NOW OPEN for the 2022 Winter Issue: No. 158

This issue's theme is: OPEN THEME
Submissions are due midnight the evening of December 1, 2022.

Current and new subscribers may submit images free of charge. Read all the guidelines and submit your images via the button below.

New and current subscribers may submit up to 8 images per issue at no charge. For those planning to submit to more than one issue, subscribing is always a better value: subscribe HERE. Submissions fee for non-subscribers (up to 8 images) is $20/issue (*$22 Canada, $24 All other international). All who submit will be mailed a copy of the issue. Please read all guidelines below. Questions?

© Javid Kamali, SHOTS 156.

Active Subscribers Submit Images Here

Non-Subscribers Submit Images Here

Submission is open to all photographers internationally. Each new theme for submissions will be announced in the current issue, on our website and on our Instagram page. All processes, formats, techniques and experience levels are welcomed. Color work should be converted to greyscale.

We encourage a broad, unusual and creative interpretation of our theme.
There is no need to be literal. Images are chosen by artistic vision, overall excellence, how they relate to the theme, how well they reproduce in B&W and the whims of fate. All are subjective...

• Please convert color files to grayscale (RGB images will be converted upon receipt)
• Images submitted to previous SHOTS Issues are accepted, provided they were not published in SHOTS.
• Photographer's name and image title must be included in the filename of each image (for example: First _Last_Title.jpg).
• No submission fee for current and renewing subscribers - up to 8 images
• Subscribers can submit an additional 8 images for $20
• Non-subscriber entry fee $20 for up to 8 images ($22 Canada, $24 International)
• Non-subscribers will be sent a complimentary copy of the issue to which they submit, whether their work is selected or not

No. 154 - Winter 2022; Deadline: December 1st, 2021
No. 155 - Spring 2022; Deadline: March 1st, 2022
No. 156 - Summer 2022; Deadline: June 1st, 2022
No. 157 - Fall 2022;  Deadline: September 1st, 2022

Shots does not review work on websites and does not accept unsolicited emailed files

300 PPI JPEG files, sized to approximately 12” in the longest direction and saved to the highest quality possible. Please include your name and the title of the image in each file name (for example: First _Last_Title.jpg).

Since all photographers submitting work will receive a copy of the magazine they submit to (and thus will see if their work was included), letters of notification are not sent. Please do not contact us asking if you were selected or not, you will be surprised (hopefully positively!) along with everyone else when your issue arrives.

As a way to promote the photographers presented in the pages of Shots and to encourage dialogue between contributors, locations (city/state/country) and websites are printed in the back of the magazine. If you wish to have this information withheld, please indicate so. Also, photographs selected for Shots may be presented on the Shots website or in Shots social media feeds. If you do not wish to have your work shown on this site or on our social media sites (Instagram and Facebook), please indicate so. We always try to give photo credits.

All images, without exception, remain the copyright of the photographer creating the work. As creator or the work you own it- please be very suspicious of contests and publications that ask you to surrender ownership of your photographs. We wish to uphold and respect artists, as creators and owners of their work, while being an advocate for photographers rights. Shots Magazine's mission is to promote photography and photographers, never to exploit them. We hope others will respect photographer's rights as well.

The initial choices are made by our editor Elizabeth Flinsch. She is sensitive to a variety of styles and methods of making images and has a broad view of what photography can be. She does not consider the stature of the photographer but makes her choices completely by informed instinct and how the image plays off of or expands the notion of the particular theme in play. From there she makes an initial layout and then she and publisher Douglas Beasley go over image selections and pairings, trying to create a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. 

• Not following submission guidelines above
• Not uploading all of your files
• Submitting image files that are too small to publish
• Submitting color image files
• Putting a photo credit or watermark on the image file



1. Complete the submissions form and upload your images (on left) then proceed to checkout by clicking ADD TO CART.
2. Click VIEW CART, then enter the billing email and address that you used on your subscription and click the CONTINUE TO PAYMENT button. (You will then see the following message: "Your order is free. No payment is required." You will not be asked for any payment information.)
3. Click PAY NOW and your submissions will be processed at no charge.


1. Complete the submissions form and upload your images (on left) then proceed to checkout by clicking ADD TO CART.
2. Click VIEW CART, then enter your billing email and address and click the CONTINUE TO PAYMENT button.
3. Enter your payment information.
4. Click PAY NOW and your submissions order will be processed.


Additional image submissions are accepted in increments of up to 8 images for a $20 fee. After completing your first submission set as a subscriber or non-subscriber, complete this form again with additional images and select "Additional Submission" using the Subscriber Status drop-down menu at below left; then complete checkout.