If you’ve ended up here there’s a good chance you’re an aspiring artist or photographer searching for things like “where can I submit artwork?” or “what sites accept photography submissions?” If this sounds like you, Booooooom may be exactly what you’re looking for!
Over the past 15 years we’ve helped thousands of emerging artists and photographers from all over the world get discovered, and we’ve attracted a massive following along the way. We’ve published more than 14,000 articles, and we’re not stopping any time soon. We regularly feature art, illustration and photography on our website and social channels. We also host numerous Calls for Entry to give photographers and artists opportunities to be published in books or featured in exhibitions.
If you’re making great work, our audience could be your audience.
Image (above) by artist Ykha Amelz.
How to get Started
If you want to submit your work to be considered for features on our website, Instagram, and email newsletters, or to apply for open call opportunities, we invite you to become a Booooooom Member. This membership is currently for artists, photographers, and illustrators. Learn more about our membership here.
10 Things to Consider
(Advice for Submitting Your Work)
Submitting your artwork for consideration, whether to a gallery, photography competition, art magazine, or online platform, can be a nerve-wracking experience. Here are some things to consider when submitting your work here or anywhere else.
Reverse the Roles
You may understand your own work—your ideas and your aesthetic—but it’s important to step outside your mind for a moment and examine what you’ve made from the perspective of someone other than yourself. Will this person understand your submission? Do the images relate to the text? Does the concept make sense?
Use Simple Language
Crafting a strong artist statement does not mean using “art speak” just for the sake of it. Provide context for your work using words most people will understand. Keep it clear and concise.
Research the Opportunity
Familiarize yourself with the recipient before you finalize your submission. Research the organization, competition, or platform. Do you know what they’re looking for? Look through our website and Instagram to get a sense of who we are before you send us anything. It may only take 10 minutes to get a sense of the content we showcase.
Quality Over Quantity
Show us your best work. Less is almost always more. Focus on quality over quantity. Instead of automatically submitting the maximum number of pieces, carefully select the ones that best represent you—your style, skills, and artistic voice. Is there consistency in what you’re putting forward?
Your Portfolio Matters
We’ll definitely see what you submit, and it’s very likely we’ll also see what you don’t. Any other work shown on your website or Instagram can affect our decision. A well-curated submission can be undermined by a haphazard or unfocused portfolio.
Follow Submission Guidelines
Pay close attention to submission guidelines. These can vary significantly between different opportunities. Whether it’s file format, size requirements, naming conventions, or specific themes, adherence to the guidelines demonstrates your professionalism and attention to detail. These are rules, not suggestions.
Highlight Your Uniqueness
What sets your artwork apart from others? There’s only one you, so the more you’re you, the better. Whether it’s your distinct style, technique, or message, make sure the reviewers understand what makes your work special.
Presentation is Key
For artists, having high-quality photographs or scans can make a world of difference in how your work is perceived. If possible, consider hiring a professional photographer or use professional-grade equipment to capture your art yourself. A poorly lit cellphone photo of a painting (that you spent months creating) is not the way. Ensure that your images are not unintentionally pixelated or blurry, and accurately represent the colours and details of your work. If you want people to spend time looking at your work, spend time on the presentation of it.
Risks are Good
Showing your work to someone is a risk, but what are you actually risking? Maybe the more important question is what are you risking by not showing anyone your work? Fear of rejection or failure is not a good enough reason to keep your talent hidden. All creative people experience imposter syndrome. Everyone has self-doubt. The only way to get more comfortable showing people your work is to do it more often! Getting out of your comfort zone is the quickest way forward.
Perspective on Rejection
Understand that rejections are a part of every artist’s journey. Stay resilient. Not being selected or an outright ‘no’ may simply be a signal that you’re striving for something beyond what you’ve previously achieved. Be encouraged that you are pushing towards new territory! Similarly, if you haven’t experienced any sort of rejection in awhile this could be a signal that you are comfortable staying where you’re at.
It’s also worth noting that if your work is not selected it is not always a reflection of the quality. There may be other factors to consider, for instance a book or exhibition may have a finite number of spots. Or it might be that the work simply falls outside of our scope. Wedding event photography, as an example, is not something we feature (this goes back to Researching the Opportunity).
Submitting your artwork for consideration is an exciting step in your artistic career. Be proud of yourself regardless of the outcome. Just remember that every opportunity to share your work is a learning experience that can help you grow as an artist. We’re excited to see the things you’re creating.
Open Calls for Artists & Photographers
In addition to submitting your photos and art for publication on our website, Instagram, and newsletter, we have specific open calls for artists and photographers. Current and upcoming calls for entry below!
2023 Booooooom Photo Awards (Open for submissions)
Our inaugural Photo Awards were such a success we had to do it again this year! We were blown away by last year’s photo submissions and can’t wait to see what comes in this time!
If you are a photographer looking for a call for entry, this is for you! You can learn more and submit here!
“Tomorrow’s Talent 4” Art Book (Open in December)
This will be the fourth instalment of our renowned Tomorrow’s Talent art book series. We will be featuring artists and illustrators from around the globe who are making truly exceptional work.
Our last book, Tomorrow’s Talent Vol. III, featured the work of 70+ fine artists and illustrators. You can see a full list of all the contributing artists and the finished book here. If you are wanting to submit your work to a respected art contest while also being featured in print, make sure to pre-register for this opportunity.
2023 Booooooom Photo Awards
Calling all photographers! The Booooooom Photo Awards are back and open for submissions!Learn more