Subjects to Shoot and Submit
Put in simple terms
we are seeking any and all images related in any way to the marine world,
particularly in relation to wildlife, environment, ecology and human interaction.
This includes fresh water subjects that are related to the marine environment
such as salmon or eel migration, bears and birds feeding on such, trout,
freshwater crocodiles, ecological problems such as erosion or salination,
types of subject matter
To find out what subjects
to submit to Marine Themes read through the categories that are included in the database. That will show you the broad range
of subjects that are covered with this niche stock library. As the files
grow other categories will be added or broken down into more specific
descriptions. Also spend some time browsing through the database itself to see what sort of images have already been
If you have images
similar to those already on file that does not mean that they will not
be accepted. Even common animals are required especially if they have
been photographed in a different way or with a different approach. For
example you may notice that there are Gray Reef Sharks in the Marine Themes
database. This species is very common in all tropical oceans. However
we will still accept good clean identification shots as well as more graphic
or different lighting/compositions, shots that show particular behaviour
such as mating or feeding as well as other aspects such as researchers
working with this species.
The reason for accepting
images of subjects already included is that paying clients almost always
have pre conceived ideas of what their wanted image looks like. The more
options that we can offer the better chance of satisfying our clients
so that they will come back again for their next project.
As an example of some
very common subjects that are readily available to most photographers
we would be happy to accept images of krill, plankton, jellyfish, seaweed,
kelp, commercial fishing, waves, seabirds, aquaculture, divers and many
other similar subjects. (All
photographs which include people or property that are recognisable must
be accompanied with a model or property releases. Sample property and
model releases will be supplied on request to photographers
who hold a signed contract with Marine Themes.)
Of course we also
want rare or unusual animals or those simply hard to get such as beaked
whales, coelacanth, giant squid, mating white sharks, new or undescribed
to shoot your images
All images submitted
must be impeccable in sharpness, exposure and composition.
We are more than willing
to consider accepting photographs that break these rules if in doing so
the technique enhances the image or if the subject is exceptionally rare.
with images that are not sharp, correctly exposed or are badly composed
will not help our clients, will damage our professional reputation and
will not help you to achieve professional standards. There is enough bad
marine photography already out in the market place, especially in Royalty Free companies
and the big stock libraries. We want to supply our advertising and publishing
clients with only the best images at prices that reflect that quality.
If at all possible
shoot with fine grain colour transparency (slide) film. Colour negative
films will only be accepted on occasion as outlined in the Photographers
Info page. Recommended transparency films include Fuji Velvia for
macro and some general subjects, Fuji Provia for general subjects and
Kodachrome 64 (strongly recommended for "blue water" subjects
taken without strobe lights of subjects such as whales and dolphins).
Kodak professional transparency films which seek to copy the Fuji films
are also acceptable.
you are using a digital camera these are the minimum accepted starndards:
RAW format only. (i.e. Canon CRW, Nikon NEF, Olympus ORF, etc.) No jpg
2/ Minimum of 6 megapixel files. 8-14 megapixels preferred. We will accept
4-5 megapixel files in some circumstances if the subject is rare or unusual.
If you lack experience
and would like more information on technical matters associated with taking
photographs abovewater or underwater please contact us by email.
We will supply detailed suggestions and techniques to those who hold a
signed contract with Marine Themes.
Try to shoot and/or
submit every subject both vertically (portrait orientation) and horizontally
(landscape orientation). Vertical composition is often lacking in subjects
as cameras are designed to be held so that the composition is horizontally
orientated. Wherever possible please try to compose both horizontally
If you hold a signed
contract with Marine Themes please contact us by email for suggestions and requirements for diver photographs.
animals try to avoid "bum shots", angles that are of the animal
swimming away from the camera. As always there are exceptions to this
rule but generally the animal should be facing the camera or in profile.
The eye should be both visible and the point of focus, both literally
lists" (images needed for our files that have been requested by clients)
will be distributed along with our newsletter to each photographer that
holds a contract with us along with technical tips, "how to"
techniques and personal requests and/or suggestions based on your most
Remember that while
our clients are our and your source of income you, the photographer, are
our most valued asset. If you have any concerns at all or questions on
any matter please be assured that we want to hear from you. Contact us
at any time by email.