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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an entry?
An entry consists of one image.

Is there a limit to the number of photos that I can enter?
No, you may enter as many photographs as you like.

What format should I save my digital images?
Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi (Around 7" or larger) jpeg. We recommend the uncompressed file size not be larger than 4 megabytes to ensure a fast upload experience. We can accept images that up to 50 megabytes (uncompressed) if you do not have the ability to downsize the images. (Uncompressed is the size you see in Photoshop's "Image Size" display which represents the count of pixels in the image. It is not the file size on your computer's hard drive viewable on your desktop.) Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed.

Can I enter if I live outside of the U.S.?
Except where prohibited by law, international entries can be submitted.

What are my chances of winning?
That depends upon the number of submissions. Typically we get thousands of entries each year.

Will my images be sold?
No. You retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee. All entries may be posted online so that viewers may view all competing entries. And winning entries may be used in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest for a period of 24 months from the date winners are notified.

When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be contacted in December 2014, and the winning entries will be published in the February 2015 issue of PDN. Please do not call or e-mail us about the status of your entries.

How do you define a "professional" photographer?
A professional photographer may be defined by any of the following:
Earns more than 50 percent of his or her income from photographic sales. Is a member of such professional photo organizations as the National Press Photographers Association. Publishes photographs in books, magazines, newspapers, or online regularly.

Anyone fitting the above criteria may NOT enter the amateur categories. Advanced amateurs may enter the Professional categories even if they do not fit the above criteria.

Do you still have questions?
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