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1. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Okay, I know that I may be sacrilegious with this thread but it's not for me...

My brother-in-law is a professional freelance photographer who has just submitted a CD of (the required 500) photos to Lonely Planet for their consideration. I am curious if anyone else has done the same thing and what their experience has been. He is well-traveled and has an eye for people, street and landscape images. (I have to admit that we have 35 of his photos hanging on our walls and not just because we're related to him - he is that good.)

Anyway, if anyone has made submissions to LP, I would love to hear your input. Personally, I think he has a chance at acceptance, but...

Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by rbyslipahs (Respected Member 349 posts) 7y

Well, I tried once, Isa, but they just didn't want a couple hundred pictures of my little brother getting a bit tipsy in London. I thought they were great...

In all seriousness, I would love to build up a portfolio at some point, but I've never been able to keep pace with camera technology. Finally have a DSLR, though, thanks to Circuit City's going-out-of-business sale, so who knows. Has he done art shows? I'm a junkie for one photographer in particular who comes to the St. Louis Art Fair every other year or so, and if he's not there, I order from him online.

(If you wouldn't mind, I'd love a PM with your brother's website, if he has one. Always more room on my walls for another great photograph.)

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

If I'm not mistaken, I met the head of the team at LP that goes through all these submissions at a party in Melbourne last month. I can't recall the exact numbers (Peter might remember), but they get quite a few submitted every month and not many get accepted. I wish I could recall the numbers. I can only remember 3000, but not sure if that was submits or approved images or beer talking

4. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting rbyslipahs

Well, I tried once, Isa, but they just didn't want a couple hundred pictures of my little brother getting a bit tipsy in London. I thought they were great...

A couple hundred shots of your little brother getting tipsy??? Sorry! Were you using an auto-winder or did it just take that long for him to get tipsy? LP doesn't realize what they turned down! ;)

Has he done art shows? I'm a junkie for one photographer in particular who comes to the St. Louis Art Fair every other year or so, and if he's not there, I order from him online.

No, he doesn't display his work at art shows. He has had his own "one-man" exhibitions and (if memory serves) he was the first caucasian invited to display his work at the State of Illinois Building for the Black History Month display a few years ago. They were impressed with his photographs taken during his travels in Africa. His specialty is Chicago street scenes and we just discussed (yesterday) what a photographic bonanza it will be if Chicago is granted the 2016 Summer Olympics. (But, I digress.)

(If you wouldn't mind, I'd love a PM with your brother's website, if he has one. Always more room on my walls for another great photograph.)

I thought I had things bookmarked, but alas, I do not. I have e-mailed him asking for the links again. (Guess I didn't think bookmarking was important as I have so much of his stuff in folders already and we get the front row seats for the photo pass around when we get together. This Saturday, we get the 8000 pics taken during their month in Zihuatanejo, Mexico this past February. Okay, it may only be 800 but who's counting.) Word has it, their next trip will be Peru. I had ~200 of his photos on my website but I've revamped and have been lax in getting the galleries updated. (NO - this is not promotional!!) Here are 3 that hang on my living room wall:

Greece - Africa - USA

I'm sure I'll hear back sometime today and as soon as I do, I will send the links via PM.

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Sam I Am

If I'm not mistaken, I met the head of the team at LP that goes through all these submissions at a party in Melbourne last month.

Oooohhh - hobnobbing with the "enemies"???

I can't recall the exact numbers (Peter might remember), but they get quite a few submitted every month and not many get accepted. I wish I could recall the numbers. I can only remember 3000, but not sure if that was submits or approved images or beer talking

Actually, could be either or even all three.
After reading their Prospective Photographers submissions page, I would guess it's the number of approved images - though, in reality, it could be the number of submissions. Since my brother-in-law had certain questions about what LP was requiring, I read through the page again. What struck me was this line:

We are always looking to represent new, high quality travel images from Professional Travel Photographers who have an established collection of images and are able to make regular submissions of no less than 500 tightly edited images per quarter.

Thats 2000+ images per year! Okay, if you're a pro travel photographer and on the road constantly - doable. If just 10 people submitted that number per quarter, that's 5000 photos to pour over. If the submission rate is really 3000/month - their team looks at 1,500,000 images every 30 days. Wow!

If they really just get 3000 images submitted/month - and your "consideration" CD/DVD has to contain at least 500 images - then only 6 people have made submissions. I find that hard to believe. Plus, they have their regulars who have already been chosen.

How many beers did you have, Sam? And, how do I get invited to some of these parties???

ps: Thank you Lonely Planet peoples for letting me quote from your site and not being offended by calling you "the enemies". ;)

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

I do have another question or two along the same lines - and again, from the same conversation with my brother-in-law...

BTW - this discussion is still open to those who have made submissions to LP and their experiences so please comment.

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Has anyone submitted their images to stock photography companies/websites? If so, which ones and what has been your acceptance success rate?

I have used 2-3 different websites when I've needed certain images for contract work. (I have used Stockphoto and Shutterstock primarily.) If anyone has suggestions for other places that specialize in travel photography - please comment. Again, it's my brother-in-law looking to submit his photos wherever they may be accepted. (And, no, we have tried to get him to join TP but he's not an "online forum" kinda guy... Go fig...)

Thanks in advance!

7. Posted by Peter (Admin 5789 posts) 7y

Quoting Sam I Am

If I'm not mistaken, I met the head of the team at LP that goes through all these submissions at a party in Melbourne last month. I can't recall the exact numbers (Peter might remember), but they get quite a few submitted every month and not many get accepted. I wish I could recall the numbers. I can only remember 3000, but not sure if that was submits or approved images or beer talking

I can't remember any numbers, but I don't remember discussing how many people are submitting to get in each month actually.
I think that 3,000 number you're remembering Sam may be the 300,000 photos currently in their library. Or maybe they get 3,000 new photos each month.

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 7y

Quoting Peter

I think that 3,000 number you're remembering Sam may be the 300,000 photos currently in their library.

How much beer was Sam drinking?????

9. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 7y

Quoting Isadora

Quoting Peter

I think that 3,000 number you're remembering Sam may be the 300,000 photos currently in their library.

How much beer was Sam drinking?????

I knew I should have just shut up about the whole thing...

10. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 7y

Had a short look at the contract from LP if they think you are good enough .

they will be the ONLY image bank for your photos,so you are not able to sell or advertice a image somewhere else.LP has the exclusiv right to sell.

If they sell one of your photos you will get ONLY 40%

Payments to you will made only when you have reached $ 100

how long will this maybe take?Will you ever get something out of it after 2 banks took there share away?
for me it wood be a clear NO to such a contract.

I had long time ago a contract with SIPA -press,Paris(one of the biggest agentur in france)the tried first to buy the exclusiv rights from me because the told me that the photos are exclusiv for the Paris Mach magazin.
I refused this because I was sure that the story with my photos could be sold to other magazins.I was ending up with a contract for the Paris Match and that I will be paid extra for additional sales to other magazins or books.I was free to sell it to sailing magazins.
needless to say I did well with this contract,my photos got round the world,even focus Japan printed one.sold it to almost every sailing magazin also.