About Editorial Use Images

Most Bigstock images are cleared for commercial use. The rest are labeled as Editorial Use Images. Editorial Use Images are photos of recognizable people and places without model or property releases. These images are suitable to illustrate news articles, but are not cleared for commercial use.

Examples of Editorial Use image subjects:

  • News events
  • Sports events
  • Concerts
  • Street scenes
  • Celebrities

These photos are normally taken in public places. These images can be legally used for editorial purposes such as news reporting, criticism or commentary on the subject of the image, and parody. You may not use these images for commercial, trade, promotional and advertising uses. For a detailed explanation, please carefully read our Image Usage Agreement.

Information for contributors

Photographers who wish to submit editorial images must include:

  • a clear description of the image, including who is in it
  • the date the image was taken
  • the location where the image was taken

You do not need to upload a model release for an Editorial Use image. Only certain kinds of images are appropriate for Editorial Use. A studio shoot for which you lack model releases is usually not acceptable. An Editorial Use Image should include a specific subject that could be the topic of a news story or piece of commentary.