The following guidelines explain the required specifications for each category at the different stages of the competition and exhibition. Please ensure that your entries adhere to these guidelines. If any further queries, please check the HELP & FAQs section or contact the exhibition organisers by email.
- Still Photographs – initial entry: all still photographs must be submitted as JPEGs, saved at a high quality level, e.g. 10 in Adobe Photoshop, with a maximum file size of 5MB. Each image file must be named with your surname, first name and brief title e.g. SmithJohn_Title.jpeg. Whilst work titles may be too long to be used as image names, a section of your title would be adequate.
- Films – initial entry: entrants are required to provide an HTML link in order to view the full film via YouTube, Vimeo or similar. Each clip should be a minimum of 5 seconds and a maximum of 5 minutes long, and can include an audio track. The HTML link must be labelled in such a way that it is easily identifiable as your work, i.e. include your name in the file link. If your Vimeo account is password protected please paste the password into the ‘Vimeo Password (if applicable)’ field for that entry on the entry form. Please do not paste it in with the link, as this will corrupt the link.
- Still Photographs – proof of authenticity: original digital camera RAW files will be required if your image is shortlisted. Digital images captured as JPEG are allowed, providing the original un-retouched JPEG is available for inspection. Any work created from more than one original (e.g. stitched images), must be declared as such, and the original captured images should be available for inspection when requested.
- Films – exhibition: high-resolution files will be needed if selected for exhibition. Entrants will be required to either upload these file to the competition FTP site, or to send a DVD to the exhibition organisers. These details will be confirmed if selected for exhibition.
- Still images – exhibition: for printing in all media and for inclusion in the exhibition, a high-resolution image (preferably TIFF) will be requested if your image is selected for exhibition. This should be 8-bit, Adobe RGB (1998) at 300ppi. Images within the Exhibition will be printed to an approximate maximum of 920mm along the longest dimension.
The following digital adjustments are allowed:
- removal of sensor dust spots and chromatic aberration
- removing background noise (in moderation)
- levels (in moderation)
- curves (in moderation)
- colour (in moderation)
- saturation (in moderation)
- contrast work (in moderation)
- shadow and highlights (in moderation)
- sharpening (including selective sharpening) in moderation
- cropping in moderation and as long as a suitable high-res TIFF file can be supplied for printing a large exhibition display
- dodging, burning and toning (in moderation)
- neutral density gradients (in moderation)
- removing lens vignetting
- panoramas i.e. panoramas created from several images that have been taken from the same location and at the same time, and then combined or stitched using digital techniques, and resulting in a wider view than can be achieved with most wide-angle lenses. (NB: stitched panoramas must be declared in caption information.)
- multiple exposures are only allowed if this is a feature of the camera and the result is one single file. Entrants must state in the caption if their image is a multiple exposure.
The following digital adjustments are not allowed:
- adding or removing animals, parts of animals, plants, distractions, people etc.
- composites and sandwich shots that add elements.
- images that have been digitally manipulated outside of the allowed adjustments.