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  • Where To Publish Your Astrophotography Images

    Jim DeLillo

    The new policy @telescopelive may prompt some people to enquire. Where to publish astrophotography images that might require adhering to the new policy?
    I have compiled a shortlist, while not comprehensive, can give you an idea of where you might publish your photos.

    Each of these settings will require crediting the source of your data. You of course are credited with the final image and any processing that was done. Keep in mind that if you use data from other sources other than @telescopelive that they should receive the credit, regardless of any published policy.

    Astronomy Picture of the Day is a website provided by NASA and Michigan Technological University. According to the website, "Each day a different image or photograph of our universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer." 

    If you wish to submit an image to APOD follow the instructions at:
    which essentially directs you to submit your photo via email. While not specifically stated in the guidelines, the data source must be credited.

    Astrobin is an image sharing site. Members are invited to share any and all of their images with limitations on the number of uploads based on subscription pricing from FREE to under $6 per month at the time of this writing. Astrobin is considered a social sharing site, where the members may like, comment, and critique each other’s work.
    A committee votes on an image of the day. Clear instructions for crediting @telescopelive are given at:

    Stock Photography Sites
    Stock photography is the supply of photographs which are often licensed for specific uses. 
    Some of the hundreds of stock sites are
    • iStock
    • Getty
    • Alamy
    • Shutterstock
    • AdobeStock

    Stock photography is sold on two licensing models Royalty Free (RF) and Rights Managed (RM)

    Under a RF license, the buyer (end user) pays a price for unlimited, and uncredited usage. The @telescopelive policy requires that you provide attribution in the description. This does not ensure that it will be honored or visible during end-use, which may in fact be commercial (used in an advertisement, where rarely is a credit line seen).
    Under a RM license, terms can be negotiated by the agency, and may include a requirement to provide attribution.
    Editorial content should always contain credit at the end of the caption.

    Fine Art Sites
    Sales of prints and printed merchandise are sold online or at retail with the artist receiving a mark-up or commission on the sale. Again the credit should appear, at a minimum, in the description. If a signature line is available, the data source needs to be included along with the photographer’s name.
    • FineArtAmerica.com
    • Etsy
    • Printify
    • Flicker
    • EyeEm

    Magazines and online publications
    These are considered editorial contributions and as such must be factually accurate in the description and include the data source in the captions.
    • Astronomy
    • Sky & Telescope
    • Space.com

    Read the rules of any contests carefully, as they may either exclude derivative works (post processed data) or require permissions be obtained from the source and noted in the entry. 

    Permission for use of @telescopelive data infers crediting the data source.Your own website for fame, pleasure, or profitCredit when able. The intent here, is not to imply that you created the data yourself i.e., using a backyard or professional rig and your own data acquisition.

    • WIX
    • Behance
    • GoDaddy


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