Submission Rules

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Submission Rules LAST UPDATE: DECEMBER 25, 2016

Your cooperation is necessary in order for us to give your work a full, fair and timely review. Please peruse and follow these guidelines carefully.

Members can submit 1 deviation per day, unless otherwise specified. Series of several similar images are not accepted. Please choose your best work and submit that.

Photos which have been already rejected can't be submitted again.

Submissions need 5 positive votes to get accepted, unless otherwise specified. Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we may not be able to respond to queries about specific rejections.

Basic requirements

We only accept photographic submissions. If your work combines different resources, they all must be photographs, or parts of photographs (no use of computer-generated media is allowed, such as overlayed text, fractals, vector graphics, digital drawing/painting, textures, etc., except for watermarks). Animations (videos, cinemagraphs, stop motion, time-lapse, etc.) are not allowed.

You must be the author of the work you submit. If your work combines different resources, you must be the author of each of them (no use of stock, licensed or non-proprietary images is allowed). If you are a model, though, you're allowed to submit photos which portray you, as long as you're given permission by the author. Submitting somebody else's work without permission will cause a permanent ban.

What kind of photos are accepted?

We're open to new work in all photographic based media, subjects and styles. We look for artists who have a mastery of the photographic medium, demonstrate vitality and originality in expression, excellence in composition, and have a lively imagination.

We seek after photos you want to come back to for a second time, photos which are moody and tell a story, photos that stand out. On average, we accept only 1/20th of all submissions, so don't feel down if one of yours is not.

What kind of photos are not accepted?

Photos with poor technical quality, with no other aspects to compensate for it, are not accepted. Grain, blur, cut arms and legs, tilts and other imperfections can sometimes enhance a photo, but there should always be a point in using a certain effect.

Photos with a too big watermark are not accepted (this includes the deviantART watermark).

Photos that are only documentary are not accepted. Please try to find a new creative twist when you photograph something, for example with an interesting angle, composition, lighting, symbolism or something else added to the original motif.

Common themes — such as sunsets, butterflies, roses, lonely trees, pets, tourist attractions, etc. — need to be outstanding and technically flawless to be accepted.

Zoo-photos, where it's obvious that the photo is not shot in nature but there is no special point of it being shot in a zoo, are not accepted.

Photos of sculptures, paintings, posters or other artwork are not accepted unless given a deeper meaning, since the photographer is not the original artist.

Self portraits are not accepted, unless they are unusually creative.

Product shots, logos and other shots with a typical commercial style are not accepted because they are not considered artistic here.

Photographs with mature content must have the mature filter or they will not be accepted.

Pornographic material or very repulsive photos are strictly prohibited, submitting such photos will cause a permanent ban.


These guidelines may change from time to time. When we update them in a material way, a notice will be posted on the blog page. We reserve the right to remove any previously accepted submission at any time for any reason from the group gallery.

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DawidRayFriebe's avatar
Just have a one question... Do you have some requirements about how big watermarks can be? I mean I don't like big watermarks, but the word "big" may be interpreted in a very various meanings... I use watermarks like that on the pic:… is it okay? ;>

Thanks for accepting my request! Arigato Gozaimashita! Woohooooo!