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Hobby Farms Photographer Guidelines

Thank you for your interest in submitting photographs for possible publication in Hobby Farms magazine. Hobby Farms is published bimonthly and is targeted toward small-farm owners involved in livestock and agricultural pursuits.

Hobby Farms receives photos from a number of photographers during the course of a year. The majority of photos are submitted by professional photographers that we have worked with previously; however, we are always interested in expanding our network and do accept photos submitted on spec.

What to send:

  • Size: minimum 4” x 6” (9”x12” to be considered for openers/covers; 13”x17” to be considered for spreads).

  • Resolution: 300dpi

  • Color: RGB

  • Format: jpeg

  • We accept high-resolution digital images. All photos should be clearly identified (proper name of subject, breed or species) and filenames should be less than 32 characters. All photos must either have captions/information embedded in the photo or be accompanied by a detailed caption list or other identifying information. All shots should also be tack-sharp—please check carefully before submitting.

As of 2015, we no longer accept any physical photo submissions of any kind. If you have any questions, please contact us for additional info.

How/where to send:

Subject line: Photos

Please do not send a large amount of high-res images for us to review. Not only will it bog down both our email servers, it will lengthen the amount of time before you hear back from us. A small selection on one topic is fine for review.

2015 Photo Rates
$450 cover
$200 inside 2-page spread
$125 inside partial 2-page spread
$100 inside color, full page
$65 inside color, partial page
$25 duplicate use in same issue
$50 new website use
20% duplicate website use

Unless otherwise indicated, we will assume materials do not need to be returned and can be kept on hand with our stock images for future consideration. We are building a searchable photo library, and your images will be added to this library so that your images can be considered for future needs. You retain all rights to your photos and you will be notified and paid if/when the images are used. If you do not want your images saved/considered for future use, please let us know.

If you need any extra information on where to find specific subjects or if you have questions regarding a particular topic, please contact us. We’ll help you get the shot we need!

Occasionally, we have certain subjects available for assignment. Additionally, please let us know if you have something in your area that suits our subject matter that you want to visit and photograph.

We are looking for photos with both high technical quality and good composition. Make sure the subject(s) fit within the frame—no cut-off feet, heads, etc. Avoid insufficient light levels or shutter speeds that will intensify graininess. Pay particular attention to the backgrounds; avoid clutter and situations that appear unsafe. Human subjects should be dressed appropriate to their task, including adhering to any safety standards.  All photos must be model released when necessary. Photos depicting subjects negatively should be "mocked up” or model released.

  • General stock images of people working around the farm: mending fences, building shelters for livestock, tilling land, setting up irrigation systems, maintaining tractor and other equipment, general wiring, sharpening tools, et cetera.

  • Stock images of people planting/picking fruits/vegetables, profile shots of individual seasonal produce.

  • General stock photos of cattle, horses, goats, sheep, llamas, alpacas, emus, pot-bellied pigs, ostrich, chickens of all breeds, rabbits of all breeds, pheasants, bees, etc. Photos of animals being cared for by owners and vets; animals at liberty; animals interacting and playing with each other, interacting with others. Farmers shearing sheep, gathering eggs, collecting honey, etc. Various ailments to livestock such as wounds, colic, abscesses, hoof problems, skin issues, etc.

  • Stock images of prospective farm buyers, sellers and agents on small farms; shots of farm inspections; what to look for when buying a small farm (electrical, water/well systems, propane tanks, septic systems, fencing, building construction and materials, property drainage, pasture quality, irrigation systems, road access, etc).

  • Shots of various crop pests; methods for controlling pests; soil; fertilization of soil; various crops growing; people working in fields.  


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Reader Comments
Have enjoyed your magazine for many years. Your guidelines for both writers and photographers are extremely helpful. I hope one day soon to be considered for publication inn your magazine.
Rbin, Comanche, TX
Posted: 9/25/2013 9:38:03 PM
As aspiring stock photographer, I am looking at submission guidelines for a lot of publications. I find your listing here to be more helpful than most. You've seemed to give me everything I need to do for us to do business together.
Cye Gray, Spring Hope, NC
Posted: 6/14/2011 2:43:42 PM
I'm curious if Hobby Farms and its related-magazines would accept illustration submissions? I don't see a large amount of it in each issue but commonly around the titles of some articles.
Jenny, Scarborough, ON
Posted: 4/12/2011 9:47:19 AM
I agree with Cheetah about the email and reasons. Go Green and accept photos via email. :-)

Except that you might get more submissions this way, there's really no other reason for you not to. Besides you could be missing out on some excellent photos because you don't and the person doesn't have a high quality printer and paper to print up digital photos. (It won't deter me.. just slow me down a bit.. but I've seen some wonderful pics by non-photographers who I know don't have fancy printers.):-)
Karyl, Lisbon, NY
Posted: 7/6/2010 2:56:58 AM
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