Best sellers in 2016

posted on 5th of january, 2017

Happy New Year everyone!

Before we embark on what we hope to be an exciting 2017 journey, it is customary to take a look back at 2016 and draw some conclusions. A lot of things happened here on Dreamstime last year but the stats we're all curious about are the the same as always: which images sold best and what did people shop for. What were the trends for stock shoppers?

To get a more general view, we've added the top sellers for all three categories of files we sold (photos, illustrations, videos) as well as the top searches for the last months.

People love holidays and Christmas is probably the favorite seasonal holiday for everyone. We've had Xmas on our top seller list since like forever so a good Christmas photo will always sell well. Business is back in business although my feeling is that it has never left...the business. And last but not least buyers do love simple clean backgrounds, with copy space. Take the wood texture background for example. It's been among our best sellers for two years in a row. If there is something new worth mentioning for photos is that new angles and the very-much-in-trend 'view from above' have made the sale difference for images on popular topics. Genuine and naturalness are other words that come to my mind when looking at this year's best sold photos.

The illustration category reserves very few surprises. You've seen similar images on top seller lists the past years as well. Futuristic illustrations and vintage icons take the medals again and simplicity is the word of the day. The more isolated, the better. You'll see what I mean when you check top searches. Best sold videos are related to things we're concerned about such as the planet, the future, the environment and of course, business.

So follow stock trends, stay informed on what's going on nowadays, place your bet on holidays, be original and maybe you'll be the next best seller. And if you're curious how things have evolved, feel free to check out my previous posts on best sellers from 2015, 2014, 2012 and 2010

Tags: 2016 best sellers
Comments (25)

Posted by Egomezta on March 29, 2017
Very interesting. Thanks
Posted by Steveacer on February 06, 2017
Some of those best selling photos are absolutely stunning!
Posted by Adammeadows12 on February 05, 2017
Really nice work! wish you luck in 2017
Posted by Tangie on January 31, 2017
@Waihs: You need to contact support and give a notice: Terms here
Posted by Waihs on January 31, 2017
Happy new year! Thank you for sharing. There is a question to ask you, is how to exit the exclusive photographer. Because I can't submit my email online. Thank you!
Posted by Vladimirkz on January 29, 2017
Thank you Carmen, we will work in a given direction.
Posted by Linqong on January 23, 2017
Thanks Carmen,I got a lot of harvests from it.
Posted by Thirdparty on January 19, 2017
Thank you so much Cermen !
Posted by Viocara on January 19, 2017
Thank You Carmen! Happy New Year, too!
Posted by TMarchev on January 18, 2017
One tip: the color is important too :)
Posted by Serhad on January 18, 2017
Thanks carmen
Posted by Tangie on January 17, 2017
I would not say illustrations sell better than photos. The best seller of 2016 here on Dreamstime is a photo so it also depends on the topic, the concept, the execution.
Posted by Amsis1 on January 17, 2017
The illustrations are prevalent in this ranking.
According to you, is this a general trend of microstock market or maybe is it only a Dreamstime's trend?
Posted by Dranikus on January 16, 2017
Informative and helpful, thank you
Posted by Data2203 on January 16, 2017
Thank you for share. Seller must know this images
Posted by Robsonphoto2011 on January 16, 2017
Very interesting! Congrats to TOP artists!
Posted by Miminamibi on January 16, 2017
Carmen, thanks for this useful article!
Posted by Bluchiavari on January 16, 2017
Very interesting! Thanks Carmen for your work.
Posted by Cleymans on January 16, 2017
always useful this post, thanks Dreamstime!
Posted by Ppafil on January 15, 2017
Good to know, thank you for posting.
Posted by Aleksandrmendelev on January 15, 2017
Thank you! very useful.
Posted by Vladimirs on January 15, 2017
I was pleasantly surprised seeing my image in the top seller :)
Thank you for useful statistics!
Posted by 3000ad on January 13, 2017
Thanks, Carmen! Good to know.
Posted by Kvaka9 on January 06, 2017
Thanks Carmen.
Posted by Sylvaindeutsch on January 06, 2017
thank you, it's interesting...

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