How it works

Pictory’s not so complicated. Check it out.

Step one: Observe and document. Pictory is about true, personal stories, and documentation of our lives and cultures. Pictory members don’t have to be professional photographers or writers, but they do have to look, observe, photograph, and consider.

Step two: Pick a photo and write a caption. A submission to Pictory consists of one large, stunning photo AND an informative caption. Captions don’t have to be perfect, as they will be proofed and edited by staffers, but they are mandatory.

Step three: Submit to a Pictory theme. Weekly themes (on different social documentary topics) give direction to submissions. Each member can submit ONE pictory to each theme.

Step four: Check in to see if your selection was published. The editor selects 20 to 40 submissions from people all over the world to create a collaborative photo essay, in the form of an online showcase. These polished photo sets bring out the best in each image.

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Major appreciation to Paul Octavious for creating these illustrations!