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  The world's largest marine wildlife image database.

What 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, etc.

What 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 included.

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 species, etc.

How 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.

Supplying clients 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.

If you are using a digital camera these are the minimum accepted starndards:

1/ RAW format only. (i.e. Canon CRW, Nikon NEF, Olympus ORF, etc.) No jpg files.
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 and vertically.

If you hold a signed contract with Marine Themes please contact us by email for suggestions and requirements for diver photographs.

When photographing 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 and emotionally.

Regular "wants 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 recent submission.

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.


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