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How to submit your photos

Posted by Teresa Hanafin  July 31, 2008 02:10 PM

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There are several ways to submit your photos for publication on RAW. Here's how:

1. Monthly contest
Our most popular feature is our monthly contest. Each one has a theme; you can find the theme highlighted on the front page of RAW as well as in the right column of individual pages. Each contest is judged by a professional who narrows the choices to 50; we post those Final 50 for a few days, and then the pro chooses a Top 10 - First, Second, and Third Place finishers and seven Honorable Mentions. First Place wins $100, Second gets $50, and Third Place takes home $25.
Read more here.

2. Photographer of the Week
We feature a different New England amateur photographer and a portfolio of 10 of their pictures each week. Sometimes their essays and photos have a theme, such as the photographer who also was a skydiver, or the woman who displayed her travel photos from Europe and Asia. You can nominate a colleague, friend or relative; someone you don't know whose work you admire, or even yourself -- the nominations are secret, so no one will know! You can see previous POTWs here. Interested? Just email your reasons for the nominations and a handful of photos - say, 5 -- or a link to the nominee's photo website to

3. Globe critiques
Twice a month, a Globe staff photographer conducts a critique of 5 photos from a New England amateur photographer. The critiques can focus on subject matter, composition, lighting, focus -- whatever you are having trouble with -- or can encompass everything. You can read past critiques here. To apply, send an email with 5 photos you'd like critiqued, what you'd like advice on, and a little about yourself and your camera to

4. Photo Challenges
Since everybody likes showing off their pictures, we solicit photos on various topics apart from the monthly contests. RAW Dawgs have sent in photos of the moon, food, and fall sports, for example. Watch the front page of RAW for announcements of the latest subjects.

5. On Assignment
Any amateur photographer who wants to write about a good place to take photos, an interesting photography-related place or event, or a photo exhibit can submit an essay and photos for publication on RAW. We pay $25 for each submission. You can see previous On Assignment essays here. To pitch your idea, just email

6. Tipsheets
Most of these are written by Globe photographers, but we're interested in getting tips from you, too. The tips should focus on a specific topic and include photos to illustrate your points. Tipsheets we've posted in the past include photographing flowers, shooting in bad or cold weather, and taking great landscape photos. Here are all the tipsheets we've posted to date.

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