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Lonely Planet in the wild: guidelines for getting featured in our fan photo albums

By Emma Sparks   7 August 2014 2:29pm Europe/London

Paul and Andrea in the wild in Turkey
Paul and Andrea in the wild at Lake Acıgöl, Turkey. Image courtesy of Paul Barbieri

 

We love receiving your photos and travel stories, and sharing them with Lonely Planet’s online community. If you’re a fan of Lonely Planet on Facebook, you may have seen our series of Lonely Planet in the wild photo albums. Pictures of you and your trusty guidebooks on your travels always inspire us, and we receive tonnes of fantastic submissions every week.

Sound like something you’d like to get involved in? For the sake of clarity and fairness, we’ve come up with a set of guidelines to help increase your chances of featuring on our Facebook page.

What we’re looking for

  • LP in the wild pictures must clearly depict the front cover of a Lonely Planet publication – be that print, eBook, a non-English title, old edition, or magazine – in the destination stated on the cover. Pictures may be declined if the book title is illegible. Back covers or other pages do not count.
  • The photo must clearly depict the destination stated on the guidebook cover, meaning the image must feature at least one of the following: local architecture; natural scenery; an iconic or instantly recognisable location.
  • It’s up to you whether travellers feature in the image (but we like to see your travel smiles!)
  • The higher quality the image, the better. Pixelated, blurry or dark images may not be accepted.
  • The best submissions evoke the spirit of travel. They are well-composed, colourful, high-quality images featuring interesting or iconic locations and/or unique perspectives.

Good examples of LP in the wild submissions

Jess in the wild in Vietnam. Image by Jessica Jehu
Jess in the wild in Vietnam. Image courtesy of Jessica Jehu
Emma in the wild in Kyoto, Japan
Emma in the wild in Kyoto, Japan. Image courtesy of Emma Neuvonen
Jess in the wild in Tasmania, Australia. Image by Jessica Jehu
Jess in the wild in Tasmania, Australia. Image courtesy of Jessica Jehu

Unfortunately, we cannot post the following…

  • Images that do not adhere to our community guidelines.
  • Images of children who appear to be under the age of 14.
  • Collages or heavily edited images.
  • Watermarked images that overtly promote blogs or businesses.
  • Poor quality, dark or blurry images.
  • Images where the destination is not apparent. For example, shots of restaurant tables need to show background scenery or street scenes in the frame too, no matter how authentic the food.
  • Extreme close-ups of guidebooks, or images featuring very little other than the book.
  • Airport or aeroplane pictures.

How to submit your photos

  • E-mail your image as an attachment to community@lonelyplanet.com.
  • Include ‘In the wild’ in the subject line.
  • Provide your name and the name of any other people in the photo (where possible). We will credit by first name only.
  • Tell us where you are: the city, region or country.
  • If you have a great anecdote from that trip, please share it with us and we may include it in your image description.

Love your Lonely Planet books, but don’t have any photos ‘in the wild’?

Send us a photo of your LP guide collection on your bookshelf and we’ll feature it in our LP Collection album. Send submissions to community@lonelyplanet.com with ‘LP collection’ in the subject line. We look forward to seeing your travel snaps!

We respond to all submissions, whether they are accepted or not. It can take up to two months for submissions to be processed, so we thank you for your patience. We do not use your images anywhere other than Facebook without your permission, which we will request personally via e-mail.