Hi, we’re delighted you want your work up on NiF.
The very reason this portal exists is to provide a platform for you to share your stories, images, experiences in the best possible manner.
All your stories are welcome, we are here to help in narrating them in an engaging manner.
HOW DO I SUBMIT A STORY?
There are two ways to make this happen.
Send us a submission via email on firstname.lastname@example.org (refer to the instructions below).
Login to The Hive and create your very own profile. Here, you can upload your photography and photostories without any intervention or delay. That's your space.
SUBMISSION VIA EMAIL
Our editorial team checks submissions every day and reviews the list every week (we make it a point to respond to every submission). Our ultimate obligation is to a reader so if the submission isn't relevant in that regard, we will reach out and help you narrate the story in a better manner.
Please go through our website to familiarise yourself with the kind of sections we have. You can submit stories to us for any of these sections.
Since Nature inFocus is a photography-led website, the images you submit will be the mainstay for our selection process. The edit team is happy to help you put the story together, help write it as well, but we do insist that the photographs fit our aesthetic.
WHAT SHOULD A PHOTOSTORY HAVE?
The good news is we are very flexible with formats.
1. More than one photo with text
A series of photographs between 8 to 15 in number that succinctly illustrate an idea , without much help from the captions.
Each of the photographs in the series should be able to contribute something uniquely to the content of the story, while sticking to the narrative.
The photographs should preferably be horizontal taking into account the predilection of the web.
Text: Include captions for each photograph. Make sure the information is accurate. If you don't know how to tell this story in words, our edit team is ready to help.
2. Single picture story format
Have only one photo for the story? A photostory doesn't always need to be 12 photos long. Sometimes, one photo is enough. The photograph should be the story and strong enough to stand alone.
The accompanying text (250-300 words depending on the section the photograph is intended for) should be elaborate, providing an entry into understanding the photograph. Backstories could be interesting anecdotes keeping the photograph as the canvas while despatches could describe what happened after the scene. Here too, our edit team will be happy to help you write it out.
A listicle format is best used if you have a catalogue of pictures that are disparate, yet can be tied together to form a cohesive story. About 10-12 pictures, accompanying captions and 100-150 words of text to go with each photograph should be sufficient.
Think you know everything there is to know about a little-known destination? Share it with our readers. We will send you a template once your pitch is accepted.
THE TECHNICAL STUFF
Size: Photographs should be in jpeg format at least 1920px on the longer side, irrespective of dpi/ ppi. File sizes should be kept under 2MB for easy transfers.
Cropping: Allowed, as long as it doesn’t compromise on the ratio and resolution.
Post processing: Basic levels/ contrast and burning/ dodging allowed without tampering the accuracy and integrity of the photograph. Realistic photographs (as the photographer had seen it) are preferred over HDR ones. The best thing would be to send us RAW images.
- While writing, try and focus on one angle of the story; trying to stuff it with too much information would just make it generic.
- If you think you have a great pitch but aren’t sure how to transform it into a great story, send us the brief anyway. Our edit team is always happy to help.
- Let us know when you travelled/ when you plan to travel to the place the story originates from.
- If you have already published this story elsewhere (even on a personal blog), please mention it to us.
WILL I GET PAID FOR MY SUBMISSION?
NiF will pay only if the content submitted to the portal is EXCLUSIVE, ie, is not available for viewing/ reading on any other platform, including but not restricted to blogs, other content websites, print platforms, even social media. It is a space for you to showcase your work in the best way possible. We provide the platform and an editorial team, you bring us the stories.
All freelancers who write for us will share their work using only the NiF link/ site for until 3 weeks after it is published on NiF. After that they can upload on their own sites for promotion purposes. The same story cannot be sold or shared with other publications unless with written confirmation from NiF
If a story has been commissioned as an assignment by NiF, where a team goes out and collects content exclusively for NiF, that content belongs to NiF. Raw footage must be delivered to NiF. Contributors to that story can use the story for promotion using the NiF website as a source. After 3 months, they can upload on own platforms with a line stating First written for and published by Nature inFocus with a link back to the site.
WHAT SHOULD MY SUBMISSION EMAIL HAVE?
Make sure your pitch includes the following information:
Describe your story in one line
What format best fits your story?
What category on the site best fits your story?
Give us a detailed pitch (include angle and outline) in 100 words
Do you have high-resolution photos?
And finally, mail us at email@example.com