PhotographerPhotos are an important part of ASDA’s print and digital publications. ASDA is looking for authentic, print-quality images showcasing chapter and dental school activities to include in our communications. Members are invited to submit photos at any time.

Photos that don’t meet both the content and technical guidelines below will not be used. 

How to get involved

  • Submit photos that meet all the requirements listed below. Not all submitted photos will be used.
  • By emailing your photos to ASDA, you give permission for ASDA to publish them in a publication of our choosing. You will receive credit for any photos published, but not financial remuneration. You may list ASDA’s inclusion of your photography on your CV.
  • Refer to the guidelines below when submitting your photos. 
Send us your photos for Contour
Each issue of the magazine will feature photos depicting your experiences in dental school, including anything from chapter events and service activities to your vacations. Submit photos that represent your life as a dental student, and they could be published in the next issue of Contour. 
Review the guidelines below, then submit via email. Photos are due April 15.

Photo submission is a simple process:

  1. Email your photo to ASDA's editor.
  2. Include the following information:
    • Your name, school and graduation year
    • The name of your photo file
    • A detailed description of the photo, including when and where it was taken, names of persons, objects, buildings and locations that are visible in the image, etc. Provide first and last names for anyone in the photo (check for correct spelling). 
  • Accepted file types: .jpg, .png
  • Naming your file: your file name should include your last name, chapter and one or two words describing the content. Ex. Smith-MidwesternAZ-advocacyluncheon.jpg
  • Note: email limits may require sending a group of photos in multiple messages. If you cannot get an email to go through because of size restrictions, reach out to the editor

Photo Content

ASDA publishes photos that enhance content related to dental student life. We are looking for photos of the following:

  • ASDA chapter events (including fundraisers, physical activities, lunch and learns, advocacy events and more)
  • Close-up photos of students together
  • Dental students in school or the sim lab (also clinic, assuming all appropriate permissions are satisfied and patient anonymity is protected. You are responsible for securing permission from patients for the use of their likeness in your photographs.)
  • Any fun or interesting photos that depict a day in the life of an ASDA member

We are also looking for:

  • Diversity (in terms of the people represented, the settings, etc.)
  • Action (students doing something)
  • Captions describing each photo

Technical Guidelines

Please send the highest quality/largest size image possible.

  • Photos must at least 300 ppi.
  • Largest possible file sizes are always recommended to produce the best results.

We recommend using a high-quality digital camera (like a DSLR) and the highest quality setting when you shoot.

  • Do not distort the image by applying photo filters or effects.
  • Do not attempt to increase the size of an existing image using filters or software. This will not improve the quality or make it appropriate for printing.
  • Do pay attention to framing, composition, lighting and focus.
  • Avoid submitting photos that include corporate logos or artwork. ASDA-related logos and graphics are acceptable.
  • Do not submit any pictures that contain nudity, violence, obscenity, profanity, illegal activity or anything else that might be considered offensive.