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IS 500PX THE BEST PLACE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS?
From its launch in 2009, 500px has been synonymous with quality, attracting strong participation from professional photographers and serious hobbyists around the world. The amazing work these photographers have shared on 500px has, in turn, attracted photography fans and beginners who see us as the best place to discover inspiring work and learn from great mentors.
Today, 500px boasts 7 million registered members who have uploaded over 65 million photos to the platform through our desktop and mobile apps.
WHAT DO THEY OFFER THAT NO ONE ELSE DOES?
It was created by photographers for photographers as a place where photographers and photo lovers could share their best work. It has since evolved into one of the largest photo communities on the planet.
From the beginning, their goal has been to enable and reward visual creativity. They do this by giving the community the tools and resources they need to further their passion, and by helping to curate and surface great content. For example, their monthly Editors’ Choice section is curated by selected members of the community, Debuts features photographers brand new to 500px, and Galleries is a new social application that allows anyone in the community to become a photo editor by creating and sharing public Galleries on our site or other social media channels, including Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.
On top of these engaging curation and discovery features, 500px has also built a marketplace, making it easier for photographers of all levels to begin licensing their photography and turn their passion into a source of income.
ANY SUCCESS STORIES THANKS TO 500PX?
One of the most incredible success stories to come out of the 500px community is the story of Elena Shumilova.
A former architect and mother of three, her family moved to the Russian countryside several years ago. In need of a creative outlet, she began photographing her kids, capturing their innocence and the joy with which they interacted with pets, farm animals, wildlife, and the beautiful landscape.
When she began sharing her images—touching, timeless photos of unspoiled childhood—on 500px, her account exploded. Almost overnight she earned tens of thousands of followers and millions of views on her photos, catapulting her from relative obscurity to Internet fame, and beyond. (500px.com/elenashumilova)
DO THEY RUN ANY CONTESTS?
500px runs two-week-long Photo Quests throughout the year, which allow photographers from around the world to stretch their skills and show off their creativity by submitting work that fits the Quest theme. Winners are recognized on our ISO blog and awarded prizes ranging from their image being licensed for a photography book to new camera bags and other cool gear.
THEY EVEN HAVE EXPEDITIONS!
The annual 500px Global Photowalk brings our global community together in person for a day of fun and photography. Every year, tens of thousands of photographers come out to participate in hundreds of countries across the world, uploading the photos they take and giving us a glimpse into what their slice of the world looks like.
In 2015, over 30,000 people signed up to attend walks led by our photographers across 210 cities in 119 countries on all seven continents. In conjunction with their sponsors, they award prizes for the best work, including staff picks for Most Relevant, Most Creative Mobile Photo, Best Group Photo, and Popular Vote. They’re already planning the next 500px Global Photo Walk for September 2016!
We, at NOTINDOOR, want to take Lisa for taking the time and answering our questions. We hope you like what you read and see and that your new journey with 500px will be as productive and exciting as it should.
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