How to Sell Wildlife Photographs

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How to Sell Wildlife Photographs
There are several ways to sell wildlife photography. (photography image by peejay from Fotolia.com)

If you are an avid photographer and you feel your talents can help you earn some extra cash, there are simple ways to sell your wildlife photography. This area of photography is a speciality that not many photographers professionally. The tricks to selling wildlife photography are having the proper photographic equipment, perfecting your trade and marketing to the right audience.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Instructions

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    Create a professional website. Thanks to the Internet and its global popularity, you can market your photographs to a global market. The first way to sell your photographs online is to create a personal website that has an image gallery of your photography, a way for customers to purchase prints directly from your site and a way for people to contact you should they have a question or special request.

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    Become a stock photography contributor. To do this, send in wildlife photography samples to stock photo companies via the contributors' sections of their websites. If they choose to use your art, they will pay you royalties of up to 40 per cent for the images they sell.

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    Showcase your wildlife photography with an art show. You do not need a big art gallery to display and sell your work. Look around your community for opportunities to show your best work all at once. Such places include wineries, the library, coffee shops, colleges, a nearby zoo or nature preserve, church or community/cultural centre. Invite your friends and family to attend the art show and announce the event by sending press releases to local media outlets, placing posters on community notice boards, posting on online community forums and handing out invitations to local business owners.

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    Find an art fair. If putting on your own art show seems overwhelming, consider selling your work at an art fair where your photographs are sold alongside the works of other artists. Although art fairs will feature your competitor's art, you will have a steady stream of interested buyers visit you. Make sure you have business cards handy in the event customers want to view your online gallery or purchase prints from your site.

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    Market your wildlife photography to professional publications. Like professional writers, photographers can sell their talents to professional trade publications, magazines and travel resources. Professionals in this industry purchase wildlife photography for the pages of magazines, brochures, postcards and their own websites.

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