JPG Mag Co-Founder Launches Weekly Email of Amazing Photography


Heather Champ is a well-known personality in the online photo community. For almost 5 years she served as Director of Community at Flickr, after which she co-founded JPG Magazine with her husband Derek Powazek. Now she’s embarked on her next adventure: a weekly email newsletter dubbed “Favorites.”

Speaking with us over email (appropriately enough), Champ told us that her goal with Favorites was to create “a moment of calm that features great photography each week.”

“The world on online photography is a fairly cacophonous place,” says Champ. “We all share our photos in so many places and with a speed that ensures we’re likely to miss something.” Favorites aims to fix this problem by curating a set of subscriber-submitted photos and sending them out to the community at large once per week.


For Champ, this is the perfect project. While she loves taking photos, she readily admits that she prefers curating — it’s what she loved most about working on JPG Magazine and Flickr. Favorites allows her to put those curating skills to work yet again.

Subscribers get the chance to submit one photo per week, photos that Champ says should have given you the “‘wow, I created this’ feeling” when you took them. If your photo is selected, it will appear in the next week’s edition of Favorites, alongside your name, a description and a link to your website.

The first newsletter went out last Sunday, and before it had even made its debut, Favorites already had 245 people subscribed and waiting. Here’s a taste of what that first email was like:


To subscribe (and possibly begin submitting) yourself, head over to Champ’s Favorites webpage by clicking here.

  • Crabby Umbo

    When are people finally going to get hip to the fact that people are trying to utilize your intellectual content, for free, so that they can sell ads on their web-site and make money? I was NOT a JPG fan, because that was their business model, then I heard they were going to launch a travel site/magazine, with the same model: i.e. you go on vacation, you take the pictures of where you went, your write a, hopefully, bitchin’ ‘alt’ travel story to go with it, and they use it for nothing on their site and in their mag, and you get the “joy” of getting it in the media stream! I was glad when JPG closed, and when the travel magazine didn’t come to fruition. Are all of you so hungry for the pat on the head your Mommy used to give you, that you’d spend your time and energy to help someone else make money for no remuneration? Sad…

  • Heather Champ

    Hey, Crabby Umbo. It’s unclear to me how I’m going to be reaping in piles of cash on this endeavor given that there are no ads within the email (other than the required link to Mailchimp given the current “free” status) and no business model. There are currently three pages on my personal site and none of them have ads. FWIW, sending email isn’t cheap and it’s likely that Favorites will end up costing me money to send the emails if I don’t cap the subscriber size at some reasonable number. Sometimes a labour of love is just that.

  • Derek Powazek

    Hi. I’m Derek, the other founder of JPG. Not that it matters now, but we paid our contributors $100 per photo in the magazine and gave them free subscriptions. For many, it was their first time in print, first time getting paid. We even produced two gallery shows, giving many their first exhibition.

    You’re right that photographers should be aware of how their work is used, and be choosy about who to trust. I happen to think my wife is pretty trustworthy, but you’re free to make your own decisions, as is everyone else.

    Just be cautious when dancing on the graves of other people’s projects. That’s always bad karma.

  • Tom Kwas

    Love the ‘karma’ reference, so passive-aggressive SFO! Don’t know the particulars in the specific JPG situation, but no one can deny that the internet is full of people trying to turn someone else’s intellectual property into cash in their pocket by paying nothing, or far under market value, for that content. This also includes those who may not be making cash on the barrel head today, but getting access to content for future uses in the monetizing process. Plenty of bad karma to go around for all those as well. The only thing to be sure of is “uploader beware”!