This a list of magazines that regularly publish travel photography. Before submitting your work, you should familiarize yourself with the magazine, so you understand the magazine’s needs. We have only included magazines that pay for your work, as we don’t believe in giving away photos in return for “exposure.” We advise you to read over the submission requirements carefully and submit your work as requested. You should NEVER agree to give up all rights to your photos.
Click the links below to go directly to submission guidelines for each of these magazines. If you can’t click through on the title of the magazine, it means that we’ve included it because it’s a popular travel magazine, but they do not accept work from freelance photographers. If you know of a magazine that should be included here, please send us a link!
Adirondack Life – Adirondack Life covers New York’s six-million-acre Adirondack Park, which offers more wild country than Yellowstone, Yosemite and Glacier National Parks combined. Within six bimonthly and two special-focus issues, the magazine, based in Jay, New York, explores the region’s people, places, wildlife, history and public issues, and gives readers insider tips on outdoor recreation, from hiking and canoeing to ice-climbing and backcountry skiing. Adirondack Life works with freelance photographers on every issue. All images must be taken in the Adirondack Park. Ideas for photo essays and photo features are welcome.
AFAR Magazine – AFAR is the multi-platform travel media brand that inspires and guides those who travel the world to connect with its people, experience their cultures, and understand their perspectives. Its platforms include the award-winning AFAR magazine; AFAR.com, recently named a Top 10 site That Makes Travel Easier; the non profit foundation Learning AFAR; and immersive travel series AFAR Experiences. AFAR has several departments that may be of interest to travel photographers.
Alaska Airlines Magazine – Alaska Airlines Magazine is the complimentary, in-flight magazine of Alaska Airlines. Our photographic interests lie specifically in places within Alaska Airlines’ route system. The airline’s territory is primarily Alaska and the West, but other destinations can be found on the route map in the back section of the magazine. Our subjects cover a variety of topics, such as: nature, sports/adventure, travel, arts and entertainment, lifestyle, and business. The images should offer a sense of location and possess sharp, clean, bright color, and thoughtful composition.
Alaska Magazine – Alaska Magazine is dedicated to depicting life in Alaska through high-quality images of its people, places and wildlife. Color photographs from professional free-lance photographers are used extensively and selected according to their creative and technical merits.
AMC Outdoors Magazine – AMC Outdoors relies on the talents of regional photographers throughout the Northeastern United States for powerful images and we welcome submissions for review. For cover images, we look for action-oriented, exceptional images set in jaw-dropping landscapes. Other subjects include hiking, climbing, skiing, camping, snowshoeing, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, etc. The images we’re most likely to use will be ones where the person or people in the image are in the foreground and are clearly having fun at what they are doing.
American Profile – American Profile celebrates the American spirit through positive, uplifting stories of the people, places and traditions that make America great. Our audience is hometown America. Photography is assigned on a per story basis within the photographer’s geographic area. To be considered for assignments, send us a CD containing samples of your photography.
Arizona Highways – Arizona Highways’ award-winning photography and travel journalism and its commitment to discovering the state’s treasures has brought the beauty and splendor of Arizona to visitors and natives alike for more than 85 years.Nearly all photographs used in our publications are purchased from free-lance photographers. One-time publication rights are purchased, and all other rights remain with the photographer.
Backpacker Magazine – Backpacker Magazine primarily covers hiking. When warranted, we cover canoeing, kayaking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and other human-powered modes of travel. Backpacker generally uses stock photography and assigns photographers for a limited number of magazine-sponsored trips.
Blue Ridge Country – Blue Ridge Country is an international award-winning bimonthly regional magazine covering travel, history, food, festivals, outdoors and the environment in the mountains of nine southern U.S. states. We can especially use more images from Kentucky, South Carolina and Alabama as well as our other coverage states: Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina. All shots must be taken in the coverage states.
Canadian Geographic – Canadian Geographic magazine is a Canadian magazine that is unapologetic about celebrating Canada. We’re dedicated to uncovering and communicating the stories about Canadian people, places, frontiers and issues (past and present) that Canadian magazine readers want. Owned by The Royal Canadian Geographical Society, Canadian Geographic magazine is more than a geography publication, each issue of Canadian Geographic is a voyage of discovery and exploration that features the latest science, environment, travel and human and cultural stories from across Canada. The writing comes to visual life through stunning photography and elegant art direction.
Caribbean Beat Magazine – Caribbean Beat Magazine is the inflight magazine of Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica. It is the Caribbean’s leading magazine on Caribbean and West Indian arts, culture and society. It gets behind the familiar stereotypes to show how rich Caribbean life really is – its music, art, dance, books, sport, fashion, design, festivals, history, environment, people, lifestyle. Caribbean Beat prefers to work with authors based in the Caribbean and the diaspora, but all proposals which meet our guidelines will be considered.
Conde Nast Traveller– Conde Nast Traveller is the most discerning and trusted monthly travel magazine in Britain. Inside every issue the world’s best travel writers and specialists share their insider secrets and offer you new and authentic experiences. We don’t buy photographs directly from photographers, but instead use agencies, mainly iStock and Rex Features.
Cruising World – Cruising world is a magazine about cruising and people. We are constantly on the lookout for exciting new cover shots and photographic material that we can use in special sections and in promotion pieces. They should represent the cruising lifestyle of exciting sailing and beautiful anchorages as well as on-board images of people enjoying themselves. Concentrate on good composition and avoid cluttered scenes, shadows and silhouetted sunsets.
Delta Sky Magazine– Delta Sky Magazine is looking for expertly executed stories about travel, lifestyle and business. Destinations should be a mix of U.S. and international locales. Whatever the topic, writers should bring a fresh new perspective and an ability to convey the subject in vivid detail. Readers should feel as if they’re sitting down with a profile subject or wandering through the streets of a travel destination. The more in-depth, the better.
DesertUSA Magazine – DesertUSA Magazine is an Internet-based, regional publication, focusing on travel, wildlife, geology, desert lore, cultural and natural history related to the North American Desert regions. The main editorial focus of DesertUSA.com is travel in the North American Desert and surrounding regions. A strong emphasis in natural and cultural history is a major theme in our magazine and a popular interest to readers. Adventure, desert lore, photo essays, events, southwest arts & crafts are also consistently represented in our editorial.
EnCompass Magazine– EnCompass Magazine is distributed six times a year to 340,000 members of AAA Colorado (Rocky Mountain Motorist). At least four of our six cover stories describe “mini-tours” of Colorado destinations. Other regularly featured destinations include Alaska, Hawaii, and Disney’s U.S. parks. We’ve also published articles on international destinations accessible through AAA Travel. We purchase one-time articles and images for the printed edition of EnCompass, as well as rights to post articles on the magazine’s website.
Ensemble Vacations – Ensemble Vacations is a national, consumer travel and lifestyle magazine published by Ensemble Travel® Group for its member agencies, including American Express Canada and Uniglobe Eastern Canada. It is published four times per year by Ensemble Travel Group for the top clients of Ensemble agencies, comprised of mid- to high-end leisure travellers who are seeking unique, luxurious getaways and impeccably personalized service. Accepts freelance material for most departments.
Escapees Magazine – Escapees Magazine’s readers are those interested in sharing the RV lifestyle, including full-time RVers, snowbirds, and those looking forward to traveling extensively. Escapees magazine is primarily a compilation of articles, tips, and personal views submitted by Escapees members. Although member material is considered first priority, nonmember material is also reviewed. Travel/destinations-type articles are kept to a minimum and generally selected only when the location coincides with an Escapees national event. Well researched technical and informational articles are in high demand.
get lost– get lost is an independent, international travel magazine that puts the excitement back into travel and dares to be different. get lost gets kicks out of discovering hot new destinations, pioneering out-there experiences and telling travel yarns of intrigue. Combining world-class photography with inspiring and engaging writing, our expert team of travel junkies will blow your mind with experiences you never imagined.
GO Magazine – GO is unabashed about its passion for travel, and its sole aim is to inspire readers to fall in love with AirTran Airways destinations. The magazine contains a vibrant mix of immersive experiences that whisk passengers away to unexpected locales, along with the practical information that proves just how accessible such adventures are. Created by the nation’s top travel journalists and photographers, Go is unique in the inflight world, with the award-winning design and integrity-fueled writing normally only found on the newsstand.
Hemispheres Magazine – Hemispheres Magazine is the inflight magazine of United Airlines. The magazine is aimed at educated, affluent business and leisure travelers. United’s international route system means that the magazine is read around the world. We are a truly international magazine, not just a U.S. magazine that’s read by other nationalities. We want “insider” articles by residents or writers with expert credentials and a global perspective.
Horizon Edition Magazine – Horizon Edition Magazine is Horizon Air’s monthly, complimentary inflight magazine. We are a travel, business and lifestyle publication. Our photographic interests lie specifically in places within Horizon Air’s route system. The airline’s territory is the Pacific Northwestern United States and Canada.
Journey Magazine– Journey is a bimonthly magazine for members of AAA Washington in the United States. Our goal is to present readers with lively and informative stories on lifestyle, travel and automotive topics that encourage them to discover and explore the Northwest and beyond. Photographers interested in submitting work to Journey magazine are encouraged to send a link to their Web site, along with a stock listing of regions and subjects of specialty for us to review. You are encouraged to familiarize yourself withJourney before sending in submissions.
KANSAS! Magazine – KANSAS! is a four-color magazine published by the Travel & Tourism Development Division of the Kansas Department of Commerce. The publication promotes tourism in the state with an emphasis on travel articles. KANSAS! is published quarterly as the spring, summer, fall and winter issues. Seasonal material and photographs are featured in each issue.
Los Angeles Times Travel Section – Los Angeles Times Travel Section, both print and online, is looking for bold, original travel features that tell a great story and are strong character-driven or first-person narratives. Stories should be sophisticated, compelling, complete and written with flair. They should evoke a strong sense of place (sounds, colors, smells, tastes), time (when did you go?), expertise and personal perspective, and they should be written with a precise story angle in mind. To that end, we seek two kinds of destination stories: Weekend Escapes and longer destination features.
Miami Herald Travel Section – Miami Herald Travel Section seeks well-written, well-researched stories that we cannot easily get on the wires. We tend to buy more for theme issues (see Editorial Calendar.) To be considered, copy for theme issues must be received four to six weeks in advance of the publication date. We also look kindly on candidates for our Quick Trips features. Your best bets are stories about Latin America, the Caribbean, Florida and any destination in which children are an integral part of the experience.
MotorHome Magazine – MotorHome Magazine is devoted to covering all aspects of the RV lifestyle, including travel destinations, activities and events, the newest motorhomes on the market, do-it-yourself proj- ects and RV service and repair recommendations. Travel destinations are virtually unlimited — as long as they are accessible by motorhome. We are seeking adventure features on lesser-known but exciting destinations and attractions, as well as articles on more widely known areas written with an RV-related approach.
National Geographic Traveler Magazine– National Geographic Traveler is the world’s most widely read travel magazine. It championed sustainable travel before it was cool and, eight times annually, celebrates journeys that are about place, experience, culture, authenticity, living like the locals, and great photography. Submissions should consist of a carefully selected sample of not more than a hundred images that were done on assignment and demonstrate your ability to meet our requirements. Thoughtful study of one or more issues of Traveler is the best guide to putting together such a portfolio, which should be submitted for review to one of Traveler’s photo editors
National Parks Magazine – National Parks Magazine is an award-winning, quarterly magazine known nationwide for high-quality photography and reproduction, depending heavily on contributions from both professional and outstanding amateur photographers. The magazine is published by the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), a non-profit group dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the National Park System. While historically the magazine has covered more policy-oriented park issues, today’s editors have begun to include subjects that encompass travel, natural history, politics, conservation, and our country’s heritage and cultural diversity.
Nevada Magazine – Nevada Magazine is the official state tourism magazine. Since the publication first appeared in 1936, readers have relied on Nevada Magazine for informative and entertaining features on the Silver State. Readers are active travelers and Nevada enthusiasts. We also print Nevada Events & Shows and Las Vegas Events & Shows, as well as other special projects.
New Mexico Magazine – New Mexico Magazine is about the power of place — in particular this place: more than 120,000 square miles of mountains, desert, grasslands, and forest inhabited by a culturally rich mix of individuals. The magazine is an enterprise of the New Mexico Tourism Department, who strives to make potential visitors aware of our state’s multicultural heritage, climate, environment and uniqueness. The magazine features high-quality images from a variety of sources for our monthly publication and annual Vacation Guide. We obtain these images from freelance photographers on both stock and assignment basis.
Northern New England Journey – Northern New England Journey is a AAA magazine. In addition to featuring articles on places and events in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont, our magazine also prints stories about travel to other parts of the U.S. and abroad, articles on general automotive topics, and occasionally historical stories featuring Northern New England. We look for both narrative stories and service-oriented pieces.
Ocean Magazine – Ocean Magazine is a nature magazine about the ocean. Ocean Magazine publishes photography, articles and stories, essays, and poems to celebrate and protect the ocean. New issues are published quarterly. All photography submissions must be of the ocean, or related to the ocean. Negotiates payment individually.
Oklahoma Today – Oklahoma Today is a regional bimonthly magazine. All of the magazine’s editorial content focuses on the best of Oklahoma’s people, places, events, and culture. We are known for our high-quality scenic photos, but we also know that people are a very important asset to stories and like to see them in photographs when appropriate. The one common denominator we seek in photographs is for them to evoke a sense of place.
Oregon Coast Magazine – Oregon Coast Magazine features stories of regional interest, written in a clear, crisp style that is rich in anecdotes and quotes. OCM does not send out “want lists” but will review photographer’s pertinent work. Send no more than 40 samples. We accept only scenic photos for calendars, and scenic and human interest photos for the magazine and guide.
Outdoor Canada Magazine – Outdoor Canada is Canada’s leading national magazine for those interested in traditional outdoor activities. We cover fishing, hunting and related conservation issues. As our name suggests, the content is entirely Canadian. We are looking for strong, attention-grabbing images that capture the love our readers have for hunting and fishing. We’re interested in finding and cultivating new Canadian talent and appreciate submissions from new photographers and illustrators to add to our list.
Outdoor Photographer – Outdoor Photographer is a national magazine published 11 times per year for enthusiasts with a special passion for nature, travel and outdoor sports. Outdoor Photographer is written and presented to accomplish two ends: to stimulate outdoor, sporting and nature enthusiasts to enhance their recreational and travel enjoyment through photography, and to satisfy the needs of amateur and professional photographers with a special interest in the outdoors. The majority of the magazine’s features and several departments are freelance-written and -photographed. We look for a variety of contributors from different backgrounds and geographic areas.
Outpost Magazine – Outpost Magazine is Canada’s best travel magazine. In every issue of our travel magazine, we aspire to take our readers on an amazing journey to the planet’s most incredible destinations. Our travel magazine focuses on adventure travel, world cultures, world history, local cultures, eco-tourism and more.
Outside – Outside is a monthly national magazine dedicated to covering the people, sports and activities, politics, art, literature, and hardware of the outdoors. In particular, we cover outdoor events, regions, and activities; informative seasonal service pieces; sports and adventure travel pieces; profiles of engaging outdoor characters; and investigative stories on environmental issues.
Outside Bozeman Magazine – Outsize Bozeman Magazine is a seasonal publication that explores and celebrates the outdoor world of southwest Montana. Our magazine examines not only the dramatic beauty of the landscape and the innumerable recreational possibilities it affords, but also the issues surrounding its use and the wide range of lifestyles it engenders. It is both an interesting, entertaining journal and an informative where-to guide for fun and adventure in Bozeman’s outdoors.
Peaks & Plains – Peaks & Plains is the in-flight magazine of Great Lakes Airlines. We are noted for excellent photographs and entertaining, informative writing about the areas in which Great Lakes Airlines flies. We publish articles on recreation, architecture, interior design, people, natural history, cities, small towns, real-life adventure, nostalgia, geography, history, local businesses, and environment–in short, anything that will inform and entertain our readers.
Pennsylvania Magazine– Pennsylvania Magazine is a bimonthly magazine emphasizing history, travel, and contemporary topics. Uses about 40 photos/issue, most supplied by freelancers. Needs travel, wildlife and scenic, but all photos must be taken in Pennsylvania, USA.
Perceptive Travel– Perceptive Travel Web Magazine is not interested in guidebook-type destination rundowns or stories that are very wide in scope. Think small and focused. Tell us a good story or immerse us in a place we haven’t already read about a hundred times. Have a point, a clear angle. Only articles from authors with book(s) in print will be accepted.
Persimmon Hill Magazine – Persimmon Hill Magazine is the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum’s award-winning journal on the West. Subjects include pioneering the American West, Western art, rodeo, cowboys, Western flora, animal life or other phenomena of the West of today or yesterday.
Ride Texas – Ride Texas is a journalism award-winning travel magazine for motorcyclists. We publish work that emphasizes storytelling using compelling photography and engaging narrative. We need a strong selection of photographs with subjects that show insight into the topic. RT wants to transport the reader to the place with vivid imagery. We need bikes and roads, but as important are images of interesting places, strange/unusual things, and people.
Russian Life – Russian Life covers Russian culture, travel, history, cities, towns, politics, art, geography, issues, business and society. RL often focuses on current issues and events facing Russia and Russians. But it is not a newsmagazine. Several departments will be of interest to travel photographers.
Saudi Aramco World – Saudi Aramco World publishes positive and non-political stories of lasting educational value about aspects of the Arab and Muslim worlds, their arts, history, geography, biography, cross-cultural connections and trends. Saudi Aramco Worldwelcomes proposals from free-lance writers and photographers, who supply nearly all of the magazine’s content.
Texas Highways – Texas Highways is the official travel magazine of Texas. Features Texas roadtrips, travel tips, recipes, Texas Gifts and much more. To be considered for an assignment, please e-mail the photo editor a portfolio that includes five of your best images.
TAzine – TAzine is the digital edition of what used to be Transitions Abroad Magazine. TAzine is dedicated to work, study, living, volunteering, and cultural immersion travel abroad. Its purpose is the dissemination of practical information leading to a greater understanding of other cultures through direct participation in the daily life of the host community.Our greatest ongoing need is for interesting and engaging close-ups of people of other countries in a “natural” setting for our webzine covers. Subjects of photos should be seen in the context of their normal lives, not as interesting curiosities for tourists.
Times of the Islands – Times of the Islands focuses on in-depth topics specifically related to Turks and Caicos Islands. Photography needs include landscapes/scenics, environmental, wildlife, adventure, architecture, travel, and scuba diving. Photos must be specific to Turks and Caicos Islands.
Travel + Leisure Magazine – Travel + Leisure fuses expert reporting on culture, food, style, and design with stunning photography, transporting readers to the places-and the travel experiences-that matter now. To be considered for photography submissions, please have a website or relevant travel work.
TravelWorld International Magazine – TravelWorld International Magazine (TWI) is published by the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) and highlights the writing of its members even though it is geared for the general public. The magazine is published every other month and includes a variety of travel features and columns. You must be a NATJA member in good standing in order to submit work.
Up Here – Up Here is the flagship magazine of Canada’s North, exalting, exploring and examining the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and related Northern areas for a national and international audience curious and passionate about the region. Needs photos of Northern Canada including landscapes/scenics, environmental, wildlife, adventure, and performing arts.
Vagabundo Magazine– Vagabundo Magazine is the world’s premier online travel magazine committed to the goal of inspiring travellers everywhere to hit the road and make their dreams a reality. Born with the vision of serving a community of like-minded independent travellers, as well as those with ambitions to travel, Vagabundo Magazine aims to be the number one platform for reading and sharing fantastic travel stories and experiences in a unique digital-only format.
Verge Magazine – Verge is the magazine for people who travel with purpose. It explores ways to get out and see the world by volunteering, working and studying overseas. Editorial content in Verge Magazine is intended to inform and motivate the reader by profiling unique individuals and experiences that are timely and socially relevant. We look for articles that are issue-driven and combine an engaging and well-told story with nuts-and-bolts how-to information.
Vermont Magazine – Vermont Magazine has been a trusted independent source of information and inspiration for over 23 years, and emphasizes all facets of Vermont culture, business, sports, people, crafts, architecture and more.
Wanderlust– Wanderlust, the UK’s leading magazine for people with a passion for travel, was launched in 1993 by Paul Morrison and Lyn Hughes, who schemed the project on a flight to Ecuador. Wanderlust regularly uses freelance photographers and photo libraries. Years on, Wanderlust leads the way in the production of intelligent and inspirational travel publishing, picking up awards and accolades along the way with its blend of quirky features, practical reviews and tips, and insights and ideas.
Westworld – Westworld is primarily a travel magazine. Westworld showcases local, regional and international travel stories – with the emphasis on “stories” – along with articles on travel trends, the technical and practical aspects of travel and travel-related issues (such as sustainable travel and conservation) and concepts.
Wild Junket Magazine – WildJunket Magazine is a digital flipbook magazine with a focus on outdoor adventures and special interest journeys. Our mission is to inspire readers to travel light and travel far. As an advocate of active travel, we encourage readers to go beyond the conventional trail and seek out extraordinary experiences. We see travel as an experience that enriches our lives and makes us better people – and we want to share that invaluable experience with you. Each section presents a different travel angle, ranging from photo essays to short dispatches and food articles, and many sections use high-quality photos to illustrate different aspects of travel.
ZiNG – ZiNG magazine welcomes contributions from writers, photographers, and subscribers – however, opportunities for publication in the magazine are very limited. ZiNG is the inflight magazine for LIAT, the Caribbean Airline. ZiNG seeks to convey the excitement of all things Caribbean through vivid writing and inspiring photography, backed up by solid facts, expert advice and the very latest news.
Why creative nonfiction?
These days everyone is a writer, an author and a publisher. That’s the beauty of technology.
But what if you’re looking for a story that’s more moving than your everyday blog post? What if you’re looking for a story that’s more empowering than your friends’ Facebook status updates? Or a story that goes deeper—WAY deeper—than your Twitter feed? Creative nonfiction (also called literary nonfiction by some) is a genre that takes storytelling to a level beyond “I was twelve years old when my mom died.” Instead, with creative nonfiction, we meet that twelve-year-old and watch him cope with the pain by playing with his sister’s Barbie dolls. It makes us feel like we are twelve years old again, and makes us imagine what it’s like to grow up without a mother. And maybe, even if both our parents are still living, we’re moved to share our own story of loss. Under the Gum Tree finds those stories and presents them in a quarterly digital magazine.
Specifically, we’re looking for personal essays, memoir and creative nonfiction stories that:
- reveal authentic vulnerability. These are stories that you’re embarrassed or afraid to share because you’re more worried about how people you know will react than what you learned and how it changed you. Those are the most powerful stories because you’re risking something for the sake of helping someone else.
- provoke conversation. The stories that are the hardest to tell inevitably make at least one person say, “Wow. Me too. And I thought I was the only one.” The stories that are the hardest to tell give others permission to tell their hard stories, and it perpetuates a cycle of storytelling.
- examine a universal truth. Most people keep the hard stories to themselves out of fear—fear of how others will react or judge them—but once a story gets shared, we finally realize how common the human experience really is. Sure, everyone’s individual experience is unique. (Isn’t that what makes a good story?) But we can always relate to things like love, forgiveness, perseverance—you know, the stuff that everyone encounters no matter their circumstances.
We consider submissions (2,000 words or less) for the following departments: