We want to see your stuff.
Confluence Magazine invites submissions of completed and in-process projects from photographers who are experienced photographers, but new (or new-ish) to journalistic documentary work. If you're not yet published or not yet widely published, and looking to expand your visibility, we want to work with you. We believe that sharing the work you are making is an important part of the process of storytelling. We also believe that there is a need for more thoughtful storytelling work created by diverse voices. We are committed to being a platform for new and diverse voices, and for stories that may get overlooked in the crowded and narrowly-focused news cycle.
We want a certain kind of stuff.
We're creating a space to present stories with journalistic merit such as you might see in a newspaper, magazine or other media outlet. When considering if your project is right for submission, ask yourself:
1) Does this story take me outside the boundaries of my own home or social circle to photograph?
2) Does this story have a "hook", ie, a compelling aspect that would grab the attention of someone totally unconnected to you, which you've capitalized on to craft an interesting narrative?
3) Can I connect this story to larger social or cultural issues in the world around me that people care about or need to learn more about?
4) Does this story expose viewers to new information or perspectives that they might not have access to or have encountered in their own sphere?
5) Does your work adhere to the best of your ability to a photojournalistic code of ethics? (See World Press Photo Code of Ethics here.) We recognize that when still developing your documentary portfolio you may have created work that isn't fully adherent to a COE so please disclose any deviations when you submit. It does not necessarily rule out a submission but we do insist on being transparent, because we seek to elevate emerging documentarians into the professional sphere.
For a feature submission:
Please send 6-10 images via wetransfer.com to firstname.lastname@example.org from your completed project. ALSO send a Word document (or compatible format) paragraph describing your project. Please include relevant details like location, key people in your story, why you're shooting it/your connection to it, and your personal reasons for telling this story. Be sure your description covers the "Who, What, When, Where and Why" of your story. If you wish to caption your images, do so by numbering your files, and listing your captions in the Word document according to file #.
If you are selected, you'll be asked to submit 50-60 total images. Your images and description will be given to a selected photojournalist for curating and sequencing - they may or may not reach out to you to learn more and/or request additional images. When this process is completed we'll give you a look at the final cut, and may invite additional comments from you for publication. The guest curating photographer will also give their thoughts on this project for the publication.
Your project will be published as curated by the photojournalist. Additionally, we will interview you for the blog either via emailed questions or by FaceTime/Skype/etc.
To submit a project still in process:
Please send 6-10 images via wetransfer.com to email@example.com that best represent the story you're telling and give a clear idea of the direction you're going with your project. ALSO include a paragraph explaining your vision and why you value this story.
If your project is selected, we will ask you to send 25-30 images, and Confluence editors will select 10-12 images for publication.
Submission Copyright & Use Terms
By submitting photos for publication in Confluence Magazine you are stipulating that you own copyright to these photographs, and grant Confluence Magazine a non-exclusive license to use the photograph in its submitted form, subject to re-sizing for web use, for publication on the Confluence Magazine website for as long as the website exists. You further grant Confluence Magazine permission to use it for promotion on social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook in posts intended to promote the magazine/website. You agree to allow Confluence Magazine's staff to store the images along with identifying information related to the images for as long as the website exists.
Works published on this website are protected under domestic and international copyright laws and are not considered to be public domain.
Should you, for any reason, wish your photographs to be removed from the website, we will make every effort to do so. However, please note also that third parties such as educational institutions, search engines or individuals are capable of downloading, saving, storing or archiving this (or any other) website with or without our knowledge. Alas it is the nature of the beast that Confluence Magazine has no control over such downloading and subsequent use, and therefore cannot accept responsibility for any such use. You therefore agree not to hold Confluence Magazine responsible for misuse by persons known or unknown.