Volume 9 Edition 4 – Editorial

The 7 steps you need to know for success

I recently had the opportunity to lecture to a group of photographers in Amsterdam about the 7 key steps you need to know to increase your success of being published or exhibited. My lecture always throws the audience because it is not based around technical aspects, even though I do stress that technical excellence is important. Neither is my talk about being financially successful. My talk is about increasing your chance of being selected in an extremely crowded visual world. Everyone had gaping jaws when I released some facts, especially the fact that in 2014 a whopping 850 billion images will be uploaded onto the internet, 500 million of those by professional photographers and another 500 million by stock libraries.

If we are to take someone’s talent seriously, that person has to be consistent and deliver a winning image on a regular basis as part of a body of work. It is only then that publishers, curators, collectors and the general public will recognise the individual as truly talented. Silvershotz provides guidelines and mentoring to assist photographers achieve an exceptional level of consistent quality. After spending thousands on your equipment, it may be prudent to spend a few hundred dollars on mentoring, which I provide, as do many experienced old hands in the industry, might just make all the difference to your career.


 Submit your work for publication

Silvershotz has evolved over a period of 15 years as an internationally respected contemporary photography journal. In that time frame we have printed and distributed 470,000 journals in 1400 bookstores in 17 countries. With our new APP for the iPad and browsers we will potentially reach many more in the next 15 years. Few journals have become such an icon in so many countries.

Read our guidelines http://www.silvershotz.com/index.php?sc=sm and submit work that may launch your career. The result is that we receive hundreds of submissions every month from most countries around the world. The selection process is based on technical excellence, a strong concept and a themed body of work that is consistent.

Best of both worlds- Digital and Print

Many of our loyal readers have lamented the loss of the printed journal. There is still something very special about print and many of you have requested we still do a printed edition. Silvershotz will produce a special Annual edition which will be a collector’s coffee table item you can purchase. Become involved in selecting the photographer’s who will feature in the Annual print edition.

On the top bar of each portfolio is a heart which represents a vote button. In each experience released, please vote for your favorite photographer by clicking on the heart icon. At the end of 12 months we count the votes and the top ten photographers as voted by you will feature in the special printed Annual.


Online digital delivery allows Silvershotz to retain its reputation for quality images and present so many more images than print. By continuing our policy of no advertising you have just quality images to view – and they do look stunning on large computer screens. In addition we embed links to videos on our featured photographer’s creative processes. In the future who knows what interactive systems we can add on, so stay tuned for an exciting journey.

Visit Silvershotz at PhotoLA in Los Angeles.

Meeting in person key decision makers in the photography industry can greatly help your career. Make sure you meet us at one of the major photography exhibitions and drop in at the stand to say hello, or ask a few questions about submissions, provide us with your feedback and suggestions on how Silvershotz can improve your experience.

Photo LA, Los Angeles from January 15th to 18th 2015.


The Photography Show, Birmingham, UK from March 21st to 24th 2015


See you there.

Enjoy and be inspired

Clive Waring-Flood


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