Send us your best shot TOS

Posted July 18th, 2012 at 3:27 pm (UTC-4)
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Send us your best shot

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: Our site displays photos at 975 pixels wide, so we like to receive images that are at least that wide. If your photo is smaller, it may look pixelated when we post it.


Tips for taking a good photo

Clear subject Composition Sharp focus, correct exposure Does the photo tell a story?
  • You should be able to identify a subject immediately.
  • The subject should dominate the image and form the viewer’s first impression.
  • Use the rule of thirds
  • Keep distractions out of the background
  • Keep it simple
  • This may sound obvious, but you can’t see the picture if it’s blurry.
  • Viewers want to see a story in your photo.
  • Does it elicit emotion?