Snaphubr, a Shutterstock for African images and professional photographer platform has partnered with Kenya’s PhotoMasters, an online photographer booking platform in a move to further expand its reach across Eastern Africa.
Speaking to TechMoran, Oluwaseun Babajide, the Chief Executive Officer, Snaphubr said, “Snabhubr and PhotoMasters share a similar vision of putting Africa on the global map. Our partnerships will benefit both professional photographers and businesses globally looing for African-themed content and imagery. This partnership also means more reach and increased revenues for photographers on our platforms.”
The Snaphubr will host images from PhotoMasters portfolio to its wider global market and its clients. The two firms boast that the images on both sites are of high resolution, original and are powerful tools for personal use, corporate marketing and branding.
Snaphubr.com says it has over seven million high resolution African images provided by African photographers for Africa and beyond. This partnership increases its inventory further, making it a go-to site for images on almost anything in Africa or about Africa.
On whether Snaphubr is building an inventory to attract an international acquisition by sites such as Shutterstock, Babajide says his firm has no such plans but sees the partnerships as a way to strengthen the firm’s ability to provide authentic and realistic images that won’t be found anywhere else.
“We are open to everyone; be they individuals, students , photography clubs, professional photographers or brands. Anyone who is passionate about photography and wants to share their work and earn from it is welcome,” Babajide told TechMoran. “We want to change lives and brands across Africa and the world.”
Recently the firm launched event.snaphubr.com for users to earn from images they upload from events or product launches. The platform also added a Hire a photographer feauture to allow customers to hire photographers and pay for their services online. The firm has integrated Quickteller payment system allowing anyone in Africa to buy images. Snaphubr was using PayPal for payments but dropped it due to its bias in various African markets.