Submissions

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WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?

Outdoor Photography covers images that have been taken outside relating to the landscape, wildlife, nature, adventure and travel genres. We do not include images such as fashion, wedding, field sports or interiors. We only publish images that have been taken in an ethical way and we are sensitive to environmental and conservationist issues, so bear this in mind when you are submitting your pictures.

 

Here at Outdoor Photography we love to see new images and hear about what stories or ideas you think would interest our readers. Please remember though, there are only 13 issues of the magazine a year, so the opportunity for getting your work published is more limited than you might think. Almost all of the articles and images you see in OP are created by freelance photographers and journalists.

 

We do welcome new contributors and have particular sections of the magazine that you can submit to – see SECTIONS YOU CAN SUBMIT TO below. Please note however, the entries for these sections are of a high standard. Also, we can’t stress enough how important it is that you are familiar with OP and know what section of the magazine your submission would work best for. When you click on the section you would like to submit to, please make sure you take time to carefully read the full description and think about whether your work is suitable.

 

Due to the volume of submissions we receive each month, we cannot enter into individual correspondence. If you have submitted to our One Thing This Month, Letters or General Submissions sections and have not heard from us within 10 weeks then it is unlikely we will be using your work on this occasion. For all other sections we might keep your submission for a little longer, plus we might also consider your submission for our website, but if you don’t hear from us at all within three months then it’s likely you haven’t been successful this time.

 

If you’d like to let us know about any exhibitions, events, product releases or news stories please contact us here.

 

BEFORE YOU SUBMIT – CHECKLIST

Make sure all of your images are:

  • JPG format and saved at quality 10 or above, or the maximum quality possible (depending on which software you use)
  • 300ppi and the largest size file you have (up to a maximum of 46cm on the longest side)
  • RGB (Adobe RGB is best but sRGB is okay too)
  • Has your full name at the start of EACH file name e.g. john-smith-YOUR-UNIQUE-FILENAME.jpg

Not sure how to resize or reformat your images? Search online where there are many excellent online resources ready to help you out with your specific software. Unfortunately, we can’t answer individual queries as thoroughly as these tutorial sites can.

If for some reason your images aren’t uploading to our site, please double check your images are JPEG, refresh the page and try again. If you’re still having trouble, contact us here.

 

IS IMAGE MANIPULATION ALLOWED?

Image manipulation is allowed but, as you’ll see from the magazine, we usually only include pictures where there is a sophisticated and gentle approach to image editing, so avoid overdoing any particular image adjustment unless it clearly adds to the interpretation of the photograph.

SECTIONS YOU CAN SUBMIT TO

Viewpoints

Send us 10 of your best images from your favourite UK and Irish viewpoints. If we would like to commission you, we’ll get in contact and send you a full brief.

Right now we are looking for viewpoints taken in the months: December, January and February. 

If you are entering pictures for multiple months you'll need to fill out a separate submission form for each month.

Viewpoint of the month: image and text printed over a double-page-spread. Publication fee we pay: £200.

Viewpoint of the month: image and text printed on a single page. Publication fee we pay: £100.

Viewpoints at a Glance: Have your picture and short write up as one of the eight locations published in shorter format. Publication fee we pay: £50.

Enter Viewpoints

 

One thing this month

Want to take on our monthly photo challenge? Based on the main technique in OP, submit between up to 10 images relating to a specific theme. Remember to type in the competition theme (which you can find in the magazine or below) in the corresponding field in the submission form. You can bulk upload your pictures rather than submitting one image at a time (please include captions for all images in the relevant box on the form). Please take note of the deadlines listed below.

Along with your images, supply captions (up to 75 words about where, why and how you took the image) and full technical details for each image. Please use this order for the technical information: Camera model plus lens and what focal length the picture was shot at, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, tripod/handheld, plus any other particularly relevant information (aside from basic post-processing).

Example: Panasonic Lumix LX5 with lens at 30mm, ISO 100, 1/2000sec at f/6.3, handheld, panoramic image of three stitched images

Current One Thing This Month competitions open for entries:

  • ESSENCE OF TRAVEL: 219, July issue, deadline for entries 19 July.
    Prize: MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack.
  • COASTAL ABSTRACTS: 220, August issue, deadline for entries 16 August.
    Prize: MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack.

 

Enter One Thing This Month

The winner of our flowers and plants and essence of travel competition wins a MindShift Gear TrailScape 18L backpack worth £165!

  • Slim and compact profile yet holds a DSLR, 70-200mm lens
  • Dedicated compartment for 13in laptop and 10in tablet and front pocket for further 6L of gear
  • Contoured back panel with lumbar support and a robust shoulder harness

 

Reader Gallery

Send us up to 10 of your best outdoor images and we could publish them in our Reader Gallery. If we choose your images we’ll send you a brief to write the information to go alongside the images.

Enter Reader Gallery

Prize: For OP218, 219 and 220 we are giving away a Columbia OutDry Extreme Eco jacket, worth £160!

  • Each jacket is made from 21 plastic bottles, free from harmful PFCs and dyes
  • Windproof, waterproof and breathable
  • Super slick jacket both good for you and the environment

 

Opening shot

We start the magazine with one particularly powerful photograph over a double-page-spread (it's always landscape format). There is no set theme, other than falling within the genres we cover, and it doesn't have to be seasonal. It just needs the wow factor!

Along with your image, supply a caption (up to 60-80 words about where, why and how you took the image) and full technical details. Please use this order for the technical information: Camera model plus lens and what focal length the picture was shot at, ISO, shutter speed, aperture, tripod/handheld, plus any other particularly relevant information (aside from basic post-processing).

Example: Panasonic Lumix LX5 with lens at 30mm, ISO 100, 1/2000sec at f/6.3, handheld, panoramic image of three stitched images

Publication fee we pay: £100.

Enter Opening Shot

Lie of the land

Got a compelling story from when you were out shooting landscape photographs? For this piece there is a lot of freedom with what to cover and the theme and tone change each issue. It can be opinionesque, humourous, an insightful look at life as a landscape photographer, or an unusual and compelling story behind the taking of an image – we’re open to ideas so long as it’s something pertinent and of interest to the general landscape photographer. Write us a short synopsis (no more than 60 words) explaining what you’d cover in the article, plus up to 5 accompanying landscape format images. We will send you a full brief if selected.

Publication fee we pay: £100 for one page, including a picture over half a page.

Enter Lie of the Land

Moment with nature

If you have an extraordinary wildlife or nature photography story you’d like to share, let us know. For this piece there is a lot of freedom with what to cover and the theme and tone change each issue. It can be opinionesque, humourous, an insightful look at life as a wildlife or nature photographer, or an unusual and compelling story behind the taking of an image – we’re open to ideas so long as it’s something pertinent and of interest to the general wildlife or nature photographer. Write us a short synopsis (no more than 60 words) explaining what you’d cover in the article, plus up to 5 accompanying landscape format images. We will send you a full brief if selected.

Publication fee we pay: £100 for one page, including a picture over half a page.

Enter Moment with Nature

Letters

Send us your views, opinions and musings of all things relating to the outdoor photography world. Please note there is a 1000-character limit. We recommend you copy and paste the text from a separate document into the submission form. Please note, letters may be edited.

Enter Letters

Prize: For OP220 amd 221 we're giving away a Coleman FyreStorm PCS stove worth £64.99.

  • WindBlock shield system and HyperFlame design.
  • 1.3 litre cooking pot sits directly over burner.
  • Boil time of just under seven minutes (when pot is full).

 

 

 

 

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General submission

You can send us links to your website for us to view your general work. Please note that no correspondence will be entered into regarding website submissions unless we would like to include your work in the magazine or online. We do not pay for online content but you will be contacted prior to us publishing your work to ensure you are happy for us to use your images (images will be fully credited and links to your website can be included).

Enter General Submission

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Payment:

If you are submitting to a One Thing This Month, Reader Gallery or Letters we do not pay for publishing your work; you can find details of the prizes on offer for these sections above:

Payment for other sections is at a standard rate, specified in each description above. Payment is usually made within 30 days of receipt of invoice after publication. We operate on a purchase order system, and will contact you to get the relevant details we need. We will then send you a purchase order once the magazine your work is featured in has gone to the printers. It's important to include the purchase order number on your invoice, so please wait to receive the purchase order before submitting your invoice. If you are VAT registered then add it to the invoice as a seperate entry and include it in the total.

Copyright:

All images submitted must be your own work and you must be the sole author and owner of copyright. It is your responsibility to ensure that your work complies with ownership and copyright requirements.

Images submitted must not be obscene, defamatory or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations. If we have reason to believe your entry is not your own work or otherwise breaches these terms and conditions, then your work will not be considered.

Model and property releases:

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the relevant model or property releases and licences, where required.