Each month, we review the images that sold the most on EyeEm Market. We look for emerging trends and themes to share with you—so that you have a better idea of what buyers are looking for.

In November, it became very clear how much buyers’ behavior is determined by the season. As we near the end of the year, I spotted several trends that have to do with the holidays and the switch to 2018.

New Year’s Resolutions

Each turning of the year holds the promise of personal reinvention. Marketers like to tap into the optimism and promote lifestyle and fitness products. They’re buying photos to express New Year’s resolutions—or positive personal goals in general.

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By 一哒先生

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By Filippo Romeo

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By Sportns

Party Season

The end of the year marks the season for office parties, New Year’s celebrations, and other social get-togethers. This time of the year is perfect for snapping photos of various social happenings, which will sell all year round.

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By Criene

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By Michelle Patrick

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By Prathan Chorruangsak

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By Aleksandrs Tihonovs

Staying In

Winter is dark and cold; no wonder people are staying in more than during the rest of the year. Photos encapsulating the coziness of season and its various activities get picked up around this time of year—particularly if they show some concrete activities.

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By Pornprawit Phosawang

Cup Cake Chocolate Cup Cakes Cupcakes Homemade close-up cup cake cupcake Dessert food Food and Drink muffin muffin chocolate muffins ready-to-eat sweet sweet food
By Suprecha Krujaroengit

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By Sasha

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By carameluh

Winter Getaways

A lot of people travel during these winter months, if only to get some sun into their lives. Not only do travel photos sell well not, it’s a great time to get some photos uploaded in time for the spring’s travel season.

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By Chalabala

EyeEm Best Shots The Week on EyeEm Travel Adult air vehicle airplane Airplane seat canon day illuminated indoors journey large group of people light and shadow mode of transport Passenger passenger cabin people Public Transportation Sitting streetphotography Transportation Travel vehicle interior vehicle seat Fresh on Market 2017
By Erik Witsoe

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By Alp Peker

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By Carmen Vicedo


This theme isn’t limited to the holidays—but it sells particularly well towards each end of the year: Not only do they
add some humanity to each photo, they also tell stories and convey a sense of tangibility. The best part: If there are no recognizable marks visible, you won’t need a model release for them!

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By Michael Heim

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By Natalie Board

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By Odák

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By Banar Fil Ardhi

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Header photo by Sportsn.