Ways to get photos featured in magazine
Basic Photography
May 30, 2018

Getting one’s images published in magazines is a thing of dreams for many photographers. The recognition you get for this is quite significant. Apart from the monitory benefits available, you can really take your photography game to the next level. The recognition can be very useful for your photography business too, in case you have one. However, with photography reaching out to masses as rapidly as it is doing, standing out from the crowd is getting difficult every day. Can you really be unique in a world where there are thousands of photographers trying to be the same? Yes, I believe so.


Let’s discuss a few ways to have your photographs get featured in different types of magazines across the world…

1) Being yourself, being perfect and being unique.

When we are talking about getting photographs published in magazines, it is obvious that you need to be quite good at photography and have a sound knowledge about the basics of photography. The fact that you need to be well versed with the exposure triangle parameters and the concept of camera metering and exposure compensation, is a given. We are not going to get in to the depths of it here. Rather we will discuss about how you can be unique. See the work of others and study their concepts. You can always get inspired by the images of other photographers around. You don’t need to copy them. It’s just that several ideas can arrive on which you can start building.

Try to create your own style of images. Something unique is the demand of the day. This is only possible only when you are yourself all the time.

2) Analyse the requirement and be patient.

Your uniqueness is important for sure but that’s not the only thing you need to keep in mind while submitting your images to a magazine. You need to know the requirement of the particular magazine. For example, if they are looking for a close portrait of a tiger, no matter how many quality tiger habitat shots you send them, you will get rejected. Do not send a huge number of images to the editor thinking you may get lucky with one. Send around eight to ten images that properly match the requirement. Sending too many images may introduce a cloud of mediocrity and the editor may not even go through them all.

3) The submission process.

Place yourself in the editor’s seat. What would you do if you get hundreds of image submissions daily and you need to choose a few from them for your magazine? Imagine the rush you will be in. Do not approach the editor daily through calls. Drop mails  instead with the attachment of your images. You may even send them the images in a CD/DVD, by post. In this case, do not forget to include all your important information. I would also suggest you to add all necessary details in each and every image, including but not limited to the EXIF details like aperture, shutter speed etc as well as the location and what exactly made you take the shot.    This adds a story to the image and in the process increases your chances of getting noticed.


     4) The story-images

Remember, magazines are not only about the images. It’s more about the story linked to the photographs. The readers must find the images relevant to the content of the magazine. Once you are done analysing the requirement of the magazine, submit around 5-6 images that suit the context. Try adding a story to each of your images. The quality of the story added to the image will be more crucial than the quantity of images you submit. Instead of submitting several photographs, spend the time building each one properly with written content. If your magazine needs some shots of a particular construction project, a few artistic shots of the project will definitely be appreciated but they will be focussing on the actual construction itself. Try to form a sequence of construction shots in an order you may find suitable. The editor may find this relevant to the construction story and hence your chances might increase.

5) Things to avoid

Gather information about the magazine you are submitting your images to. Study its style and requirements. Try to submit your images exclusively to each and every magazine. It’s better not to send the same shot to different magazines. The magazines will consider your submission exclusive to them, by default.

Do not pester the editor with unnecessary calls after you have submitted the images. This may lead to annoyance. A reminder mail after a couple of days might be acceptable going forward.

Try to submit photographs that have not been published before.

Make sure the images you are submitting are quite fresh and exciting for the magazine. These should be the type of images they have not published in their previous editions.

6)   Know what you are selling!

This may seem simple at first. But once your images have been selected by a magazine, you must know what exactly you are selling to them and what remuneration you are getting in return. Some magazines may insist on getting full rights of the selected images. This means that they will have the right to use those images anywhere they want to. You will still remain the owner, however. Your remuneration may be based on the number of selected images on a per image basis. It may be based on a per page formula too, in case you are submitting articles to them too alongside the photographs.


Coming to the inference, getting your photographs featured in a magazine is not easy due to the huge amount of competition in the field. Magazines are on a continuous look out for fresh stocks, and if you have the uniqueness in your images you may well stand a chance. One common myth is that only professional photographers with high end gear have their images featured in a magazine. Get out there and bust that!

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