A few months ago we announced that we were going to be making big changes to how we approach photos here at Envato. Among the highlights of that announcement were:
- A new set of quality standards
- Refining our existing library
- Adding photos to Elements
- Reviewing authors, not items
- Improving our infrastructure
With the introduction of new quality standards we began the process of reviewing our library and assessing a sample of each PhotoDune author’s portfolio.
We’ve now completed the initial phase of that review process and begun inviting qualified authors to take the next steps in preparing for the new world of Photodune. This also means that we’ll be removing PhotoDune content and upload functionality for authors who won’t be joining us in this next phase.
For authors who agree to participate, we’ll be doing a complete portfolio review and removing items that don’t meet our new guidelines. We’ll email each author in this group with an estimate of how much of their portfolio may be removed.
We’ll also be emailing authors with portfolios we’ll be removing in their entirety with more info about our decision and next steps, including how and when we’ll be removing their PhotoDune portfolio.
All decisions on photos and authors included in the next phase are final. However, we sincerely hope that any author not invited at this time, will consider submitting an updated portfolio when submissions reopen later this year.
There are likely to be questions around what this means for authors with earnings that haven’t been paid out yet. Here’s what will happen next:
- Authors with items on other marketplaces: No change to the payout process.
- Authors with items on other Envato marketplaces with a balance over the minimum threshold: Request a payout using the normal process.
- Authors with a balance under the minimum threshold that only have items on PhotoDune: We will email you and attempt to send you a final payment (make sure your contact info is up-to-date).
The removal of portfolios is not something we do lightly. This process will impact every author and customer on Photodune. We believe that these steps are necessary if we want to help the PhotoDune community to be all it can be. We won’t be defending decisions made in the review process or responding to requests for appeal but we will be monitoring this thread for the next two weeks responding to your questions.