Submission of Entries
Any member in good standing may enter up to FOUR (4) images. They must have been taken by you in any combination of the 3 categories. That is, up to THREE (3) images in one category and ONE (1) image in another category, or any combination thereof. You may enter 4 images as long as they are not all entered into a single category. You may change any image until the cutoff date has passed.
Submission Rules (revised 4/12/2022)
- Any member in good standing of DPI-SIG shall be eligible to enter any DPI-SIG Competition.
- No image that has previously received a ribbon in a DPI-IG competition may be re-entered in any future competition.
- Entries into the annual Year-End Judging shall be limited to only images that have received an award during the season. They will be automatically entered.
- Eligibility of entries will be confirmed by the Competition Director or designate prior to publication on the website and acceptance for judging. This may take a day or two. When confirmed, the image will be published on the Current Competition website. If an image is not confirmed, the photographer will be notified by email, and the image will be deleted from the website. The member may enter another image for consideration.
- Only images that are totally the work of the individual photographer may be submitted. Work that is not completely your own is not allowed. Clip art and photographs obtained online or from other sources are not allowed.
- Another person’s artwork, such as a painting, sculpture, street art, etc. may be included in an image as long as there is evidence that the maker used the artwork as only a part of their own image in an effort to tell a story or to create an interesting visual.
- Images that are sexually suggestive beyond normally acceptable boundaries or sexually explicit are not allowed. Acceptance to the competition will be determined by the DPI-SIG Competition Director and Competition Committee, whose decision is final.
There is also a video tutorial for entering the competitions that should help answer many questions.
- Review your image for technical quality. Be sure to check for unwanted artifacts (like dust spots, halos, and noise), excessive color saturation, over-sharpening, evidence of cloning or compositing, and crooked horizons.
- If you process your image in the Pro Photo color space (Lightroom for example), make sure you export your image as a JPEG using the sRGB colorspace.
- Examine the converted and resized image to make certain it appears as you expect.
- Be sure to remove your name from being displayed on your image or withn its title.
- A good title complements the image and is part of the presentation to the judges, so choose carefully, and check your spelling.
- Short titles are usually better and more effective than long ones.
- Files should be named to reflect the image and not be a camera-assigned file name ( _KB3R1475.jpg, for example), but rather something like ‘Fields of Wonder’, or ‘Sundown at Cedar Key’.
- Make sure you are entering your images into the proper category.