After a few hours of taking shots on the beach, I took a wild step on the natural side and included what happens to sand on a windy day. It is not always still and calm in the wild. The shot shows wind and that seems to be grounds for exclusion. Is rain OK? Lightening? How bout fog?
What are the exact words used in your rejection, please?
I suspect the rejection reason was for 'Artifacts'. You should look at 100% or more to make sure there are no signs of noise, which can occur if taken on a high ISO, JPEG compression artifacts which can happen especially if taken on a smartphone.
Also, think about the subject matter. How useful is a shot with sand blowing? What could this be used for?
For further help, you could always post an image here. It will help in pointing out why the reason was chosen.
I am an artist and photographer. Your world here is vastly different from mine. I aim for something different and maybe stimulating. The stock photos seem to be too limiting and intolerant. blowing sand on a December day has a mood and visual effect. That whole mode is crushed with the thought of how useful it might be. If all photos must be happy, bright days with Nikes and Toyotas in them, I am not interested at all. Elephant seals also add something to the visual world not often seen anywhere. These are 5,000 pound beasts that rest on the beach for three months without eating. Go sell your wine bottles and rock stars. Bye
Not to insult you, but rejections are founded on facts not on assumptions. You were asked twice to give the exact message for your refusal. That message gives a reason but a lot of starters in stock don't read that reason correctly. Therefore pears of you (also photographers and artists) are here to check your picture and giving advice about the defects in the pictures. After a while you will understand the quality requirements and your rejection rate will drop dramatically.
Pictures don't need to be taken in bright sunshine, December mood is highly welcome and elephant seals are probably a nice addition to the stock database. What is not allowed is to post pictures where you recognize the Nikes and Toyotas as such.
So if you would be so kind and post whatever picture got refused, highly skilled artists will have a look at the data and advice on how to get the picture accepted. You should post a link to a high resolution picture as the highly compressed and small pictures can't be correctly checked.
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Adobe Stock is not fine art - it's 'Stock' - one of the many meanings of stock is regularly and widely used or sold.
It's all in the name. Also bear in mind that photos sold on stock are for commercial (generally speaking) purposes, hence the need for a model release and property release - in the case of Toyotas and Nikes etc...
Also bear in mind that those who replied to your query (we) are users such as yourself. Members of the general public.
If Adobe Staff replies, then they have a badge next to their avatar saying 'staff'.
It also seems to be that buyers want happy, bright days etc. They are the ones that seem to sell.
At the end of the day, it's all about supply and demand.
Maybe you should have a read of this: