Twenty20 is now a part of Envato Elements

Here’s how you can continue to earn from your photos

Picture of a sunset from Twenty20 on Elements.

Twenty20 has closed its doors and is no longer accessible. This is part of an update to Envato’s broader strategy. You can read more about the strategy changes we are making in this recent blog post.

The good news is, this doesn’t have to be the end of our time together. You can continue to earn from your photos by signing up directly with Envato Elements.

Thank you to the creatives who have made our community so vibrant over the years.

We’ve compiled a list of FAQs below, to help you through this process. If your question is not addressed below, head over to the forums and join the discussion (log in required).

FAQs

When and how will I get paid for unpaid earnings on Twenty20?

On September 15, we processed the final regular monthly earnings payments for Twenty20.

We know that a small group of contributors were unable to be paid in September and may also have unpaid earnings from prior months. If you are in this group, we will be contacting you with further instructions and options.

When will my access to Twenty20 end?

From July 31, 2022, you will no longer be able to log into Twenty20.

Will I still receive a Twenty20 FY22/23 Tax Withholding Summary?

We will be in touch with an email with a link to your FY22 Tax Withholding Summary. More information to come.

How do I become an Elements contributor?

We have sent you an email with a link to your Elements application. This will prompt you to enter your email address (the same one that you used for Twenty20), and to read and agree to the Envato Elements Terms and Conditions. 

Once submitted, you will receive more information to log in to the system and enter in your Tax form and payout information.

What if I already have an Elements Author Account?

If you already have an Envato Elements Author account, please contact the Envato Author Support Team here.

When do I need to create my Elements account?

In order to fast-track your Elements application and get you earning again, please complete the application via the link sent to your email address as soon as possible – we will be closing the fast-track application process in mid to late August.

When this time comes to an end you will have to go via the standard before July 31, 2022. You will then receive further instructions via email. 

Why are my items on Elements?

We recognised the excellent library of diverse content on Twenty20, and we published a curated sample of commercially-released photos to the Envato Elements platform under the Twenty20 name. This exposed your content to more customers, increasing your earnings opportunities. 

Now, when you sign up to Envato Elements, your existing photos on Elements will be matched to your new account so you don’t have to upload them again.

Which of my items will be transferred to my Envato Elements account?

Your top Twenty20 photos that currently exist on Envato Elements under the Twenty20 username will be transferred to your personal Envato Elements account, provided that you have completed your sign up steps by the 30th July, 2022.

We will not be transferring your entire Twenty20 portfolio. Only photos that have been commercially cleared and have met our quality requirements can be published on Envato Elements. Unfortunately, no editorial photos, or photos without model releases, will be on the platform. You can read more about commercial demand in this guide.

Please note: Any of your Twenty20 photos that have not been published to Elements yet did not meet our standards and should not be re-uploaded to Elements.

What happens to my other photos and/or videos that aren’t on Envato Elements?

As of July 31, 2022 Twenty20 will be shut down; all access to your content on Twenty20 will cease. Customers and photographers will no longer have any access to Twenty20.

Will my model releases transfer from Twenty20 to Elements?

All model releases completed with Twenty20 to date will remain valid for the photos that are transitioned to Elements.

Going forward, you will not be able to use Twenty20’s systems for model releases and will need to upload a digital copy of a signed model release while uploading new photos. 

For more information on Elements Model and Property Release policy, head to our Help Center.

Why do I need to give Envato a tax form?

If you don’t complete a tax form, Envato may be required by law to tax your earnings at a higher rate and/or withhold a portion of your earnings to remit to the tax office. We don’t want to do that, so it’s best to complete your tax forms as early as you can! Your tax information will determine at what rate we are required to tax your earnings. 

Once you have created your Envato account, you will receive instructions on how to fill in your tax form. 

Please note: Completing your tax form is a requirement in order to have your Twenty20 items matched to your Envato Elements account.

Why do I need to do an ID check for Elements?

Verifying the identity of our author (contributor) accounts is critically important to maintaining trust and is key to the ongoing success of authors, customers, and our community alike. Author ID checks will help to protect both authors and customers. Customers can have more confidence when purchasing items, and authors can benefit from knowing that they’re working in a more trustworthy marketplace – this levels the playing field for all authors in the community.

You will receive an email with instructions and a link to verify your account once you have completed the Elements application and submitted your tax form. 

When can I upload new photos to Elements?

We will notify you when you can start uploading new content – which will be approximately 31 August. Upload access will be for Envato Elements only. Your content will not be made available on PhotoDune. You will need to have completed the following onboarding steps to become an Envato Elements author, as outlined below: 

  • Create your account
  • Complete your tax forms 
  • Enter in your payout details
  • Complete your ID check 

How do earnings work on Envato Elements?

Similar to Twenty20, we use the subscriber share model to allocate Elements earnings.

With this model, Author earnings are directly linked to the money collected from each individual subscriber. We look at each subscriber in turn and assign you a share of 50% of their net revenue based on how important your items were to them (i.e your share of all item points they used in that period).

You can read more here: Understanding Earnings on Envato Elements.

Please note: if you are a Russian Author with a bank account based in Russia, unfortunately we will not be unable to pay you until further notice.

Where can I get help with other questions I have?

Please complete a support request form and our team will be in contact as soon as possible. Alternatively, head to our forums where you can join in the discussion with other T20 photographers.