Magazine Contributor Guidelines
Contributor Writer and Photographer Guidelines
Africa Geographic Magazine’s goals
Africa Geographic magazine presents the most insightful and valuable content to an audience who want far more than travelogues and wildlife news. It is a means for people to immerse themselves in Africa; a catalyst for foreigners and Africans alike to considerably enhance their experience and knowledge of the continent. Our overall editorial strategy is to celebrate Africa and to educate the world about this great place. We strive to be Africa’s voice.
Topics (for both writing and photography)
We place a premium on unique content that you won’t find on Google and unexpected perspectives that inform and enrich the reader. We value well researched articles that balance deep insight with compelling anecdotes.
Topics of particular interest to us are:
- Natural History: Mammals; reptiles, insects; marine life (including freshwater); bird life and human evolution. A fresh perspective is essential on these very broad and welldocumented subjects.
– Traditional and/or contemporary culture and subculture: Especially the themes of traditional lifestyle in a modern world; the impact of commerce and conservation on traditional lifestyle and visa versa.
- Pioneering and expeditionary travel: Unique, groundbreaking adventures that have real purpose and go beyond the boundaries of traditional travel.
– Sustainability: Innovations in land use and the balance of conservation, commerce, culture and community would be of particular interest.
– Domestic affairs: Contemporary subjects unique to Africa that get under the skin of everyday life. Please note our aim is to celebrate African life and reveal the characteristics that make life in the diverse variety of locales unique from any other.
– Urban exploration: Africa’s urban centers provide a wealth of subjects unexplored due to the focus in most media on Africa’s wild places. We strive to be the platform that presents the vibrancy and dichotomy of Urban Africa by exposing such things as: the life of inhabitants; the wonder of buildings made distinct by colonial and religious influences (not to mention the post colonial experiments in architecture) and the impact urbanization has on the environment.
– Active Africa: A focus on distinctly African sports and events, be they traditional or contemporary. We are not concerned with a sport such as football which is well documented in most media; we are interested in that which is unique to Africa. A different perspective would be refreshing, for example, a human interest story that focuses on the people on the periphery of the sport the fans who are swept up by it or the children who are training to become their idols.
We discourage unsolicited manuscripts and prefer well-prepared pitches of 1 or 2 subjects. An ideal pitch would begin with a compelling headline suggesting what the story is and a strong lead followed by a premise of no more than 300 words setting out the subject and approach of the story.
Pitches should give a good indication of writing style, explain why the story is unique and how it would enhance a reader’s experience and knowledge of Africa.
Africa Geographic magazine values a confident, knowing voice that is curious and vibrant. It should give the story a human feel and benefit from the commentary of people involved with the subject as well as descriptions of their actions and motivations. Length will be negotiated but in this new age we encourage brevity and believe in the impact of fewer, well chosen words. Less is more.
Write your pitch in the body of the email. If you have accompanying images, please do not insert them in the email, rather send a link to an online portfolio or a Dropbox link (Please do not send an invite to a shared Dropbox folder).
Africa Geographic magazine strives to be the showpiece for African photography. To achieve this, the imagery we display must be of the very highest standards in execution as well as compelling and unique in theme. We want people to see it here first and return to the magazine regularly to absorb the imagery. Being an environmentally and socially conscious magazine, we place the highest value on integrity in the methods used to photograph the subjects and edit the images.
Supporting imagery for feature articles
Imagery should not only support the narrative but enhance it considerably. Feature article submissions should comprise at least 2 key images that capture the essence of the story with 8- 10 more images forming the narrative. The range of photos should be multi-faceted with a variety of perspectives and compositions.
Photographic portfolios and essays
We feature individual portfolios and essays in the magazine. To be featured here, unique, compelling themes are a must. For example, an in depth series on the special bond Samburu tribesmen form with their cattle would really interest us. We welcome photography highlighting all aspects of African life be it wildlife, urban life, ancient culture, architecture and so on.
Photo submission format
Please do not send images directly by mail. A link to an online portfolio or a Dropbox link is best (please do not send an invite to a shared Dropbox folder).
We greatly value your contributions and will respond as soon as possible. If you have not heard back from us within 2 weeks it simply means we are busy in which case please chase us up.