For the Territory field, select the country you were in when you created the content.
It doesn’t matter what’s visible in the content; it only matters where you were when you created it.
If you don't fill this out, your content will not appear in search results when clients use the "Location" facet when searching.
For most assets, this is straightforward, but there are some edge cases:
- You created a piece of art from multiple sources; for example, you are in Spain, and you created a collage of photos you took in the United Kingdom: You were in Spain when you made the piece, so you should select Spain as the territory.
- You’re in Italy, and you shoot a model holding an American flag: Select Italy as the territory.
- You’re in international waters or on a flight: Choose the country you departed from or the one closest to where you’re shooting.
- You’re standing on the border between two countries: Pick one.
Why shouldn’t I pick the country based on how my content looks or where we have the most clients?
For various reasons, including union or government requirements or brand stance, clients often need content created only in a particular country or region, regardless of how it looks.
If a buyer purchases something to meet a legal requirement and later finds out it doesn’t, it reflects poorly on Stocksy and could deteriorate hard-earned business relationships and trust.
Some contributors outside of the US have selected “United States” to attract our US buyers. This not only risks our buyers’ trust but is actively self-sabotaging since many of our US clients are seeking content taken outside the US.
Should I leave it blank so I don’t lose potential sales?
A client who needs content shot in a specific location will not buy your asset if the territory field is blank. There are zero downsides to adding the country. It only gives you a chance for more sales, not fewer.
You can find the Territory option in Image Manager in between the shoot date and keywords: