Flickr giving away 10K pro memberships (to nonprofits)

Flickr is giving away pro accounts to nonprofits and public libraries to showcase their efforts.

Yahoo-owned photo community Flickrhas launched a new program today called Flickr for Good. The site will be a place for nonprofits or other photojournalists to pool together their photography. In order to get the ball rolling Flickr has teamed up with non-profit organizer TechSoup to donate 10,000 one-year Flickr Pro memberships (which normally cost $25 a pop) to nonprofits and public libraries to let them upload as many shots as they want to the popular photo hosting community.

Each nonprofit can grab up to five memberships to distribute among its staff. Details on how the groups are supposed to use their Flickr memberships are a little nebulous, but in its blog post about the new site Flickr pointed to several high profile organizations like YWCA and Camera Rwanda have been using the photo host to create photo exposés.

If you're a nonprofit looking to get in on the action, you can do so on TechSoup's sign-up page.

Update: I should note the memberships are not entirely free. Participants must pay $6 for two one-year accounts or $15 for five one-accounts. The fees are administrative, and go towards running TechSoup. In comparison, purchasing either of the accounts from Flickr directly would cost $50 or $150 respectively.

Flickr Good will be a place for nonprofits and other organizations to show off their humanitarian efforts. CNET Networks
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