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Cephas Picture Library is the definitive destination for photographers specialising in Wine and Spirits. 

Our workflow ensures a speedy time to market for your images. We aim to process your submissions within two weeks so that your images are on sale in the shortest possible time. In order to achieve this we need photographers to read these submission guidelines carefully.  

If you want to submit your images, please follow these steps:

  1. Register. When registering, select Photographer as your Company type, this will allow us to treat you as a photographer and not a client. Registering with the correct details is very important and will allow us to manage our relationship efficiently.
  2. Browse the site. Have a good look around, as the more you are familiar with us the better you will be able to shoot for our markets.
  3. Submission Requirements. For your images to be accepted they must meet our submission guidelines. Please read these carefully to make sure your images meet the requirements.
Send us images! Please send a test selection of no more than 10 images to 

Submission Guidelines - Brief Outline:

We do not accept CMYK files, or files which have been converted from CMYK.

Colour space of all files should be Adobe RGB (1998). Resolution should be 300ppi. Do not over-sharpen.

We prefer images to be submitted as 8-bit TIFF, although JPEG 12 is acceptable

Detailed captions and keywords should be in File Info (see website for our company style). Searches on our website are only done on keywords, so good keywording is essential. Captions should be factual (who, what, where), not lyrical. We are wine specialists and the detail in your captions must reflect this. For example, where images include grapes the variety must always be named. 

All images should be viewed at 100% and retouched as necessary. Failure to do this will cause the whole submission to be rejected.

Images from digital cameras should have a minimum file size of 35 MB without interpolation. 

Images should be captured in RAW mode. We do not usually accept images that have been shot as JPEG.  

Scans of original transparencies should be a minimum of 50 MB without interpolation.

Scanning should be in 16-bit TIFF mode and all adjustments of curves and levels should be done prior to converting to 8-bit. 

If your first submission is successful, then you will be supplied with our Contributor's Agreement to sign.

Agreement overview. 

  • Contributors retain copyright of their images.
  • Royalties paid are based on 50% of monies received. 
  • Images must be submitted as per the submission guidelines.
  • You appoint Cephas Picture Library as sole agent for the images.


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