Where to find authentic New Zealand stock photography
As it’s Te Rā o Waitangi – Waitangi Day this week (6 February) I thought I’d highlight five local stock libraries that might be useful.
We’ve all seen it. The generic stock photo of smiling professionals or the “general public” looks decidedly staged or from somewhere other than New Zealand. While It’s usually better to hire a professional photographer to capture bespoke images (especially specific subjects, places or people) the timeframe or budget often doesn’t stretch that far.
If you’re looking for something with a truly New Zealand flavour what are the options?
“Exclusive, royalty-free local stock images capturing an authentic, diverse and multicultural Aotearoa.”
Starting at $40 for an XS image to $450 for an XL image, there are various discounts and alternative licenses available.*
Truestock offers a good range of authentic-looking meeting, school, shopping and farming images with a diverse range of kiwis.
“This is Picky – a growing collection of New Zealand stock and mockup images from top local photographers. Royalty-free & easy to use.”
Starting from $125+GST for online only use Picky offers a 12-month market freeze on an image as well as images that would only be used for internal presentations rather than commercial applications.*
Picky has a range of great range of mock-ups including posters, billboards, food and drink products, phones and apparel that you can add your designs to. Mock ups start from $80 +GST. These mock ups are intended for use in pitches, portfolio presentations and award applications so please check the restrictions.
“Want images showing a slice of NZ life? The most comprehensive range of NZ people and other images is right here at mychillybin.”
This library has been for around many years and most recently helped me find images of older people for a social housing brochure. Lots to look at here including some cultural images of marae, carvings, flax and kete.
Images are from $25 for small to $100 for large photographs. You can also buy credits, get a subscription or purchase an image exclusively.*
“New Zealand Image Library providing affordable access to fresh, authentic photographs based on Excio unique PhotoToken concept.”
Excio is a community-driven image library that works on a different model. They have a big membership of photographers and work with PhotoTokens for image buyers. It’s not a subscription but for $500 you can access 500 images in the first year, with ongoing access with an annual renewal fee.* This could be a great option to check out if you have a big project or an ongoing requirement for kiwi images. I know for definite they are real people because I spotted myself performing with my dancing group in Wellington!
“ Royalty Free Stock Images and Videos from around New Zealand”
This is exclusively landscapes featuring photos and videos from a drones-eye-view. Locations include Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Tāupo, New Plymouth along with Bay of Plenty and Marlborough. So, a more specialized stock library, but a photo of Oriental Bay, Wellington or an atmospheric fly-by video of the Northland coast could be just what you were looking for (from $175 and $400 respectively).*
*Note: Prices mentioned are to give you a general idea of the options offered. Please check websites for exact prices and licensing options.
I’d love to hear if you’ve found any other useful stock libraries out there.
Check out my other blog about other stock library options here.
Ka Kite, see you again