Having work featured in widely recognised publications can give a real boost to confidence, however, as always with pitching work, photographers need to be realistic and prepared for rejection (or, more commonly, complete silence) after upload. There is a blizzard of picture submissions to papers and magazines every day and work needs to stand out, be topical and eye candy.
This gallery is a selection of some of my images that have featured in a variety of publications, both here in the UK and overseas. Several of the successes have surprised me in terms of how well they have circulated but, as time has gone by, I have grown to realise what it is that the picture editors look for and, along with producing my own style of material on location - and whenever possible within my workflow - I also produce images that I feel they may find compelling for their readerships. Vibrant, positve, colour-intense vistas generally seem to be highly popular for editorial content. Abstract, gloomy, weird or obscure images, not so much...
If you are planning on submitting any of your work to the press then you should bear in mind that picture editors often work closely with both in-house and freelance professional photographers on their publications - and they are also probably keen photographers themselves to boot - so they have a clear understanding of the rules of composition and of photographic technique. Crucially though, they also have a tight schedule and masses to do, therefore submitted material needs to grab their attention from the moment they first see it.
It's a common question that crops up during conversations with photographers in my group sessions:- "How do I get my material published?" Together with the method and technical answers that I mention further down the page I would say two words: consistency and persistency... Keep regularly submitting good eye-catching work and try to be on the top of the pile on the desk in the office of the picture editor at least once or twice a week.