There are several ways to crowd source photos for your yearbook project.
1. The 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 link.
Uploaded photos will appear in the Contributed Photos area of your project's dashboard
Click the "Review Photos" button and you will be able to see all pending, approved, and denied images. Once you approve the images, they will be available to use in the designated sections.
2. Use the Contributed Photos module to invite specific people to contribute photos. Click the "Request Photos" button shown in the screen shot above. From here, you have two options, you can copy and paste the link and share with anyone (be careful sharing publicly on social media to avoid spam), or you can enter a single email address or separate multiple addresses by a comma and send an email invitation. 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 they can click to upload photos. Photo contributors will not have access to your project.
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 options 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.
5. Sign up for a Vidigami account where parents and staff can contribute photos privately and securely. Photos that are shared on Vidigami can be uploaded directly into your project. To learn more about Vidigami, click here.