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Posting Guidelines for Professional Photographers and Artists

/r/pics welcomes professionals who wish to showcase their work on our sub, and we understand that many of you would like to host the images on your own web site. If you do, please help us by following these guidelines.

  1. Link directly to the page that has the image or gallery. This must be a permanent URL that will keep working and still show the same content any time in the future. Do not use any re-directs or pop-ups (an exception is made for pop-ups that display the picture itself, such as a link to a gallery page that pops-up the full view of the photo/artwork that you're highlighting). Hereafter, we'll call this the landing page.

  2. Don't put any sales links or text on the landing page, including "Buy Print/License" links, commission rates, Etsy pages, etc. If you have these elsewhere on your site, they must be at least two clicks away from the picture. E.G.: the visitor has to click on "Home" and then click on "Store".

  3. Please check your web host's plan for any bandwidth or traffic overage charges. If your post is fortunate enough to get to the front page of reddit, the traffic can be huge, and in the past there have been some photographers unexpectedly billed for thousands of dollars from their hosting company after a successful post. If in doubt, we strongly recommend that you call them and verify.

  4. Likewise, also make sure your host can handle a large and sudden influx of traffic without crashing or suspending service. Our users don't want to click on a link and see "This site has exceeded its bandwidth cap" or take forever to load.

  5. Do not put any advertising on the landing page, such as ad-banner networks, AdSense, etc. We expect advertising from free, third-party gallery sites such as imgur, but as a professional the picture should be sufficient advertisement for you as an artist.

  6. The title of the post must describe the picture in some way, this could be simple and direct (e.g.: "Bridge over the Tigris river") or imaginative. You can include your name if you wish, but don't use generic, non-descriptive titles like "John Doe Photography", and avoid titles that read like advertising copy (e.g.: "Click here for the best picture ever", or "Secrets that doctors don't want you to know").

  7. If you get comments from users who would like to order prints, we allow you to post one top-level comment (i.e.: reply directly to your own post) with instructions, but not a direct sales URL. EG: "Some have asked where to buy a print, and you can do this by clicking 'Home' and then 'Store'").

  8. Please also observe reddit's self-promotion rules, as well as our regular rules listed in our sidebar. In particular, the "10%" rule applies, and the landing page should not be a blog post; it must be either a gallery or a page that just shows the picture with minimal embellishments. Visitor comment sections are allowed, though. Pornography is not allowed, but artistic nudity is fine as long as the post is marked NSFW (either put "NSFW" in the title, or click on the "nsfw" button under your post after you've submitted it).

'Verified Photographer' / 'Verified Artist' flair

"Verified" flair is seen next to your username every time you post to /r/pics, whether as a submission or a comment. It tells our users that we've confirmed that you're posting original content ("OC") from your own site. It's also a condition for linking to your own site per the above guidelines.

To apply, simply add something to your web site with your reddit username (this is to exclude opportunists who register a similar reddit username to take advantage of you). This could be hidden in HTML comments, appended to the bottom of any page, or placed on a separate hidden page on the same domain (E.G.: "reddit.html"). Then click here and give us the URL of the page and how to find your reddit username there. Please make sure a login is not required to view your reddit username, hosts such as 500px can require this when clicking on "See more..." links in sidebar descriptions.

After we've verified that it's your site, you can remove your username from wherever you placed it; all we really need it for is to confirm that you have control over that web site. We will also perform some checks to make sure the content was not lifted from other sources, but if you do have some third-party content on your site, please identify it in your application.

From then on, any submission you make to /r/pics should either be to your verified site, a well-known third-party image hosting site (such as imgur, 500px, flickr, deviantart, or reddit's own image host), or make note in the title of the post that it's not your site. If you frequently post links to other sites to /r/pics, you may wish to create a separate reddit account for "Verified" flair.

"Verified" flair is given in good faith and will be removed if abused, or if we suspect that your claim was fraudulent. If you see someone else taking credit for your work—whether they have "Verified" flair or not--please contact us and send the best proof that you have available and we will investigate. We take this very seriously, and stealing credit for someone else's work is a bannable offence.

Other Approved Hosts

If you don't have your own web site, the following hosts are also valid for Verified Artist/Photographer flair:

  • Flickr

  • 500px

  • Deviantart

We are always on the look-out for new hosts, please message us with your suggestions. We also welcome suggestions from owners/employees if you disclose your relationship with the host.

Non-Suitable Hosts

Most social-media hosts aren't acceptable because they either leak personal information or have been spoiled by spammer activity, and include:

  • Instagram

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Blogspot, Wordpress and other free blog hosts


revision by cwenham— view source