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There’s Still Time to Submit Your Shutterstock Story for a Chance at $25k

We’ve been really amazed at some of the submissions that have been coming in from our contributors for the Shutterstock Stories artistic grant program. So amazed, in fact, that we’ve decided to extend the deadline to give more artists a chance to tell their story — and potentially win $25,000 in the process.

The deadline for entries for our 10th-anniversary grant program is now Friday, August 30 at 11:59pm EDT. So if you have a story to tell about your art or your work with Shutterstock and thought you didn’t have enough time to tell it, now’s your chance to share. For additional inspiration, here’s another great submission, this time from illustrator/animator Victoria Cartwright. Check it out, and read on for more details and video clips.

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Free Images | Ground Rules

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This week’s free images focus on tough turfs. Click on the images above to download them now, then tread on over to this week’s Featured Lightbox  ”Ground Rules,” to find more exhilarating aerials and backgrounds.

These images are available for free download until Sunday, 8/18 at 11:59pm EDT.

Left Image: Stone Rock Background by Sergey Nivens. Right Image: Grunge Grass by Natykach Nataliia.

5 Brazilian Photographers You Should Be Following on Shutterstock

For this week’s edition of 5 to Follow, we’re spotlighting some of the top Shutterstock artists from Brazil. We love how visceral the work of these artists feels, taking us neatly around the world from the comfort of our seats. The shadows and attention to lighting in Publio Furbino‘s images make for an inspirational and jaw-dropping experience, while Leo Francini‘s stark colors and alternative angles exemplify divine creative photography.

Check out samples of their work along with images from our other featured Brazilian artists, then click through to explore their individual portfolios and follow them for yourself. Divirta-se!

Publio Furbino


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Announcing the Judges for the Shutterstock Stories Artistic Grants!

With submissions rolling in for Shutterstock Stories, we’re thrilled to announce the judges for the new artistic grant program. The five-person panel has been carefully selected from the creative realm, and will be reviewing all of the entries submitted by the deadline.

The Shutterstock Stories 2013 Judges Panel

Geralyn White Dreyfous, Executive Producer of Academy Award-winning documentary Born Into Brothels and co-founder of Impact Partners

Declan Gough, Head of Creative & Design for the UK-based Future Publishing, overseeing online publications including .Net, Creative Bloq, 3D World, and Computer Arts

Eduardo Kobra, Brazilian street artist most notable for his “Walls of Memory” project, which seeks to transform urban landscapes through geocentric historical imagery

Nicole Stipp, Marketing and Communications Specialist for kate spade new york

Annie Werner, Brooklyn-based Art Evangelist for Tumblr and advocate for artists

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Shark Week and 5 Other Great Ideas Originally Sketched on Napkins

Shark_BannerIllustrations by Cori Stuhlmiller

We’re halfway through America’s annual television obsession, Shark Week. Believe it or not, the whole idea originally came out of some impromptu brainstorming among several Discovery Channel executives hanging out at a bar after work. After an offhand remark invoking the now-infamous title for the first time, a producer told The Atlantic last summer, “somebody in that nexus scribbled it down on a napkin. You know how that is. An idea in a bar comes from many fathers.”

It’s not the only famous creation that found its first inklings on an ordinary napkin. JK Rowling notably wrote her first ideas for Harry Potter on a napkin on a British train. Since you never know where and when inspiration will hit, or when it will strike again, it’s important to document these moments when they arrive, and at times, the humble napkin is the best available easel. Here’s a look at five other big companies, inventions, and ideas launched from some basic napkin art.

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Bad Chemistry: The Character Elements of Breaking Bad


Part two of Breaking Bad‘s final season kicks off in just a few days, and we’re growing increasingly anxious, wondering where the end will take us. For four-and-a-half seasons, we’ve watched the characters grow and change, with no transformation as significant as Walter White’s own personal journey from meek and innocent to ruthless and evil.

Years of watching Breaking Bad has taught us which chemical elements combine to make meth, and now, as we await the show’s denouement, we decided to break down the characters in the same way. Using assets from the Shutterstock library, we created a “chemical” diagram for each of the main players from the show. See how they all combine below, then tell us what you think. Does everything add up?


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Free Images | Old School

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This week’s free images focus on Vintage Trends. Click on the images above to download them now, then find some more antiqued treasures in “Old School,” this week’s Featured Lightbox.

These images are available for free download until Sunday, 8/11 at 11:59pm EDT.

Left Image: Vintage Flower Bouquet by Maglara. Right Image: Vintage Ribbons and Bows by Yunna.

5 to Follow: This Week’s Featured Artists on Shutterstock

This week’s artist picks embrace boldness, inspiring creativity with both simplicity and color. The work of chungking demonstrates a particular attention to minute details that makes for an enchantingly eclectic portfolio, while blackstroke‘s illustrations are animated with vibrancy and life across the color spectrum.

Check out both artists’ work, along with this week’s three other featured Shutterstock artists, by clicking through on the images below. If you like what you discover, be sure to click Follow on their portfolios too!



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Review Clips at Your Speed and Check Out Easier with Shutterstock Footage

With more than one million clips in our video library, Shutterstock Footage is one of the fastest growing parts of our business. To keep up with all that growth, our footage team is constantly improving the site, adding new features to make your experience as a customer easier and more enjoyable. Just in recent weeks, we’ve gone live with four updates that have all resulted in great feedback. Here’s a rundown of all the new things you can do with Shutterstock Footage.

Go Straight from Clipbox to Checkout


One of the most consistent requests from our users, Clipbox to Cart functionality means that you can now add multiple clips straight from one of your Clipboxes to your shopping cart. This eliminates the need to visit each clip’s page individually to add it to your cart prior to checkout, resulting in a much more streamlined experience and offering you big time savings. Just click “Add All To Cart” at the top right of your Clipbox, and all of the footage in that collection will be moved to the checkout stage. (Don’t worry, you can always remove clips before you check out.)

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Shutterstock Stories Presents: Elliot Burlingham

It’s been two weeks since our Shutterstock Stories kickoff, and we’ve been receiving some fantastic submissions! For those of you still in search of inspiration, we’re pleased to share an outstanding submission from footage contributor Elliot Burlingham.

Upon joining his father Bill’s photography studio in 2003, Elliot added his video-production skills to the list of the Evanston, Illinois-based company’s services. Since then, Burlingham Productions has become a highly regarded, full-service photography and video studio, as well as a valued Shutterstock contributor.

Check out Elliot’s Story below, and then submit your own for a chance at a share of $75k in artistic grants!

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