iStock Vetta and Getty
In February of 2006 Getty, the world's largest traditional stock agency, purchased iStockphoto for a whopping fifty million dollars US. Since then, Getty has opened the door to some microstock photographers who have been accepted to iStock, to submit photos to traditional Getty libraries as well.
iStock has also started another line of photos sold at a mid-range price, with photos running at 20 credits for a small all the way up to 70 credits for an extra large. These photos, called the Vetta Collection, must be of the highest quality but must also be conceptually unique. iStock contributors who create amazing microstock imagery, do perfect post processing, and have a knack for thinking up quirky concepts, will most likely see some of their work in the Vetta collection.
The one big drawback, when it comes to iStock, is that only exclusive contributors are allowed to submit photos to the Getty program, or to have their work chosen to be added to the Vetta collection. With that being said, if you are dreaming of getting in with Getty Images this is a great way for microstock photographers to do so.