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!
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.
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/
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!
Submission guidelines: http://theatlasmagazine.com/submissions/
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/
4. Outdoor Photographer
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/
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
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/
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
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
9. 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/
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
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/
12. Black and White Photography
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/
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!