Managing Account Executive Editorial Sales, International
@ National Geographic Creative
based in Washington DC
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Gina Martin has worked at National Geographic for 17 years. Gina is the Managing Account Executive, International Editorial Sales for their photo agency, NG Creative. She is the Founder and...
Established in 2016, the Bob and Diane Fund supports visual storytelling that documents Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Gina Martin founded this nonprofit in honor of her parents Bob and Diane Martin. High school sweethearts, married 49 years. Diane died of Alzheimer’s in 2011 and Bob, her loyal caregiver died 3 months later.
This annual grant supports the completion, publication, exhibition and/or screening of photography and/or multimedia work with funding in the amount of $5,000 USD. The grantee will be announced in mid-November during National Caregiver’s Month.
The application deadline is October 22, 2017, 11:59pm EST.
There is no entry fee.
Submit 250-500 word essay in English describing the project, why this work is important to you and how you see the grant helping you complete the project. Name the file with your initials and proposal at end (ex: GMM_Proposal).
Submit 15-25 images (black/white or color). Name the file with your initials and number each image at end (ex: GMM_01, GMM_02).
Files: 72dpi, RGB, 3000 pixels on the long side, jpegs, caption each image (do not include photographer's name in the captions).
Submit bio and/or CV in English as PDF not to exceed 2 pages. Please be sure to include an email and phone number. Name the file with your initials and Bio at end (ex: GMM_Bio).
Place essay, images and bio into a ZIP folder labeled with your initials and upload to this Dropbox folder.
Thursday, September 14, 2017
When people come into my home, the first thing they comment on is my orange refrigerator. The second comment is about how many photographs live on my walls. I have been collecting signed prints for the past 10 years and have a collection of close to 100. These range in style from reportage to fine art and vary in size from 4×6 to 16×20. This passion began from photography flash sales which is a great way to start collecting. To own a signed print from a world-renowned photographer for $100 is rare and exciting. However, that excitement soon turns to panic when I have to find a place on my walls!
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Featured photographer (above) is Paul Nicklen:
Paul Nicklen describes looking up from underneath a wave akin to "looking through a moving painting—an undulating, shifting kaleidoscope of blue hues." Nicklen is an experienced ice diver with hundreds of immersions in extremely dangerous conditions. What surprised him most when he swam in the Hawaiian big waves wasn't the power of the water. He knows all too well how those waves crash with enough force to toss you around "helplessly, like a ragdoll, leaving you with your head spinning, wondering which way is up." Nicklen was most surprised by how incredibly beautiful and peaceful it is to dive under those big waves "…if you first learn how to do it right." This image, the opening spread from Nicklen's February 2015 National Geographic magazine article "Pure Hawaiian" shows two best friends as they dive under a wave at a surfing spot near their hometown of Makaha.
8" x 10" signed print, Fuji Crystal paper, unframed
By Gina Martin Managing Account Executive Editorial Sales at National Geographic Creative
Photography makes us feel, understand and learn about the world around us. It can take you to the front lines of war or to the deepest depths of the ocean. It brings the world to you and gives you the information to form your own opinions, empathy, and passions.
There are many things to look for in a photographer. Talent being the obvious. But also a maturity and understanding of what they are passionate about. Knowing their voice and the issue they are covering.
Be Prepared. If you scheduled a meeting with an editor, before you arrive at a festival (or large gathering)—email your photo and ask for a photo of them as well. Save it in your camera or mobile.
EDIT, EDIT, EDIT your website. Each portfolio should only be 15-20 images. Do not present work on your site just to show that you have been to Cambodia - it must be a strong image. Everyone travels - you will not stand out because of your passport stamps. You will stand out with strong & well-edited work.
Where is Waldo? Your website contact page should have your email (copy & paste) - NOT just a form to fill out. Include your phone number, where you are currently located, if you speak any languages and a photo of yourself.
EASY WITH THE RECOGNITION. Let editors know where you are. Send them an email with Name, Location, Dates, and how to reach you (with a link to your website). Example: I will be in Mexico City Aug 1-15. You can reach me at: phone number/website. THAT'S IT. Not why you are there, no latest awards or photos.
Tagging—so annoying. Do not post your photo(s) and tag a bunch of editors on social media - that is annoying.
DON'T PUSH IT TOO FAR. Be aware of your social media footprint - don't be too political or controversial.
DITTO. When you are at photo festivals, portfolio reviews, networking gatherings, etc - be aware of how you present yourself. Editors do not want to hire someone who gets obnoxiously drunk, acts immature, etc. Be aware of how you want people to see (and hire) you.
Don't play hard to contact, please. Don't do it. Have your email and website on your social media and Visura Profile - do not make people work to find your contact.
ONE LAST TIP: WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK, WORK... I am not just talking about shooting. Network. Know what photographers are working on. Research. Market yourself. Work on personal projects. Basically - do not sit home waiting for the phone to ring.
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Gina Martin is the Managing Account Executive Editorial Sales at National Geographic Creative. Martin has worked at National Geographic for the last 17 years. She manages the editorial market for their photo/talent agency National Geographic Creative. Gina's love of photography ranges from photojournalism to fine art and has an extensive collection of signed prints and photography books.
In 2016, Gina founded the Bob and Diane Fund to give grants to photographer's working on stories related to Alzheimer's and dementia. www.bobanddianefund.org
Photographers, learn more about the Bob and Diane Fund—a $5000 annual grant for visual storytellers—still photography, video, and multimedia—supporting stories about Alzheimer's Disease or dementia.
"I am personally funding this grant in honor of my parents. My hope is for people to understand that Alzheimer's is more than just memory loss and to recognize the heavy toll it takes on the caregiver and family. My parents taught me the importance of giving, and this is my gift to them." Gina Martin