Payout Overview


We give our contributors the flexibility to set pricing for their content, and to earn an industry-leading commission on all sales. Our payout percentages are as follows:

Video: Exclusive video contributors receive 60% revenue share. Non-exclusive video contributors receive 40% revenue share. Learn more about our Video Exclusivity Program here.

Music & Sound Effects: Revenue share for these media types is 35%. We also offer Pond5 Publishing, an optional free music publishing service that collects performance royalties on your behalf.

All other media types: Contributors who license photographs, illustrations, 3D models, After Effects, and other templates receive 50% revenue share.

Payout Date

We send out payments on the 15th of each month. You must reach a minimum balance of $25 before the 15th to receive a payout.

Payout Methods

You have the option of receiving your payments safely, via electronic transfer. Set your Payout Preferences by choosing the option that works best for you.

To successfully receive payment, please ensure that you have already registered with one of the following payment services.

  • PayPal – A web-based service that allows you to send and receive monetary payments securely and instantly over the internet. 
  • Skrill – Make simple, secure, and quick online global payments for international money transfers.

Note: Due to fees charged by Skrill, 4% of your payment will be deducted at each payout if this option is selected.

  • Payoneer – Whether you are a business owner, professional or freelancer, Payoneer offers multiple ways to get paid by your international clients and global marketplaces – quickly, securely and at low cost.

To ensure you receive your payouts in a timely manner, please make sure that your payout preferences are always current and up to date.

Foreign Currency

Contributor prices set by you are always denominated in USD.  To the extent items are licensed to customers in a currency other than USD, your Contributor payment will still be based on your revenue share of the USD price set.

Tax Forms

To remain compliant with U.S. tax reporting requirements, we require all U.S. based individuals, corporations, and entities earning $600 or more in any calendar year to submit a Form W-9.  Failure to provide a W-9 may delay your future payouts.

Please keep in mind, we do not provide tax or legal advice. We do our best to make this process as seamless as possible.

Keep Your Taxes Organized with a Few Simple Steps:

  •      Make sure your account information is up to date

Sign into your account > Hover cursor over account avatar > Click on Dashboard > Account > Account Info & Payout Preferences

Please confirm all information is correct, most importantly, your name, mailing address, email, and phone number.

  •       Downloading a W-9 Form

Click Here to download a blank W-9 Form directly from the IRS.

  •       Filling out Your W-9

You must first fill out and sign and submit the W-9 form. Form must be exported/scanned into a digital file format, preferably .pdf, but we also accept .jpg and .png.

Note: Attachments that exceed 2MB in size cannot be accepted

  •        Uploading Your W-9

Once you have filled-out, signed, and digitized (.pdf.jpg, or .png) your W-9 form, it is time to upload it on your Taxes page.

To navigate to your Taxes page, Sign into your account > Hover cursor over account avatar > Click on Dashboard >Account > Taxes

  •        Click on Choose a file to upload your filled W-9
  •        Find your W-9 and click Open
  •        Your W-9 will upload
  •        Uploaded W-9 will save under YOUR CURRENT W-9 TAX FORM

If you have any further questions outside of this document, please contact your legal and/or tax advisor for further assistance.


Pond5 may extend discounts on content in our marketplace as part of targeted promotional campaigns or as volume discounts to high value customers. The purpose of these discounts is to increase the total revenue opportunity with existing customers and to attract new customers to the Pond5 community.

In accordance with our mission to be the most artist friendly media-marketplace in the world, we pledge to be judicious in offering any such discounts and, as always, Pond5 will honor our industry-leading share in the cost of offering any discounts that we may extend. Our interests and those of our Contributors must always be aligned, and we will never waver from our commitment to do right by our contributors first and always.

Extended Licenses

How do I participate in Pond5’s new licensing program?

No action is required on your part. The new licenses will automatically be available for all of your commercial video, images, illustrations, and Music, SFX, AE, and 3D files marked Select.

How do the Extended licenses make me more money?

Our new licenses offer you an entirely new stream of income previously unavailable on Pond5.  By providing more indemnification and extra seats on all of your assets, we can attract larger, more frequent customers, giving you the opportunity to earn even more with every purchase. Along with these new offerings, our growing sales team can better serve these customers, and is completely dedicated to bringing you the business you deserve.

How can I calculate what I’m being paid?

Your revenue share is factored out of the Net Revenue for each sale. Net Revenue is the item sale price (which you set), plus the Extended License charge, minus a legal guarantee fee to cover our insurance costs for providing higher levels of indemnification, along with any discounts that may have been applied.

Where can I see how much I get paid?

You’ll be able to view license purchases in the same area as the rest of your sales. Once you’re logged in, access your payment history via the My Financials tab from your Dashboard.

How will I get paid?

You’ll still be paid the same way as you are currently — nothing has changed here. Payments are made collectively on the 15th of every month, via the payment system you’ve chosen as your preferred method. (Our $25 minimum payment still applies.)

You can review your payout preferences here.

How does our Extended License compare to competitors?

Pond5 offers:

  • Some of the highest levels of indemnification in the industry
  • Unlimited seats for a competitive price, which opens the door to bigger companies that require more collaboration
  • Above industry-average net license revenue share
  • One of the few marketplaces that gives you the ability to set your own prices