TAKE YOUR BEST SHOTS

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By submitting your photos to VOA through any means, including social media, you are granting VOA the right to use your photo and promising the photo represents your own original work. See our full terms and conditions.


Terms and Conditions

By uploading your photograph through any means, including social media, you represent and agree to the following:

  • The photograph is your own work and does not infringe upon any rights of others, including copyrights and trademarks.

  • You have obtained any relevant permission(s) from persons depicted in the photographs, including but not limited to minors.

  • You retain the copyright of the photograph that you upload. However, by uploading your photograph, you agree to give the Voice of America a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, assignable, and royalty-free license to use the photograph on any platform, including but not limited to print, television, Internet (including VOA-maintained social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook), mobile delivery, and to prepare any derivative works.

VOA reserves the right to screen and refuse to post any photograph that VOA, in its sole and unconditional discretion, deems to be inappropriate for any reason.

Photo Guidelines

  • File type should be in JPEG, GIF or PNG format.

  • File size is limited to 5 megabytes.

  • Dimensions: Your photo should be at least 975 pixels wide. If your photo is smaller, it may look pixelated when we post it. 


Tips for taking a good photo


Clear subject
 
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  • You should be able to identify a subject immediately.
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  • The subject should dominate the image and form the viewer’s first impression.
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Composition
 

 
  • Use the rule of thirds
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  • Keep distractions out of the background
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  • Keep it simple
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Sharp focus, correct exposure
 
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  • This may sound obvious, but you can’t see the picture if it’s blurry.
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Does the photo tell a story?
 

 
  • Viewers want to see a story in your photo.
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  • Does it elicit emotion?

Your Best Shots

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  • Artificially dyed chicks on sale at a market in Chumphuang market, northeast Thailand. (Photo taken by Matthew Richards/Thailand/VOA reader)
  • A metro train is seen running over the frozen Potomac River in Arlington, Virginia, USA, Jan. 29, 2014. (Photo taken by Dimitris Mantis/VOA Greek Service)
  • A 90-year-old Thai woman uses a pair of traditional metal cutters to slice open an areca nut that she will then chew mixed with betel leaf and lime paste to form a mild stimulant. (Photo taken by Matthew Richards/Thailand/VOA reader)
  • The first full moon of 2014 seen in Orange, California on Jan. 16, 2014 (Photo taken by Vu Ngoc Linh/VOA reader)
  • Seagulls sitting on ice in the freezing pool outside Capitol Hill as temprature drops to -10°F. (Photo taken by Diaa Bekheet/VOA)
  • Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, blanketed in snow on Dec. 2, 2014 (Photo taken by Dimitris Manis/VOA/Greek Service)
  • Colorful Christmas decoration on Sixth Avenue, Manhattan, New York, Dec. 22, 2013. (Photo taken by Thao Doan/VOA reader)
  • A Thai hill tribe elder plays a traditional bamboo wind instrument as the sun sets in the village of Khun Klang, Chiang Mai province. (Photo taken by Matthew Richards/Thailand/VOA reader)
  • A line of ducks walk home along the banks of a flooded paddy field in northeast Thailand. (Photo taken by Matthew Richards/Thailand/VOA reader)
  • An elderly Thai woman sifts through rice grains on a bamboo tray, a process that removes stalks and dust from her newly harvested crop. (Photo taken by Matthew Richards/Thailand/VOA reader)
  • A rainy and cloudy day on a drive through Mahi-Par Par Mountain Pass from Jalalabad to Kabul in eastern Afghanistan. (Photo taken by Bismillah/Afghanistan/VOA reader)
  • Lone Deer in the morning mist of Fish Creek Park, Calgary, Alberta Canada (Photo by Robert Tanner/Canada/VOA reader)
  • Autumn day in Confederation Park in Calgary, Alberta, Canada (Photo taken by Cuong Pham/Canada/VOA reader)
  • Taking pictures while visiting the mangrove forest in Vietnam (Photo taken by Võ Đình Anh Triết/Vietnam/VOA reader)
  • Flowers grow on a rock covered with moss. The rock from Spratlys Islands was given as a gift in 2011 to War Remnants Display on Mount Hon Me, Hon Dat district, Kien Giang province, Vietnam. (Photo taken by Bùi Thụy Đào Nguyên/Vietnam/VOA reader)