Submission Guidelines


Submit photos online

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Mail submissions to:

Robert Graham
Art Director
The Sun
107 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516


We’re interested in photographs of many kinds. We’re not looking for photojournalism, just unique perspectives on the world around us. We do not use artwork or illustrations. We ask that you limit an individual submission to 30 photographs for ease of review, but you are welcome to submit as often as you like. Upon publication, we pay from $100 to $200 for one-time use of photographs featured inside the magazine; we pay $500 for those we use on our cover. For photo essays we pay $500 to $1,000. We give contributors four copies of the issue in which their work appears and a complimentary one-year subscription, also upon publication. We use from ten to thirty photographs in each monthly issue. When we accept a photograph, we keep the image on file until we find a place for it in the magazine.

We try to respond within three months. With nearly a thousand photographs submitted a month, however, our backlog is often substantial. Don’t let a longer wait surprise you.

Submit By Mail

If you choose to submit traditional black-and-white prints, you may mail us prints of any size, though we find it easiest to review photographs that are between 4 × 5 and 11 × 17. Matte or gloss finish is acceptable; prints made on heavily textured paper, however, do not reproduce well.

All submissions by mail must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope or box for our response and the return of your photographs. Your work will not be returned without sufficient postage. Please include protective packaging to ensure safe shipment.

Websites and promotional sheets with multiple photos per page will not be considered formal submissions. We cannot review color prints or slides.

Submit Online

If you are submitting digital images, you may send low-resolution images (72 dpi) electronically, using our online submission form.

Thank you for your interest in The Sun.