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Submission Guidelines

Photographer Ilya Mirman gingerly recreates Marilyn Monroe's iconic steam grate scene from "Some Like It Hot"

Photographer Ilya Mirman gingerly recreates Marilyn Monroe's iconic steam grate scene


We’re looking for photographic evidence of the world’s tackiest places, tackiest tourist poses and tackiest things. Consider this an excuse to dive into photo albums you haven’t looked at in years. There is no statute of limitations for tackiness.

We are NOT looking for cutesy tourist photos. A general rule of thumb is that if the average person rolls their eyes at your photo, either wondering why you “wasted” film on the shot (remember film?) or just can’t believe such a thing exists, we’d like to take a look. If people are comparing your photography to Anne Geddes (that chick that forces babies into broccoli costumes), then we wish you the best of luck elsewhere.

For an intellectual discourse on how we are reversing centuries of negative connotations attached to the word “tacky,” click here.


E-mail a high-resolution copy of your photograph (a 300 dpi .jpg file is fine) to tackytouristphotos@gmail.com with your name, location and date of the photo along with a few lines about the back story.  Also include a quirky one or two line bio with a relevant link to your blog or other Website.

We can publish photos anonymously, but we need to verify you have the rights to grant us permission in the first place. Also, please send us a brief note indicating we have your blessing to use your image on TackyTouristPhotos.com and to possibly include it in a TTP coffee table book.

Oh yes, the whole point of this exercise is to immortalize these precious moments in a handsome coffee table book.


By e-mailing us your tacky photo, you agree to grant us the non-exclusive right to publish your submission in any media form under the current or future jurisdiction of the Tacky Tourist Photos empire. You also acknowledge that we cannot pay you and that your payment is the inner peace and satisfaction of being a TTP contributor. However, should your exposure on TTP lead to a lucrative modeling contract, we fully expect you to buy us lunch.


5 comments to “Submission Guidelines”

  1. jay kennedy Says:

    Absolutely frikkin brilliant!! I have always loved your photos, now the world can share in this!

  2. Mark Fowler Says:

    I’m an OB/GYN and have been in many offices/clinics, etc decorated with those Anne Geddes photographs of which you speak. I can hardly believe she hasn’t been turned in for child endangerment/baby abuse. I enjoy the good-spirited tackiness of your site!

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