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Top 10 photography websites in the world to share photos in 2017

If you’re about to upload your first photographs online or searching for a new photography platform which would fit perfectly for your portfolio, stay tuned! Today we’ll go an extra mile for you and explore the newest and most popular photography websites in the world. We will make the criteria based on popularity, price, and the amount of storage…etc. So let’s get going, shall we?

1. Flickr

Flickr is one of the most popular and oldest photography websites in the world. When I started sharing my photos, I chose it not only because of its popularity but also because of its community aspects. Why? Well, once you upload your photograph, you can add this photo to a community group, such as conceptual photography, macro photography and so on. Flickr is different from other photo sharing websites due to their large community and the variety of skill levels within that community. Variety in skill levels within Flickr community allows you to upload photos without being judged. If you are interested in creating your profile in Flickr, you’ll just need a Yahoo account to proceed since Flickr is owned by Yahoo. Here are some stats for Flickr:

  • Price: The basic account is free. A Pro account is available for $25 per year
  • Estimated unique monthly visitors: 80,000,000
  • Storage: 1Tb for free, Unlimited for Pro
  • Max Image Size: 20MB
  • Accepted File Types: jpg, gif, png, tiff
A photo of an image uploaded to the photo sharing site Flickr.com
Explore sunrise by the lake. A photo uploaded to Flickr by Modifeye

2. PhotoBlog

PhotoBlog.com is a blogging platform smartly designed to help photographers not only share their photos but also create amazing stories. If your lack of technical knowledge is holding you back from starting a blog, this is the right place for you to be. PhotoBlog takes only a few minutes to set up and you don’t need to worry about coding, SEO, or templates.

The biggest issue with blogging is finding an audience. PhotoBlog attempt to solve this issue by creating a social network for photo bloggers. Unlike a standalone blog, your blog comes with an existing audience. Much like Instagram, you can like, follow, and comment on other blogs. It is definitely more fun to create stories from your photos than to just upload them somewhere!

  • Price: Free accounts allow 10 images per blog post. Pro package is $19 per year
  • Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 100,000
  • Storage: Unlimited
  • Max Image Size: Unlimited, displayed at 2048px wide
  • Accepted File Types JPEG, JPG, PNG, GIF
A screenshot of photoblog.com home page
PhotoBlog allows you to create a blog in a few minutes and start telling stories from your photos
A long exposure shot of a pier. A photo from a story hosted on PhotoBlog.com
A sample photo from a story hosted in PhotoBlog

3. Google Photos

Google Photos is a photo storage service provided by Google. That means your photos have the same security and simplicity enjoyed by other Google services.  Due to this simplicity, we recommend it for any generation, from youngsters to curious seniors. Google has an excellent image recognition engine behind Google Photos. As a result, they can determine what is on your photos and label it accordingly. This means you can instantly search for your photos by just describing what you need to find. For example, if you have tons of photos and don’t know where’s your bikini photo from the last vacation, Google Photos can help. This service is also great if you take a ton of your photos using your Android device and wants to automatically backup all your photos for free. With Google’s reputation, this is probably one of the safest photography websites in the world.

  • Price: Free account support unlimited storage at reduced resolution (15GB at full resolution). Pro plans start at $1.99/month
  • Estimated unique monthly visitors120,000,000
  • Storage: Unlimited for images up to 16 megapixels (you can automatically compress images). Pro plans start at 100GB.
  • Max image size: 20MB
  • Accepted File Types: jpg, gif, png, tiff, bmp, WebP, SVG
A screenshot of the photography website "Google Photos" showing user albums
Google photos allow you to create and share albums.

4. Pixpa

Pixpa enables photographers, artists, designers and creative pros to easily create and manage their portfolio website, sell online, manage clients and publish blogs. A drag-and-drop interface, 24X7 support, fast hosting and affordable, cost-effective pricing makes Pixpa an indispensable tool for anyone looking to showcase, share and sell online with ease and style.

Price: 15 Day Free Trial. Plans from $5/mo to $15/mo
Storage: Varies in different plans.
Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: Unknown
Max Image Size: 50mb.
Accepted File Types: jpg, gif, png.

5. SmugMug

SmugMug was first introduced around 2002. It is designed to meet the needs of professional photographers who want customizability, presentation, and e-commerce. It is a great place to create an online gallery space for your professional photography business. If you are a professional photographer who wants to display your photos stylishly or wants a gallery site to sell your photos, SmugMug is worth a shot. Unlike competitor Zenfolio, SmugMug allows you to completely change the starting template. This is great if you are looking for a totally customized look for your gallery site.

If you upload photos at their full resolution to any site, chances are they will be optimized to reduce file size. However, SmugMug’s sharpening system works better than others. So if the image quality is important to you, you should give it a try. For selling print photos, Smugmug has a built-in e-commerce solution that allows you to choose from four fulfillment companies for filling your orders (Bay photo, EZ Prints…etc). Their shopping cart experience is well done and SmugMug gets points for making it very user-friendly.

  • Price: Starting $48/year up to $300/year
  • Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 5,000,000
  • Storage: Unlimited
  • Max Image Size: 150 MB
  • Accepted File Types: jpg, gif, png
A screenshot of the photography websites SmugMug's homepage
SmugMug is a place to showcase a professional portfolio
See the unseen. A Photography by Gordon Smith

6. Instagram

Instagram is a household name due to the social aspects of this photo community. Plus their filters allow anyone to instantly edit and make their photos better. According to the latest research in the field of social media, Instagram has stolen the hearts of many–700 million, to be precise. One way to utilize the power of this community is to use hashtags to get more exposure. Research shows that posts with at least one hashtag have 12.6% more engagement. The most popular hashtags on Instagram are #Love, #Instagood, #Me, #Cute, and #Follow. Instagram is a great place to edit, showcase, and share your photos with your friends or the world.

  • Price: Free
  • Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 700 million
  • Storage: Unlimited
  • Max Image Size:  Unlimited (as regulated by your phone)
  • Accepted File Types: jpg and png
A photo of a hashtag feed from Instagram
Instagram allows you to Find your inspiration easily
A screenshot of an artist photo displayed in Instagram platform.
Follow your favorite photographer’s work on world’s largest photography website, Instagram.com

7. 1x.com

Unlike all the above websites mentioned, 1x.com is curated by a group of professionals. That means, after uploading your photograph, it’s going to be approved or disapproved by a group of professional photographers. It is said that only 5% of submitted photographs will be published. Since there is a high reputation for the quality of images published, getting your photos on 1x.com can be good for your resume and also for your self-esteem. According to my own experience, not many photographers love this website but not because it’s bad, it’s because they’ve got rejected by the curators many times in the past.

All photos on 1x.com can be sold as prints. Profits from print sales will be split 50/50 between you and 1x. Other useful features of this platform include critiquetutorials, and right-click download prevention.

  • Price: Pro Membership from $5.99 to $9.99 per month. Free users are not allowed to upload
  • Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: Unknown
  • Storage: Only 20 photo uploads a week
  • Max Image Size: Unlimited
  • Accepted File Types: JPG (Make sure to convert your photos to standard sRGB)
A screenshot of the 1x.com photo platform
1X.com lets you test your skills and get curated by professionals

8. 500px

500Px is a marketplace and community for your best photographs. It has been encouraging their members to upload their best work since 2009. It is a place where you can gain exposure, connect with other photographers or find inspiration. Unlike Flickr, where there’s a lot of photos from beginners, 500px emphasis on showcasing only the best photos. How does it work? Once you upload your photograph, it will have a 24 hours lifespan in order to gain popularity. The more likes and comments you get, the more popular your photo becomes. After 24 hours, if the photo has not gained enough popularity, it will be buried under thousands of other photos and has no chance of making it to the popular feed.

  • Price: The basic account is free. Pro accounts range from $4,99 to $19,99 per month
  • Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 7,000,000
  • Storage: 7 images per week for free users. Unlimited for Pro users.
  • Max Image SizeUnlimited size per photo
  • Accepted File Types: jpg

Screenshot of the 500px.com home page

9. Zenfolio

Zenfolio is an e-commerce platform for photographers to organize, display and sell images. There are lots of great features such as custom styles, Google Analytics integration, support for all color spaces, and great options for selling your photos. Furthermore, Zenfolio has the built-in capability to create blog posts from your photos. From the reviews we have seen,  their users find the customer support reliable and helpful.

  • Price: 14 Day Free Trial. Pro from $5 per month to $30 per month.
  • Storage: Unlimited
  • Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: Unknown
  • Max Image Size: 36 to 64MB depending on the package
  • Accepted File Types: jpg, gif, png, tiff
A screenshot of the Zenfolio homepage
Zenfolio allows you to make your own photo e-commerce platform

10. Photobucket

PhotoBucket is a veteran photo storage site that has been around for many years. We mainly use this website as a storage service than a place to showcase talent. If you are looking for a way to automatically back up your photos from computer to the cloud, they have a desktop app that can do that. Besides photo storage and sharing options, PhotoBucket also offers their customers the ability to create merchandise (prints, cards, and stickers) with their photos. You can also share/upload your Photobucket photos to social media sites as well.

  • Price: The basic account is free. Pro plans from $4 to $40 a month.
  • Storage: 2 GB for free. Pro plans storage from 50 to 500GB
  • Estimated Unique Monthly Visitors: 60,000,000
  • Max Image Size: Unlimited
  • Accepted File Types: Gif, jpeg, png,
A screenshot of the PhotoBucket.com home page
PhotoBucket allows you to make your own merchandise using your photos

11. Unsplash

Last but not the least, Unsplash also deserves a spot on our list. It is a collection of beautiful images donated by professional and semi-professional photographers. All gathered and labeled for free use. This means you can copy, modify, distribute, and use the photos for free. When I first encountered this website I thought ’’Why would people give away their amazing photos for free?”. Then I realized photographers are attracted to the sheer number of downloads on this site. The hope is that this exposure might get them paid work or publicity. There’s a variety of websites similar to Unsplash that offer the same free photo service, such as Pixabay or FreeImages. Personally, I like Unsplash the most since it has more quality images and loads faster compared to others. In addition, even big players, such as Apple, use images downloaded from Unsplash in their campaigns.

  • Price: Free
  • Storage: Unlimited
  • Max Image Size: Any size
  • Accepted File Types: Gif, jpg, jpeg, png
A screenshot of Unsplash.com home page
Unsplash promise you exposure for your work


Unsplash allows you to download photos such as this for free. A photo by Oskar Vertetics

What is your favorite?

The only thing for you to do now is to make a choice from these top 10 photo upload sites but don’t worry, you cannot go wrong whichever one you choose. If there’s any website that you would like to recommend, feel free to hit the comment button below and share your thoughts with us!


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