how do I get work as a travel photographer?

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1. Posted by PhotoBry (Budding Member 2 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

So I'm planning on doing some traveling through western Europe. I'm an accomplished photographer in many different subjects Sports, still life's, portraits, and Dance. I would like to find a way to supplement some of the costs in my travels. So if anyone has any advice or knows a photographer looking for an apprentice please let me know.
Thank you

2. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

When you find out will you let me know?? ;)

I was reading a National Geographics Travel magazine the other day and was insanely jealous of the photographers.. they got to move to crazy awesome places and live for four months just going around taking pictures of amazing places... Ever since I was little I wanted to be a photographer for National Geographic...
Maybe you could call them up??

3. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Hehe, being a photographer for national geographic is also my dream! I'm thinking to follow a carreer in photography!
What I heard is that you have to send some of there pics to them, and if they are good enough, they might select you...

4. Posted by tingo (Full Member 94 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Oops...error in my previous post. I meant some of YOUR pictures and not THERE pictures ofcourse :)
Check this link:

5. Posted by leahrb (Full Member 209 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Thats pretty cool!! I never would have thought something like that existed. Maybe I'll randomly send in pictures to them, like every day ;)and hope for the best!! (or a miracle)

It's always an option to send them one of their own pictures and then if they don't pick you you can be like well what in the world? i sent you one of your own pictures and it wasn't good enough for you??
Except for the whole plagerism against the law thing that would be great

6. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


I believe to be a full-timer by Nat'l Geographic, you have to be taken on as an intern first. And I believe they only select a few a year. (no clue about the travel version though). One of my friends is working towards that and is paying her way right now in Central America living in low-income communities and taking pictures of the locals. it's costing her a lot because she's staying there for a while, but she is loving the experience, and is building her portfolio.

Katie ;)

7. Posted by PhotoBry (Budding Member 2 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

I tryed to get an internship with Nat Geo a few years ago I reveved a letter saying thank you but they had over 800 people for 3 positions and they couldn't see everyones work. At least I keept the letter. No I'm not looking to work for Nat Geo just be able to make a little money taking travel photos or maybe do an apprenticeship with someone.


8. Posted by highlander (Budding Member 3 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!

Its the hardest thing in the world. The job that everyone wants. The best way is to start by building a portfolio and showing some of your work online. Most media companies have someone who collects the site addresses of online stock images and different image banks so register with as many media companies as possible.

I was dead lucky to get offered two weeks photography work all down the South West coast of the UK last year. Now that is an enviable job. Travelling around with a motor home taking photos and getting paid for it.

I have about 40,000 images of varying quality and size taken on a variety of digital cameras and I keep them fairly organised as its amazing where your next request will come from and you have no idea what topic they will need. I use large memory cards and have a sony laptop and camera so I can just pop the memory stick in and transfer images to the PC straight away so I have no limit on the number of high quality shots I can take.

If you get a few photos online and a number of killer mini sites on the net your name will get around quite quickly. I dont make a living out of photography and I am the first to admit that I am still an amateur at it but I do collect lots of photos, many of mundane every day life things but it has paid off and I get around £500 a month from regular purchasers/ town partnerships, media contacts and online sales. It gradually builds up. These things take time.

Hope this is helpful


9. Posted by coldk (First Time Poster 1 posts) 16y Star this if you like it!


working for the national geographic is becoming harder and harder. Although a lot of their photographers are looking for alternative publishers due to national geographic's policy on payment. national geographic usually licences pictures from photographers, and recently they have been using photographs from their photographers without paying - so be warned!!!

There are other outlets. I'm a full-time travel photographer and use gettyimages. There is also corbis, and agefotostock.
Best bet is to have a look at existing stock libraries and see what destinations they are missing, then go there.

Hope this helps

10. Posted by ntupvs (Budding Member 5 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

approach the various countries tourism promotion boards..offer to help them promote their country - write articles and take photos in return for free flight and accomodation.

btw, life as a NG photog has been over-glamourised...check out their divorce rates