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Careers / Positions Photo Director | Lonely Planet

New York, NY
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At a Glance

Lonely Planet is looking for a Photo Director to guide the visual and systems strategy for photography across all platforms, from guidebooks to digital. We’re looking for an agile magic maker who has experience scaling photo operations using stock photography. As important as the final product, you will create and improve upon processes and establish best practices, working cross functionally and closely with our publishing, editorial, social and design teams. Reporting to the team’s Executive Creative Director, you come with a rigor for creative excellence and a passion for inspiring travelers through epic yet authentic imagery. 

What You’ll Do

  • Establish and maintain a visual identity across all published imagery, working with cross functional stakeholders from publishing to editorial to ensure quality and brand standards are adhered to at all times 
  • Create and maintain annual photography budget inclusive of print and digital needs, across stock and commissioned imagery 
  • Identify image needs and ensure sources are accurate, appropriately licensed, managed and properly cited.
  • Establish and maintain ongoing relationships with stock libraries that benefit and elevate the Lonely Planet brand 
  • Establish and maintain ongoing relationships with domestic and international photographers that can work within Lonely Planet guidelines 
  • Crop, retouch and optimize images for individual website specifications as needed
  • Utilize and improve internal photography systems including our Digital Asset Management System.
  • Manage photo editor and internal relationships and progress with cross functional teams for improved workflows and photo fluency 

What We’re Looking For

  • 5+ years of experience as a photo editor ,working with stock, design and original photography across a variety of channels and leading processes for agile photo teams 
  • A creative vision for improving imagery and a tactical plan for bringing that vision to life
  • An innovative approach to photography and the ways that images are utilized.
  • An understanding of both the publishing and digital worlds as it pertains to image rights and standards of excellence 
  • Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and graphic design experience: cropping, siloing, retouching, creating compositions, gifs and collages, adding text and saving for digital use.
  • Travel and lifestyle brand experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of copyright, permissions and attribution.
  • Ability to quickly scan through stock imagery and select images that are creative, accurate, and on-brand.
  • Experience working with Digital Asset Management Systems.
  • The confidence to explain and support your thinking to both internal and external stakeholders.
  • The resilience to perform under pressure and deliver high-quality work to tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • A proven track record of getting results and improving standards.


  • Cash Compensation Range: $150,000 - $225,000*
    *Note actual salary is based on geographic location, qualifications, and experience. 

Our benefits package includes, but is not limited to:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage
  • Emotional and Mental Health services, support, and resources
  • Health Savings Accounts (HSAs)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)
  • Company-paid Life Insurance and Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tuition Reimbursement Program
  • Long-Term/Short-Term Disability
  • 401K Savings Plan with company match
  • Paid Time Off/ Sick

Who We Are:

Over the last twenty years, Red Ventures has built a portfolio of influential brands, digital platforms, and strategic partnerships that work together to connect millions of people with expert advice. Through premium content and personalized digital experiences, Red Ventures builds online journeys that make it easier for people to make important decisions about their homes, health, travel, finances, education and entertainment. Founded in 2000, Red Ventures has 3,000 employees in 10 cities across the US, as well as in the UK and Brazil. Red Ventures owns and operates several large digital brands including Healthline, The Points Guy, Bankrate, MYMOVE, and

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We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program for full-time employees, including medical, dental and vision coverage, paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, 401(k) plan and a paid parental leave program.

Red Ventures is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy or any other basis protected by law. Employment at Red Ventures is based solely on a person's merit and qualifications. 

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Red Ventures is a portfolio of influential brands, digital platforms, and strategic partnerships. We’re made up of dozens of teams spanning multiple industries and geographies - all working together to help people make life’s most important decisions. Whether you’re looking for freedom to build new brands and businesses from the ground up, an opportunity to partner with brands who are already globally recognized, or a combination of both - this is a place where you can unlock substantial experience and even make entire career shifts, all within one organization.

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