FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Q: How do I have a photo featured on Instagram?
A: Each of our accounts has an account-specific hashtag. Submit photos to @oregonexplored by using the #oregonexplored hashtag. Submit photos to @idahoexplored by using the #idahoexplored hashtag. Submit to @washingtonexplored with #washingtonexplored and to @caliexplored with #caliexplored. We scan submissions multiple times each week to select features for each account.
Q: Can I DM you a photo in order to have it featured?
A: Feel free to send us photos. We love to look at them! But because of the sheer number of submissions and the process we use for downloading images and preparing them for a feature, we only select features from those photos that use the account-specific hashtag.
Q: Can I email you a photo in order to have it featured?
A: Feel free to send all the photos you like. We love photos. We check our email frequently. But we are only selecting features from those photos that use the account-specific hashtag.
Q: What if my account is set to private? Will you still feature my photos?
A: If your account is set to private, then your photos – even those you’ve tagged – won’t show up in the account-specific hashtag. In addition, we’ve found that many of our followers like to click through their favorite posts, see who’s responsible for that particularly awesome image, and follow that account. If your account is set to private, they won’t be able to see your work. Which is frustrating. So we almost never post images from private accounts.
Q: Can I pay to have a photo featured?
A: Although we do post promotions from a variety of businesses, we don’t accept paid placement from individuals. If your photo gets featured, it was selected on its merits. For business inqueries please use our contact page.
Q: What do you look for in photographs?
A: Clear, relatively unobstructed foreground. Strong color. A sense of place. Unique perspective. Some indication as to location in the geotag, hashtags, or caption, so we can share that information with our followers and so that we can tell if the photo is a good fit for the account. We also aim to put up a minimum of five posts a week, across all our accounts, that are from photographers with fewer than 600 followers on Instagram.