Photo Story Guidelines

Telling a Story:

We are interested in photo stories related to a Humphrey student’s project, research study, field work and other any activity that fits into the broader category of public affairs. Photos must have been taken during your tenure at the Humphrey.

Photos should tell a story and should not have to rely on caption information to do this. Think carefully about the story you are trying to tell and how you can do this. Think about telling a story through photos in the same way you would with words. Just as a written story is made up of different length sentences to create pace and variation, in the same way, a photo story can be told through one strong photo or up to five photos organized according to how the photographer wants the story to unfold.

All photographs MUST have descriptions of 300 words or less. The text should mention the specific contents of the photo and the relation of the photograph to the public affairs topic or issue of the photo-story.

Examples of photos that we are looking for:

  • School children in a classroom that has been assessed for an education policy
  • A politician interacting with participants in a meeting
  • Construction zone that has social implications in a community

We are not looking for professional photojournalism, only good quality photos that help to share your work with the world including local community work. We ask that you limit an individual submission to five photographs for ease of review.

We try to respond in a timely manner, but it will depend on the editing timeline.



  • Submissions must be wholly owned by the submitter. Found or public domain images or footage must NOT be submitted under any circumstances. If you do not have complete rights to the submission, you may not submit it.
  • Besides the submitter, any image of a clearly identifiable person as the subject of the photo must be accompanied by an HPAR Consent Form (a classroom, for example, would not require a signature from every student’s guardian).Consent Forms are available  here to be submitted at If you are submitting more than one photo, please send them in a zip file. Submissions clearly depicting a minor must also be accompanied by an HPAR Consent Form for Minors,  signed by that minor’s parent or legal guardian. If you do not have a Consent Form, we will not accept any image with an identifiable person that is not the submitter. However, if photos were taken in the past or signatures cannot be obtained, you may fill out and sign the Consent Form yourself, assuming responsibility for the content of the photo. Additionally, if you have a different signed consent form from your previous work, you may submit that instead of using the HPAR Consent Form.
  • Submissions must NOT contain any copyrighted material including paintings, other copyrighted photos, copyrighted logos, or any other art / advertisements / sculptures / exhibits or other items which are copyrighted. If submitted material contains any of these or other types of copyrighted content, you must clearly mention it in a Consent Form.
  • You must also sign and submit the HPAR Photo Story Submission Form.



  • Images must be at least 4MP (4 Megapixels/4 Million Pixels). To calculate the number of pixels in a photo – multiply the width by the height. For example – a photo that’s 1700×1300 is 2.21 million pixels.
  • Images should be correctly exposed and in-focus. Photos that are overly blurry, noisy, rotated, or too dark will not be accepted.
  • Please rename your images to include your last name and first initial in the filename.



  • Do NOT send us anything that has been published previously, online or in print.
  • Do NOT embed your own name, watermark, blog address, or any other copyright notice in your images. We protect your images with our own watermark, which is applied when your image is accepted to our site.
  • Do NOT add frames or other border in your photos.
  • Do NOT send snapshots. We do not accept photos with heavy shadows from the on-camera flash. Make sure your images have a clear topic and focus.
  • Do NOT send multiple copies of the same image in color, black and white, sepia, and blue tone. Color is enough. If any variation on color actually enhances the image, then you may submit it separately, but we do not want a batch of photos where each is submitted in four different ways.
  • Do NOT submit photos taken from inside an airplane or moving automobile. Consider your composition carefully.



  • Never submit any explicit material. Submissions must not contain violence, x-rated content, or any illegal content according to US law.
  • The decision to accept or reject any image will be made according to the sole discretion of HPAR.
  • Due to the large number of submissions we receive, we may not be able to respond to queries about specific rejections. Please share your questions about specific rejections with HPAR may, but is not obligated to, review and/or reverse its previous accept/reject decision, at its sole discretion.
  • We reserve the right to remove any previously accepted submission at any time for any reason from the HPAR library.