Foap’s aim is to become the world’s “largest marketplace for smartphone photos” by providing a way for amateur photographers to get paid to upload their pics and make them available for reuse. Photographers select which pictures to upload, tag them to make them easier for buyers to find, and decide whether they want their photos to be used commercially (by marketers) or just editorially (by people like me). You can only submit the “raw” image, so no Instragram filters. Foap will also reject any porn, or images of “weapons,” “drugs,” “war,” and “fighting,” according to its website.
If you want to purchase an image from Foap to use, it costs $10 a pop. $5 goes to the photographer and the rest helps the company keep the lights on. It’s a win-win for 21st-century “content producers,” who may be able to add a little bit more realness to their work, and for newbie photographers, who can potentially make a bit of extra cash.