Everything You Need To Know About Pond5 + Shutterstock

Pond5 is now a Shutterstock company! We’re thrilled to become part of the Shutterstock family. Along with previous Shutterstock acquisitions – such as PremiumBeat, Turbosquid, and PicMonkey – we form an unrivaled creative platform with unprecedented reach.


Why is Pond5 being acquired by Shutterstock?

With more than 31 million licensable video clips – and 15,000 new videos uploaded every day – and a best-in-class search experience, Pond5 is uniquely positioned to meet the content needs of multimedia creators. Additionally, Shutterstock recognizes what an amazing community and brand we have built – thanks to our remarkable artists – and they want to support us in the next phase of our journey.


Is Pond5 being rebranded as Shutterstock or some other name?

The Pond5 brand stands for something special – a one-of-a-kind community of millions of buyers and sellers interacting, transacting, and creating together. There are no plans to change that – Pond5 will continue to operate as a standalone marketplace for the foreseeable future, under the same brand and team.


What if I’m already licensing my content through both sites? Will my accounts be merged?

Nope, your accounts will not be connected – your content will exist on both Pond5 and Shutterstock and you will continue to receive payouts from both companies as you currently do. In time, we’ll find ways to simplify the experience for you but nothing is imminent.


Should I continue uploading new content to Pond5?

Yes! Pond5 isn’t going anywhere – keep uploading content and referring traffic as you normally would! If you also contribute to Shutterstock, continue to upload new content to that marketplace as you would normally.


Has the Pond5 Contributor Agreement changed?



Has my Pond5 royalty rate changed?

Your Pond5 royalty rate remains unchanged. If you happen to license on Shutterstock as well, your royalty rate there also remains unchanged.


Will my content now appear on Shutterstock?

We expect to distribute some content through Shutterstock’s marketplace. If your Pond5 content is distributed through Shutterstock, you will still receive payment through Pond5 (the same way our other reseller partnerships function).


Do I need to take any action?

You don’t need to take any action whatsoever. Your experience on Pond5 remains the same, and we will continue to operate in the same way that we do now.


Do I now contact Shutterstock instead of Pond5 when I have questions or issues?

Nope, you should continue to contact Pond5. If you have any further questions, please reach out to Customer Support at support@pond5.com .