Images for Handshake 2.0

Handshake 2.0 seeks never-before-seen images that

  • Exemplify the adage “a picture is worth a thousand words”
  • Symbolize “It’s still who you know”
  • Illustrate the content of a blog post
  • Symbolize or represent the content of a blog post

Handshake 2.0 seeks business-themed images to serve as stand-alone content or as accompaniment to posts on the site.  These images tell the story of a business truth and life truth in a single image, whether through an illustration, photograph, cartoon, graphic, video or other visual means.

We are particularly interested in photographs of handshakes, either singly or in a series.

If the subject of the image is an individual, we seek a never-before-seen image representing the individual as a) “knowable,” and b) distinctive in personality.  For an example, see the second image in this post.

All images – photographs, graphics, cartoons, slides, or other visuals – must be original and not published elsewhere.  The creator retains all rights to the image, but we want its world premiere to occur on Handshake 2.0. 

We prefer not to use professional portraits created for business purposes and published elsewhere and often, i.e. on a company website, a LinkedIn profile, or a print brochure.

For creative reasons – we want only one-of-a-kind work on Handshake 2.0 – and legal reasons – we respect the creations of others and do not want to risk violating restrictions on their use – we do not use any stock photos or images from outside sources on Handshake 2.0 other than those we purchase ourselves.

Please include no images of minors in photographs. 

  • If you have an image of a minor in which the face is not visible, and can provide permission from the parent to post the picture, we will consider it.  To date, we have only one such posting. 
  • If the minor is your own child, please consider that the Internet is “forever” and the child may or may not want a picture of himself or herself online as an adult.  To date, we have only one such posting. 

Please include no images that include trademarks or logos that are not owned by you.

Handshake 2.0 assumes that If anyone other than you is included in the image, you have received permission from him/her/them to submit the image for publication on Handshake 2.0.

Cellphone snapshots and compact digital cameras can create images of high communication value because they capture the spontaneous truth of a moment.

Some of our favorite images are here, here, here, and here.

Image specifications

For images for Handshake 2.0 blog posts, including Handshake 1.0  photographs:

  • Maximum of 600 pixels wide
  • Medium compression

If you are unfamiliar with pixels and resolution and compression, if your camera has a “Web-ready” or a “low resolution” setting, please use that. 

This Standard Image Guide may be of assistance.

Since a large part of our audience includes business professionals using laptops, please create an image that is wide rather than tall so the entire image may be viewed as a whole on a small screen.

Freelance submissions

If you are a freelance image creator, we welcome your submission of images for consideration by Handshake 2.0. 

A submission would include:

  • The image in the correct size in .jpg format.
  • A creative, original image title, or suggested image title, especially if the submission is for a stand-alone blog post.
  • Identification of the individuals, content, and the places/locations in the image (this creates added value for our site’s audience).
  • URLs (web addresses) that link to the individuals, companies, or locations identified and represented in the image.

Image creators would have LinkedIn profiles – or a willingness to create one – with a photo visible on their public profiles in keeping with our philosophy that, online, “It’s still who you know,” and to engender trust with the site’s readers.

Please email an image in .jpg format meeting the size and content criteria above to [email protected].  Please include “Image for Handshake 2.0” as the subject.

Please see more about working for Handshake 2.0 on our Jobs page.

We look forward to seeing your work.

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