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Contents
Who We Are
A Brief History
Starting a Submission
Photography
Writing
Reviews
Fine Art
Music
Film
Organization of the Website
Affiliates Program
Legal Note




Who We Are
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Border Hopping is a boutique, not-for-profit company dedicated to a love for art and worldly experiences, and the website is a culmination of various artists' travels communicated through writing, images and other media. The hope is that viewers can also experience these places and cultures without having to leave their home or office. We like to call Border Hopping traveling on a budget.

Because we are a not-for-profit company, we are currently unable to pay for contributions. We literally have no money and all work for free. But to help support our contributors, they are encouraged to submit their bio & info to our section dedicated to our artists; artist pages are informational for viewers to the site and self-promotional for the contributors. Our mission: to support our contributors in pursuing their art by whatever means they can, through whatever avenues they can. We will forward to them all interested parties who contact us about their work, unless they specify otherwise.

Our audience is largely made up of fellow writers, photographers, artists, thinkers and creative types, as well as professionals in PR, advertising, journalism, media, TV, film and other related fields. We spread the word of Border Hopping to industry members who might be interested in not just our content, but our contributors as well.

We are accepting submissions in all media forms, though currently we are only uploading writing & photography to the website. All other forms of media will be added to the website at a future date.



A Brief History
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The conception of Border Hopping is entrenched in history and myth and inspiration, much like any creative whirlwind.

It all started in the spring of 2006 at the now extinct Casablanca Tea Room, an off-beat locale on Mercer St. in SoHo, NYC (right). While the bar full of liquor was not reminiscent of Morocco, the large metallic lanterns suspended from white-curtained ceilings and hot tea certainly was. What if, we postulated, we tried to find other venues that transported us so wondrously to other earthly places? Spaces that allow us to... border hop...? Thus, the idea was born.

To elaborate on the idea formed at the Casa Tea Room, another meeting was spontaneously held in the fall of 2006 in Florence, Italy. Surrounded by art and architecture, we wondered, ...and if this idea to 'border hop' can be translated through art, through words and images? Thus, the idea came to fruition.

borderhopping.net was launched in winter 2007 with a collection of wordly photography. The website was updated with a new layout and a writing section in March 2009 and has been growing ever since.



Starting a Submission
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Photography

1) To submit photos, either: (a) send an email with photos attached; (b) email a list of links to the photos online (we can most likely use your online photos in their current size/quality); or (c) ask us to choose the photos from your online folio. Images should have a maximum height or width of 600px; panoramic shots may be up to 800px.
*** Please include captions: with option (a) you can supply the captions in the text of the email or in an attached .RTF or .DOC document, using the photo file names as a reference for each caption; for option (b) if caption info is not already on the website with your photos, you can use the photo URL as a reference for each caption, listing the URL before each caption either in the text of the email or in an attached .RTF or .DOC document. For option (c), wait until you have a list of photos from us for which to supply captions.

(2) Caption content: The captions should include at minimum: (i) date or year if possible, (ii) medium - digital or film, (iii) country. If you can expand on captions, you may also include: (iv) title, (v) camera, (vi) additional information about film processing or digital retouching, (vii) more specific location details such as building, street, or city. Also let us know how you would like your name to appear in the byline.

Examples of captions:

Cherubic - young child giving out pamphlets along Orchard during Christmas
Wisma Atria, Singapore
December 2007 Film Lomo LCA, Kodak E100G slide, C41 cross-processed by Jason Hui

The Christmas Store
Rothenburg Ob Der Tauber, Germany
November 2006 Digital color by Suzanne Steinert

(3) Artist page: You can send information for your personal artist page at any time. Feel free to be creative. You can include whatever you want on this page; the only standard element is the name & location listed at the top. We suggest the following: (i) text either fully drafted or in the form of notes so we can draft your bio/statement; (ii) optional photo/headshot; (iii) links to your work or presence on the web. But you are free to include whatever content is most representative of you.

Before your artist page or any pages with your work are published, we will send you a preview of these pages for your approval.


Writing

1) Send your work: Let us know which pieces you would like to submit. Either include text in an email or attach in .RTF or .DOC format; or, provide links to the online version. Also let us know (i) the date of composition or publication of the piece(s), and (ii) how you would like your name to appear in the byline.

2) Images: Send included images as attachments or provide links to online versions; if images are already formatted into the piece, be sure to either submit your piece as an attached .RTF or .DOC document or provide a link to the online version. Please resize them to 400x600 pixels or less if possible.

3) Artist page: You can send information for your personal artist page at any time. Feel free to be creative. You can include whatever you want on this page; the only standard element is the name & location listed at the top. We suggest the following: (i) text either fully drafted or in the form of notes so we can draft your bio/statement; (ii) optional photo/headshot; (iii) links to your work or presence on the web. But you are free to include whatever content is most representative of you.

On: Editing: We generally only edit text for basic spelling, grammar and structure. Any content edits are just suggestions and can be made at the artist's discretion. If any edits are made or suggested, you will receive a Word (.doc/.rtf)* version of the piece with highlighted markup edits. Once finalized, we will send you a web preview for your approval of your work, artist page or any pages with your work. Publication is scheduled after web versions are approved by the artist, unless the artist has requested no web preview.
*If you cannot read Word documents, please notify us so that we may send you an alternate file type.

Reviews

1) Send your review: Let us know which pieces you would like to submit. Either include text in an email or attach in .RTF or .DOC format; or, provide links to the online version. Also (i) include the date of composition or publication of the piece(s), (ii) your official byline; and (iii) provide the full title, address, number, website, email, and other relevant contact information for your reviewed venue

2) Images: Send included images as attachments or provide links to online versions; if images are already formatted into the piece, be sure to either submit your piece as an attached .RTF or .DOC document or provide a link to the online version. Please resize them to 400x600 pixels or less if possible.

3) Artist page: You can send information for your personal artist page at any time. Feel free to be creative. You can include whatever you want on this page; the only standard element is the name & location listed at the top. We suggest the following: (i) text either fully drafted or in the form of notes so we can draft your bio/statement; (ii) optional photo/headshot; (iii) links to your work or presence on the web. But you are free to include whatever content is most representative of you.

On: Editing: We generally only edit text for basic spelling, grammar and structure. Any content edits are just suggestions and can be made at the artist's discretion. If any edits are made or suggested, you will receive a Word (.doc/.rtf)* version of the piece with highlighted markup edits. Once finalized, we will send you a web preview for your approval of your work, artist page or any pages with your work. Publication is scheduled after web versions are approved by the artist, unless the artist has requested no web preview.
*If you cannot read Word documents, please notify us so that we may send you an alternate file type.

Fine Art

1) To submit your work, either: (a) send an email with photos attached or (b) email a list of links to the photos online.

(2) Send captions: The captions should include at minimum: (i) date or year if possible, (ii) your medium and materials, (iii) related country, city, or other location. If you can expand on captions, you may also include: (iv) title, (v) price, if for sale, plus contact information. Also let us know how you would like your name to appear in the byline.

3) Artist page: You can send information for your personal artist page at any time. Feel free to be creative. You can include whatever you want on this page; the only standard element is the name & location listed at the top. We suggest the following: (i) text either fully drafted or in the form of notes so we can draft your bio/statement; (ii) optional photo/headshot; (iii) links to your work or presence on the web. But you are free to include whatever content is most representative of you.

Before your artist page or any pages with your work are published, we will send you a preview of these pages for your approval.

Music

1) To send us your music, either: (a) send an email with mp3's attached, or (b) email us with a link to your website where we can listen to the files. You may also (iii) inquire with us about uploading your large files via FTP to our server.

(2) Send file information: At minimum: (i) date or year if possible, (ii) title, (iii) related country, city, or other location. Also let us know how you would like your name to appear in the byline.

3) Artist page: You can send information for your personal artist page at any time. Feel free to be creative. You can include whatever you want on this page; the only standard element is the name & location listed at the top. We suggest the following: (i) text either fully drafted or in the form of notes so we can draft your bio/statement; (ii) optional photo/headshot; (iii) links to your work or presence on the web. But you are free to include whatever content is most representative of you.

Before your artist page or any pages with your work are published, we will send you a preview of these pages for your approval.

Film

1) To send us your film, either: (a) send an email with .mov file attached, or (b) email us with a link to your website where we can view your film. You may also (iii) inquire with us about uploading your large files via FTP to our server.

(2) Send file information: At minimum: (i) date or year if possible, (ii) title, (iii) related country, city, or other location. Also let us know how you would like your name to appear in the byline.

3) Artist page: You can send information for your personal artist page at any time. Feel free to be creative. You can include whatever you want on this page; the only standard element is the name & location listed at the top. We suggest the following: (i) text either fully drafted or in the form of notes so we can draft your bio/statement; (ii) optional photo/headshot; (iii) links to your work or presence on the web. But you are free to include whatever content is most representative of you.

Before your artist page or any pages with your work are published, we will send you a preview of these pages for your approval.



Organization of the Website
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Photography

In addition to providing an array of global images for our viewers, we also want to celebrate the art of the photography itself. For that reason, photos are viewable not just by location, but by subject matter.

Location, Style, Subject - Photos can be viewed by these categories. Location galleries are made for countries, regions and cities. Style galleries are viewable by Black & White, Cityscapes, Film, Landscapes, Panoramic. We add style categories as we gather enough content to create one. Subject galleries are also added as relevant content is acquired. Subjects include Animals & Wildlife, Architecture, Art, Food, People, Plants.

Writing

Writing may be viewed by Location (country, continent), by Subject, or by Genre (Articles, Poetry, Journalesque, Fiction). Subjects are added as we acquire relevant pieces. Current subjects include Art & Lit & Music, Culture, Food & Drink, History, Lifestyle, Politics, Relationships {of all kinds}, Sites-to-See, Spirituality and Travel {the act}.

Venues

Reviews of venues are housed in the Writing section as well in a separate Venues section.

Reviews of venues are currently listed in order of publication. Eventually, they will be organized so as to be viewed by Location (city and country) or by Type: Wine & Dine (restaurants, bars, lounges); Hospitality (hotel, bed & breakfast, riad); Scene (bars, lounges, clubs, music, entertainment); Shop (attire, interiors, novelty).

Fine Art, Music, Film

Coming at a future date



Affiliates Program
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We are in the process of developing our affiliate program and invite other travel-related media outlets and projects to contact us.
[ notes@borderhopping.net ]



Legal Note
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If you are currently managed by another party, please check their policies to make sure that Border Hopping may publish your work without infringing on copyrights.

We are a not-for-profit company that publishes non-exclusively; we do not pay contributors or purchase their work. All content on borderhopping.net is property of its respective author.

If and when compensation opportunities are made available via our website, we will notify all contributors before any changes are made and participation in that aspect of the website will be optional.