It can be surprising which stock photos actually sell. There doesn't seem to be any particular attribute which makes success more likely. Over the years I've sold everything from pretty boring snaps to unusual, quirky shots – even some images that I'm quite proud of. One thing for sure is that image buyers are often very busy people, working to a tight deadline. They may look through page after page of images in their search, so it's important that yours are eye-catching – even at thumbnail size. But there doesn't seem to be any magic formula to guarantee success.
Below are some of my Stock Photo sales so far in 2016. Some have sold many times over the years. You might find it useful to try to figure out for yourself just why they sold.
All – and many more – are available on Alamy.com