I live in California in the Bay Area, area also called Silicon Valley. A lot of world renowned companies have their headquarters here, to name a few, Apple, HP, Cisco, Ebay, Intel.
I used to take pictures of logos of these companies at their headquarters, most of them got decent sales. I submitted recently a new batch and they were refused on the grounds of: Images that contain single logos that are not in a larger editorial context can no longer be accepted.
I can see why this is happening. It is difficult for an admin to really know which is a logo of a large multinational which will probably sell and which is just one of those "fly by night" startups that will never amount to anything.
I thought maybe I should do a collage of six or more of these logos and title it something like, "Proeminent High Tech Companies in Sillicon Valley". Will this pass the the test?
Any ideas of how I can take advantage of my close proximity to these companies and produce stock photos that other people can not do without traveling?
Well, coming from a newspaper background, IMHO Editorial should not just be for news-worthy events, it also includes general "stock" so pics of larger company logos/HQs (Apple being a prime example) can then be purchased & used when a newsworthy event involving that company occurs.
I'd contact Admin if I were you Gabi - if the policy has changed it's worth knowing exactly what you can/can't submit.
If Admin can comment here that would be great as I'm sure other contributors would be interested in their response, including me.
It is bad that this kind of changes, like "can no longer be accepted" are not publicly announced to photographers. Because, for sure, it was announced to editors. A lot of time wasted to shoot, process, keywording. Wish you all a Happy New Year!
Did you submit logos or pictures of companies? If you submitted logos, then create a collage of Silicon Valley logos.
I had a similar rejection where I had an image of a single product. I thought it was worthy because it was an item off the market for 30 years but brought back. If I submitted multiple brand items of the same type of product it probably would have been accepted but I'm not going to go out and buy 20 different versions of the product for a single picture. But it makes sense, submitting a single image for each brand of a similar product is perhaps not the smartest way of doing stock.
World HQ pictures of various companies should be good on their own.
And, as always, you should email the reviewer for specifics, I can only guess and speculate.