There has been a sudden boom in the number of photography enthusiasts. With such a level of competition, it is important that you showcase your imagery on a platform or a handful of platforms to get the best possible exposure to your work. Undoubtedly, Instagram is the one most widely used and is now getting a bit crowded. Following are the alternative websites where you can meet your fellow photographers from around the world, get inspired and post your own pictures.
Viewbug.com holds the best contests ever, where you can even win a professional camera! The contests are judged by world-renowned photographers and sponsored by well-established brands. Some contests are free while some are for premium members. The winner is decided on the basis of votes as well as judges. Till now, there have been around 5,000 contests, 50 Million photos have been uploaded, 1 Billion votes have been given and 500 judges have curated the photographs. It was founded by Ori and Jimmy and is now more than just a place where contests are hosted, its a community of photographers from all over the world.
500px is a Canada based website, which was founded back in October 2009 and launched its iPad app in October 2011 along with Android and iOS app in the next year. It has over 12 Million photographers that come together to share and learn new skills. You can even earn from your pictures here! Yes, YOU READ THAT RIGHT. It launched this commercial licensing system for photographers in 2014.
Behance was created in 2006, as a unit within Adobe, which implies that it comes with similar functions owned by Adobe Products. At Behance, your picture quality is preserved and you get the maximum screen space to enable wide area viewing the photographs. It is not just limited to photography, it is about every creative work that you can do from illustration to web designs as well. There is also a Behance app for both Android and iOS for easy accessing. You can follow other people on Behance, appreciate their projects (similar to liking on Facebook) and comment. Your profile can be updated with your work experience because at Behance there are job postings to help you make a living out of what you do best.
It’s a seamless portfolio-building site which has pre-designed templates that are simple to use and you can ditch all the coding chaos. At Pixpa, you can use your own domain name. It has a drag and drop interface for building your online portfolio that is fully customizable. You can even create your own E-commerce Store. All the templates are responsive which means you don’t have to worry about how your site will look on different screen sizes. Pixpa offers you a FREE GOOGLE ANALYTICS platform! And a password protection for the website.