Submit Photos for Ultrarunning Book

Wow! 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 Flickr.com.)  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


Bryon Powell: is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of iRunFar.com. Having spent nearly 20 years as an ultrarunner and three decades as a trail runner, he's also written Relentless Forward Progress: A Guide to Running Ultramarathons and co-wrote Where the Road Ends: A Guide to Trail Running. He calls Silverton, Colorado and Moab, Utah home.

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  • Very cool Bryon! Although I have no great photos to share, being a "wanna-be" ultrarunner, I will definitely be buying a copy. Any idea where it will be available? Amazon?

    Chris

    PS - I love the title!

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    • Chris,
      It's currently available for pre-order on iRunFar, https://www.irunfar.com/rfp, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble. Could be available for pre-order elsewhere, as well.

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  • Bryon,

    Congrats on the book, so this was the teaser big project you had been referencing, as the post above states let us know where we can buy/pre-order!

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    • Jay, thanks for your interest. I've noted where the book is available for pre-order.

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  • Awesome! Congrats Bryon!

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  • Byron,

    That's super exciting you're getting published! Unless I finally learn everything I need to know about ultras... uhh; I'll be getting a copy. I hope you can make some money to continue the labor.

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  • You asked for "feet" pictures, hahaha ,somewhere down the road I would love to see a gallery of those submissions.

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    • thats funny, cause they all look kind of similar, flattened toe portion. I noticed a few days ago that mine were begining to look like this.

      Awesome Byron.

      I have some sweet winter trail pics for you...

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    • Yeah, yeah, yeah. ;-) I've just seen some solid, foot-first photos of a few runners (AJW, Joe Kulak, etc) post-race. Mildly disfigured feet would help convey the reality of a long ultra.

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  • Just to let everyone know, you can pre-order the book on Amazon.com.

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    • Or, even better, you can pre-order directly on iRunFar.com: https://www.irunfar.com/rfp . Help an author out. :-)

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  • Really Bryon, really? As a professional writer you should know better than anyone that asking for free work is pretty cheesy. You know, I'm doing a book also. I have all the photos I need (as I'm a photographer). I need you to just write the words. I'll give you full credit and a copy of the book that you can use in self promotion. Oh and can you get it to me in a week. Thanks!

    Not cool at all. You know better.

    Bottom line, you are making money by selling the book, however small or large. Pay the photographers.

    Be happy to talk with you in detail about this off line.

    Geoffrey S. Baker

    Photographer/Ultrarunner
    http://www.oellaworks.com

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    • I'm not sure if you are keeping an open mind about different approaches to publishing.

      You're a professional photog, so you expect to be paid for your images (your shots from HAT and JFK are great BTW...) But there are plenty of amateurs who would be happy to submit their pics for nothing more than a photo credit. This is being done on a volunteer basis - it's not like he's grabbing images off the web and using them unattributed.

      Calling Bryon out on his own site for not adhering to your way of doing things is really kind of cheesy - this comment might have better been sent as a private email.

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    • ...and of course I'm assuming the Bryon has permission from Gripmaster for the use of the image on the mock cover... ;)

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      • Yes, Matt. I've been in touch with Gripmaster re the cover photo. Thanks for your support.

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    • Hi Geoffrey,
      Sorry you're offended. Personally, I've gladly written fresh material for a friend's book, as well as having submitted photos for the book. (That friend is a professional writer with much more experience, who also asked friends for photos and written material... for free.) I didn't expect to be paid or even a copy of the book. I later picked up a copy of the book and am psyched about it. I've also provided magazines with free articles and photos.

      That's all besides the point. As others have pointed out, my request targeted a large community of readers (and friends) that I've developed over time. I have no problem with providing folks a chance to voluntarily give a little something back. If no one provided a single photo, that'd be alright. I'd use some of my own photos and/or include fewer photos.

      -Bryon

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  • Hi Bryon; These are the pictures that is taken in Istanbul forests , Turkey. I hope you will love them. If you want the original high-res.ones; just ping me... Cheers;

    EMRE TOK
    http://www.geziyorum.net/arazi-kosusu-fotograflar...

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  • How much you paying for those? :-)

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  • Awesome! I've been following your blog for about six months now, ever since I (according to my friends and family) "went crazy" and declared I wanted to run an ultra in 2011. I was surprised at how little was out there -- this definitely fills a void. Can't wait to get a copy.

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    • Thanks, Chris. Glad to know there's a void that I can fill for you and others.

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  • congrats, Bryon. Looks like a great project. I'll definitely be checking it out.

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  • Not sure if I have any pics but I will take a look. I'm stoked to check out the book once it's available.

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  • Hey Bryon,

    Whenever it gets published send me a copy and I'll review it for Trail Running Canada - http://www.trailrunner.ca. Cheers. JS

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    • Thanks for the offer, Jonathan.

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  • Congrats on taking the next step. Love your web site and look forward to getting my hands on a copy!

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  • Hi Byron,

    Can not wait to read the book-definately something needed as there is very little info out there. I have some cool pics on my race website, http://www.jacks50k.com as well as others if you see any you are interested in email me and I will send you a few others in that same vein. I definately have a great one on my website of a runner running my race barefoot. Look forward to book!

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  • Hi Bryon,

    I don't use Flickr, but I have photos on kodak gallery or I could email them to you. I have only done one ultra (Stone Cat 50 miler) and might have a couple photos you could use. I am not a professional photographer and would not expect to get paid. Just having my pictures published in an ultrarunning book would be payment enough. I can see a professional getting paid, but those of us that take photos just for the pure enjoyment of it are a little more laid back.

    Let me know where I can email them to you. I'm at wcashen@yahoo.com

    Thank you and best of luck on the book!

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  • Sadly I have no photos to send you, but I do look forward to purchasing the book and reading. Thank you for the effort in writing a book about everything that is ultra apparently. Being new to this I truly look forward to it and perhaps and autographed copy? heh.

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  • Sweetness! Glad you got it done!

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  • Sounds like evryone has the same idea. We all want the book. Congratulations on your efforts and I'm sure it'll do well in the shops.

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    • Thanks to you and all!

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