Contributing to the PA Places Project

The PA Places project welcomes submissions from photographers or video producers living and working in Pennsylvania.

The editorial team is interested in seeing any work consistent with the purpose of the project, which is to document the material culture of places in Pennsylvania and the lives of the state's residents within those places and that culture.

Should your work be included in the project you will receive full credit in the form of an creator's information screen that users of PA Places may view. The creator's information may include a statement about your work, an image of yourself, and public contact information.

Comp of the creator's information screen as it appears in the tvOS application.

Currently, no payment is made by PA Places for the exhibition of photographs or videos. The sole consideration offered is exhibition of your work via the PA Places tvOS application should your work be chosen for inclusion in the project.

 

Photos

The editorial team is interested in seeing portfolios of photographs that document the material culture of a place in Pennsylvania at a moment in time. This means that, in general, the photos in the portfolio should have been taken around the same time, within a few days. However, photos that document a defined process over a longer period of time will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Portfolios should contain 3-25 photos, with a title, description, and approximate latitude and logitude of each photo location. If possible, photos should have GPS information embedded in them. Photos must fill a horizontal 1920 x 1080 pixel frame, be JPEG format "high" quality, and have a resolution of 72dpi. Our preference is to be provided with links to the images you wish to submit.

Because of various legal issues that may arise from the public exhibition of photos, all submissions of photographs to the PA Places project must be accompanied by a signed copy of the project's Photo Submission Agreement. Should the circumstances of a specific photo warrant, we may request a model release be provided before the picture is exhibited.

In any case, the PA Places editorial team makes no promises about whether or not or for how long any material submitted to the project will be exhibited.

Please note that the following classes of photos are likely not to be considered or exhibited on PA Places:

material that appears to have been created solely to promote or advocate for a specific political, policy, legislative, or juridical outcome, however, this rule should not be taken to exclude photojournalistic coverage of political events

images that appears to have been created solely advance public relations goals for any public figure, established organization, cause, business, or commercial brand, however, this rule should not be taken to exclude photojournalistic coverage of public figures, or organizations or business activities

commercial, marketing, or advertising images

images taken in a private space without the knowledge of the subject(s)

images that appear to be constructed from other images or those that appear to have been heavily processed or retouched

abstract images

images that are sexually explicit or posed images depicting violence

images of animals that show them engaged in anything but normal behavior for the animal

In interpreting the foregoing guidelines the PA Places editorial team may reference the NPPA code of ethics and generally accepted legal principles realted to photography.

Please download the Photo Submission Requirements and Guidelines for additional information.

 

Videos

The editorial team is also interested in seeing videos 3 to 15 minutes in length that are consistent with the documentary purposes of the PA Places project. The project's documentary purposes do not exclude scripted dramatic videos if such work concerns stories that unfold in Pennsylvania.

Reguardless of the format it was orginated in, a submitted video must be in a format supported by the 4th generation AppleTV.

Because of various legal issues that may arise from the public exhibition of videos, all submissions of videos to the PA Places project must be accompanied by a signed copy of the project's Video Submission Agreement.

Please note that the topics noted above as likely to exclude photos from consideration are also likely to disqualify videos.

Please download the Video Submission Requirements and Guidelines for additional information.

 

Download Information and Required Submission Forms

To begin the contribution process, download and fill out the PDF forms, save your changes, and then e-mail the completed PDF forms to contribute@pennplaces.com.

Photo Submissions Requirements & Guidelines (PDF)

Photo Submission Agreement (PDF)

Photo Submission Form (PDF)

Video Submissions Requirements & Guidelines (PDF)

Video Submission Agreement (PDF)

Video Submission Form (PDF)

Creative's Information Form (PDF)