Global Eye Images Stock Photography Agency
Global Eye offers commercial photo users fast direct access to quality digital photography from 400+ international freelancers. Global Eye is a co-operative of specialist photographers, with contributors based in over 50 countries, working in every imaginable field, covering an amazing array of subjects ... each with their own distinct photographic style.
Global Eye offers a range of powerful photo research tools for photo buyers in a hurry, as well as entertaining options for anyone just wanting to browse the complete digital image collection for ideas and inspiration. At Global Eye researchers and photographers deal direct ...creative-to-creative ... avoiding agency fees & commissions, and building productive business relationships.
If you'd like to know more, we've added some additional information below, or else you can get started immediately with one of the following links:
Global Eye Images exists to showcase the work of independent photographers, and help them connect with photo buyers who will respect their craft and value their work.
For Photo Buyers we offer fast direct access to diverse collection of quality images via a cutting-edge platform, backed by old-fashioned personal service.
For Photographers we offer a simple but powerful web-based marketing package, that increases their exposure and reach, but still guarantees total control.
In a time when Fast-Food style stock photography is the norm, we take a step back and encourage real-person connections and foster long-term business relationships between the people who create the images and those who publish them.
At Global Eye we understand our Photo Buyers (Clients) have a job to do, are usually in a hurry, facing deadlines and on a budget. So our services are designed to help you find what you need and then facilitate licensing in the shortest possible time.
We also appreciate our Clients are creative people with a genuine interest in photography. Many started out as photographers and most are happy to interact with the photographers here and develop long-term relationships with those people who create the images they use.
And experience tells us that most of our photo buyers are here because they're more interested in quality images, diverse content and personal service, than the fast-food style offerings of the mega libraries that now dominate our industry.
With all this in mind we've created a diverse co-operative of talented freelance photographers from every corner of the globe. We now have 400+ photographers working in all locations, shooting every subject imaginable, so photo buyers can find everything they need in one place.
At Global Eye, when you find the image you need, you deal directly with the photographer, creative-to-creative, avoiding traditional research fees and agency commissions.
We have a simple Price Calculator & License Request system built into the platform, or a no-obligation Quote Request option if you prefer.
We also offer hands-free Photo Research service, where we'll do the searching for you, and either email you low-res comps from the results, or load everything we find to a Lightbox so you can look through them at your leisure.
Our platform includes intuitive tools that let you save any images of interest while you work, download proofing comps and share them with your own Clients & colleagues. We pride ourselves in offering a complete photo research tool kit, built on cutting-edge technology, backed by old-fashioned personal service.
What you wont find here are cheap and free images,
open-ended licensing and subscription downloads.
At Global Eye we're in this for the long haul. We believe that photographers are entitled to fair & reasonable payment for the use of their images, and without that, they lose the incentive and the means to continue to create quality new photography.
We view the success of the discount super-stores and subscription libraries as temporary at best, and a phase that is doing untold damage to our industry. In any profit driven endeavour, continual downward pressure on prices must put a similar downward pressure on quality, content and diversity.
In simple terms, if photographers can't make a reasonable return for their effort & investment, they'll leave the stock industry and focus their attention elsewhere. And buyers will find it harder and harder to source the images they need.
The photo buyers who use our services generally understand that and are prepared to work with us to support and encourage those photographers on whose work they depend so heavily.
At GlobalEye we believe photographers have been on the losing end of a bad deal for far too long. For all the promise of the internet and digital revolution, the reality is that most photographers find themselves doing more of the work for considerably less money, with little control over their businesses or their images.
Where stock libraries used to partner with their photographers, these days they answer only to their shareholders. They lack the imagination to compete on anything other than price, and most have locked themselves into a short-sighted race to the bottom.
Fortunately there is another option, and GlobalEye is living proof that photographers don't have to give their work away for peanuts or surrender their rights just to survive.
We have been working this model since 1998, and even after all that time, we're bringing in new Photo Buyers faster than ever.
- These are Photo Buyers who value quality photography and rely on it for their own livelihoods.
- Buyers who realise they cannot have continued access to the images they need, if the photographers all walk away from stock.
- Buyers who have tried the cheap options and discovered the deficiencies.
- Buyers who are happy to pay fair and reasonable prices to access the images they need.
At GlobalEye we offer a complete Photography Business System that allows photographers to market their images over the internet to a world of buyers, and to grow their stock photography business in a sustainable and profitable way.
We operate as a co-op; photographers working together to reduce our costs, increase our exposure and take back control.
We call it the 100% Photography Business
You keep 100% control of your photos. You decide who uses your photography, what they pay for it and what they do with it.
You have 100% access to your buyers. In any other industry this is a given, but in stock it's taboo ... except with GlobalEye.
You keep 100% of your sales. At GlobalEye we take no commissions on your sales, ever!
We're always looking for talented new freelancers to join our ranks, so if this sounds like a better option, please take a moment to review our Photographers Information section. You'll find a full presentation, detailed contributors guidelines and answers to any questions you might have.
GlobalEye Images is a new interface for one of the first fully web-based stock libraries, OzImages.
OzImages first opened it's doors in 1998 with a business model that was totally opposed to the industry trends at the time. When most libraries were in a race to become high-tech big-business, we took an different approach based on working with our photographers as partners, and offering our photo-buyers old-fashioned personal service.
We took full advantage of all the internet had to offer and we actually beat most of the established stock libraries online, simply because they were so entrenched in their old business models that many struggled to adapt to the new technologies. Since then OzImages has continued to lead the way and in doing so has created a viable and sustainable alternative to mainstream stock photography as we know it today.
Plans change however, and almost as soon as we started, we saw the potential to attract many more photographers from all over the globe, and make our offerings that much more useful to photo buyers world-wide.
This was the time of the mass stock library buy-outs so it soon became a necessity rather than an option. Stock photography was going big business at a rate of knots, and the independent photographers were being shut out... so what we offered suddenly became a very necessary alternative.
Over the next ten years, we grew considerably, to a point where we were representing over 400 photographers from 50+ countries. With more than half our photographers based outside Australia, it was clearly time to create a new brand that better reflected our international membership and the eclectic nature of our combined image collection.
So we began plans for a new website & brand in 2009 and settled on the name GlobalEye Images. Work began on the website early 2010, and the website was opened to the public in pre-launch mode in October 2010.
Testing and debugging was completed December 2010 and the official launch was scheduled for January 2011.
So it's been quite a journey already but I believe we've barely scratched the surface of what's possible. Whole new online technologies are emerging every week and there's never been so much potential for innovation in the way we do business.
In just a few years, chances are Photo Buyers & Photographers will be interacting in ways that don't even exist yet!
In sort of environment, a dynamic, evolving user-driven system such as ours is certain to prosper and quite possibly emerge as a leader.
And in doing so, we might just help put our industry back on track ...
There is a lot wrong with our industry at present, but we're still totally optimistic. Whether you use our services or not, we hope you'll at least recognise the value of having viable alternatives to the big business model that's currently dominating the scene.
Whether you're a Photographer or a Photo Buyer, we encourage you to bookmark our website and make use of our services when the opportunity arises. Tell your friends & colleagues, maybe even post a link on your preferred Social Media account. Thanks!
Documentation & All The Legal Stuff
As a Business-2-Business service provider, we have a number of legal and ethical obligations, so you'll find links to the inevitable fine-print in the footer of this page. For those who have a tendency to skip over the long-winded legal stuff, we've also included a plain-English summary below.
Please Note: This is offered as a convenience and an overview... and you should take all reasonable care, read the official documents in full, and if in any doubt whatsoever, seek professional advice.
Website Terms & Conditions
We offer this website for your convenience, on the condition that you recognise that the photographs are the legal property of the photographer. They are not to be used without the explicit consent of the photographer. There are no free images.
We also offer a selection of non-Photographic content, in particular blog posts, articles, videos and ebooks. These are offered for your personal use only and my not be reproduced, sold or otherwise distributed without our express permission.
We offer a number of forums where visitors, Clients and Members can post content of their own. We do not accept any responsibility for that content. We do monitor these forums as best we can and we do reserve the right to remove any content without notice or consultation, but you read these forums at your own risk.
We offer a variety of downloads -- software, ebooks, videos etc -- that we believe to be safe and virus free, but it is your responsibility to scan anything you download, and ensure it is safe to use on your system.
We make no official endorsement of any product or service on this site. We may pass on personal recommendations from time to time but it is your responsibility to perform your own due diligence and evaluate the product or service for yourself.
We only require minimal personal information for you to register to use our services, as a Photo Buyer or as a Photographer. This is used to identify you as you move around the website, save your preferences and allow you to use various interactive functions. It also allows you to login at a later date and not have to start over.
There are other places where you'll be prompted for additional personal information that is required to complete specific business transactions between photographers, photo buyers and GlobalEye.
You can choose not to provide certain information, but you may not be able to take advantage of our complete package of services and features.
We do not share any of this information with any other organisation or individual. We store it securely and take your privacy very seriously.
We encourage you not to share the passwords & usernames associated with your account.
We do note provide services or sell products to children under the age of 18, we'll delete it immediately.
If you submit info to a publicly available profile page, you acknowledge that the info is going to be freely available to anyone visiting our website. The internet being what it is, you accept that said info may be mined, copied or syndicated to other websites by third-parties beyond our control.
Therefore, you should not publish any information you consider personal, private or otherwise sensitive.
Email & SPAM
Global Eye Images conducts a lot of it's business via email, so we make every effort to ensure our activities are not considered intrusive or abusive to those who make use of our services.
Emails Sent From Global Eye Images Admin
Global Eye keeps in touch with our registered users -- Clients, Members and Pending Members -- via newsletters. You may opt-out of those newsletter at any time.
We also reserve the right to contact any users with important updates & one-off announcements outside the newsletter structure. If you wish to opt-out of those, you should contact Admin to cancel your account.
Global Eye Images also uses autoresponders to share additional information. These are entirely optional and every message sent in this manner will always contain a simple unsubscribe option.
Clients may receive automatic responses to their actions on the Global Eye Images website. Certain actions might also initiate an appropriate Photographer/Member response. These are assumed to be pre-approved by the Client.
Member Photographers are required to make at least one valid email address available at all times. That address is never made publicly available on the Global Eye Images website, but is used for all member contacts.
While all care is taken, no responsibility can be accepted for misleading, fraudulent, abusive or offensive emails sent by third-parties via the Global Eye Images website. The onus is on the Member to substantiate the details and respond accordingly.
Global Eye Images' core service is to provide a platform for business-to-business contacts between a large number of photographers and an even larger number of photo buyers, so by definition we are going to generate a large volume of email.
So basically we're looking for common-sense and simple courtesy. We rely heavily on email and unnecessary spam complaints hurt everyone. So if you have any concerns at all, please check with us.
We're offering a platform for your work, with a variety of tools and features, that you can plug your photography into. Since it is viewed as a business opportunity, we are obliged to make the standard disclaimers and you are obliged to read the contributor agreement in full, so no shortcuts on this one sorry!