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Information on submitting portfolios:

Submissions for 2012 are closed

Magnum Photos is a co-operative owned and run by its members/photographers. They meet once a year during the last weekend in June to discuss the organisation's affairs. One day of the meeting is set aside for looking at and voting on potential new members' portfolios.


Successful applicants will be invited to become a "Nominee Member", a category of membership which presents an opportunity for Magnum and the individual to get to know each other. At this stage there are no binding commitments on either side. In 2007 three new nominee members were accepted.


Photographers based in the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, Africa, South East Asia and the Middle East who wish to be considered should send their portfolios to Magnum Photos' London office. Please email if you have any further questions. Please note that Magnum London is only considering digital submissions.


Those residing in the Americas should send their portfolios to our New York office. Please email if you have any further questions. Please note that Magnum New York is only considering digital submissions.


Photographers within Europe (excluding the United Kingdom) must submit portfolios to our Paris office. Please email if you have any further questions.


Photographers based in Japan must submit portfolios to our Tokyo office. Please email if you have any further questions.


Applicants must make their own arrangements to deliver and collect their portfolios if required. Magnum Photos cannot take responsibility for any portfolios sent by the post. Please make sure that all material is clearly labelled with contact details, content and the specific format. All portfolios will be ready for collection in July.


Please note that these are provisional details and are liable to change. Please phone or e-mail Magnum offices closer to the time to check dates.


We regret that due to confidentiality reasons, Magnum cannot give out personal information regarding our photographers, nor can we enter into correspondence regarding any decision made about Nomineeship.


Form of Submission:

- Up to 80 images can be submitted digitally. Images only please. Do not submit images in a movie or slideshow format.

- The resolution of each image must be 72 dpi and cannot exceed 1200 pixels on the longest side.

- Images should be submitted on a CD-ROM as JPEG files with compression 8-10.

- Your images should be numbered in the order that you wish them to be presented, with the number coming first in the file name (to ensure the correct sequence use two digits, example: 01, 02, 03) and then your last name. (eg. 01Smith, 02Smith, 03Smith etc.)

- Please do not use any spacing in the name.

- Please include a statement about your work, resume, bio and current contact information as .doc or .pdf files on the same CD.

- Please test the CD before you send it to us and be sure to label it with your name and contact details.

- If you wish to have your materials returned you must include a self addressed stamped envelope with the correct postage, UPS or Fedex waybill and the proper material to ship it back in. If you would like to make arrangements pick up your submission you may do so by contacting the appropriate office.


If your portfolio does not meet these requirements, it will not be considered.

There are no such restrictions for submitting books, photographs or portfolios. However, your editing skills will be deemed as important as your ability to photograph so please bear this in mind when refining your submission.


Submissions should be sent to your nearest Magnum office:

Submissions are now open for 2012 and are being accepted until June 8th.

(Please note that Magnum New York and Magnum London ONLY consider digital submissions)


Magnum Photos Inc./ Portfolio Review
151 West 25th Street 5th Floor
New York, NY 10001


Magnum Photos Inc./ Portfolio Review
19 Rue Hegesippe Moreau
75018 Paris


Magnum Photos Inc./ Portfolio Review
63 Gee Street
London EC1V 3RS
United Kingdom


Magnum Photos Inc. / Portfolio Review
Tokyodo Jimbocho
No.3 Building 7th Floor
1-1-17 Kanda Jimbocho,
Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0051