Channels/Layers - Not acceptable
- Orientation - Please ensure that your images are the right way up when they are viewed on a monitor screen. Images that are not aligned properly will be rejected.
- Dirt/Dust/Hairs - Images must be spotless and will not be accepted if they aren't.
- Interpolation/Upsizing - Not Accepted
- Sharpening - Not Acceptable - The buyers like the option of sharpening images themselves.
- Image Mode - RGB
- Digital noise - Make sure your images are noise free
These are just general guidelines, please send us an email and ask for guidance if you are submitting stock images for the first time, to make sure your photos are accepable under our criteria.
Photographers Usage Agreement
By using this site and/or uploading/downloading any material, you agree to be bound by this Agreement. This agreement applies to you and, if you are using this web site on your client's behalf, to you and all your clients. We reserve the right to change this agreement at any time without further notice. By using this site or downloading, uploading or using any images listed under the Africaphotobank.com domain you agree to be bound by this Agreement. Should you disagree with anything stated here please discontinue your use of the site and erase all data you have downloaded. Where Africaphotobank has provided you with a translation of the English language version of the page or site's functionalities, then you agree that the translation is provided for your convenience only and that the English language versions of the Terms will govern your relationship with Africaphotobank.
Use of this site
This site is owned and operated by Africaphotobank. All images and related informational materials in any medium provided by Africaphotobank hereunder, including related text, captions, or information (collectively referred to as Images) are owned by Africaphotobank and by our image providers (photographers), members of our community. All Images are protected by international copyright laws.
Africaphotobank may restrict or remove your access to this site at any time, or restrict or remove the use of any Image for any reason, and may replace the Image with another Image.
Despite our best efforts to provide accurate information, this site may contain technical or other mistakes, inaccuracies or typographical errors. You the Photographer are solely responsible for determining whether your Images requires the consent of any third party or the license of any additional rights, and you should not rely solely on the information provided by Africaphotobank or its members. If you are unsure whether additional third-party rights are needed for your use, you are responsible for consulting with competent rights management professionals or legal counsellors.
Africaphotobank makes reasonable efforts to comply with and solve all issues regarding potential copyrights and trademarks available on the international market. While the responsibility for the images uploaded is entirely on the photographer's side, he/she being the one who holds all copyrights over the content submitted, we do our best to identify and solve any copyright or trademark infringements.
If you have found a file that represents such an infringement please notify us, in order that we may take the appropriate measures.
Acknowledgements, Representations, and Warranties
By using the Website or any other of Our services, You thereby affirmatively acknowledge, represent, and warrant the truth and accuracy of each of the following statements:
1. Africaphotobank provides access to an online service comprising information and materials created and posted by You the Photographer and other users.
2. Images on the Website that are available for license are stored on Africaphotobank server at the direction of Africaphotobank’s users.
3. Any modification of Images uploaded by Africaphotobank’s users, such as the addition of a Africaphotobank watermark, is performed by an automated process. Accordingly, as the Contributor is aware that such modifications shall take place automatically upon upload, 4. A review of uploaded Images is performed by Africaphotobank before making such Images available to the public is cursory and only intended to identify immediately obvious violations of these Terms.
5. Africaphotobank correctly presumes that the Contributor uploading an Image is the sole holder of all exclusive rights to that Image, except where the Image alone bears some obvious indication to the contrary, such as a visible proprietary marking identifying a Person other than the Contributor as the exclusive rights holder.
6. Where an Image has no obvious proprietary marking that indicates an exclusive owner, Africaphotobank cannot be deemed to have actual knowledge that the Image infringes upon any third party’s rights.
7. Contributors are the only parties receiving a direct financial benefit from their creation and uploading of Images for licensing by Africaphotobank’s users.
Africaphotobank’s only direct financial benefit comes from operating its Website, which allows Contributors to market their Images to potential license buyers.
8. Africaphotobankhas no right or ability to control the activities of Contributors who create and upload images to the Website. In the event that a Contributor infringes upon a third party’s rights by creating or uploading an image, that Contributor is the sole responsible party for such infringement, and Africaphotobank has no control over such activity.
Registering For a Africaphotobank Account
To obtain access and upload any images, you have to apply for a Africaphotobank Contributor/Photographer account and you agree to provide complete, true and accurate information. Africaphotobank reserves sole discretion over whether to grant you an account.
You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your account number and/or password, if applicable, and you shall not distribute this access information or allow others to use this access information to gain access to this site. You agree that you shall not acquire any rights of use, ownership, or bailment as a result of using any Africaphotobank account or web site or related services.
None of our images may be resold or redistributed by any means, or made available for redistribution or resale by a third party without Africaphotobank separate written consent.
Royalty-Free License - Concept Info
What Royalty-Free means is that you pay for the image only once and then you can use it as many times as you like, with just a few restrictions. In other words, there are no license fees except the initial fee and no other royalties to be paid except those included in the initial cost.
The editorial section provides news worthy images reflecting events from social, cultural and political scenes. Images downloaded under the Editorial section of our site, as well as images downloaded with our Royalty Free license can be used within editorial context as long as the current terms are met. Sensitive usage restrictions also apply.
The high-resolution images that you upload with the editorial license may be used to illustrate truthful articles or broadcasts appearing in magazines, newspapers or any other editorial context, in either printed or electronic media. Special ethical considerations apply to editorial usage. When the Photographer is submitting editorial images, is solely responsible for any claims related to or arising from any visual adjustments of the images. Standard manipulation such as cropping the image or regular brightness/contrast corrections are allowed only if doing this will not affect the visual message of the image. We reserve the right to refuse any image submission that we consider as not marketable.
Without limitation, Images uploaded on Africaphotobank server may not be used as a trademark or service mark (unless the appropriate extended license is being used), for any pornographic or unlawful purpose, to defame a person, to violate a person's right to privacy or publicity, to infringe upon any copyright, trade name, trademark, or service mark of any person/entity. Unauthorized use of these Images constitutes copyright infringement and shall entitle Africaphotobank to exercise all rights and remedies under applicable copyright law, including an injunction preventing further use and monetary damages against all users and beneficiaries of the use of such Images. The foregoing is not a limiting statement of Africaphotobank 's rights or remedies in connection with any unauthorized use.
Each photographer that contributes to our site and community is entirely responsible for the materials he/she uploads. By uploading files you agree to hold all copyrights for the image and to have previously obtained a model release from each person included in your picture. This includes children, deceased persons, natives of another language; cases in which a parent, a guardian or another authorized person should read, agree and sign the model release.
Africaphotobank will not be held responsible for any of the materials you upload to the site.
Model and Property Releases/Clearances
The rights Africaphotobank grants you do not include a license to any person, place, property, or subject matter depicted in an Image, which may be subject to copyrights, trademarks, rights of publicity, moral rights, property rights or other rights belonging to third parties. If you are unsure whether additional rights are needed for your use, you are responsible for obtaining competent legal counsel.
Photographer must have a model release document confirming that the persons included in their Image have signed a written agreement. With this document, the photographers certify that the information contained within is complete and accurate.
You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless Africaphotobank against all claims, liability, damages, costs and expenses, including reasonable legal fees and expenses, arising out of or related to a breach of this Agreement, the use of this site and the use of any Image either alone or in combination with any other material, your failure to abide by any restriction regarding the use of an Image, or any claim by a third party related to the use of an Image, alone or in combination with any other material.
AFRICAPHOTOBANK PROVIDES YOU WITH ITS SITE AND IMAGES ON AN AS IS BASIS. WE OFFER NO WARRANTY, EXPLICIT OR IMPLIED, REGARDING ANY IMAGES, THE SITE, THE ACCURACY OF ANY INFORMATION, OR ANY RIGHTS OR LICENSES UNDER THIS AGREEMENT INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-FRINGEMENT, OR THAT THE SITE OR ANY SERVICES WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED OR ERROR-FREE.
EXCEPT FOR ANY LIABILITY WHICH CANNOT BY LAW BE EXCLUDED OR LIMITED, NEITHER AFRICAPHOTOBANK NOR ANY AFFILIATES OR MEMBERS SHALL BE LIABLE TO YOU OR ANY OTHER THIRD PARTY CLAIMING THROUGH IT FOR DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF, OR RELATING TO THE USE OF THE IMAGES, WHETHER FRAMED AS A BREACH OF WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR NONINFRINGEMENT, UPON ANY LEGAL THEORY, IN TORT, CONTRACT, FAILURE OF ESSENTIAL PURPOSE, OR OTHERWISE. IN NO EVENT SHALL AFRICAPHOTOBANK'S OR ITS AFFILIATES' LIABILITY FOR YOUR USE OF ANY IMAGE PROVIDED HEREUNDER EXCEED THE GREATER OF THE AMOUNT INVOICED AND PAID BY YOU FOR THE USE OF THAT IMAGE.
The Photographer acknowledges that Africaphotobank prohibits any Image or any other material that infringes on any patent, trademark, copyright, right to privacy, right to publicity, or any other applicable law or proprietary right to be uploaded to its web site located at Africaphotobank.com.
By uploading his/her Image, the Photographer is warranting that he/she owns all proprietary rights, including copyright, in and to the Image. The Photographer acknowledges that he/she will provide accurate information at submission date and during the time interval that the file is hosted on Africaphotobank 's server. Africaphotobank reserves the right to verify the information and to take the appropriate measures in case of spam or inaccurate info.
The Photographer hereby grants Africaphotobank a non-exclusive license to post the Image on its web site and to deliver it to its audience, affiliates or other representatives, through different media channels.
The Parties agree that all rights, including title and copyright, in and to the uploaded Images, shall be retained by the Photographer, unless otherwise mentioned by the license agreement. The Photographer acknowledges that no monetary or financial compensation is owing or required to be paid to the Photographer by Africaphotobank or any of its directors, officers, employees partners, agents or members for the rights granted herein by the Photographer.
Currently, each photographer may request to be paid for his/her balance on Africaphotobank.com and Africaphotobank is obligated to pay via check or similar means, once the balance has reached $50 and the photographer has submitted a payment request via website.
Africaphotobank is entitled to carefully analyze all details and logs of the photographer and his/her downloads/sales on the website. If any suspicion exists, Africaphotobank.com has the right to delay the payment request until all details are cleared or to refuse the payment.
The Photographer is entitled to disable file(s) from his portfolio by sending a support request. Once disabled the files are to be removed from all public pages of the site in maximum 24 hours. Africaphotobank is entitled to keep an offline copy of the files for several months, in order to allow previous buyers to verify the accuracy of the content or to allow the Photographer to reactivate the file(s). After this time interval expired, Africaphotobank.com shall erase all files.
The Photographer agrees that neither Africaphotobank.com nor any of its directors, officers, employees, partners or agents shall be liable for any damages, whether direct, indirect, consequential or incidental, arising out of the use of, or the inability to use, the Image. The Photographer further acknowledges that he/she is responsible for any challenges made by any third party regarding copyrights in the Image.
No Waiver / Severability
No action of Africaphotobank, other than an express written Waiver or Amendment, may be construed as a waiver or amendment of this Site Usage Agreement. Should any clause of this Agreement be found unenforceable, wherever possible this will not affect any other clause and each will remain in full force and effect.