Voices for Biodiversity

Submission Guidelines

Please contact us about reporting a story or submitting an article, photo essay, video or podcast. We target a caring and informed but non-expert audience.

Using AP style, V4B follows the ethical code of conduct set forth by the Society of Professional Journalists. Articles, photos, videos, podcasts relating to themes, such as the following are considered:

  • Ecology
  • Human ecology
  • Anthropology
  • Biodiversity & loss of biodiversity
  • Biocultural diversity
  • Interspecies and trans-species relationships and communication
  • Conservation
  • Indigenous knowledge systems and traditional knowledge
  • Deep ecology, nature awareness, eco-psychology
  • Human overpopulation and overconsumption
  • Climate change as it relates to non-human species

We do not accept fiction or poetry. While you do not have to be a professional photographer, videographer or writer, your submission, including all photographs will still be considered and if accepted, edited for style, focus and quality. Queries or submissions should be no more than 500 words. In addition, please include a short biography and mention the availability of photos or video, or provide a link to a portfolio or gallery.

We have two categories of people who are published: Contributors and Eco-Reporters. Contributors are media professionals (writers, photographers, videographers, etc.). Eco-Reporters are persons who share their story with us, but who are not professional.

Word Limit

Features – 1500

Dispatches – 500

Impressions – 750

Interviews-Reviews – 1000

Field Notes – 750

Youth – 750

Gallery – a selection of 20 photos with a written essay-style description (300 words maximum) of what the photos mean or how the occasion proved illuminating or life changing. We will make a selection of the best – whether they are 5 or 15 photos, to publish. We reserve the right to edit photos according to our standards; however, we are open to working closely with a professional photographer who submits a photo gallery to  make sure the photographer agrees with any photo editing we do.

Articles should be submitted for a particular section

Features – Articles that focus on particular people, species, ecologies, places and events

Dispatches – Timely news items

Impressions – First person essays about nature, other species, the environment and related environmental topics

Interviews-Reviews – Interviews with interesting people and reviews of relevant books, videos, audio and more

Field Notes – A series of first person accounts about an individual’s experiences, observations and thoughts from the field

Youth – Writing, photos, video, art work and more

V4B accepts submissions in English, French, and Spanish.

Please send a query to our Managing Editor

Copyright, Permission to Publish and Republish

Contributors to Voices for Biodiversity grant us permission to publish their material in our online magazine.

By agreeing to submit content or contribute to Voices for Biodiversity (regardless of the form or medium with respect to such content, whether text, videos, photographs, audio or otherwise), you are giving us and our affiliates, agents and third party contractors the right to edit, display or publish such content on our site and its affiliated publications (either in the form submitted or in the form of a derivative or adapted work), to store such content, and to distribute such content and use such content for promotional and marketing purposes and in content developed by third parties about Voices for Biodiversity and our work.

You shall be solely responsible for your own submissions and the consequences of posting or publishing them. In connection with each of your submissions, you affirm that you own or have the necessary permissions for any and all parts of your submission, such as photos. You are expected to cite all quotes and all research correctly. We reserve the right to remove or not publish submissions without prior notice. You understand that when you submit content in any form to Voices for Biodiversity we may authorize such content to be distributed or syndicated to or published on our partner websites.


The opinions and views expressed in Voices for Biodiversity are those of the contributors and not of Voices for Biodiversity, which is a project of Perception International.