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Images with High Subscriptions of the 2024's First Half

We analyzed the characteristics of stock images with high subscriptions during the First Half of 2024. Comparing this article with another one covering the Second Half of 2023 would help create better content.


[Peace Be with You]

Religion and family relations-themed content were highly popular during the First Half of 2024. Especially in the case of the category of Christianity which has increasing customer requests, the preference for images that can be seen daily such as the cross and the holy bible, or symbolic ones including the crown of thorns and dove. Family relations for instance, ‘darker’ themes showing family issues including divorce recorded noticeable subscriptions that portray each concept metaphorically.


[The Greatest Wealth is Health]

Commonly, content under the medical care and health category is an all-time favorite. However, a visual trend of it has drastically changed: which is worth focusing on.

For example, if the previous trend of portraying back pain was showing a person placing their hand on their back, the recent one is adding an anatomical image on the model to make the main theme clearer.

Therefore, keep focusing on the body parts that are frequently developing illnesses among Koreans to match the customers’ needs while adding more details with organ models or anatomical images.


[Let's Get Professional]

Where the popularity of contactless sports withered away with the coronavirus pandemic, contact sports have arrived. Consequently, images that are picturing professionals immersing themselves in stadiums and/or arenas were popular during the First Half of 2024.

Another characteristic of this category was that the key points of each sport remained in the frame while the models’ faces were cropped; which is a shared aspect of the medical care and health category that is mentioned earlier; consider these to build your competitive portfolio.



If your images contain a recognizable face, a model release must be submitted together with the images. In addition, if your images contain a place, an object, pets, or other properties that require consent from ownership, copyright holders, or property rights holders to use them, a property release must be submitted with the images. Not submitting such releases may result in content rejection by the editor.

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