PREPARING YOUR IMAGES

File type

Images should be saved as jpegs at the highest quality available, using the sRGB colour space. Digital scans from film are also eligible providing they meet these technical guidelines.

Image size and resizing

Images must be capable of being printed at a minimum of A4 at 300dpi, with the image measuring a minimum of 2,500 pixels on the shortest side after any cropping. The submission of larger file sizes is encouraged if available and may be requested for shortlisted images, although this will not affect the judging and selection process. We request images at this size in order that they are capable of being printed in the competition book if selected.

There are plenty of Photoshop and other image software tutorials online that show you how to easily resize an image.

Image Manipulation

All images should be the result of a single image and any major alterations should be avoided (this excludes images submitted in the ‘Creative Imagery’ category where digital manipulation is actively encouraged).

Adjustment to levels, curves, colour balance, colour saturation, dodging and burning, selective adjustments using layers and blemish and dust spot removal are all examples of acceptable manipulation.

Excessive cloning out/removal of elements within the image, merging two images or more and replacing backgrounds are all examples of processes that will invalidate an entry in all categories, with the exception of the ‘Creative Imagery’ category.

Image sharpening, noise reduction and colour saturation

Excessive sharpening, noise reduction and colour saturation techniques should be avoided. We appreciate that entrants will attempt to prepare their entries to optimise appearance and appeal on screen, and this may include these techniques. Excessive use of any or all of them can result in an entry that will be unsuitable for printed media and therefore become invalid as a result.

The judges reserve the right to request a copy of the original camera file if an infringement of the rules is suspected. The decision of the judges will be final and binding.

Image descriptions

We encourage photographers to include a description about their work during the upload process. This is a great way to tell a story or other interesting facts about your image. The judges will be able to read this while rating to give them insight into how you came about the shot. Accompanying descriptive text is useful should an image be selected for the book and will be requested for all shortlisted images.

Metadata

We would advise all entrants to add copyright information in the metadata of all submissions.