No. Entry fees are per photograph and you may enter as many as you like.
Is there a limit to the number of photos I enter?
What are your categories?
Subject matter is open, and we have no categories. You must indicate for each photo entered whether it is a black-and-white photo or color; however, the judges and publisher may move it from one color to the other for judging and, if chosen, for publication in the hardcover book.
Does Photographer’s Forum require a model release of the people who are subjects of the photograph?
We encourage you to obtain a model release if possible whenever the subject’s identity is recognizable. We do not require that you submit this with your photos, but it’s good for you to have for your own files. We recognize that this is often not possible with street photography.
Do you accept photos shot with a digital camera, or digitally manipulated?
Yes. We accept both digital and traditional film photography. Digitally manipulated photos are also acceptable. In other words, the use of Photoshop is fine.
What about copyright?
Rights remain with photographer. By entering this contest, you understand that we have one-time rights for publication of all finalist photos in the hardcover book “”Best of College & High School Photography”” (for the College & High School Contest) or “”Best of Photography”” (for the Spring Contest). First through Fourth Place winners will also be published one time in “”Photographer’s Forum”” magazine.
Who are the judges?
To determine the Winners and Honorable Mentions, we employ a panel of three judges, changing judges with each contest. Our judges are always professional photographers who are also college-level photography instructors.
Do my photos need to have been shot with a sponsor’s equipment?
No, you may use any make of camera/equipment for any of our contests.
What are the image specifications to enter online?
Image Size: Image must have a long dimension of at least 1000 pixels and less than 6000 pixels
Save file as (JPG) with maximum quality.
Color Space: sRGB, Adobe98, or untagged color space.
File Size: The file should be no more than 6 Mb
Do I have to go through the registration process again if want to upload additional photos?
No. If you have registered and/or previously entered THIS CONTEST you may bypass the registration process. Just click on the Returning Contestant button and Log In instead of the New Contestant button. To get to the upload area, you must use your user name and password, so be sure to write them down when you first register. Please note: Each of our contests is maintained in a separate database. If you have entered previous contests of ours, you WILL need to register again from scratch the first time you want to get into the current contest.
I uploaded my photos but did not receive an email confirmation. How can I be sure you received them successfully?
You can simply log back in to the contest and see your photos. If you can see them, then we have them! Please note, you cannot log back in after the final deadline. At that point, only the judges have access to the database.
Who can enter the SPRING Contest?
The Spring Contest is open to all amateur photographers, both student and non-student, in the United States, Canada and worldwide. There is no age limit. If you make your living as a professional photographer, you MAY NOT enter.
Who can enter the COLLEGE & HIGH SCHOOL Contest?
The College & High School Contest is open to all high school, college, and university students in the United States, Canada, and around the world. Both full-time and part-time students may enter. You are also eligible if you have graduated within the past six months. If you are an amateur photographer but not a student, you MAY NOT ENTER.
Amateur photographers (including students) may enter our Spring contest—please watch for it beginning in January of each year.
When are the finalists, winners and honorable mentions notified, and how?
Best of Photography (Spring Contest)
Finalists in the Spring Contest are notified by letter around the third week of July, via regular US Postal Service mail. We do not mail to every contestant, only to those who were selected as a Finalist. The notification letters to the Winners and Honorable Mentions are mailed in mid-August. All Finalists, Winners and Honorable Mentions can be viewed online in our Winners Gallery, after the Winners have had time to receive their notification letters (generally on or before August 24th each year.)
Best of College & High School Photography Contest (Fall Contest)
Finalists in the student contest are notified by letter around the third week of January the next year, via regular US Postal Service mail. We do not mail to every contestant, only to those who were selected as a finalist. The notification letters to the winners and honorable mentions are mailed in mid-February. All finalists, winners and honorable mentions can be viewed online in our Winners Gallery, after the winners have had time to receive their notification letters (generally on or before February 22 each year.)
Will I (or my school) automatically be sent a copy of the book if my picture is in it?
No. Each contestant, instructor or school that would like to have the book must also place an order. About a month after notifying the finalists, we send a notification letter and order form directly to contestants and instructors (for the student contest). Therefore, it is important that you accurately complete all registration details. For the student contest, you must also fill in your instructor’s name and the complete name and address of your school.
I will be sending my prints and slides by mail. How large do they have to be?
For details about how to submit prints or slides, please download the manual entry form. All the specifications and guidelines are on the entry form. DOWNLOAD MANUAL ENTRY FORM
Will I get my photographs back?
If you are entering prints or slides, we will return them only if you include a STAMPED, self-addressed envelope large enough to contain them and with sufficient postage on it. Keep in mind that U.S. postal rates may change between the time you submit your photos and the time we will send them back, so you may wish to consider putting on extra postage. All photos not returned after six months of the closing of the contest will be destroyed.
Do you accept photos from photographers in foreign countries?
Yes. You may enter online or mail in prints or slides. If sending prints or slides that you would like to have returned, please include a self-addressed envelope and an international postal coupon for return postage. Funds for payment of entry fees must be in U.S. dollars. If you would like to have us charge the return postage and are paying your entry fees with a credit card, please include a note on the entry form that asks us to add the cost of return postage to the amount we are charging for the entry fees.
How can I pay for entering my photos if I am a foreign entrant?
Payment of entry fees must be in US dollars. If you are entering online, the PayPal system that manages the online entry fees will take care of it automatically. If you are mailing prints or slides, include a check or international money order in U.S. dollars, or supply your credit card information on the entry form. We do not accept Western Union, debit cards, or wire transfers
The contest is over; can I log back in to see my status? I’ve tried but the system isn’t accepting my password.
You cannot log back into the contest after it is over. Once the contest deadline has passed and we are in the judging phase, then only the judges and Photographer’s Forum administration have access to the database. We have a schedule of when we notify the Finalists, Honorable Mentions and Winners. We notify by regular mail and we do not announce the results until all Finalists, Honorable Mentions and Winners have had time to receive their notification letters. The results all go up in the Winners Gallery on our website about three months after the final contest submission deadline.
I was a contestant in a previous contest. Why can’t I log in to the current contest?
Because we hold two contests per year and receive entries from thousands of people for each contest, we manage each contest in its own unique and separate database. Contestant information is not carried over from one contest to another. Please register from scratch for each contest that you enter. Once registered, you can always log back in to THAT contest (the one currently running) as a “returning contestant.”
I uploaded my photos into the contest and received a confirmation email. But I also received an email that said ``Incomplete submission.`` Should I be concerned?
The “incomplete submission” emails are generated automatically by the system when an entry process is begun but not immediately finished, such as when the process is interrupted for some reason, the entrant logs out and back in, or the payment takes a bit of time to complete. The purpose of the email is to simply remind people to come back to the contest and finish entering, but sometimes the email is seen after they have already finished. Check the time stamp on the email and compare it to the time stamp on the email that notified you your submission was completed. If the “completed” email’s time stamp is later than the “incomplete” email, then you’re fine. You can always check to see if your submissions are in by logging back in to see them.
I uploaded my photos, but when I go back to look at them, one or some of them appear incomplete or cut off. How can I tell if they are successfully uploaded?
Sometimes due to a slow or interrupted internet connection, the thumbnails might appear incomplete when you look at them. Try refreshing the page; chances are the photos will all load completely when it refreshes. If not, you can also try logging out and back in, and/or clearing your browser cache. Sometimes just waiting a few minutes or hours will get you a better result. If none of that works, feel free to contact us so we can double-check at this end.