iStock Iconography

Any given page on this site is packed with little badges, icons, trophies and canisters. Below is the complete guide to every icon on iStock and what each one means.

Achievements & awards
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These icons appear on search result and file close-up pages to tell you more about what a file is, how much it will cost to download, and how many times it has been downloaded in the past.

File types

iStock offers the following file types:




Standard audio


Only available on iStock

These icons highlight files created by iStock exclusive artists. This means they can only be found on iStock and select Getty Images partner sites.

Exclusive Photo contributor

 Exclusive Illustration contributor

Exclusive Video contributor

Exclusive Audio contributor

 Exclusive Flash contributor

Editorial Use Only

  These are files that contain identifiable brands, locations, or people for which legal releases have not been obtained. Files for Editorial Use Only are limited to personal or non-commercial uses.

Downloads per file

  More than 100

  More than 500

  More than 1,000

  More than 10,000

  More than 25,000

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