Crowdsourcing Yearbook Photos

Since your photographers can’t be everywhere for every moment, it’s a good idea to ask parents and students to share their own photos. Here are some ideas:

1. Use Skipple. Download the Skipple app from the Google or Apple stores to use with your smart phone, find your school, spread the word and then sync your account to access the photos from inside your yearbook project.

2. The next easiest option is to open a Storefront. Doing so not only allows you to sell your book online, but accept photo contributions. The camera graphic shown below will appear at the bottom of your storefront until all your pages are locked and your yearbook has been published.


But they won’t know about it unless you tell them! Simply share your storefront URL and encourage parents and students to scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the blue text.

Uploaded photos will appear in the Pending Contributor Photos tab and can be assigned to sections and used just like the rest of the photos you have uploaded into your project.

2. Use the Picaboo Yearbooks web application to invite specific people to contribute photos.

Inside the Images tab, select Pending Contributor Photos. Click the blue Request Images button to access an invitation window. Enter a single email address or separate multiple addresses by a comma. You may include a message requesting photos from a specific event or opt to a plea for the kitchen sink.

The recipients will receive an email from you with the above message along with a link to create a login at Photo contributors will not have access to the rest of your project.

Uploaded photos will appear in the Pending Contributor Photos tab, similar to the Storefront photo contribution option.

3. Another idea — which may be more in touch with your students’ social lives — is to set up a Facebook or Twitter account for your yearbook. Ask parents and students to post photos to your page or tag the page in their photos. You could receive photos from the bleachers during Friday night’s basketball game or from a weekend outing with classmates and friends. Be sure to ask for captions and photo tags for easy identification.

4. Set up a free email account (from Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) and ask parents and students to email their photos directly to the account. The photos will be there when you need them, but will not bog down your personal or work email account.

Crowdsourcing yearbook photos is a great way to get the student body involved and interested in your yearbook. Interest = more yearbook sales. So what are you waiting for?

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