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I'm sure this one has been asked before - but I thought I would bring it up again and see how this is done? I am alittle new at the photography side of things - I have been just working on my skills and practising the past while - it is now to try and make a name for myself someplace ... I have been reading some info about the requirments of being a sports photographer and getting photos published seemed to be one of the more important side that needs to be done to get noticed ...
Any pointer or other info on this topic anyone care to share??
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From your Nationality Flag I see you are Canadian Andrew.
Here in the UK there is a wonderful annually-updated publication called 'The Writers and Artists Yearbook' which is jam-packed with all manner of publications and their respective submissions requirements.
I have no idea if there is a Canadian equivalent but - if there is - I would recommend you grabbing a copy 'yesterday' ()
(And thanks for the question - I had forgotten to order my copy!! )
So tell me something - I guess it would be the same as selling a photo from a stock photo type website - would be classed as getting a photo published ??
Two totally different concepts Andrew.
With a stock photo library, you are depending upon editors looking for a photo and finding yours amongst (literally) millions of others. It's a very passive approach and there was a magazine article in UK earlier this year that suggested that over 90% of photographers who submit images to stock libraries never sell even a single photo.
When you submit direct to magazines, then you are doing the work - which really starts with detailed research. As Mike mentioned, an invaluable resource in UK is the Writers and Photographers Year Book. I am sure there will be something similar in your part of the world.
But the book is only the beginning. You then have to try to select those publications that might be interested in the type of photographs you specialise in. You then have to very carefully research their needs and requirements. You then have to be sure that you are producing to the required quality and complying with their submission guidelines (every magazine is different) and then you have to send a few of your very best images addressed personally to the picture editor. Send more than a dozen or send any of less that top quality and he will not look beyond the first.
Eventually you will be on first name terms with the appropriate staff in the appropriate magazines and, when they get a few images from you, they will look at them.
Next stage is that, when they are commissioning feature articles, they might also come to you to commission photographs specifically for those articles.
Largely the professional sports market is very tied up in the UK, with plenty of very high end professional contributors.
You've got to output some really fabolous photos to get your nose in.
Amateur sports is a different matter, and the standards are really low, but so is the pay, if it exists.
To be a sports photographer you need contacts in the sports world. Both among the journalists and among the sportsmen and managers themselves .
Photographers, even competant ones are ten a penny in these digital days so to succeed you need something that others don't have. Only you can know what that would be but you want to go into a field that is heavily, vastly, massively oversubscribed. It will never be easy.
You could try http://www.sportsshooter.com, although a US focused site there are around 100 Canadians on there with an interest in sports photography. Their forum might be a good place to get more specific Canadian/North American publication feedback.
If it's anything like the UK, you are probably best working with a local team to provide the shots they need, then expand that to the local press, and build your name from the amatuer level/ground up.
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