Rewriting the rules for monetizing your images

Photochain is a true blockchain based business model that, for the first time, enables any contributor to have full control over licensing and trading of their digital images. Photochain taps into new markets by redefining who the content creators are and empowers them to monetize their work in a fair and efficient way.

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Liberalization of stock photography

Decentralized platform photochain
Very popular centralized competitor
  • earnings of contibutor
  • time of payout
    10 seconds
    1 month
  • verification period
    less than 10 minutes
    2 weeks
  • own pricing
    by design
    not possible

Photochain Token

We are realizing the Photochain DApp through the Photon token sale. We have successfully completed our private pre-sale and our main sale will begin on 6th of April 2018.

In line with best practices during the main sale, the amount of Photon tokens issued will have a realistic hard cap, at which point we will close the sale. PHT tokens will be issued following the end of the main sale. It may take up to 30 days to fully distribute all tokens.

To prevent us falling foul of potential future regulations, we ask for a KYC and anti-money laundering check for each contributor to the token sales. This protects both contributors and us. This also reflects our long-term commitment to comply with all legal and regulatory requirements that may be required of us.

  • About:

    PHOTON Token is the means of reward in the Photochain Ecosystem and represents the tokenization of digital visual works and services.

  • Name:

    PHOTON Token (PHTs)

  • Standard:

    Ethereum ERC20, utility based

  • Max Supply:


  • Release date:

    issued after crowdfunding

  • Represented value:

    tokenization of digital visual works

Token allocation chart
  • Token Allocation
  • 79% Crowdsale
  • 11% Team & Management
  • 7% Bounties and Partners
  • 3% Legal & Advisory
Token allocation chart
  • Use of Proceeds
  • 30% Marketing
  • 30% IT Development
  • 8% Infrastructure
  • 10% Copyright and Licensing
  • 5% R&D and Platform Evolution
  • 4% Legal, Accounting and Audit
  • 4% Cooperations with Photo Agencies
  • 4% Allocation to contributors
  • 3% Business Development
  • 2% Business Development

Photon Smart Contract

pragma solidity ^0.4.21;
import { MintableToken } from "./MintableToken.sol";
contract PhotonToken is MintableToken {
    string public name = "PhotonToken";
    string public symbol = "PHT";
    uint256 public decimals = 18;
    uint256 public maximumSupply = 230 * 10**6 * 10**decimals;
    function PhotonToken()
Check on etherscan


  • Idea and business case

    Develop business plan

    Market research

  • Prototyping

    • Development of the DApp prototype

    • Start to form team

  • Preparation for crowdsale

    • Marketing and preparation activities

    • Get support from blockchain and photography community

    • Register company in Estonia

    • Start to form advisory team

  • Private Crowdsale pre-sale

    • Private Pre-Sale at special discounts for early supporters

    • New partnerships

    • Onboarding Beta Customers/Advocates

    • Prepare Crowdsale platform

  • Main Crowdsale

    • Execute Crowdsale with different stages and discounts

    • Establishing a connection to the Cryptovalley

    • Regulatory compliance

    • New collaboration in the photography industry

    • Minting of Photon tokens at the end of the ICO

  • Prepare go-to market

      • Continue developing Photochain DApp

      • Mainstream adoption campaigns for Photography industry

      • Expand development team

      • Photography influencer support campaign

      • Trading Smart Contracts on Ethereum Mainnet

      • Adoption of Photon token/fiat exchange

      • Implementation of new IP Rights management

      • Acquisition campaigns (photography stocks) for fast scaling

      • Prepare operational services

  • Launch Platform

      • Photochain API for better integration with other services

      • Partnering with a famous brand in the photography industry

      • Photochain Web - DApp 1.0 with basic functionality on main OS

      • Launch support services

      • Continue developing Photochain DApp

  • Business Development

      • Client growth strategy

      • Accept new forms of payments

      • 3rd Party Integrations

      • Integrating with other media blockchain DApps

      • Simplifying of UI

      • Paid microservices for strong revenue

  • Market Expansion

    • Readiness for the complete mass adoption

    • blockchain as protocol in the background

    • Partnerships with agencies

    • Stabilizing the vitality of Photochain ecosystem

    • Supporting hardware gadget for Photochain

    •  (camera support for the uploading the photo direct to Photochain)

  • Market Domination

    • Photochain DApp becomes a standard for the fair photography trading

    • Photography stock Market Share of 10%

Our native blockchain DApp

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  • Security


    Blockchain allows fully secure and verifiable transactions for both buyers and sellers. You can trust your works are safe.

  • Decentralised


    Digital works are encrypted and stored on the decentralized database. No central business controls your uploaded photography.

  • Contents


    The DApp is to be used exclusively for trading photography. We use bots to ensure only acceptable content is listed.

  • Copyright


    Your work is permanently linked to your identity throughout the blockchain. This and machine learning plus our active community, protect you against fraud.


Photochain Vision

Photochain Vision Scheme

Read the Photochain story

Our whitepaper tells you all you need to know about the development of the platform

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Photochain Vision

  • P2P Marketplace

    We want buyers and sellers determine their own terms of sale, so we allow them to trade directly with one another

  • Easy Onboarding

    A simple identity verification for all photographers. Unlike with traditional photostocks, a user can be actively selling work in minutes

  • Digital Copyright Chain

    Our decentralized database ensures each uploaded photo is permanently linked to its owner. This link cannot be changed removed or manipulated in any way.

  • Crypto Economy

    We are helping to build a crypto economy, where we have more control over our data. A fairer economy where you are rewarded for your work.


  • Stanislav Stolberg

    Stanislav Stolberg

    Co-Founder, CEO

    InfoSec Consultant
    Digital Transformation Manager

  • Arthur Ishmetev

    Arthur Ishmetev

    Blockchain Developer

    Software Architect
    Full-Stack Developer

  • Haris Rana

    Haris Rana

    Chief Copywriter

    Marketing Expert
    Blockchain Enthusiast

  • Sebastian Schuhl

    Sebastian Schuhl


    Digital / Online Marketing Professional

  • Ralf Gerteis

    Ralf Gerteis

    Business Development

    Interim Manager
    Blockchain Enthusiast

  • Jakub Stefański

    Jakub Stefański


    Software Engineer FinTech
    Lead Blockchain Developer

  • Dr. Jeannette Heinert

    Fredi Lienhardt

    Photographer Relationships Officer

    Professional Photographer, Entrepreneur InsurTech, Passion for digital & technologies

  • Dr. Jeannette Heinert

    Dr. Jeannette Heinert


    Doctor of Medicine
    Blockchain Enthusiast

  • Artur Gugelew

    Artur Gugelew

    Financial Strategy Manager

    Financial Engineer
    Cash & Derivatives Exchange Specialist

  • Brian Colwell

    Brian Colwell

    Blockchain Evangelist

    Marketing and Advertising

  • Dylan Sharkey

    Dylan Sharkey

    Sales and Investment Relations

    Ex LinkedIn & Enterprise Ireland

  • Samuel Manzanera

    Samuel Manzanera

    Technology and Software Architecture Analyst

    Full-Stack Developer

  • Peter Lai

    Peter Lai

    Blockchain Developer

    Full-Stack Developer

  • Yaroslav Pyptiuk

    Yaroslav Pyptiuk

    UI/UX Designer

    User interface, usability, interaction design and user experience

  • Danylo Golovanchuk

    Danylo Golovanchuk

    Front-End Developer

    Experienced web developer of beautiful and optimized web applications and sites

  • Dariusz Szewczyk

    Dariusz Szewczyk

    Senior Java Developer

    10+ years of professional experience in developing various kinds of applications

  • Adam Gaj

    Adam Gaj

    Senior Java Developer, Cycler and Squash Player

    Main field of expertise is backend development based on Spring Framework and JEE

Advisory Board

  • Alexander Sverdlov

    Lee Willson

    Blockchain Advisor

    Blockchain Ambassador

  • Alexander Sverdlov

    Alexander Sverdlov

    Security Adviser

    Cyber Security Strategy

  • Audrey Baverei

    Audrey Baverel

    Crypto Tax & Accounting Adviser

    CFO, Founder, CEO Happen Consult, Ex Big 4 Senior Tax Manager

  • Marcus Schmitt

    Marcus Schmitt

    Crowdsale Advisor

    Corporate development and Business scaling

  • Lars Schulze

    Lars Schulze

    Digital Marketing Advisor

    Crowdsale & Digital Marketing Advisor with 20+ years in Online Marketing businesses

  • Paulo Renato Dallagnol

    Paulo Renato Dallagnol

    Legal Adviser

    Intellectual Property Lawyer
    Copyright & Blockchain

  • Charles Becquet

    Charles Becquet


    Marketing Executive
    Photostock Industry Expert

  • Alex Fedosseev

    Jared Polites

    Stratgey and PR Adviser

    Blockchain Marketing

    Former FBI Analyst

    Go-To-Market Strategist

  • Alex Fedosseev

    Roberto Capodieci

    Blockchain and Investor Relations Advisor

    Blockchain Tech Expert - Founder @

  • Alex Fedosseev

    Ilya Anikin

    ICO, Investment and Strategy Advisor

    Managing and Investment director of VC Funds Sferiq Venture Capital Fund and Imperious Group

  • Alex Fedosseev

    Alex Fedosseev


    CEO & Founder at 1World Online and Mentor at Google LaunchPad


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is photochain a new blockchain?

    Photochain is a DApp, a decentralised application, built on top of the Ethereum blockchain and IPFS protocol. Photochain is its own closed system that operates on the computing power of the ethereum virtual machine.

  • What is the DCC and how does it reduce copyright issues?

    The Digital Copyright Chain is to be a database that is stored on the blockchain. The purpose of this database is to maintain data that securely links a digital work to its artist. Such a system will reduce the number of copyright infringements as ownership is easily identifiable.

  • How can I get involved as a contributor?

    Please contact us if you would like to contribute digital photography to our alpha version (to be released Q1 2018). Photochain V.1. will be live in Q2 2018, where you will be able to sign up directly on the Dapp.

  • How can i get involved as a supporter?

    We will be holding a private Pre-sale soon. Leave your email below and we’ll be in touch shortly with more information on how to receive your bonus.

  • Will any more tokens be issued after the crowdsale?

    No, all unsold photons will be burnt. In the interest of fairness, no new tokens are to be issued after the crowdsale.

  • What is the motivation for photochain?

    Through our own personal dissatisfaction of dealing with the complicated nature of off-chain photostocks. Where you must agree to a range of conditions imposed on you, only for you to take home a small percentage of your works. Photochain is motivated to provide a fair marketplace for the trading of digital works.

  • Will the Photon token be exchange listed and tradable?

    We will also build our own internal exchange mechanism in due course. Due to the popularity, we assume that exchanges will be interested to list the Photon tokens also on their exchanges.

  • Who are the competitors?

    Lately a competitor appeared called Wemark. They show so far only aggressive targets in terms of Crowdsale but no whitepaper or working demo version. Additionally they do not only focus on stock photography but on all types of media, which is in our opinion a very ambitious target.

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