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BigStock ReviewBigstock is a huge stock photography provider with relatively affordable packages. It specializes in custom photographs, illustrations, and vectors. With millions of royalty-free images, it’s up there in popularity.

Word on the street is they have great customer service along with a user-friendly website and large selection of affordable images. Is it true? And who do we use for our stock photo provider here at We Rock Your Web? Read our review to find out.

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Article Overview


Customer Service & Reputation 10.0
Variety of Images 10.0
Price 8.0
Easy to Use Site 9.0


  • Free image of the week
  • Customer support via live chat, phone, and email
  • Millions of royalty free photographs, illustrations and vector images
  • Pricing options are affordable
  • Free re-downloads if you forgot where you saved it
  • User submissions are accepted if you are trying to make a few extra bucks on your photography and review times to have your photos approved are rather quick


  • Vector images are more expensive than some competitors
  • No audio files available
  • Upload process can become lengthy
  • Royalties sit around 30% for user submitted photo earnings. This is a bit low vs. other sites

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Key Features

Here are some of the key features you receive when you sign up for a Bigstock membership.

Free Image Per Month

Bigstock offers 1 free image per month for new Bigstock users. No commitment is necessary and this is an unlimited free trial.

Satisfaction Guarantee

If you are unhappy with your Bigstock subscription, you are able to get a full refund. Of course, there are some restrictions. You must be in the first month of your subscription and you cannot have more than 20% of the images available to you downloaded.

Reasons you would not be eligible to receive a refund include:

  • You’ve downloaded more than 100 images with your subscription
  • You’ve already received a refund from Bigstock
  • Your Bigstock subscription began with a free trial period
  • You’ve breached the Terms of Service or any other agreement with Bigstock

Search By Keywords

Bigstock allows you to search for an image using keywords. You can also exclude keywords so it eliminates certain images. Here’s an example: Say you want a photo of an adorable dog for your doggy daycare brochure. However, when your search results appear many of them include a cat as well. You can insert cat as one of your excluded keywords so no images of cats appear with dogs. Very helpful since you probably don’t let cats stay for a day of canine daycare!


Bigstock offers a 7-day free trial that allows you to download up to 35 royalty-free images or stock video clips. They let you create your own subscription plan depending on the number of images you’d like to download each day on average. Subscribers can download any image or vector (even though they are pricier on a per download basis at the credit rate) no matter the size.

Images Per Day 1 Month 3 Months 12 Months
5 $79 ($0.53/image) $199 ($0.44/image) $639 ($0.35/image)
10 $99 ($0.33/image) $269 ($0.30/image) $969 ($0.27/image)
20 $169 ($0.28/image) $459 ($0.26/image) $1,589 ($0.22/image)
50 $329 ($0.22/image) $929 ($0.21/image) $2,879 ($0.16/image)

Bigstock also lets you pay for images using credits. You can purchase your desired number of credits and have them in your account for up to a year before they expire. You can use these credits to purchase images within that year instead of selecting a specific subscription plan. Purchasing credits is best for Bigstock users who don’t need large volumes of stock photography.

  • 10 credits for $35
  • 25 credits for $49
  • 100 credits for $169
  • 250 credits for $339
  • 500 credits for $495

As you can see, the subscription plan saves you money. The lowest price per image for the credit purchase is $0.99.

Promo Codes

Click here for reader discounted pricing and a 7-day free trial.

Customer Reviews

Positive Reviews

We use Bigstock to look for quality photographs and use them on our website and in projects where we need good photographs that improve the visual aspect. They offer good service customer, your website is simple to use with a wide variety of images at competitive prices bought from others.- Sean G., G2 Crowd 2/18/2019

I’m a freelancer and I am kind of picky about my stock photos. I was very impressed with Big Stock Photo’s selection and highly recommend you check them out. – Jayden S., SiteJabber 9/06/2016

Negative Reviews

Signed up for a month and canceled the auto renew on their site but months later I find that they are still charging me. Customer service was terrible and they would not refund me the money for several months where I clearly didn’t use the service. – Gilberto G., SiteJabber 1/25/2018

The only thing I dislike about Bigstock is the automatic enlargement of photos when you scroll through the images. There is no way to shut this feature off and there is no way to place your mouse on the screen so that you can scroll but not hover over random photos and have them enlarge. I wish you could just shut this option off or have to hover over the image for longer than just a quick scroll. It’s distracting. – Megan B., G2 Crowd 2/19/2019

How Does BigStock Compare?

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How does Bigstock stack up to the competition? Find out in our comprehensive showdown of top stock photography providers. And once you’ve got access to some good shots, we also have a comparison of the best photo editing software.

Thinking of trying Bigstock or leaning towards an alternate provider? Let us know in the comments!

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