Flickr boosts chances to make money from your iPhone pics

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Flickr has just jumped into the photo licensing market with both feet, hoping to help you sell your stunning photos to a variety of “photo agencies, editors, bloggers and other creative minds.”

Image licensing isn’t a new idea for Flickr, long a repository for the best in high-quality photos posted by professional and amateur photographers alike. Flickr’s always allowed photographers easy access to creative commons licensing to tell editorial staffers which photos could be used, and for what purposes. It also allowed creators the ability to license their photos professionally via Getty Images and get paid, though the specific deal with Getty was discontinued back in March of this year.

Now, though, the list of places that you can sell the images you take on your iPhone to is even larger.

Seven years after the debut of the revolutionary and magical device, iPhone photography has developed to the point of being used for war coverage in The New York Times. Apple’s smartphone models take four slots on Flickr’s five most-used cameras list (the only traditional one is a Canon EOS REBEL T3i).

The blog post on Flickr makes it sound super easy to take advantage of the program, even while it’s a little light on details.

“Getting discovered for creative opportunities is as easy as being a Flickr member and uploading the photos you love,” the company writes. “Flickr’s curators are searching for exciting and credible opportunities for you to share your exceptional photography. They will reach out to you via Flickr Mail and provide details on Flickr’s licensing program.”

Obviously, Flickr is figuring out that a lot of blogs and even print publications are constantly searching for the perfect image to illustrate a post or article. What this new program, called Curated Connections, will do, then, is allow more outlets to find and utilize your photos, and pay you for the privilege.

Of course, Yahoo!, Flickr’s parent company, will be the first to use your photos if they can, and the sign up page makes this abundantly clear. The team will also help your photo find an audience for Tumblr, New York Times, Reuters, Gizmodo, Monocle and BBC, which is very, very cool indeed.

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