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FocalPop is Like a Stock Photo Competition

focalpopJust launched today, FocalPop is a new online marketplace that tries to harness the power of crowd-sourcing. The concept is very similar to thematic photo competitions such as Photo Friday or DPChallenge, where a keyword or theme is provided, and photographers submit suitable photographs to the competition.

The difference is that buyers looking for a particular kind of photograph are the ones submitting the keywords and themes, and are ultimately the ones that choose which photograph “wins”. The photographer behind the winning image releases the high-res version of the image to the buyer, and receives 70% of the price that the buyer placed on the competition.

Here’s a screenshot of a completed competition where the buyer paid $142 for a photograph of a “Happy Dog” (while we’re on the topic of happy dogs, check out this comic strip by Dinosaur Comics):

focalpopscreen

I think the idea is pretty interesting and executed well from what I’ve seen so far. The design of the service reminds me a little of threadless, with brightish colors and a distinctly Web 2.0 feel.

FocalPop (via photography review)


 
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  • adam

    What happens yo the rest of the images? Does the site get ownership of those too?

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Hmmmm… Good question. Poked around on their site a little bit and couldn't find the answer. Your best bet would be to ask them directly. Maybe send a message to their twitter account?

    http://www.twitter.com/focalpop

  • adam

    I emailed, they replied. “If your image is not selected, there is no licensing of the rights, so they remain all yours.”

    It had struck me that they could keep the rights and sell them through other stock organisations, potentially making a lot of money. Sounds like they're all good though. I think I might sign up…

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Cool. Thanks for letting all of us know!

  • http://twitter.com/bromanko bromanko

    Thanks for following up with our response Adam. You're absolutely correct. We aren't looking to do anything sneaky with your images. We'll add that question to our Photographer FAQ so that it's more apparent.

  • http://twitter.com/bromanko bromanko

    Thanks for following up with our response Adam. You're absolutely correct. We aren't looking to do anything sneaky with your images. We'll add that question to our Photographer FAQ so that it's more apparent.