Reasons to join Photostories International

We believe that powerful photos and stories can change the world, and inspiring others is our life goal. To make sure you understand the possibilities and the special opportunity that lies in front of you, we wanted to clarify the main reasons for you to join the photostory community.

1. Combining photos with stories – new recipe for success. This new trend is emerging and there is undeniable evidence promoting the combination of photos and stories: photos are simply stronger with stories and stories have a bigger impact with a photo. Expecting quality to ensure the best experience for our readers, writers and photographers, Photostories International is dedicated to publish and share short visual stories made for our new modern lifestyle – with a purpose.

2. Time well spent. Photostories International doesn’t waste your time! Unlike social media platforms, Photostories International is a curated website accepting only high quality photos and stories to make sure your time is well spent and you’ll have an enjoyable experience in our online gallery. As a photographer and/or writer, you can also be confident that your work is valued and presented with your best interests in mind; the website is carefully designed to promote the unique visual and emotional reading experience.

3. Want to inspire others and change the world? If you believe that powerful photos and stories can have a positive impact on others and change lives, we are happy to welcome you to our photostory community to share this message and to make a difference. By sharing stories, we can motivate and wake up the dead, we can spread knowledge and raise awareness, we can create smiles and help with sorrow, and we can lift our heads into the clouds and write about a better future… This visual storytelling site is made for you who have the courage to imagine, believe and act!

4. Fair trade. We know it’s difficult to exhibit work and find the right audience, no matter how amazing photos you’ve taken or stories you’ve written. This is why we want to make a fair deal with you! We will provide you worldwide audience and you will promise to show us the best work you’ve got – this way we will both win! Let me explain what this really means… Photostories International offers you:

  • free exhibition space
  • publicity through online sharing, newsletters and digests (=free marketing for worldwide audience)
  • publication in photostory books
  • market place to sell your work
  • possibility to advertise your website and skills

5. Premium services. To make sure your stories are as good as you wish them to be, our premium services offer writing and editing assistance to perfect your stories (Golden Photostory Crane -membership). Furthermore, premium members are eligible for surprise discounts on photography equipment and programs to encourage self-improvement and even better photostories.

6. Creative journalism and visual storytelling at its best. There is a hidden storyteller in each and every one of us, and we want to make sure that the world hears your story – the real story. We also know that stories will empower photos and give them the biggest chance to succeed and reach the eyes and ears of the world. Photostories International is your chance to join the movement of creative journalism and visual story telling – let’s shake the world and make it better together by telling powerful stories!

7. Weekend challenges designed for you. We understand that not everyone is passionate about both photography and writing, yet it has been proven that photos and stories together raise the audience experience to a completely different level. To overcome this challenge, we decided to create a bridge between the two groups! During the weekend, you can choose to write a story for a photo or to match your photo with a story. You are also welcome to submit a story or a photo for our pools to challenge others; both the author and the photographer will be credited, of course. These challenges are simply addictive. 😉

8. Our users love the photostory community: “The website was so engaging and harmonious. It was like jumping into another world and I felt somehow peaceful while reading and surfing around the site; it was so addictive that I couldn’t stop reading… and it was wonderful to see great photos of such diverse topics in one place and easily accessible: people, places, nature and even feelings. I cannot wait to come back!”

9. Support for world saviours – NGOs and other non-profits. We’re not joking when we talk about changing the world. In addition to free publishing rights, NGOs and other non-profits are welcome to apply for free premium services and share their knowledge on important causes. Photostories are a perfect way to spread awareness and to get people involved in important causes.

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three little pigs.

I guess, at the end of the day, it’s a question of self-confidence. When we were small, they always told us: you’re smart little piglets, you can make it! Work hard, apply yourselves and you’ll get there! And I thought: yes, and pigs will fly! Couldn’t be bothered, too long a shot. But two of …

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sun’s gone.

I wanted to leave a mark. Of any kind. For posterity, to get noticed, to stop being ordinary. But being lightweight, and close to insignificant in general, it was an uphill struggle. I did my best, though. I was left hanging behind the curtain — but also on the sunny side. Stuck is what I …

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Flowers for Friendship

In 2016, Belgium celebrated the 150 years of friendship with Japan by building a beautiful Japanese design from flowers. More than 100 volunteers assembled this famous tourist attraction in four hours. Every two years Brussels’ Grand Place gets covered by a flower carpet consisting of nearly one million begonias.

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Drops of Henna

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Wardrobe of my life

It was not jealousy. Maybe a bit of admiration. But mostly it was inspiration. How a simple decision can lead to something extraordinary in life. You choose a design (goal), you pick a fabric (building blocks), you cut the pieces and position them (strategy), and you sew everything together (journey to success). Why don’t we …

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trust me.

«You are unique.» «Seek your own way and look for a path that’s calling for you.» These are things I used to subscribe to and deluded myself into believing. But then, coinciding with a set of upsetting, but in no way significant events occurring at a very particular time of my life, I realised that, …

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Frozen Path

Snow covered the ground. Soon the flakes would dance in the air again, but in the meanwhile a photo was captured. The French artist with a Celtic metal band had moved from the sunny Southern France to Nordic Finland. She had chosen, as her new album echoes, the frozen path. Like many others, she has …

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Wild and Free

They were blue, yellow and green. Moving so fast and smoothly. True freedom in Persian Gulf… they made me wonder how would it feel like to be a fish. Did they even realize their own beauty and the luxury of living without boundaries? Together they would swim from day to another, sometimes amusing the silly …

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Loss and rescue: An elderly refugee story

Aaid is 72, a Rohingya refugee. His wife and grandson were shot during the perilous journey from Myanmar to Bangladesh. During his get-away from men with knives, he saw a little boy crying along the street while there was a house burning nearby; the boy was calling for his mom and dad who were nowhere …

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Police evict mother of 5

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We are worth love and belonging

Why is it so hard to take help, yet so easy to help others? It could be because of our ego, but on the contrary it could also be because we don’t feel like we’re worth it. This brings us back to the topic of vulnerability; according to Brené Brown, the only thing that separates …

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Become a movie star

Actors in daily life… well, we are! This way of thinking could make our seemingly pointless tasks more exciting. Think of a narration and the music playing on background (headphones can help). Then imagine watching yourself in a movie – don’t forget, you’re the best actor/actress in this film. Do you feel a little more …

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Not a single word

Silence. Since hours. Not a single word. Nothing. I will not be the one breaking the silence. You first. I can wait. Forever. Who started this thing? I even can’t remember, but I am sure it was not me. I can wait, yes. Boring silence, but I will wait. Full stop.

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At nightly bridge of Isfahan

Where singing was forbidden, there echoed the chants. Where dating was judged, there hid the lovers. Where bodies were covered, there loosened the scarves. The minds of the youth were as liberal as the water pouring through the nightly bridge of Isfahan. One day we will all be free.

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Loss and longing: A teenage refugee’s story

Her name is Raahila*. She is twelve years old. I could imagine her being at school right now, making the big step to go to secondary school. But she’s not. And when she looks straight at me, I can almost feel the pain in her eyes. She’s a refugee whom just weeks ago escaped the …

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