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12 Best Magazines That Accept Photography Submissions

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As photographers, getting published is like a seal of approval by our peers. It’s a way of feeling like all those hours of practice and outtakes is worth it!

Four covers of Lucy's magazine for photography submissions
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These days, publications can be found both online and in print. This makes the possibilities even greater for publication credits.

There are many options available. But this also makes it difficult to know just how to submit photos to a magazine.

Many publications offer clear guidelines for photography submissions. Here are the 12 best magazines that accept photography submissions.

12. Monrowe

Monrowe is New York-based but accepts submissions from creatives worldwide. The focus is definitely on the story-telling. Be sure that any images submitted have a compelling narrative to go with them.

They look for submissions from fashion photographers with an interest in visual storytelling and photojournalists. Be prepared to submit a short concept statement, full project credits, and a mood board along with your images.

Submission guidelines: https://monrowemagazine.com/submission-guidelines/

The cover of Monrowe magazine that accepts photo submissions
Image courtesy of Monrowe

11. Atlas

Atlas is no longer in print. But it does continue on as a digital magazine. They have two versions that you can submit to. One is a quarterly issue and the other is for web features on their blog and social media.

Submission requirements are slightly different depending on which channel you’re submitting for. Do read the guidelines closely before sending in your work!

Atlas looks for both fashion or editorial photography submissions. And the editor offers a few helpful links to prepare you for your pitch.

Submission guidelines: http://theatlasmagazine.com/submissions/

The cover of Atlas magazine that accepts photography submissions
Image courtesy of Atlas

10. Harper’s

For photojournalistic submissions, Harper’s Magazine may be a perfect fit! Guidelines are quite loose for photo submissions. They give only an email for contact and accept all formats.

Harper’s focuses on literature, politics, culture, finance, and the arts. As with any photojournalistic submission, the subject should be relevant to current topics. This will make it an ideal fit for publication.

Submission guidelines: https://harpers.org/submissions/

The cover of Harpers magazine for accepting photo submissions
Image courtesy of Harper’s

9. Outdoor Photographer

For nature or travel photographers, Outdoor Photographer Magazine is a fantastic opportunity for publication.

Any image that can be used to encourage outdoor activities and emphasize photographic technique over gear is ideal.

Outdoor Photographer does no accept digital photo submissions. You’ll need to send physical prints in the mail for consideration.

Editing your submission down to a maximum of 20 images is important to the editors. Narrow down your images as much as possible while maintaining impact.

Submission guidelines: https://www.outdoorphotographer.com/submissions/

Five different covers of Outdoor Photographer - submitting photos to magazines
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8. F-Stop

F-Stop Magazine publishes a very wide range of genres of photography. It’s worth checking back often to see if your work is a good fit for specific deadlines.

Each issue is themed, so the editors are looking for very specific topics.

Their submission guidelines are quite detailed. Make sure to read it in its entirety so that your submission can be properly reviewed.

Submissions are only accepted digitally. There’s a general limit of 12 images per submission.

Submission guidelines: https://www.fstopmagazine.com/submissions.html

An advertisement for F-stop photography magazine
Image courtesy of F-Stop

7. Lucy’s

Focusing on beauty and fashion, Lucy’s Magazine is available free online or print-to-order. It has a fresh and clean look, but each issue has specific editorial needs.

You can submit photos for print or web, with guidelines for each being almost identical. All submissions are digital. They limit the number of photos as well as the number of looks per submission.

Submission guidelines: https://lucysmagazine.com/submissions/

Cover of Lucys photography magazine
Image courtesy of Lucy’s

6. Noice

Offering a unique collection of photographs, Noice focuses on powerful images that combine minimalism, social issues, and a twist of humor.

Each issue is themed and is available for print-to-order as well as in very few select shops worldwide. Submissions are accepted worldwide. They have an online portal to complete the submission process.

There is a small fee for every 10 images submitted. Showing only the best of your work will increase the impact of each submission.

Submission guidelines: https://www.noicemagazine.com/noice-submissions

The cover of Noice magazine for photo submissions
Image courtesy of Noice

5. Dwell

If you photograph beautiful homes, Dwell has two submission options for you. Since photos are always accompanied by some form of writing, the editors do ask that you submit a brief project description with your photos.

This would typically include any interesting information about the project, as well as the team of designers and builders that worked on it.

Submissions are done via email. There is a second option that gives you more instant access! Dwell offers the chance to upload a project to share with their online community. All shared projects are considered for Editor’s Pick features in print.

Submission guidelines: https://www.dwell.com/article/how-to-submit-to-dwell-397833aa

The cover of Dwell magazine
Image courtesy of Dwell

4. Local Wolves

For a magazine geared completely towards young creative spirits, Local Wolves delivers.

The publication is “driven by the passion of storytelling for creative minds from diverse fields of work”. The genres of photography accepted are quite varied.

Photo submissions must be unpublished anywhere, including social media platforms. There’s no fee to submit. Be sure to have all the credit information for the project team, including social media handles.

Submissions are fully digital, with files being transferred via DropBox, WeTransfer, or Google Drive.

Submission guidelines: http://localwolves.com/submit/

The cover of Local Wolves magazine for photography submissions
Image courtesy of Local Wolves

3. Shots

Shots Magazine is print only and features a variety of fine art photography from around the world. Submissions are made easy with an online form. All other submission methods are not accepted!

There is a fee for non-subscribers to submit. This makes it beneficial to subscribe if your photography is a fit for the publication.

Shots is entirely image-driven. They don’t have photography articles to educate the reader on technique or gear. This means the images must be powerful and speak for themselves.

All images submitted must be converted to black and white. Make sure that your photos show well once converted. Each submission is a maximum of 8 photos, with additional submission having an extra fee.

Since each issue is themed, take a look at their editorial calendar to submit photos that fit well with their needs.

Submission guidelines: https://shotsmag.com/pages/submit

The cover of Shots 127 magazine
Image courtesy of Shots

2. Burn

Focusing on emerging artists, Burn Magazine offers photo-documentary stories with a fine art twist.

It’s officially open to all genres of photography. But you’ll want to take a look at past published stories to see if your photos are in line with their style.

Submission is online via a form. You’ll need to link to a gallery that shows your submission images. Once accepted, arrangements are made to transfer photos as needed for publication.

There is a very strong emphasis on following the guidelines and editing your work very tightly. Do take time to read through all the information before submitting!

Submission guidelines: https://www.burnmagazine.org/submissions/

The cover of Burn magazine for submitting photos
Image courtesy of Burn

1. Black and White Photography

Black and White Magazine clearly shows black and white images. Its genres of subjects are documentary, portraiture, still life, landscape, and street.

This publication offers the most options of any publication on this list as far as ways to get published! You can submit photos digitally or by mailing in prints, and guidelines are detailed and clear.

In addition to being published within their print publication, photos can be submitted for their Salon series for emerging artists, the Smartshots series featuring photos taken on smartphones, and their Last Frame competition that features one powerful image competing for a free large print for your walls.

Submission guidelines: https://www.blackandwhitephotographymag.co.uk/submissions/

The cover of Black and White Photography
Image courtesy of Black and White Photography

Conclusion

Being published is an experience that’s worn as a badge of honor that solidifies your talent to potential clients.

These days, there are a variety of opportunities for publication, whether online or in print. We’ve created a list of the best magazines for photography submissions. But don’t be afraid to submit to smaller or local publications as well!

Before you know it, you’ll have a long list of publication credits to show off!

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6 comments
  1. Im a 19 year old photographer based in Charleston, South Carolina just trying to make my name known. Ive been shooting for the past 3 years and have found a home in a hobby that I never want to lose. Everything I capture means something to be deep and its raw. I hope for the people around me to find something special within my work. Thank you!

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