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I am firmly based on the land...but you have definately captured the beauty of these sea creatures. I like the way that this photo (and the others in your portfolio) are filled with the subject matter. They are simple yet beautiful...I could imagine them in National Geographic.
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Good, yes. Geographic, no. I looked at your portfolio - I like the one with the brittle star on a fluorescent sponge. If you have a few hundred of that quality in your portfolio, including at least a dozen that are in the truly outrageous category (i.e. a closeup of a whale's eye, a shark jumping out of the water to catch a seal, a really rare nudibranch, maybe whale sharks mating) - then you can think about the Geographic. People tell me all the time I should take my stuff to the Geographic - but I know better. Look at the latest stuff in the magazine from David Doubilet and ask yourself if you are in that league. I'm not, and I've sold stuff to resorts, dive boats, and the Fiji national tourist board.

 

Enter a couple of contests sponsored by the dive magazines - that will give you a start on seeing how you compare to the competition.

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I am with Bob on this. Don't be discouraged though. It is not bad to keep your sights on the top rung as long as you remember it takes many steps to get there. How committed are you? Dave Doubilet shoots more film in a day than I do in a whole year underwater. He probably also dives 10 times as many days in a year. To take on the giants you need to be at least as committed. If you are serious about this, probably the fastest way to get your pictures in the old Geographic is to find an esoteric subject, maintain a religious focus and own that niche.
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