Can I submit a photograph for publication in National Geographic magazine or on your website?

Unfortunately, our magazine and website editors do not accept any unsolicited photographs for publication. They plan articles and features months, sometimes years in advance and make assignments based on the coverage envisioned.

The one exception is "Your Shot," a monthly column in National Geographic, which features readers' digital photographs. Only digital photographs related to our specified monthly theme will be accepted. Get submission forms, the current theme, and more information on "Your Shot."

How can I write for National Geographic magazine?

Vacancies on our editorial staff are usually filled by men and women who have had quite a few years of experience in the newspaper or magazine publishing fields. In preparation for such work, many of our writers have made a thorough study of the sciences, journalism, and English, and in some cases know several languages. A solid academic background and a proven record of success in one's chosen field are most important. However, because we cannot know a person's particular talents nor assure employment after a completed course, we do not encourage gearing a career or educational program specifically toward employment by the National Geographic Society.

How do I suggest a topic for National Geographic magazine?

Suggestions from our readers play an important role as we plan future coverage. You can submit your suggestion to, and we'll forward your recommendation along to the appropriate editor. (Bear in mind, however, that because we're only able to publish about 70 articles a year, we are often forced to pass on ideas that have merit.)