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Apr 5th 2018 by Pixabay • 9 Questions • 75 Points

I saw that one of our videos made it to the front page of Reddit and there were all kinds of questions. I'm an open book and have heard it all before. AMA.

For those unfamilar, the channel is based around the concept of providing an open platform for those with a disability to share their opinions and perspective.

Proof: https://twitter.com/chrisulmer/status/981599411410227200?s=19

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Can I take photos, add them to your site and make money? I don't have a job right now but I can take good photos because my mum gave me a digital camera two Christmases ago.

Thank you

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Hello Chris! I enjoy watching your videos and find them wholesome and informative.

I'd like to ask you a question that you frequently ask your guests- what is one thing that you would like the world to know about you?

Keep up the great work!


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Well, we don't promote Pixabay as a revenue source, but if you're active and publish useful quality images, you may receive voluntary donations via PayPal. Some authors do earn quite a bit that way. But keep in mind, a few images or poor quality images won't achieve anything in that direction. Users usually are thankful and appreciate truly useful works.

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I'm awkward and hate being on camera! I've gotten better with time but you can really see in those beginning videos I am uncomfortable. Also, my favorite hobby is beach volleyball! I play every day when home.


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I am a user of Pixabay and have about 200k downloads and 800k visits but the money you get donated is NOT enough to live from that For me it's about 2€ per week

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First of all, I can’t believe this thread isn’t more popular! As a special education teacher, I fell in love with your videos when I first saw them posted on Facebook (and have followed since). I’ve already wondered — where did you teach in Philly? I believe that’s where you said you’re from!


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Which is your profile on Pixabay? I'd love to take a look and try to comment on or explain that.

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I actually taught in NE Florida but was born and raised in NE Philly by the Roosevelt Mall.


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Sorry I am new to reddit, was this an answer to my post? I am ColiN00B https://pixabay.com/en/users/ColiN00B-346653/

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Chris!! Long time viewer, first time question asker. :) One of your most recent interviewees, Betty absolutely made me bawl. Thank you for doing that interview! I’ve spent much of my life working with individuals with developmental disabilities, spanning to when I hung out with the Special Education class to play games and such on my snack break. Mostly because I was bullied and those kids never judged me and were always up for a game of UNO. I graduated a decade ago and have spent most of the time since working with these amazing individuals. Anyways, I digress. What has been your favorite interview to date? And, since I have the opportunity, you’re going to be in Fargo later this month and I didn’t learn that you’ll be here until it was too late and the tickets were sold out. Any chance you could sneak me in? I’d love to meet you in person! :) Cheers, Chris! Keep being awesome and bringing a voice to some of the most amazing people in our society!


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I think, you have a really nice mixture of high quality compositions and renderings. I particularly love this one: https://pixabay.com/light-bulb-idea-self-employed-3104355/

But 117 images in total isn't that many. As mentioned, one needs to be really active for receiving a meaningful amount of donations. Maybe the most active author, who is improving his income significantly that way, is Geralt: https://pixabay.com/users/geralt-9301/ (17 k images). He is creating images specifically for topics that are demanded and searched for a lot ... and he's also having fun creating useful images. It really shows, I think.

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Haha send me an email at [email protected] and I'll see what I can do. Make the subject Fargo. It'll help me keep track. And I know it sounds like a cookie cutter answer but it's impossible to pick a favorite. Each person I've met brings something new to the table. I look at SBSK as many interviews that together send a measage. No one is greater than the whole. The first few interviews in my hometown will always hold a special place in my heart though.


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How are EC and HP Awards selected ?

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I will send you an email shortly! I figured you couldn’t pick a favorite. So, do you still keep in contact with those kids you taught? Do you think you’ll ever go back to classroom teaching?


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In the end, Hans and me (Simon) are assigning these awards. We're listening to suggestions in the forum and we regularly browse through the list of currently popular images in order to discover outstanding works.

HP (Home Page awards) are somewhat special, because the format must match our layout requirements - sometimes, it's quite difficult to find the best images for that.

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Yup I do keep in contact. Some more than others. I have daydreams almost daily of being back in the classroom. I loved every moment of teaching and am open to one day doing it again.


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Can I use your images commercially for free?

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I will send you an email shortly! I figured you couldn’t pick a favorite. So, do you still keep in contact with those kids you taught? Do you think you’ll ever go back to classroom teaching?


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You can copy, modify, distribute, and use the images, even for commercial purposes, all without asking for permission or giving credits to the artist. However, depicted content may still be protected by trademarks, publicity or privacy rights.

For more information see our faq, blog and terms.

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Live with *


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Oh and do you have a favourite photo that is currently on Pixabay?

And what is the strangest photo on the site? A housemate has this photo printed and on his wall in his bedroom and I always found it quite weird. https://pixabay.com/en/elephant-mammal-ivory-tusks-travel-3177249/

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Hey Chris what’s the most difficult video you had to do? in terms of “this just hurts my heart”

You’re videos really showed me happiness and opened my eyes to how ignorant I was. I just want to say you’re amazing and my partner says you really know how to make your eyes pop with your wardrobe choices lol


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There are so many stunning photos on Pixabay ;-) We - Simon and I - assign an Editor's Choices award for many of our favorites: https://pixabay.com/editors_choice/ Ok... but let's see... one of our secret favorites, which we really like to show when people are asking for a photo of us, the Pixabay team: https://pixabay.com/comic-style-man-portraits-friends-2118785/ :-D

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Toughest one was Kayne when he admitted he was aware that death was only a few weeks away. He told me his only wish is that he can watch his friends and family in the after life. His pic is on my fridge and I give him a pound every day.


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and can you link us to them? :)

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Hey Chris! I'm a school psychologist and a huge fan! How do you find your interviewees? Do their families contact you, or do you find them and contact them?


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We're a bit hesitant here, because too many links may get this IAMA marked as spam and there are already several funny photos linked at above. One image I found quite strange (in a good way) is this: Alien in the nose

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They reach out to us on our website.


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I was binge watching your videos yesterday after I saw the one on /r/videos. I plan on watching your Google talk later (saved but no time to watch this week).

How do set up the meetings and interviews with the people in your videos? Do they reach out or do you reach out to them and ask? Were there any instances where you chose not to have an interview with someone for personal or safety (perhaps this person had a bad immune system)?

Quick edit: first two questions were answered here https://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/89s8tx/i_run_the_youtube_channel_special_books_by/dwtyvj1

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Ive received over 10000 requests for interviews so I'm unable to accommodate every request. As I travel I reach out to people who have filled out our form that includes city/state. I try to interview people with as many diverse stories as possible.


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Hi Chris,

I've watched a ton of your videos since the one you did with Liz was posted on reddit yesterday. I was incredulous at first but it just seems like you're a wonderful human being. Thank you so much for your hard work!

I find your videos fascinating. The more I watch the wider my range of normalcy becomes! I'm keen to understand more about the brain and how we communicate - could you recommend any decent books that give an insight into different neurodiverse conditions and /or communication?

Also, what position do you play in football? (Soccer)

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I would recommend Neurotribes. And I was a striker St a d3 school. I always say I got all of the glory but did none of the work.