Fotosearch Stock Photography

Brandon Schmitz of Fotosearch.com has emailed me with a request for a link on my personal photography website Pacific-Pictures.com. Well, I've had a close look at Fotosearch.com and am impressed by what I see. A search for "tahiti" brought up 447 images in thumbnail and enlarged formats. For "fiji" they have 432 images, for "cook islands" 397, for "easter island" 538, for "solomon islands" 91, for "vanuatu" 92, for "new caledonia" 74, for "samoa" 57, and for "tonga" 65.

Predictably, Fotosearch's coverage of more off the beaten track places like Tuvalu, Tokelau, Kiribati, Niue, American Samoa, Wallis and Futuna, and Pitcairn is poor to non-existent. Of the two results for "niue", one is a flag and the other a small coral island which is definitely not Niue. For "kiribati" they have only a series of mediocre snaps which seem to have been taken by a cruiseship passenger. "Tuvulu" in represented by flags and maps you could find anywhere.

Most of Fotosearch's photos are captioned, so it's is a great place to get an idea of how professional photographers look at mainstream destinations. The site markets the stock photography of 80 individual vendors at prices averaging from US$90 to US$340 per photo, depending on the resolution. Their target clientele seems to be large media outlets and corporate websites.

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