I recently heard about Foap! The irony about how I first learned of Foap is that it was my mom who told me about it. I generally consider myself to be a little more “in the know” or hip than she is. Apparently, I am mistaken.
So, what is Foap?
In addition to offering a place to sell your photos, Foap also offers “missions” which are basically photo contests which are centered around a particular brand or theme. The winner of each mission collects a prize ranging up to a few hundred dollars!
Is Foap worth it? Does it work?
This is the real question about Foap. Do people actually make money off their photos through Foap? I do not know what their overall statistics are for how much money the average Foap-er makes. However, I can tell you my personal experience with Foap.
I joined Foap several months ago. (You should check out my portfolio!) I have had lots of fun rating other people’s photos and being rated. You can also leave comments and follow people. This part of the process has a very social media feel to it. If you enjoy Instagram, Facebook, etc. you will probably enjoy this too. As much fun as I think the app is, I have not yet sold a single photo on Foap. That’s right – not a single one! So far, my portfolio has been a strike out.
BUT, I am happy to report that I did win one of the “missions!!!” The theme of the mission was “Shadows” and I won $100! You can read the article they wrote about me and my photo here. You can also see the photos of the other finalists in the mission here. The staff at Foap (which is based in Sweden by the way) notified me via email about the win and my prize money was paid promptly via Paypal. It was all handled quickly and professionally. I had absolutely zero problems receiving my reward. Initially, I was a bit unsure about this part of the process, but it was great! Here is the winning photo:
Currently, I have several photos entered into missions. Maybe I will get lucky again!
I don’t think that I will get rich with the Foap app or that I will be launched into photographic fame. But it’s fun, easy to use and the company delivers payments in a timely fashion. I’m going to keep building my portfolio and see what happens.
Happy picture taking!