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Where is the Best Place to Buy Stock, Royalty-Free, or Rights-Controlled Images?

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Readers choose istockphoto.com as the best place to buy stock images.

Readers choose istockphoto.com as the best place to buy stock images.

About.com; screenshot of istockphoto.com taken 3/14/2011
Question: Where is the Best Place to Buy Stock, Royalty-Free, or Rights-Controlled Images?
Readers chose iStockphoto in the 2011 About.com Readers' Choice Awards.
Answer: Quality, quantity, and cost are big factors when choosing to purchase stock photos and illustrations. You want good images, plenty to choose from, and reasonable and flexible pricing. The sites chosen by our readers who purchase stock images offer all this. Explore each site to find out the specifics on what's available, purchase options, and general ease-of-use.

About.com Readers' Choice Winners and Finalists

  • iStockphoto (2011 Winner)
    User-generated images (photo, illustration, video, audio, Flash). Purchase credits to use toward buying images in xsmall to xlarge sizes. They have pay-as-you-go and subscription plans.

  • Corbis Images
    Royalty-free and rights managed creative and editorial images (photos, vector illustration).
  • Getty Images (2010 Winner)
    Royalty-free and rights managed images. Flickr collection.
  • Shutterstock Images
    Royalty-free stock photos, vector images. Monthly and yearly subscriptions with differing download quantity options.

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