Here at Storyblocks, we believe that “When the community wins, we win.” This means that we live and breathe for our creative community of filmmakers, artists, and contributors—we’re a stock footage company founded by creatives for creatives, and we’re always looking for new ways to celebrate the talent, innovation, and artistry of our contributors. That’s why this year we’re celebrating our second annual Marketplace Awards.
Our video Marketplace took the stock video industry by storm, and in 2017 we expanded the Marketplace to include images. Filmmakers and photographers upload and sell their footage from every corner of the globe, and we give 100% of every Marketplace sale directly back to our artists—meaning that when you buy a clip from our Contributor Marketplace, the filmmaker, photographer, or designer who created that shot gets every cent.
So without further adieu, here are this year’s Marketplace Awards categories and winners.
Best Aerial Footage: Skiing Down a Mountain in Washington State
Visually mesmerizing, the smoothness of this aerial shot seems effortless—but as any drone filmmaker will tell you, a shot like this is one in a million.
Best Animated Footage: Milky Way Galaxy Night Sky Time Lapse
Animation isn’t just for cartoons—it opens up entirely new horizons for filmmakers to transport audiences and tell stories. This night sky time lapse animation captures that magic, giving viewers just a glimpse of new frontiers.
Best Editorial Footage: Wreckage from Wildfire in Sonoma Country, USA
Film is powerful not just for its artistry but also for its message and the story it can tell. This aerial view of a house that was destroyed as a result of wildfires in California reminds us of the important impact film can have in connecting us to both the good and bad in the world.
Best Macro Footage: Chameleon Looking Around
Sometimes we need to zoom in to really find what we’re looking for. This shot of a chameleon is as unique as the chameleon itself.
Best Nature Photo: Two Kangaroos on a Beach
Ask any photographer, and you’ll hear about the complexity and unpredictability of capturing the beauty of animals. Even without hands-on experience, anyone can tell that this photo is truly one in a million.
Best Street Photo: Havana, Cuba
This photo beautifully captures the time and place—you might even feel like you’re in Havana experiencing the colors and the sounds for yourself.
Best Illustration: Sunlight Shining Through Trees
This illustration exemplifies the ability to think outside of the box, create something unique, and inspire creativity.
Best Use of Color: Young Woman Celebrating Holi
This shot was able to use color in a way that caught our eyes and stood out from the competition.
Best New Artist: HalfPoint
HalfPoint joined the Storyblocks image Marketplace that launched in September delivering authentic, modern lifestyle photography. Their photos convey real emotion with exceptional quality.
Looking for more buzz-worthy images? Explore some of our top Marketplace images.