Flickr Backpedals, Gives All Pro Users the Chance to Renew and Keep Their Benefits


Flickr’s recent transition to a “spectacular” new design and account structure has been anything but “spectacular” thus far. While some photographers have come out in support of the new design, reaction from the photographic community seems to be more negative than positive.

The new design was accused of being tailored towards the Facebook/Instagram/Twitter crowd and not photographers, Marissa Mayer made the statement that because of the prevalence of cameras there’s not such thing as a professional photographer anymore, and it looked like certain Flickr Pro users would be “screwed” out of their Pro accounts … We’re guessing it’s been a rough few days at the Yahoo! offices.


Fortunately, it looks like Flickr is backtracking on at least one of those counts. No, the Yahoo! CEO hasn’t come out and apologized to the professional photographer community (yet) [Update: Mayer has apologized through her Twitter account for her “misstatement”]; the Flickr Pro stipulations have changed to allow all current Flickr Pro users the chance to renew and keep their Pro benefits as long as they would like.

According to Flickr’s new FAQ page, eligible Pro users have three options: recurring users can continue renewing at the current price, non-recurring users can transition to a recurring Pro membership, and both recurring and non-recurring members have the chance to transition to the company’s new Free account and receive a prorated refund for the months they have left on their membership:


Don’t let that “eligible” word scare you either. It’s no longer the case that you need to have had a recurring membership in January of 2013; as long as you were a Pro member at midnight GMT on May 20, 2013, you’re considered eligible to transition to a recurring membership and keep all your benefits.

It’s a small consolation to the photographers who aren’t thrilled with the new layout changes, but those who had no issues with the redesign and simply wanted the chance to keep their unlimited storage and $25.00 per year bill (e.g. Thomas Hawk) can breathe a sigh of relief.

To find out more about the new system and decide on the best option for you, check out Flickr’s FAQ page for more info, or head over to your account order page to renew or get your refund before your Pro account expires.

(via Engadget)

  • John V. Keogh

    That’s right, there is a link to a large map, but the mini-map next to the photo is gone, as per my other comment.

  • blabbermoth

    Commenting about feature sets when you’re a paying customer does not make you a ‘bully’. Saying that you are unhappy that a product you purchased has changed does not make one a ‘bully’. You cheapen the word ‘bully’ when you throw it around willy-nilly. There are real bullies out there in the world. Don’t diminish the word ‘bully’ by applying it to unhappy customers voicing their valid and well-formed opinions.

    Many of us are passionate about this because we’ve spent countless hours working on our Flickr pages for professional or personal reasons – and the product changed overnight without notice. I’m not just talking about design changes – but also ethical changes like using member photographs to sell ads without permission (even if you pay to not see the ads, they will be there when visitors see your work).

  • Seneb

    The search function is now terribly inconvenient to use and resets the advanced settings each time you change the parameters. The old search was much more useful as it kept the selected options in plain view and did not reset them. That’s just one of the complaints I have with the new format…

  • Nikki Comma

    I’m not opposed to ads when you’re a smaller site trying to pull in an income, but Flickr just seems so beyond that. They have paid memberships that should more than compensate (especially at the new rates), and they are a subsidiary of Yahoo. 500px doesn’t have ads, sure it has some limits, but it remains wildly popular. I mean, I get they added a terabyte of space for free users but as someone else mentioned, even paid members’ photos will be shown to free members with ads on them. Flickr stands to make a lot of money off other people’s work. Whether the Yahoo CEO’s quote was taken out of context or not, any photographer, especially one paying for use of the site, should take offense to that. Groups are hidden ‘beneath the fold’ as someone mentioned, and I don’t know about anyone else, but today I have gotten the ‘bad panda’ message 100x (including when I have tried to add a photo to Groups). I also find it strange that you have to pay for stats now. I’m a “pro” member for 2 more years anyway, but Google Analytics gives you amazing stats for free, whereas Flickr’s have always seemed a bit lacklustre to me and now free members won’t have access. Silly.

  • Antonio Carrasco

    Yes, for now CS5 works fine, but in a few years if you upgrade your OS or hardware, you will run into compatibility issues with older software.

  • ckoerner

    Haven’t ads always been on Flickr? At least for anonymous and non-Pro users?

  • ClintJCL

    I wouldn’t know. I use Adblock. I’ve not seen these “ads” you speak of

  • ClintJCL

    5 minutes? It takes 15 seconds to go from typing ‘adblock’ in your chrome URL bar, to having it installed.

  • Eric

    Forgetting for a second about eligibility, grandfathering, pricing, etc., can someone explain to me what FEATURES Pro users will have that regular users will not once the whole thing becomes free? Maybe I’m a little slow but for the life of me I can’t find a single reason to keep my Pro account other than (some say) a regular account will contain ads.