Aspect Ratio Magazine’s Submission Guidelines

  • Photographers need to be 18 years or over.
  • Emerging and established photographers from all over the globe are welcome to submit their work within the broad genre of contemporary photography.
  • Submission* of 6 to 10 of your best images** from a theme, saved at 72 dpi JPEG files with 1000 pixels on its widest side.
  • During submission, the featured image is the one that is the main image of your article that goes on AR’s ‘Home’ page.
  • Captions, if necessary, to be sent in the essay, in exactly the same order as the photographs.
  • Profile photo is required. (size 250 pixels on its widest side, saved at 72 dpi). It may or may not be used by us, depending on the nature of the article.
  • Photographers may be invited for an interview if more information needs to be ascertained.
  • Images to be edited, if required, before submission (e.g. adding contrast, colour, saturation, etc.), as there will be no scope of doing so after the submission  has been entered.
  • No manipulation to images or fabrication to stories allowed in themes that require the story in its true form (e.g. Documentary, Photojournalism).
  • Manipulation is allowed on images that fall under artistic categories (conceptual, abstract, and such).
  • Submitted images should not contain any watermark.
  • Submission category should be specified at the time of submission at the start of the ‘Essay/Story’ section. (This may or may not be mentioned in the published article).
  • A title is essential for the submitted work. (Every submission to have separate title). Maximum 2 submissions allowed at a time.
  • A short description of 25-60 words required to summarise your work. Examples can be found in AR’s previous essays.
  • Previously published images are accepted for submission, except when entering for competitions.
  • Photographer to provide a bio (150 words max). Any distinctions/awards/ education received, plus name of publications where any work has been
    published should be included.
  • Photographers who do not have an essay can provide a brief description of the images or any story or idea behind them. It can be the photographer’s own story that lead to photography or the chosen theme.
  • Projects requiring an essay/story, should include as much information as possible, e.g. location where the work was carried out, story behind carrying out
    the assignment, story of people or place in the images, any pressing social issue the photographer aims to highlight, idea behind the narrative, and so on. Let the readers know ‘who’, ‘what’, ‘when’, ‘where’, ‘why’, and ‘how’ behind the project.
  • All the essays and stories should be a minimum of 100 words and maximum of 2500 words. Anything below or above this count can be accepted on editor’s approval.
  • Content in the submission may be altered during editing process. Images’ sequence can be changed. The content publication is subject to the approval of the lead editor.
  • Submissions not adhering to the above guidelines may result in unnecessary delay or sometimes rejection.
  • Response time is between 2-4 weeks, but can go beyond that, depending on the number of submissions received.
  • For any other enquiry, please write to us on .
*Submission does not guarantee acceptance. Work that is not accepted will be deleted at our end within six months. Submission of the projects require subscription.  For submission of projects, it is recommended that you choose the subscription option appropriately, as submitted project can take anything between 1 to 3 months for processing. You will need to be subscribed during the processing period.
**Publication of all images is not guaranteed and will be done at the discretion of the editorial team.

Disclaimer: Photographers retain the right to their images, videos, and submitted essays. AR has the right to use accepted submissions in marketing materials, magazine websites, including social media sites, advertisements in print or digital, stills and video marketing, YouTube, etc. Every attempt will be made to include work of those photographers who fulfil the magazine’s criteria and provide a body of work that does not compromise magazine’s standards and ethics. Any content plagiarised, or any image that is not the original work of the photographer, will be immediately taken off our site in the event of this being brought to our attention. The editors reserve the right at all times to refrain from publishing an article, without cause or prior notification, even after acceptance and preparation.