Thank you for your interest in having your photography represented by Lonely Planet Images. We are always looking to represent new, high quality travel images from Professional Travel Photographers who have an established collection of images and are able to make regular submissions of no less than 500 tightly edited images per quarter. This document contains information about the library and submission guidelines.
Established in 1998, Lonely Planet Images is an on-line photo agency and stock library with a unique and comprehensive collection of over 300,000 downloadable travel images. All images accepted by Lonely Planet Images are made available to photo buyers worldwide through our website for searching, layout and licensing. We accept submissions of images captured on 10 mega pixel or higher digital SLR cameras.
Travel photography is rich in subject matter and we want our image collection to be comprehensive and unique. We are looking for travel pictures that capture the diversity of all the world’s countries from the major tourist attractions to everyday scenes, from remote landscapes to the interiors of homes, from popular destinations to little known places off the beaten track. Festivals, food, flora, wildlife, transport, communications, art, architecture, portraits and landscapes are just some of the many subjects we are looking for.
Additionally, we require concept and stylistic imagery that presents travel in a less literal way such as: new views of familiar subjects, stylistic images that convey emotion through movement, colour and shape and photographs of travellers on the road participating in the travel experience.
Lonely Planet Images will only licence images to third parties that it represents exclusively. Exclusivity is required to guarantee clients that the same or similar image will not be licensed for use by competing clients. Granting exclusive representation rights to LPI has several benefits including: increasing the potential value of an image, creating a distinction between quality library stock and royalty-free stock, giving clients confidence in the originality of images and setting high standards that will be respected by clients. Although the images are represented exclusively, photographers may reproduce their own images on their own website, in exhibitions (including print sales from such exhibitions), self-promotion, or publications that feature the photographer and their work.
Lonely Planet Images has distribution agreements with Getty Images, All Posters and territory based partners in The Americas, Europe and Asia further increasing the exposure and licensing potential of selected photographs.
As the on-line library requires a major investment in equipment and time, we require a commitment to represent selected images for a minimum of 5 years.
Licensing fees and payment
Photographers receive 40% of image licensing fees. Payments are made quarterly.
If you want your photos to be available for commercial uses, you will need to get the consent of any people you photograph. Please use the following model release form:
By signing this document:
I irrevocably consent to the Photographer (and its licensees and assigns) incorporating my image or likeness in photographs or illustrations in any form or media (images) and reproducing, publishing and communicating the Images in any form and media for any purpose, whether commercial or otherwise (including advertising), and to the use of my name and any other text or works in connection with the Images. I waive any right to inspect or approve the Images or any publication incorporating the Images and any right to compensation for the use of the Images by the Photographer, its licensees and assigns. I release the Photographer, its licensees and assigns from any or all claims, actions, proceedings, demands and expenses and other liability that may arise in connection with the use of the Images by any person. I confirm that I am either over 18 years of age or that my parent or guardian has also agreed to these terms by signing in the space provided below.
I understand and agree to the above.
Signed by parent/guardian:
Description of image:
If you want your photos of private property to be available for commercial uses, you will need to get the consent of the property owners. Please use the following property release form
By signing this document:
I irrevocably consent to the Photographer (and its licensees and assigns) incorporating an image or likeness of the property described below in photographs or illustrations in any form or media (images) and reproducing, publishing and communicating the Images in any form and media for any purpose, whether commercial or otherwise(including advertising). I waive any right to inspect or approve the Images or any publication incorporating the Images and any right to compensation for the use of the Images by the Photographer, its licensees and assigns. I release the Photographer, its licensees and assigns from any or all claims, actions, proceedings, demands and expenses and other liability that may arise in connection with the use of the Images by any person. I warrant that I am the owner of the property and/or am fully authorised to enter this property release.
Description of image:
Sending a Submission for Consideration
Submissions for consideration are accepted by mail only. In order for our photo editors to accurately assess your work a first submission must consist of a minimum of 500 low res jpeg files (72 dpi) on CD/DVD that represent the range of your collection’s geographic and content coverage. Place images from each country in a separate folder.
We would also like to know a little about you, so please include answers to the following questionnaire with your image submission.
- Business Name
- How long have you been a professional photographer?
- Please give us an overview of your collection (countries & subjects)
- Do you specialise in any particular subjects?
- What is the approximate number of images that would be available for exclusive representation by Lonely Planet Images?
- What period (in years) does your collection cover?
- Do you currently have stock with any other agencies? If so, which agencies?
- To which countries do you intend to travel and photograph in the next 12 months?
- List photographic experience, affiliations and relevant memberships (or attach CV)
- How did you hear about Lonely Planet Images?
Contact and delivery details
Send CD/DVD of images, cover sheet and questionnaire to:
Lonely Planet Images
90 Maribyrnong Street
Tel: +61 3 8379 8181
- Images must be shot in RAW format using a 10 mega pixel or higher digital SLR camera.
- All images submitted for review should be available for exclusive representation and therefore should not currently be represented by any other photo library or agency.
- If we are interested in your work after reviewing your first submission of 500 images, you will be required to re-submit those images as high resolution tiff files for a technical assessment before a contract is offered.
- We regret that we are unable to provide individual feedback if it is decided not to take your initial submission further.
- CDs/DVDs will not be returned