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Best six photo apps to earn money

There’s more you can do with your phone's camera than take endless selfies, spend all day on Snapchat and take photos of your food. You could be making some real money with these Android apps instead. Amateur photographers and semi-pros alike now have a range of different options to make a little spare cash from their hobby, but not all platforms are the same - and some are downright worth avoiding. We've rounded up 6 of the best Android apps available today. 


FOAP is probably one of the best known platforms for amateur and professional photographers alike, which is both a good and a bad thing.

It’s good because it means there’s a huge selection of photographers and snaps to choose from for buyers, which keeps them interested, but it’s bad because it also means there’s an awful lot of competition from anyone wanting to make a little money off the platform.

As a standard, each image costs $10, and as the photographer, you get $5 of that. As it’s a larger platform with lots of users, it’s also attracted brands, so there are higher-paying (and more fiercely contested) gigs from established names too. Its most recent update brought a UI makeover, new social features, an improved cashout selection, a model release upload option and a whole lot of other tools aimed at selling your images a little easier. It’s free to download and there are no ongoing membership fees.

FOAP is one of the biggest photo marketplaces available on Android / © FOAP


Snapwire, like the rest of the apps in this list, gives you the opportunity for the amateur or semi-pro snapper to monetize their passion.

However, it’s also a little bit different to a general photo marketplace, as the emphasis really is on quality images. That means it might be more attractive for semi-to professional photographers initially, but the app has enough gamified elements to keep it interesting for amateur users too.

The ability to earn is either via Challenges or Requests, but before you can respond to the more lucrative brand requests, you’ll have to prove your skills and ‘level-up’ your account. The focus, excuse the pun, here is really on allowing the photographer to have an easily accessible and attractive portfolio of work - from there, buyers can purchase an image directly.

In terms of fees, it works out pretty well for photographers too, with you getting to keep 70% of Request and Challenge earnings, and 50% of any items sold through the marketplace or your individual profile. The platform encourages the use of using your phone camera for the images, but doesn’t explicitly rule out other digital images in its terms of use.

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Snapwire is great for semi-pros / © ANDROIDPIT


Scoopshot adds its own twist on the photo marketplace idea by taking the competition elements and making them last only a day each. It also lets you upload and monetize videos too, which isn’t true of some of the others in this list.

The result is an app that guarantees a daily ‘Contest’ winner (and therefore renewed daily interest from users), and a marketplace that lets you set your own prices. It also makes it nice and simple for people wanting images to find a ‘Pro’ by location, name or genre, which thereby increases the likelihood of you actually selling an image.

All you need to get started as a Pro photographer on the platform is to list your experience and location and provide a portfolio of at least nine images to give people an idea of your work. The amount you earn as a photographer is a little less straightforward than with some other options (a set fee from the marketplace from anyone who downloads your image or a share of advertising revenues if it’s purchased by a network and used on ads) but it offers a lower entry point for users than some of the ‘semi-pro’ platforms, while keeping things interesting with daily activities.

Scoopshot gives you full control over prices and licensing / © Scoopshot


EyeEm is one of the biggest names in this list, and with that comes positive and negative points. On the plus side, a huge network of members combined with a scheme that highlights the best new photographers can help a few people make a splash, but it also means that there are millions of other users’ photos that prospective buyers can purchase.

Unlike some of the other ones here, EyeEm doesn’t focus on just being a photo marketplace. Instead, it’s worked to bring together people who love taking and sharing photos by building filters and other tools into the app, and found a good way to keep them coming back for more while monetizing the service at the same time.

You can upload any images you want to sell or license to the marketplace, and keep control over all rights (allowing you to assign different levels to different images, for example) at the same time as giving brands and agencies the opportunity to use them for a fee. Alongside the traditional market setup, there are “exhibitions, awards, magazines and Missions” to help entice users to keep coming back.

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EyeEm boasts of over 18 million members / © EyeEm


Markedshot (and the next item, Dreamstime) are more basic approaches on the marketplace, that focus purely on providing you with that space to sell your photos. As with others though, Markedshot’s main money-making potential can only be realised through competitions.

Instead of a flat $5 fee through the marketplace (of which you get 50%) for each photo, competitions on Markedshot are client-led projects with specific requirements - they may also require you to live in a specific location to be eligible too, as many are for local project requirements.

Obviously the budget for these competitions varies according to client requirements and the number of images, but they tend to be from around $100 upwards. It’s not necessarily a place that will work well for semi-pro or professional photographers, however.

Markedshot pairs a marketplace with brand challenges / © Markedshot


Like many that came before it, Dreamstime provides the now familiar marketplace features you’d expect, but keeps things pleasingly simple. It also provides some good sales feedback and stats via the mobile app and tools (like model release forms) for pros that will be appreciated.

There are a range of license options available for your images too, allowing up to $12 earnings per image, depending on which you choose. It might not have the reach of the largest players, but Dreamstime is worth checking out.

Dreamstime has a simple proposition in comparison with others / © Dreamstime

Bonus app - miPic (iOS only)

We’re only including this one here for originality, and anyone that happens to have an iOS device lying around as well. We know you’re out there.

With another spin on the marketplace and competition formats already seen in this post, miPic still manages to bring something new to the table. Like Snapwire, MiPic puts the emphasis on shining the spotlight on photographers, but it also adds new ways of monetizing images that are uploaded to the platform in a way that could appeal to consumers, rather than brands and agencies mass-acquiring images from these marketplaces.

Of course, it allows you to sell the snaps too, but allows customers to print the image directly onto an item (mugs, tees, etc.). You, as the creator of the image, get 20% of each sale that uses your images. But as already mentioned it’s still iOS only for now.


If you go looking for other apps that claim to allow you to make money from your photos, there are a couple you’ll come across that are worth avoiding at this point, for a few different reasons. Clashot and Iconzoomer are the first two you’re likely to find and they haven’t been updated in over a year and over 4 years respectively!

Not only does that mean they’re probably a waste of time in terms of the time you’ll invest in creating a profile, but it also makes them a potential security risk. Apps, like operating systems, should always be kept up to date with the latest security practices, so using one that’s four years old for any financial transactions doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.

Do you use any other apps to make money from your photos? Let us know in the comments below!


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  • Mrg 9 months ago Link to comment

    Hello I’m looking for opinions about AGORA images app. Thanks

    • I have used Agora almost a year. They only recently started to sell the images but allowed for us to upload a good year before the market place opened. There are contests on the app which I used to find fun but I have noticed some stuff with them that is not the most reliable.

      1) They do not do anything to verify your images so you could snap a blurry shot of your toe and upload it and there is no issue. This is horrible because what buyer is going to want to sift through crap.

      2) I sell on 4 other apps including shutterstock. They all checked and verified my images fairly fast (first time was around 10 days). My Agora profile has been pending now for over a month with no word on if they approve me to sell or not. I find that odd.

      3) The tech support and customer care sucks. They take days to reply if at all. The site itself is also a bit glitchy. For example I was in Thailand and wanted to start selling but stripe is not available in Thailand. Even though I am from Canada and have a stripe account I had to get a vpn to get the site to allow me to register.

      4) The higher your "level" the more points you give when liking a photo. So say an advanced will give 5 points for each like. That sucks because you could have a really awesome photo and have only 25 likes but they are from 25 separate people. Someone else could upload a crap photo get 7 people to like it and have 35 likes on the site. So really if you are say entered in a contest, you will end up losing even though more people have liked your photo. This also affects the price (they say) when selling. Pictures are more expensive as your level increases.

      I am at a point where I think Agora is a waste of time and actually started removing my items because for all i know they are uploading my images to another site and selling them. Would be a good way to do things, build a website get submissions and then say the photos are yours and put on one of the other apps that actually pays.

      Try shutterstock if you want a similar experience and actually get paid.

      • Hi Yaman, is it possible to edit photos, like adjust colors or increase brightness before selling them? I'm rew to this and haven't tried any photo selling apps yet.

  • Shallet has introduced a totally new way for mobile pics monetization

  • Nice

  • Great article