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  1. nrois02

    nrois02 TPF Noob!

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    has anyone on here tried to get a job at national geographic? if so what were they looking for? im just curious cause i like to hike and do a lot of outdoors stuff and would like to try and get a job doing something like this. maybe like a snowboarding magazine or skateboarding magazine. anyone have any experience and would like to share?
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    they have a job section here: https://jobs.nationalgeographic.com...S_CE.GBL?Page=HRS_CE_HM_PRE&Action=A&SiteId=1

    but being nat geo and being as your coming at it from the photography angle you got to be good - no wait you have to be very very good to get into natgeo! Might be an idea to check out some issues and to see what photographers are doing and submitting work that you want to produce to the magazine - then politly contact these photographers. Get some idea as to how they got into the mag and maybe even see if they run workshops or such. Have a good portfolio of your work online to show them and see if you are up to standard - if nothing else get some good pointers as to where to get help to improve if its needed
     
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    i know someone who is a photographer for national geographic. he has said it's not glamorous as you would think. he has had to spend weeks/months at a time living in terrible conditions under tents, in the mud. however there are probably all sorts of photography jobs with national geographic that ARE glamorous. but i'd image you may have to work your way through the mud.
     
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    Just based on the quality of their photos, and their reputation, I gotta believe that this is one of the hardest periodicals to get published in.

    Jon
     
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    It is good that you are focusing your intentions. Certainly Snowboarding and National Geographic are some of the more presigious (not high paying) rags out there. Of course your work has to be fresh. If you think it is up to par send it. They say no; work harder and send it again. Nothing is out of your reach if you work hard enough.

    Love & Bass
     
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    thanks all for the comments! really good advice! but if there not the big money making for photography what is?
     
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    pro sports would be my guess.
     
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    nrois02 TPF Noob!

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    really? well i could kinda see that.
     
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    bhop No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Here you go:
    "How can I be a photographer for National Geographic?"

    http://www.nationalgeographic.com/faq/careers.html#photographer

    I watched a documentary recently, "National Geographic, The Photographers". (netflix dvd) It pretty much showed it as itznfb described. Mud, insects, harsh conditions.. a difficult but rewarding job.
     
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    Why do I get the feeling that using the words "big money" and "photography" in the same sentence should be avoided? :p
     
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    ^hahaha true. and thanks bhop ill look into that!
     

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