How do I apply for an ESP (Enterprise Submission Platform) account?

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All FTP inquiries direct here. FTP is no longer being supported.

ESP is a new video upload platform, currently only available for video contributors. This new submission portal has simplified the process for submitting video clips to iStock. Please note that uploads via and FTP are no longer supported.

To apply:

  1. email your iStock username and your iStock user ID number to with subject line RE: ISTOCK ESP INVITATION
    **New contributors skip step one – we will automatically send you an invitation shortly after we approve your application.
  2. Simply click on the link in the email you receive, enter your information, and click on Create Account. **If you already have a non-contributing account with, you don’t need to register again. Use that account to sign in by clicking on the “Sign in here” link at the top of the page. 

You should be able to start uploading via ESP shortly thereafter. You will not receive an email from us telling you that your account is active.


Helpful Information

A PDF document with full ESP uploading instructions can be accessed here.
A short training video can be seen here.
If you still have questions after fully reviewing the ESP instruction manual and video, please contact with the subject line RE: ESP HELP


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