(PRLEAP.COM) Boulder, CO Pixoto,Inc. announced today the launch of a ground breaking new stock photo service as an add-on to it’s wildly successful photo contest and community. Pixoto claims this is the first stock photo service where every image is ranked by community votes. Pixoto uses a proprietary voting algorithm called "ImageDuel" to find the best photos from the thousands submitted each day from over 100,000 members around the world. Already over 1.5 million photos have been ranked and 75 million votes cast. The marketplace can be accessed at www.pixoto.com/stock
Pixoto simultaneously launched a revolutionary free image tool for bloggers. Bloggers can search for images at www.pixoto.com/stock/search?options=embeddable to find community-ranked images to use on their blog pages completely FREE of charge.
Jason B. Kiefer, the Company’s CEO, says there are four main reasons why Pixoto Stock provides a better experience than competing stock service.
1. Quality and speed: Every photo is rated by the Pixoto Community — with the best showing up first
2. Fresh: New images can rise to the top in a matter of hours
3. Validated: Hundreds of people vote on each image
4. Unique: These aren’t your typical stock shots. Pixoto photographs are submitted by a community of over 100,000 professional and hobby photographers from around the world
Pixoto’s photography contest system is completely innovative, leveling the playing field between participants who can sign-up for free. Photographers submit images in preset categories such as wildlife, travel, architecture, and specific themes, etc., which are then matched against one another in side by side votes called ImageDuels. The results of the ImageDuels, which are completed by Pixoto members, are used to generate a proprietary ImageScore. The higher the ImageScore, the more people like the photo. The average image on Pixoto collects votes from 80 unique people.