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The Great Stock Photography Hunt: Part 2

Another photo discovered on Telegraph Travel. Whoop!


Not exactly illustrative of Hong Kong being the world’s #1 tourist destination. But I’ll take the kudos.

First I find one of my photos on the BBC homepage and now this – hidden away on the last slide of a bit of filler in the Telegraph’s travel section. Giddy heights indeed!

I know this isn’t exactly front page of National Geographic stuff, but as I noted in The Great Stock Photography Hunt: Part 1, since most stock photos simply disappear into the ether once they are licensed, the photographer rarely gets to see what becomes of their precious intellectual property or to what use it is put. You may be told in a very general sense the intended use, media, territory and duration of that usage. One of my photos on Alamy, for instance, was licensed this week for editorial use in an Italian magazine for a one week run of up to 100,000 copies. But as for specifics, you are generally left guessing.

Hence why randomly stumbling across one of your images whilst pottering about the internet one morning is generally pretty close to highlight-of-the-day stuff. Whether it’s a good image or not, or indeed the repute of the publication, is largely beside the point. It’s the unexpectedness of the encounter that makes your day, or what I like to call the “That’s my photo!” moment.

The article this time was entitled The World’s Most Visited Cities, and of the ten cities listed, Hong Kong, apparently, is number one. I know the photo doesn’t exactly scream Hong Kong at you, but I think the guessing of the destinations, rather than iconic city shots, was the main reasoning behind the choice of photo. If you’re interested, a much more relevant article is the one in which I used the photo originally, namely, my Hong Kong Street Food Stalls post.

Judging by the fact that I made it to the last slide on the list, my discovery was either testament to my dedication to keeping myself abreast of global tourism trends, or a sad indictment of my lack of concentration when freshly updated national newspaper homepages are only a mouse click away. Either way, I’m pretty sure it reflects poorly on me as a person.

To start selling your own photos online, I recommend signing up at Shutterstock, Dreamstime and Depositphotos for starters. You can upload the same images to each site, and once they’re accepted, your first sales should not be long in coming.

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