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Reasons for rejection - Photos



  1. Limited Commercial Value/ Insufficient standards 
  2. Invalid File 
  3. Focus 
  4. Shutter speed 
  5. Noise 
  6. Poor lightning /Overexposed  
  7. Over-editing/ Over-filtering 
  8. Composition 
  9. Aberrant angle 
  10. Similar Submissions 
  11. Duplicate 
  12. Plagiarism 
  13. Trademark/ Copyright Infringement  
  14. Ethical policies 
  15. Outdated 
  16. Old-fashioned 
  17. Residual vignetting 
  18. Artifacts 
  19. Language not allowed/ Misspellings 


Limited Commercial Value/Insufficient Standards

Looking at the number of downloads and the profitability we’ve received, we’ve considered that the image has not reached the correct number of downloads to be profitable. This could be due to a number of reasons: simplicity in the composition of the image, insufficient level of technical quality, a theme not sought out by our users…

We can also reject the images when they don’t meet the style requisites demanded by the company, aesthetically and technically speaking (the clarity, for example).


Invalid File

Those files that, once uploaded, contain loading errors or those that are not strictly a photo.



The photograph must be well focused. They can present a justified selective focus, centering on a concrete part or object of the photograph, but the cannot show up unfocussed in their totality, excepting specific cases. An example of this would be backgrounds defocused on purpose by the author, known as “Blurred”. 


Shutter Speed

Images that are “moved”, or with definition and focal problems, because of being taken with a low shutter speed.   



This defect originates when the an elevate ISO use. The quantity of ISO that generates unwanted noise depends on the camera being used, in any case, chromatic noise will not be accepted.


Poor lighting/Overexposed

An image may be rejected due to a poor lighting that does not allow the main motive to be seen with clarity. This is especially true with portrait photographs.

Also, images that show burnt or white areas will be rejected, due to, as well as having an aesthetic defect, they are unrecoverable by the user that downloads them.



This refers to images that present an excessive level of editing that cause a non-justified loss in quality in the photo, or in the whites or blacks, digital montages with poor execution or photographs with an aggressive filter that can limit its later usage. We must keep in mind that the filter must follow the criteria that adds to the photo and its significance, not a filter that becomes the protagonist of the photo.



The image does not follow the basic norms of composition. This means that it must have a correct framing through the rule of threes and an adequate and harmonious distribution of the main objects in the photograph’s framing.


Aberrant Angle

This inclination can be for aesthetic purposes, but this is not always the case. We will not accept images in which the horizon is off level involuntarily.     


Similar Submissions

This rejection reason can be attributed to those images that have too many similarities with others. Whether these have been sent in the same photo op or that have already been published by the author in which the composition, framing, elements, main motives.

Please, note: Freepik does not accept photos from the same photo session sent by different contributors. Although the photos you take are not identical, we are not interested in the same pictures taken from different perspectives. If this happens, these pictures will be automatically considered as duplicates and your account will be blocked.

In addition, we strongly recommend using a single account when uploading photo sessions and/or vectors. In case you send the same content in more than one account, Freepik will consider it as a duplicated work and will not accept it. If this situation continues, we will be forced to consider these accounts as copyright violations and, therefore, we will be forced to block your account.

Any contributor who sends files that are duplicated after the 31st of July 2018, for any of the reasons mentioned above, the account will be treated seriously as a Copyright Infringement and legal actions will be taken. Therefore, we request all contributors to double check files before sending them for selection as your account can be blocked immediately.



Photographs that are duplicates or repeated. We will not accept images that have already been sent, independently of whether they have been accepted for publishing or not.



Plagiarized photographs from other authors.


Trademark/Copyright Infringement and other legal issues

Registered trademarks and other legal issues. Other example to keep in mind are:

  1. Zoological animals
  2.  Recognizable portrait of people without their consent


Ethical Policies

Images that contain or encourage inappropriate conduct. For example: advocacy of violence or sexual or erotic content. We will not accept images of bad taste or those that can be offensive or that can affect the sensibility of our users.



If they are out of date. Images that have no relation to the moment in which they were taken.



Images that do not follow the current tendency in aesthetics (isolated objects on black or white backgrounds), out dated technological products, o, in the case of containing models, usage of out of date clothing or fashion.


Residual Vignetting

Vignettes are a characteristic that determined optics produce darkening the corners of the photographs. The vignettes can be easily corrected in edition. In the same way, it can be accentuated or, even, take it to the extreme and make the corners over exposed or whitened. This effect can be made obvious and although in certain ways it gives style to the image, an excessive usage can be a loss in good aesthetic.



Artifacts are created when we save an image with a low compression quality. In the examples you can see these artifacts in colored halo or flat block shapes. For this reason, we ask that when you save in JPEG, it is done with least compression possible.


Language Not Allowed/Misspellings

We will only accept images with message written in English and if they are correctly written, related to the image, and well integrated into it, and, lastly, that do not conflict with the ethical policies, excepting concrete, relevant, festivities in which we will accept brief heading in the language of the place of said festivity.





Reasons for automatic rejections

1. Filetype not valid

2. Preview file doesn’t exists

3. Min dimensions not reached

4. Max dimesions exceeded

5. Filesize exceeded

6. Invalid or corrupted file

7. Vector file not found

8. Min filesize not reached

9. Metadata not corrected by the designer

Filetype not valid

The file is not valid because it is not an EPS or a JPG


Preview file doesn’t exist

If the EPS file doesn’t have a preview joint to it (the file’s preview must have the same name)


Min dimensions not reached

Both vectors and photos must have a minimum of 2000 px in dimensions


Max dimesions exceeded  

Both vectors and photos must have a maximum of 8000 px in dimensions


Filesize exceeded

Both vectors and photos must have a maximum size of 80 MB


Corrupted file

This file is damaged due to an error in the upload or because the file is corrupted


Vector file not found

Cannot find the EPS file


Min filesize not reached

  • Vectors: 0.1 MB
  • Photos: 1.5 MB


Metadata not corrected by the designer

This message is sent so that the author can make the right corrections to the metadata (refering to the title and tags on the resources). The correction period is of 10 days; if this was exceeded, the resources will be rejected.







  • The title should not be too long (60 characters max. approx.)
  • I cannot contain numbers (i.e. Roll Up Banner 131)
  • It must be well redacted coherently in English
  • It’s just a short descriptive phrase on the resource without full stops that could give way to alternative titles (i.e. Baby with a nipple. Close up of baby’s hands with pacifier. Focus is on hands)


Example of incorrect titles:

“Portrait of a baby is being bathed by his father using tub at home. Soft tone. Bath time for a cute little new born baby”


Example of correct titles:

“Portrait of a baby being bathed by his father in a tub at home”

“Close up of baby’s hands with pacifier” or “Baby with nipple”



They must be separated by commas.

None of the tags have a # before the word

Maximum we will allow two words in each tag. I.e. “Christmas background”. A tag with more than word is incorrect as each word must be separated by a comma.


Example of an incorrect tag

Latin American and Hispanic Ethnicity (incorrect)

Latin American, Ethnicity (correct)

The following words will be discarded because they are on they on the vector design or because the give technical details that are not of interest: A4, A3 Eps10, horizontal, or vertical.


Reasons for Rejections

  1. Title too long 
  2. Wrong title 
  3. Title contains irrelevant information 
  4. Title must be in proper English  
  5. Title contains a date or numbers 
  6. Tags have not relation with the image 
  7. Tags are irrelevant 
  8. Tags must be in English  
  9. Tags range established: 5-50 tags  


Title too long

Titles are rejected when they are too long. The maximum length of a title is of 50-60 characters approximately.

I.e. “Avocado seamless pattern with polka dots. Whole avocados, sliced pieces, cut in half with seed sketch. Tropical summer fruit drawn by hand cartoon style background”.

“Background for cute little boys. Transportation print. Doodle style seamless pattern on the theme of childhood with space ship, plane, helicopter and boat. Vector illustration for children’s design”.


Wrong title

When a title is wrong and does not make allusions to the designs. The titles have been rejected for containing unnecessary information, whether that is referencing the resource or it is of a technical nature (i.e. EPS10)

For example, those designs that have “Print” in the title or any other title that has nothing to do with the image of the resource.


Title contains irrelevant information

The titles are rejected for holding irrelevant information.

I.e. “Cake with polka dots seamless pattern illustration. Pastry and bakery background.”


Title must be in proper English

The title must be properly redacted in English


Title contains a date or number

Those titles on photographs that have the date in which the image was taken. In the case of vectors, we will reject the title if the numbers are irrelevant to the design (i.e. Roll Up Banner 131).


Tags have no relation to the image

Tags that have no relation to what is in the design.

i.e. A design of a card with the tags: background, illustration.


Tags are irrelevant

A particular design has tags that are not important, although they are related to the design. You can do without them when the tags are present are more relevant and describe the design in question.

i.e. Describe all the chromatic range of the design or all of the elements of this that are not necessary.


Tags must be in English

All tags must be in English.


Tags range established: 5-50 tags

Each resource must have five tags maximum.


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