Signatures or watermarks are not allowed.
Thanks for the tidbit!
Like @kirkandmimi said, watermarks are not allowed.
Your photo is nice but here are the problems. Look at the photo below and you will see what I mean. The left side is your photo; the right side has my alterations.
The second photo has similar issues plus to much color saturation and a touch of magenta on the horizon.
1. The horizon is not level.
2. The photo is overexposed.
3. The details in the sky are missing.
4. There is no depth (caused by lack of shadows) in the wave.
5. Lack of details in the water dropplets.
Thank you for the info and tips. Not sure why it is appearing like this on your side, as my image is much like the image on the right, with the exception of the horizon is fairly whited out. Also I do not have the amount of definition on some of the water droplets, as you mentioned, but he water coloring is almsot completely identiticle. Great detail on the sky and droplets, and I will get back to the "Drawing board"! Also to undo all my signatures!
As you can see, there is a difference. Could it be that your monitor is not calibrated?
For photography, it is especially important. Here is the device I use.
Color Calibration for Photographers and Designers | Datacolor
After all, you want to be seeing what the consumer is seeing.
The sky is because I decreased the highlights which brings back overexposed details.
I increased the sharpnes of the water drops.
Thanks for all the feedback. I appreciate our points and will definitely check that calibration tool out. I am working off a Surface Studio 2 and it was night and day from my Surface Book. Next step will be to ensure color calibration!
To add to @Ralph Lear's analyses: Your picture is grainy, has a lot of noise:
If you are new to stock, you should consider these resources: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/tutorials.html
Please read the contributor user manual for more information on Adobe stock contributions: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/user-guide.html
See here for rejection reasons: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/reasons-for-content-rejection.html
and especially quality and technical issues: https://helpx.adobe.com/stock/contributor/help/quality-and-technical-issues.html
I agree with the previous feedback regarding the quality of the image. My approach when I first started submitting images was to go slow. I submitted 6-10 per day, waited for feedback, studied and corrected the rejected ones if possible, then reassessed whether the next batch was "good enough". I had previously submitted images to Getty, but I have found that Adobe is far more discriminating. Throughout this process, my eye became trained to detect defects that I had never noticed before. Now, I get 90-95% of my images accepted, whereas in the beginning 25-30% were getting rejected.
Thank you for your feedback. Great points to work a few at a time. Now that I understand some of the rules a little better, I am on this approach. Also between schoolwork and work work, I have little time to work extra projects! I also agree, after really focusing on some images taken, they need more work.