Submit Photos for Ultrarunning Book

A call for photos to include in forthcoming ultramarathon guide book, Relentless Forward Progress.

By on February 14, 2011 | 63 comments

Relentless Forward ProgressWow! I can’t believe I’m typing this… last Wednesday evening, I submitted a book manuscript to my publisher. He reviewed it and passed it onto a copyeditor the following day. With those steps, I finally feel confident enough to share with the iRunFar community that I’ve written a guide to running ultramarathons that will be available this spring. The last major step remaining is for me to select photos to include in the book and this is where I turn to you, the iRunFar readers, for help. I’m hoping that many of you will be interested in submitting a few of your best ultramarathon (and trail running) photos for consideration for inclusion in the book.

While I can’t pay you for the use of your photos (this book is more a labor of love than profit), if one or more of your photos are selected for inclusion, you’ll get full accreditation as well as a signed copy of the book when it’s available.

[Information about pre-ordering the book can be found here.]

What I’m Looking For
I’m looking for your very best ultrarunning and, to a more limited degree, trail running photos. These photos could include you, your friends, the best runners in the world, or, if appropriate, no one at all. I suspect that I’ll receive a large number of “runner in stunning location” type photos. These are great and can be used in many places throughout the book, so please submit them. However, I’m particularly interested in more specialized content, such as photos regarding aid stations, feet, drop bags, trekking poles, extreme conditions, etc. Therefore, I strongly encourage you to take a look at the outline below and consider whether you have any great photos that might fit the subject matter of a particular section or subsection.

The sooner the better for photo submissions. I anticipate starting to review photos next Monday, February 21. As I’m uncertain of the exact timing of the final steps toward publication, I can’t provide an absolute final deadline at this time. I’ll contact you if I wish to include one or more of your photos in the book. Otherwise, thanks for your submissions.

How to Submit Your Photos
There are three two easy was to submit your photos: Flickr and a link in the comments. For ease of review, please limit your submissions to 15 or fewer photos. I will not have time to review very large photo galleries.

Submission via Flickr
To participate via Flickr, upload the relevant photos to Flickr, if they’re not already there. (If you are not a Flickr member, you’d have to sign up first at  Next, join the iRunFar Flickr group . After that, you can either go to individual photos in your Flickr album and “send to group” or go to “Organize” tab from which you should be able to select multiple pictures to “send to group.” If you are interested and have any questions, please let me know.

Submission via Comments
If you don’t care to use Flickr to submit your photos, you can leave a comment with a link to a limited gallery (15 or fewer photos) that you are submitting for consideration. As noted above, due to time constraints, only small galleries will be considered. Similarly, I would discourage listing 10 or 15 individual URLs in the comments.

If you submit photos via a comment, please be sure to use your real email address. Your address is private and will not be used for any purpose other than to contact you regarding your photos.

Submission via Email
You can also submit a few (please no more than 5) photos via email to relentlessforwardprogress at gmail dot com. Please put “Photos” as the subject. Also, do not expect an email response unless I choose one of your photos.

The Book’s Content
Relentless Forward Progress Outline

Bryon Powell

Bryon Powell is the Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar. He’s been writing about trail running, ultrarunning, and running gear for 15 years. Aside from iRunFar, he’s authored the books Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running, been a contributing editor at Trail Runner magazine, written for publications including Outside, Sierra, and Running Times, and coached ultrarunners of all abilities. Based in Silverton, Colorado, Bryon is an avid trail runner and ultrarunner who competes in events from the Hardrock 100 Mile just out his front door to races long and short around the world, that is, when he’s not fly fishing or tending to his garden.