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Shutterstock goes multilingual in search of new contributing photographers

Online photo library Shutterstock is kicking off the new year with a worldwide recruitment drive for new contributing photographers. The microstock site already has 550,000 contributors which have been accepted onto the company's books during its 15 year's in business.

The new push has a distinctly international feel – as Shutterstock's website and app will now be available in 21 different languages. The app had previously only been available in English – and the website could only offer 14 different language options.

The full list of languages now offered are: Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish (Latin American), Swedish, Thai, and Turkish.

The move also helps Shutterstock better support its existing photographers – Russia and Thailand, are two of the primary countries where the company has contributors.

Those wishing to apply to be a contributor can get full information at the Shutterstock contributor portal. The Shutterstock Contributor app is also available for iOS and Android devices.

Shutterstock currently has more than 225 million images and over 12 million video clips available to its customers. Since 2003, Shutterstock has paid out over $500 million to its photographers.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 


His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 8 Plus RED.