Contributing to PhotoHound
Who can add a spot?
Anyone, anywhere can add to PhotoHound. We need photographers like you to show us the places you’ve photographed, help others to find their way there and understand how best to shoot these amazing places.
How do I add a spot?
Once you’re ready to share a photo spot, login to your account and hit the Add New button top right on the menu bar and follow the easy steps to add your new spot or photography event.
Upload your photos and complete as much of the text information, data and tagging as you can and hit submit. One of our team of curators will then take a look and approve your spot. Here are the guidelines to help you add a spot to PhotoHound. Once published you will receive a notification from us.
Why do some spots have a blue tick?
Spots with a blue tick have been curated by our PhotoHound team and meet the criteria to be published on the PhotoHound world map.
Why do some spots have a blue star?
If your published spot displays a blue star icon, congratulations! This means it has been recognised as a prime spot by the PhotoHound team. These are spots that our expert photographers consider to be particularly inspirational, accurate and helpful to the PhotoHound community. You will receive a notification from us if your spot has been published as a prime spot.
If you are regularly contributing prime spots, you might be spotted by our team and invited to join our PhotoHound Partner Program.
What do you consider to be a prime spot (blue starred spots)?
For a spot to be considered as a prime spot, we look for the following:
- The spot fits with the PhotoHound Responsible Photography Principles;
- Coordinates and markers are accurate;
- Accurate and helpful local and technical information;
- High quality, inspirational photographs that are also representative of location;
- The spot must be attractive for other visiting photographers;
- Even if the spot is not fully filled out it could still be promoted to prime as long as it’s helpful and accurate. The community will help to improve the information.
If the curating team feels you have met the criteria for a prime spot, your spot will be published with our blue star icon. Prime spots count towards your credits total if you have been invited onto our PhotoHound Partner Program and revenue share scheme.
Why has my spot not been published?
You will receive a notification if your spot cannot be published or requires more information before it can be published on PhotoHound. It may be due to one of the following reasons:
- Your spot may not fit with the PhotoHound’s Responsible Photography code;
- Your spot may infringe copyright regulations;
- Information may be deemed inaccurate, misleading or unclear;
- Your spot may be a duplicate, or may be very similar to one already added;
- Your spot may not be accessible by general public or may be considered to put photographers at unnecessary risk or to be at odds with regulatory guidelines.
- Your spot may be permanently or temporarily inaccessible.
Are there any spots I shouldn’t add?
Please do not add your spot to the world map if you think photography at this spot might have a negative impact on an already fragile habitat or landscape, or a significant effect on an already burdened location or a detrimental impact on wildlife.
If you want to talk it through or check with one of us, please email [email protected] Thank you for putting nature & the well-being of others before the shot!
Can I add just a photo to an existing spot?
Absolutely! You can add your shot to any photo spot or event. When you open any spot you’ll see the Add Image button. You’ll find guidelines on how to save and upload your photos here.
What is the PhotoHound Partner Program?
We’re working on launching a PhotoHound Partner Program to reward the hard work that our most active members are putting into keeping the PhotoHound platform fresh and up-to-date. Stay tuned to learn how you can benefit from adding your photography shots, spots and wisdom to PhotoHound!
Can I use PhotoHound for free?
Yes! There will always be a free version of PhotoHound available on the website. Whatever is shared on the website by the PhotoHound community will always be freely available to all members. We have introduced an optional paid Premium plan to allow us to curate, tweak, add more valuable photography stuff and design useful features that make life easier and your photography outings even more enjoyable. Compare our free and premium features here.
Why have you introduced a Premium membership plan?
By subscribing to our Premium Plan, you will be helping us to develop features that will help you get more out of every shoot. Most of your subscription will be spent on developing and releasing the many exciting features we have in the pipeline; 5% of your subscription will go One Tree Planted to plant trees where the world needs them most; a further 20% will be set aside for a reward scheme that recognises the efforts of our most active PhotoHounders. In the future we hope what’s left will allow the 4 of us to give up our other day jobs and devote our time purely to PhotoHound!
How can I cancel my subscription?
Your monthly, annual or bi-annual subscription will automatically renew unless you cancel it within 24-hours of the end of the current period. To cancel your plan, go to your My Profile and Manage Subscriptions. When you cancel your plan, it will no longer renew at the end of the subscription cycle but you can keep using Premium until the period you have paid for comes to an end.
How do I add a spot to the map?
Once you are signed into PhotoHound, you will see the Add Spot button at the top right hand corner of the homepage. Click on this and start adding! Find detailed guidelines for adding a spot here. Watch our helpful tutorial for more tips on how to add coordinates correctly.
Can I delete a spot once it’s been added?
Removal of a spot or image can only be carried out by one of the PhotoHound technical team.
When you add a spot to PhotoHound, we hope it’s because you’ve decided to share it permanently with the community. If for any reason that changes, or perhaps that spot is no longer a valid spot for photography (eg no longer accessible, closed for refurbishment, has become fragile), contact us and we can decide together if removal of the spot is the best option or if an edit would be better.
Can I edit my spots?
Yes, you can edit the text and tags you entered for a spot and we encourage you to check and edit your spots from time to time to keep them up to date.
Sign into your account and open the spot you wish to edit. Scroll to the bottom of the spot page to find the Edit button. Make your changes and hit Edit Spot once you’ve finished.
Who is PhotoHound for?
PhotoHound is for anyone who has a passion for travel and photography and likes finding great spots to photograph or video. Whether you’re looking to build a better portfolio, are scouting a new place for a photo tour or wedding shoot, or just want to find and get to beautiful locations with ease, this is for you!
How up-to-date are the photo spots?
PhotoHounders contributing to the platform are encouraged to check their photo spots for accuracy and relevance regularly. We also have a team of curators who will review and update spots on an ongoing basis.
That said, changes to to spots may occur suddenly or in between checks and you may discover these before we do. If you notice something that needs updating or amending, add a comment to the spot for review or contact the PhotoHound team and we’ll take a look.
Is there a danger PhotoHound could bring too many people to one spot?
We’ve developed a thoughtful Responsible Photography policy to encourage photographers to follow the principles we follow to reduce our impact on the environment. We never share fragile spots and we flag up spots that require extra care, providing guidance to visiting photographers.
In promoting a variety of photo spots on the platform, PhotoHound presents alternative spots to encourage photographers to visit lesser known locations rather than only focusing on the more iconic spots. Read more about our thoughts on whether it’s right to share photo spots in our blog post.
How do you promote responsible photography?
PhotoHounders are champions of wildlife, nature and all the wonders of this planet. These are the principles that provide the framework of our responsible photography code:
- We cherish our surroundings,
- We think about others
- We know and follow the rules and regulations
When we say we photograph with our world in mind, it’s not just words. We live and shoot by the PhotoHound Responsible Photography Principles to ensure that photography promotes and records the joys of our surroundings rather than causing any unintentional damage to our planet.