Before setting up your personal portfolio on Tilpy, you have to register as a photographer. To make your profile public, you need to add the following to your profile:
Your portfolio pictures are meant to be only for your self promotion and aren’t available for to be sold.
Format: JPG (RGB)
Size: max. 5MB
Resolution: at least 1024px the longer dimension
There is no limit to the number of images you can upload, as long they meet the requirements.
Every portfolio image on Tilpy has been reviewed by our creative team. Once your image has been approved and your portfolio is live, it will be publicly visible.
Clients can filter professional photographers on Tilpy by their skills. To add a skill to your profile so you appear in the filtered results, upload at least 5 pictures of one skill (like sport photography). Once you have at least 5 approved pictures for a skill, it will be added to your profile.
To participate in a contest you first need to be registered as a photographer on Tilpy. Important: You don’t need to have a public portfolio to submit images to a contest!
Yes you can, as long the submitted images are not:
No you can’t. Submitted images with a watermark will be rejected. Tilpy adds a watermark to all uploaded images.
There is a limit of 5 submissions per contest.
Format: JPG (RGB)
Size: max. 50MB
Resolution: at least 2800 pixels on the smaller edge @ 300dpi
The client sees all approved images that are uploaded to the contest.
The client of the contest has access to the watermarked images available within the brief. He also may be want to see how your picture works with their idea in a layout. That’s why Tilpy is offering a low-res watermarked file (600 x 400px @96dpi) to approved clients after they agree to a 30-day ‘pre-comp’ image license agreement.
Yes, you can withdraw your submissions by logging into your account and opening the contest you submitted it to.
Clients shortlist pictures that are on the right path or because they may be interested in buying them. If your images is shortlisted, it’s the right moment for you to upload your hi-res file and to ensure you have model or property releases ready to show (if required).
If one of your images is shortlisted, you will be notified by email.
Our clients are not obliged to buy a picture from a contest. This might happen if they were not satisfied by any of the submissions. Tilpy verifies all clients and reviews posted contests to maximise the chance of a successful contest.
Tilpy promotes and shares your submissions when there is a realistic opportunity to sell your work. Tilpy can submit your submissions to new contest on your behalf. Important: Tilpy will NEVER license one of your Image without your explicit consent!
If one of your submissions wins a contest, you will be paid 70% of the amount specified within the brief.
Tilpy can pay you in the following currencies:
You can change your preferred currency within your Tilpy account settings.
Your payment will be processed within 40 days of Tilpy receiving the money from the buyer. Depending on your country, you’ll get paid by PayPal or Bankwire.
If your image is selected by a client, Tilpy generates a binding licensing contract between you and the buyer. See an example licensing agreement here
You need to either own the copyright for the image or have permission from the copyright owner(s) to license the image before you upload to the site.
Yes, but only in a good way. Every now and then, Tilpy may use an image that has been uploaded to the platform for marketing Tilpy. In such cases, we always credit your image with your full name and, whenever possible, link to your Tilpy portfolio. So it’s good marketing for you too!
If you participate on a brief and if your images contain identifiable people or trademarks, then you should have model or property releases for them, because most image buyers are looking to license them for commercial use.
We know that this is not always possible, so classify your image submissions under various releases. It is vital that you do not mark images Fully Released if you do not have all necessary releases in place, as you will be legally liable in the event of an infringement.
When you submit an image to a contest, you can select from following release options:
Select this option if you have a formal written release from all recognizable people or trademarks within an image. This release is granting you the right to license the image for all commercial purposes.
Release on request
Select this option if you have all contact details for identifiable people or trademarks available so that you can get a formal written release for the intended usage of the contest brief. Please be very sure, you can get the formal written release before submitting your image.
No release available
Select this option if you won’t be able to get formal written releases from identifiable people of trademarks in the submission and if you want to avoid any legal exposure.
No release required
Select this option if you are sure that nothing in your picture requires a formal written release.