Advice for budding photographers
We will happily accept submissions from anyone, but competition for space is fierce so don’t be disheartened if we turn down shots. Send us low res jpgs via email and we will request the high res/film if we intend to publish.
If you’re just starting out and wondering how to crack the photography game, try going to a few events where you can shoot some professional riders. Keep shooting! Only through practice will you will get better and build up trust with the better riders. Don’t show off your bad shots, be harsh with your edit before sending them to magazines and websites (especially with everyone these days shooting thousands of digital images at a time).
It’s also a good idea to submit a package of shots that could be run as a story (provided you’ve got someone to pen the words). We often have a hard time using single images on the site because they’re up against the best in the world when it comes to space – quality over quantity!
Don’t send duplicate images to all the magazines. Send your submission to your favourite mag/site first (Whitelines, obviously!). Any that are rejected can then be sent on to competing mags in turn. There’s nothing a photo editor hates more than discovering a shot he’s published also got shown elsewhere!
Send your submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Advice for budding writers
We are more than happy to read any stories from budding writers. If you’ve never written anything for us before then we may well want proof of your skills before commissioning anything – send in examples of previous work you’ve had published, or even any rambling scribbles you might have lying around, just so long as there’s some quality on display as well as a unique ‘voice’.
Photography is key. You might be the best writer on the planet but if we can’t fill the article with lovely pictures then unfortunately we can’t publish it. Try picking a subject that’s easily illustrated with generic shots from the library – travel stories don’t tend to work unless you were fortunate enough to be on holiday with a crew of professional riders and a good photographer. Of course we might have shots of your chosen destination in our library, but don’t take this for granted.