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  • 08/04/2014
  • mthiessen

I’m a staff photographer with National Geographic who has shot wildfires for years. I’d like to get the word out about something new we are trying and are reaching out to firefighters and inviting them to share their images on National Geographic’s YourShot.

The web site yourshot.nationalgeographic.com has nearly 500,000 members from 195 countries who’s members have shared over 3 million photos. 13,000 new members join every month.
There are monthly assignments where Nat Geo photographers and editors give feedback and select images for broader viewing.

I’ve attached a flyer promoting a fire season “assignment” that will launch tomorrow, Monday, Aug 4, 2014, and run through the end of 2014 fire season.
I’d like it to be posted around fire camp and maybe mentioned at the morning briefing if you think this is appropriate.

I’d like to share this with other PIO’s far and wide.

Mark Thiessen

Staff Photographer
National Geographic Magazine
1145 17th St. NW
Washington, DC 20036
t 202 857 7042


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  1. PIODiva
    August 4, 2014 Reply

    Mark – I’m printing it out for my kit and will be happy to share as soon as i’m on assignment!

  2. Kent
    August 4, 2014 Reply

    Hi Mark,

    What is the payment for using such images? Is it online only, or is it magazine too? And are they onetime or in perpituity? Does the photographer keep rights to the
    Photo? Are they used in advertising for the magazine?

    Just checking, thanks

  3. kent
    August 4, 2014 Reply

    Hi Mike,
    Just a few questions.

    Is there payment for submitting photos and will they be used in the magazine too? Are the photos submitted a one time use and will they be used in promotions for all your affiliates? Does NG own such images or does photographer retain the rights to sell as they please after the images appear on your web site?

    Thanks for your time

  4. Mark Thiessen
    August 6, 2014 Reply

    Hi Kent,
    I think you will find our terms acceptable.
    Below are the terms of service highlights in simple english that answer your questions and a little more.
    It is from here: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/community/terms/

    We claim no ownership of anything you post or upload (for example, images, video, comments, editorial content, etc.), and we’ll never sell it to a third party without your permission. You retain all copyrights you have in Your Content that you post or upload.

    You give us permission to display Your Content on technology platforms operated by us and our partners. You also allow us to identify you as the source of Your Content by name or your profile picture.

    If we select Your Content for use in an NG Product that is that is not in the context of, in direct promotion of, or otherwise strongly identified with (beyond mere attribution), the special section or community of the Service to which it was submitted, we will pay you at our established rates (provided your contact email is up to date, you complete any necessary payment paperwork, and there is no U.S. law that prohibits us from making a payment to you).

    We take copyright very seriously. If you think you have suffered an infringement, please follow the instructions in the last section of these Terms of Service to notify us.

  5. Jim Ott
    August 6, 2014 Reply

    Hey Mark……., it’s been a long time. How about if I post a couple of photos of you when you were working on a CIIMT1 incident! Can’t remember now if it was at Burgdorf Junction or the Story Incident. Think it was the Story, but remember the piece you did back then of the firefighters with some cool night fire stuff!

    1. Mark Thiessen
      August 7, 2014 Reply

      Hi Jim, Sure post anything you want. Just hashtag it #wildfires2014 on yourshot.nationalgeographic.com
      I went to both fires. Also spread the word that we are doing this. We are getting some great photos already.

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