Contributors & Volunteers
Lensblr advocates the original photographers on Tumblr — the “creators” in the Tumblr world.
Our goal is two-fold: first, to bring more attention to the creative works of the content creators on Tumblr. And second, to foster community among fellow photographers on Tumblr, and the people who enjoy their work.
Lensblr is a door to discovery: photographers from all over the world, of different styles, genres, and varying levels of experience. Most of the photographers we post are hobbyists or amateurs, some are photography/art students, professionals, or aspiring professionals.
Everything we post comes from photographers right here on Tumblr. We like to “reblog” instead of re-post because we believe reblogging is in true spirit of Tumblr, and by reblogging, the original photographer receives all the notes & comments that come with the post.
Lensblr is mostly driven by photos that users submit. We reblog about 40-ish photos every day, 24 hours a day. We welcome submissions from all photographers on Tumblr — please visit our Submissions Page.
We find a lot of unknown talent and great photos to reblog watching these tags. And others on Tumblr follow these tags as well – so please, tag your posts!
Submissions are reviewed by our Staff of Volunteer editors (you can see their names to the right). The head editors rely on their input for selecting which photos Lensblr reblogs.
If you’re interested in volunteering to review photo submissions, please drop us an email. We like to get a diversity of opinions and tastes.
We get about ~250 submissions per day, but only post about 40 of those. We do our best not to reblog the same people over-and-over again, and we love to see new people submit their photography! So please submit!
Lensblr Members are photographers on Tumblr whose blogs and photography our team has reviewed, and accepted as quality tumblr Photography Blogs. For each new Member, we make a post introducing them to the community, and we list them in our Member Directory to help others find interesting photographers to follow on Tumblr.
The majority of our Members are hobbyist and amateur photographers, although a few are also photography students, professionals, and aspiring pro’s.
People who qualify as Members post quality, original photography on their tumblr, without many reblogs or posting others’ content.
The proliferation of cheap digital cameras has made it easy for anyone to upload photos to the internet, and that’s great. However, we’re looking for a bit more than just “snapshots” on Member photoblogs. We like to see photos that are thoughtful, well composed, and that demonstate some creativity and passion for the art of photography.
That doesn’t mean you need to have technical mastery or ‘professional’ quality photos, but we do expect to see that passion and creativity.
Futhermore, Member photoblogs should showcase their photography and not their personal lives. We try to draw a line between “personal blogs with a lot of photos” and “Photography Blogs.” In other words, we prefer people to keep their family-photo-album stuff seperate from their other photography.
To become a Member, you need to submit a short member application to us.
We have a Board of Editors who reviews every perspective member’s tumblr and photos. Each reviewer gives their input in the form of comments and a vote, and new members are accepted on the consensus of the Board’s opinions.
The process of accepting a new Member generally takes about 2 weeks, so please be patient.
Also, please understand, because of the large number of submissions we get every day, we do not send “notices of rejection” to those who are not accepted as members. We think to send a generic note of rejection wouldn’t be fair; but we simply don’t have time to write a personal note to everyone who is declined (or accepted) as a member.
Still — you don’t have to be a Member to be involved with Lensblr. We welcome photo submissions from all photographers on Tumblr.
And finally, we always need more volunteers to help us. So even if you’re not a photographer at all, you can contribute to Lensblr. If you’re interested in volunteering your time to help us review photos, or select Featured Posts, just drop us an email.
Founded in March 2012, Lensblr has grown steadily over the last year, both as a community, as well as in terms of followers and influence on Tumblr.
In September 2012, Lensblr was placed on Tumblr’s Spotlight for Photography blogs. This was a great honour and brought Lensblr – and all of the photographers on Tumblr we represent – to a larger and now continuously growing audience on Tumblr.
Now in 2013, Lensblr has published over 1,500+ photographers as members, and over 7,000+ photos from photographers on Tumblr. Our audience continues to grow rapidly, and we are really so pleased we can bring the work of the real creatives on Tumblr to more eyes than ever before.
The Photographers Directory also publishes daily posts featuring Photographers on Tumblr. They’ve been at this longer than Lensblr, and they’re also featured on the Tumblr Photography Spotlight.
If you’re a photographer on Tumblr, we definitely recommend you submit your blog to them!
Original-Photographers is a newer Tumblr project also featuring the work of original Photographers on Tumblr. They publish submissions and also track the #original photographers tag on Tumblr to find great posts to reblog.
Y C Photography is a Salon for emerging, creative art photography curated by photographer G.Bénard. They feature a monthly Theme and take photo submissions on that theme, publishing the best art photography work submitted.
Also featured on the Tumblr spotlight, YCP has a wide audience and is a great place to submit conceptual and art photography.
ARTchipel features artists of all varieties, not just photography — 1 artist per day.
We think it’s great that they recognize photography as an art and that they often feature Photographers on Tumblr. It’s definitely a blog worth following.
More to come…