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7 Things You Should Know About Stock Photography in Africa

7 Things You Should Know About Stock Photography in Africa

By  Ephraim Adiele
Stock photography is a concept of picture capturing licensing and selling which has been in existence fordecades but is still unknown in Nigeria ad most parts of Africa.With the diversification of the photography industry, it is pertinent to introduce the craft to the African market, especially with the introduction of a truly African Stock Photography platform,

Here are a few things you should know about Stock Photography:

1. Stock photography as the name implies is the storing up of licensed photographs for specific purposes, used to fulfil certain required creative and sometimes commercial needs.

2. One of the first major stock photography agencies was founded in 1920 by H. Armstrong Roberts, which continues today under the name RobertStock.

3. Although not a well-known craft in Nigeria and Africa in extension, the business of stock photography has been in existence for some time, with agencies like Getty Images in the forefront of pioneering and popularizing the art.

4. For many years, stock photography consisted largely of outtakes from commercial magazine assignments. By the 1980s, it had become a specialty in its own right, with photographers creating new material for the express purpose of submitting it to a stock house.

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5. The 1980s saw a surge of interest into stock photography by individual freelance amateur and hobbyist photographers spurred on by the publication of a book series (5 editions 1981-1999) “Sell & Re-Sell your Photos”, Writer’s Digest Books, – RohnEngh.

6. Stock photography eliminates the cost of always hiring professional photographers as a wide range of photographs covering almost all spheres of life and art including modelling, food, ceremonies, animals, emotions, gesticulations, still life photography and regular everyday people can be easily found on platforms offering stock photographs.

7. Reputable Stock Photography platforms employs the expertise of professional photographers and also have professional photographers registered with them. Either way, the photographers get more exposure and increase the database for general consumption.

With the aforementioned in mind, was set up as a truly African stock photography platform, selling Africa to Africans and the rest of the world.

With the introduction of, the sale and purchase of stock photographs has been brought  closer home to the Nigerian/African populace as has made the process less-cumbersome and as cheap as possible.

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Here’s how it works: has a wide range of categories with high-quality pictures.

Photographers or photo-inclined individual who own intellectual rights to a photo register with FREE OF CHARGE and you can U.S.E – U-pload, S-ell, E-arn.

Images on are all high definition pictures and are sold at a rate of $0.99. This is cheaper than most licensing rates obtainable on other platforms. also offers photographers can re-sell their pictures to as many customers as is possible.

Images on are watermarked so that the owner retains his rights over the photos, preventing photo theft at the same time.

So what are you waiting for? Log on to and start making money from your images. You can also search for Snaphubr on all social media platforms.

Ephraim Adiele is the Media Strategist at Snaphubr.

Adiele Ephraim O,
Associate Editor at The TrentOnline, Lagos Nigeria
 (Nigeria’s Online Newspaper)

Twitter: @TheTrentOnline