Narratively is always looking for photo stories that bring new perspectives and voices to accompany our catalog of human-centric storytelling. Please note that we publish photo essays as opposed to photo galleries – while great photography is the backbone of each piece, every photo essay must also have a story arc that is driven by both visuals and original reporting. 

Our photo stories usually have between 10 and 20 photos, with reporting presented via captions and accompanying text that informs the readers about the larger story as well as all of the details.

What to Submit: We review completed photo essays or works in progress. Each submission should include a headline that defines the unique focus of the story, along with a series of photographs and explanatory text. We collaborate closely with all contributors to edit the stories and prepare them for publication.

We are always looking for something new and untold. If the story has been done before, we want to see a surprising perspective or a new angle. Submissions should fall into one of Narratively’s primary channels:

Super Subcultures

Stories about people who build their lives around weird and wonderful obsessions. 

Examples:

http://narrative.ly/getting-hooked-weird-wonderful-world-body-suspension/

http://narrative.ly/welcome-to-moonlight-rollerway-where-nothing-has-changed-since-1956/

http://narrative.ly/the-jamaican-dance-style-keeping-brooklyn-kids-off-the-street/

Renegades

Profiles of fearless game changers who are reconstructing the world in their own unique way. 

Examples: 

http://narrative.ly/these-farc-guerrillas-are-trading-their-guns-for-cameras/ http://narrative.ly/government-killed-families-now-women-helping-survive/

Deep Dives

Ambitious projects that put a human face on an important and newsworthy issue.

Examples: 

http://narrative.ly/20-inmates-show-the-heartbreaking-cost-of-growing-old-behind-bars/

http://narrative.ly/the-camera-thats-flipping-stereotypes-of-fatherhood-upside-down/

Memoir

Photo series that provide an intimate look at a photographer’s life, with a concrete narrative.

http://narrative.ly/putting-my-camera-down-and-finally-mourning-my-parents/

http://narrative.ly/shooting-while-sleepwalking/