Share Your Work with the BTF Community

Submissions are reviewed by an evolving panel of photographers and accepted on a rolling basis

There is no limit on the number of submissions one can submit 


The Call

We believe that truly great images are not only visually compelling, they also carry with them stories Beyond the Frame. These are the images of ours that we keep looking back on, because their story imbues layers of meaning deeper than what initially meets the eye. 

Through the BTF platform, we want to provide photographers around the world with an opportunity to share not only an image special to them, but also the story beyond the frame that we wouldn't originally perceive. 

Our keyword is SYNERGY  - the combination of image and story should create an experience greater than the sum of their separate effects. 


Submission Details

*By submitting, you retain complete copyright of your images and words. Credit lines will be attributed if exhibited or presented anywhere by BTF Collective.

The Image

Share with us an image significant to you.

The image should aesthetically be able to stand on its own, but also have a story associated which enhances its meaning. 

Submission images should be be respectful to the moment captured - only minimal post production will be accepted (no composites). 

Submission Format:

  • JPEG file
  • 1000 - 4000 pixels on the long side
  • Name of File: Title of Image (if title-less, use your First&Last Name)
  • No borders or watermark

The Story

Share with us what's beyond the frame of the image. 

The story should provide us with a new understanding and/or deepen our appreciation of the image. 

Possible stories components include (but are not limited to): memories you personally associate with the photograph, the cultural significance of the image, details about the subject matter, and/or the image making process itself. 

Submission Format:

  • PDF file
  • The image at the top of the document
  • Written in English, roughly 250 words (500 word max)
  • Name of File: same as your image

Ready with Your Image & Story?




Where will my work be published (if selected)?

For now, your images would be featured on our web gallery and Instagram platforms. A print publication is also in the works!

How do I submit my work to BTF?

Here! Please read the guidelines carefully and submit accordingly. 

When I submit my work to BTF, do I retain the copyright?

Yes, the photographer always retains ownership of the copyright.

Is there a limit to how many submissions I can make?

There are no limits to how many sets of images and stories you can submit.

What format should I submit my image in?

Please submit your image sized at least 1500px long. The image must have at least 72 dpi of resolution, NOT be watermarked, and NOT include a frame.

What format should I submit my story in?

Please submit your story in 500 words or less with as a PDF file titled "FirstName_LastName" with a copy of your image at the top of the document. 

Will you notify me if my submission is selected or not?

No, the BTF jury team is not obliged to reply or justify its decision to publish or not publish any submission. 

When can I expect my submission to be selected or not?

All submissions are thoroughly reviewed by the BTF jury team. The speed of the selection process depends on the amount of submissions and the availability of the jury. Thus, no timeline can be guaranteed. 

Is image manipulation allowed?

The short answer is yes, but please avoid heavy-handed processing as we value images that are true to life. If the photograph is manipulated, please describe your process in the caption.

I have a question that hasn't been addressed above.

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