NG Kids My Shot Frequently Asked Questions

What is NG Kids My Shot?

NG Kids My Shot is a moderated photo community where kids can upload their favorite photos, get photo tips, rate photos, and comment on other members' pictures. It's a place to share a love of photography and inspire other kids to care about the planet. Kids must have parental permission in order to participate.

How do I submit a photo to NG Kids My Shot?

You must register to become a member of NG Kids My Shot. Once you have registered, you may upload photos by logging in with your username and password.

If you have not previously registered with NG Kids My Shot, please select Become a Member. Fill out the form and click "Sign Up." An email will be sent to your parent or guardian for approval. If the email does not appear in your parent's inbox, please ask your parent to check the spam filter.

After your parent has activated your account, you will be able to upload photos. Browse for your image on your computer, write a title, description, and some tag words and click "Upload." Before you submit your photo, please make sure it meets the following requirements:

  • JPG or JPEG file format (ex. YourImage.jpg or YourImage.jpeg)
  • Must be less than 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image)
  • Total file size must be less than 5 megabytes (MB)

Please provide only the original, unmodified camera image. National Geographic will consider no photos that it identifies as obscene, provocative, or otherwise containing objectionable content.

Why won't my images upload?

Open your photos in a photo editing software on your computer to make sure that they meet the following requirements:

  • JPG or JPEG file format (ex. YourImage.jpg or YourImage.jpeg)
  • Must be less than 1,600 pixels wide (if a horizontal image) or 1,600 pixels tall (if a vertical image)
  • Total file size must be less than 5 megabytes (MB)

How many photos may I submit?

You may submit up to 300 photos to NG Kids My Shot.

I'm not a U.S. resident. Can I still participate in NG Kids My Shot?

Yes. As long as you have read and accepted the Terms of Service, we welcome your participation.

I already have a username and password for NG Kids Blogs, and/or I entered the 2010 International Photography Contest for Kids. Can I log in to NG Kids My Shot using either of those usernames and passwords?

Unfortunately, no. NG Kids My Shot is a separate community and requires a separate log in. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes.

Do photos have to be taken with a digital camera?

Submitted photos do NOT have to be digital photos from a digital camera. Any digital scan will do, as long as the end result is a JPG or JPEG file. You may submit scans of negatives, transparencies, or photos taken with non-digital cameras.

What should I include in the description of my photo?

Descriptions are a good way to interest others in your pictures. So take the time to write about the place, time, setting, and situation—but keep it brief so it fits in the space provided. Also, please make sure that your photo and the description comply with the Community at National Geographic Rules for Members.

When I submit a photo to NG Kids My Shot, do I retain the copyright?

By submitting a photo to NG Kids My Shot you will always retain ownership and copyright. What you will grant to National Geographic is a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual license for that photo. Please read through the Terms of Service for more information on the rights you grant when submitting a photo to NG Kids My Shot.

Are release forms required when submitting a photo to NG Kids My Shot?

By submitting a photo to NG Kids My Shot you certify that you are the owner of the image, that you alone own the copyright, and that you have obtained any necessary third-party releases.

If National Geographic receives a complaint that a photo violates a copyright or other personal right, we reserve the right to remove or delete the photo.

If your photo is used in NG Products, you may be asked to submit a personal release, a location release, or an artist release. Please do not send any release unless we've asked you to. For information regarding a specific type of release, click on one of the following: personal release, location release, and artists release.

What is a personal release form?

If any person in your photo is identifiable, you may be asked to provide National Geographic with a personal release form signed by that person or those persons. Images of unrecognizable people need no personal releases. Please send no releases unless we request them.

A personal release form is a binding contract between the photographer and the subject(s) of the photo. By signing the release, the subject of the photo forgoes the right to sue for specific types of claims.

Download our printable Personal Release form. (You'll need Acrobat Reader to view the download. Get the free plug-in here.)

Why can't I upload pictures of people or selfies?

To remain compliant with the 2013 update to COPPA law, which aims to protect privacy of children under 13, we will no longer allow kids to post photos containing a child’s image in our NG Kids My Shot community. Sorry. (Doggie and kitty faces are still OK!)

What is a location release form?

A location release form is a binding contract between the photographer and the owner(s) of private property within or upon which a photo was taken. By signing the release, the owner of the property forgoes the right to sue for specific types of claims.

Download our printable Location Release form. (You'll need Acrobat Reader to view the download. Get the free plug-in here.)

What is an artist release form?

An artist release form is a binding contract between the photographer and the copyright holder(s) of any art in the photo. By signing the release, the copyright holder of the art in the photo forgoes the right to sue for specific types of claims.

Download our printable Artist Release form. (You'll need Acrobat Reader to view the download. Get the free plug-in here.)

How can I delete my child's account?

You can delete your account by clicking here.

I am over 18 years old. Can I join NG Kids My Shot?

Please join National Geographic Your Shot at http://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/ if you are over 18 years old.

Why was my photo rejected?

Our NG Kids My Shot moderators rely on a set of established guidelines before rejecting a photo or comment-mostly to make the community safer for all users. The ultimate, "no-wiggle-room" rule is that My Shot members cannot share any personally identifiable information like a full name, address or phone number. So to be on the safe side, sometimes we'll go a step further and reject photos with license plates, mailbox addresses, school mascot jerseys, etc.

Then, we try to make sure that the photo really belongs to you, and wasn't taken from another photography site. (Trust us, you'd be surprised - it makes us sad, too - but some people try and post photos that aren't theirs!) If the photo you snapped IS yours, but includes other copyrighted material, like a famous character or a celebrity, chances are it will be rejected for that reason. This includes your avatar photo, which should be a photo that you took yourself or of you.

Sometimes we reject photos that are of really poor quality, are too small or have been uploaded sideways. But mostly we check to make sure that what a person would see within your photo is appropriate content. It might seem obvious, but that means things like no vulgar or suggestive clothing or poses, no nudity or suggested nudity, no dead animals and no cigarettes, alcohol, weapons or illegal substances in photos.

Don't let this discourage you - if a photo has been rejected, please upload more!

Am I allowed to edit my photo?

Sure, My Shot members may edit photos with photo editing tools and software like Photoshop and other creative techniques for artistic submissions adjusting color and composition. However, no words or writing, no borders or self-imposed trademarks or watermarks can appear on the photo. No collages or groups of photos. And if you go overboard with the editing and manipulation of the image, we may reject it.

Can I submit photos of my artwork?

No. Right now, we will only accept photographs. Maybe in the future we will create an area just for artwork and aspiring artists. (Or maybe video for future filmmakers?!) For now, our My Shot focus is only on photography.

Why was my comment rejected?

Again, our My Shot moderators will reject any comment that included personally identifiable info like your full name, phone number or address. We will also reject comments that are submitted more than once, or contain any inappropriate content and links to external websites. We also have a zero tolerance policy for bullies. So no comments are allowed that personally harass, bully or target an individual or a group.

What should I do if I see a photo that I think breaks the rules?

Flag it for us. We want to create a positive community and since this My Shot community is ultimately yours, we will rely on you to help make it so and let us know when others aren't living up to that standard.

What's the difference between badges & awards and how can I get one?

The simplest answer? You earn badges, and you receive awards. Awards are given to members by NG Kids staff for specific accomplishments. We're always on the prowl for great shots! You can earn badges by simply uploading photos. Some badges are special, limited editions that can only be earned during a certain time period, so upload often (hint: make sure to tag your photos with descriptive words!)

How can I get my photo in the National Geographic Kids magazine?

Take your best shot! National Geographic Kids magazine photo editors browse your NG Kids My Shot photos all the time looking for great shots to feature in the magazine. Help them out by rating the ones you like best!

Still have a question?

Please send your questions to kids@nationalgeographic.com.

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