Pond5 Review: Top 10 Best Stock Photos Review

Pond5 Overview

Some stock photo sites start off with a library of copyright free images and add videos to the mix later - but Pond5 did things very much the other way round and today, offers so much more than simply stock images. This makes it a fine site to turn to if your creative or business operations call for a wide range of media.

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  • Option to buy images individually or save money with credit packs
  • Target audience - a good site for website owners, designers or editorial staff who require not just royalty free photos, but also a wide range of other media
  • Media formats - stock photos, video clips, illustrations, vectors, Photoshop PSD, music tracks, sound effects and  after effects
  • Standout user value - incredibly broad range of high quality media, with no subscriptions to be locked into
  • Smaller media library in terms of sheer numbers than rivals, but for accessing almost every type of stock file that one could require, there are few superior stock image sites

Based in New York, Pond5 was established in 2006 and initially existed to give video producers a means of licensing content to third parties. Only in 2011 did it even begin to add stock photos, of which it now offers almost 15 million, together with so many other media files.

Plans & pricing

Images can be purchased individually, but for no consistent cost - it is the image contributors who set the price, with Pond5 paying 50/50 revenue and imposing no maximum price. However, as a buyer, you can save a little time and money by opting for one of the site's credit packages.

Credit packages

  • $250 + $10 free bonus
  • $1,000 + $50 free bonus
  • $5,000 + $500 free bonus

Top 3 pros & cons

✔ Very broad range of media, including stock images, videos, illustrations, music and more

✔ Easy-to-understand stock image pricing and credit packs

✔ Comprehensive online Help Center


Unpredictable pricing from the buyer's perspective

Has only began offering stock images relatively recently - not a 'ground-up' stock photography site  

Library of about 23 million files doesn't compare to industry leaders

Customer support

  • Phone, email, mail, FAQs
  • Educational resources include a Community Forum and Knowledge Base


Pond5 may not be a 'ground-up' stock photography site, but that barely matters, such is the depth of its library. In terms of sheer numbers of royalty free images, there are better sites out there, but it's nonetheless a great all-round portal. Sign up now to see what we mean.

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