Photos are an important part of NAEYC print and web content. NAEYC is looking for authentic, high-quality images demonstrating developmentally appropriate practice. Photographers can submit photos to support NAEYC content in general. Authors can also submit photos that give meaning to their specific submission. Please use the guidelines below to ensure that the photos you submit are contextually and technically high-quality.
Photos that don’t meet both the content and technical guidelines below will not be used.
NAEYC publishes photos that enhance or convey content for early childhood educators and families. We are looking for photos with the following elements.
- Children birth through age 8 engaged in a variety of learning experiences-Teachers engaged with children
- Children working or playing together
- Children working or playing on their own
- Adults interacting with each other (e.g. teachers talking to each other, a teacher talking to a parent)
Photographs submitted with manuscripts should include the following:
- Practices or concepts described in the text
- Examples of work samples described in the text when appropriate
We are also looking for:
- Diversity (in terms of staff, children, settings)
- Action (children doing something, not posed)
- Examples of developmentally appropriate practices
- Captions describing each photo
Please send the highest quality/largest size image possible.
- Cover photos must at least 2550 pixels wide x 3300 pixels high.
- Other photos for print publications should be a MINIMUM of 1800 pixels x 1200 pixels.
- Largest possible file sizes are always recommended to produce the best results.
TIP: Not sure how big your photo is? On your PC, right click on the photo icon. Select ‘properties’ from the menu, and click the ‘summary’ tab.
- We recommend using a 5 megapixel digital camera or better and use the highest quality setting when you shoot. If you use a camera phone, please change the camera settings to the highest possible quality setting and export the image off your phone at full size.
- Please do not distort the image by applying photo filters or effects.
- Do not attempt to increase the size of an image, this will not improve the quality of the image or make it appropriate for printing.
Getting the perfect shot—picture taking do’s and don’ts
To avoid common practices that reduce photo quality as depicted in this graphic. please follow the tips below.
- Avoid distracting or cluttered backgrounds.
- Don’t zoom in too close.
- Clothing should not have any logos, cartoons or video characters, inappropriate sayings, or designs that date a photo.
- Avoid using a flash. Pay attention to shadows.
- The perfect photo!
- Use natural light. Raise shades or open curtains as necessary to make sure your photos aren’t too dark.
- Consider your composition.
- Don’t zoom out too far.
- Make sure your image is in focus! Low light or wiggly children can make photos blurry.
Photographers must sign a Photograph License Agreement. This agreement verifies that you own the photos and that you have the proper model releases for everyone appearing in the photos. It allows NAEYC to use your photos in print and digital formats, and it verifies that we will pay you. An agreement must be completed and submitted to NAEYC every time you submit photos.
Use of Published Photographs
Photographers are credited for each photo published. Although photographers retain copyright, by submitting photos to NAEYC, photographers are assigning NAEYC the right to use the photos in current and subsequent printings of the publication in which they appear, whether in print or digital format. Payment for photos published in the journal, magazine, or books includes any subsequent use, including online and digital.
Please email NAEYC’s editorial office for further information at firstname.lastname@example.org.