1) Refer to Competition Rules for complete information.
2) Prepare Your File. Image files are to conform to the following specifications:
72 dpi, uncompressed
Not to exceed either 1920 pixels in width or 1200 pixels in height.
• Proportions are your choice. If either dimension is exceeded, the
projected image will be downsampled, with a potential loss in quality.
1MB - 3MB
• Tip: See Digital Entry Preparation FAQ.
• Tip: See How to Resize an Image in Elements
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• Make the title descriptive enough for the score keepers to
match it easily to your image and to distinguish your entries from each
other if you submit two. (For example, choose the title "Yellow Tulips
by Brick Path" over "Lovely Garden" or "Brookside Tulips.")
Example File Names:
YES: Adv-Red Tulips by Brick Path-John Smith.jpg
YES: Nov-Sunset Over River-Mary Hatfield.jpg
• Note: Use hyphens, not underscores.
• Note: Abbreviate your division as Adv, Int, or Nov, with no periods.
3) Enter Before the Deadline. (Before midnight the Wednesday prior to the competition meeting.)
- Use e-mail to send the entries as follows:
4) Check Your Entry. Before the Monday competition, the
Digital Coordinator will send an email listing all digital images
received. Verify that your entry is included on the form. Contact the
Digital Coordinator if you have any questions.
5) Additional Notes on Digital Entries
computer and projector will be calibrated for best possible color
balance, brightness, and contrast using a colorimeter. Specifications
important for proper display of your images on our equipment include:
- Color space. Be sure to convert your digital image to the
sRGB color space, if necessary, before saving for competition. Most
compact digital cameras and digital SLRs are factory set to sRGB, but
many photographers use the Adobe RGB color space for its presumed
broader range of colors for their photos. If not converted to sRGB,
these images may look a bit dull when projected.
- Check your entry's histogram. Converting an image optimized in Adobe 1998 to sRGB color profile can alter its histogram, usually the red tones. If your
JPEG's histogram shows an unacceptable amount of shadow or highlight
clipping, this might help: In Photoshop, open Image> Adjustment>
Hue/ Saturation. Choose "Reds" for the Edit window, and move the
Saturation slider down to correct the problem. The amount will vary
depending your image, but start with -13. Check the histogram again to
make sure the clipping is under control and the image still looks good.
- Monitor white point. Our projection system is calibrated to a
white point of 6500 degrees Kelvin. If you profile your monitor, you
may want to use the same white point setting for improved color matching
with our projector.
- For more information, an Internet search for "Adobe RGB VS
sRGB" and on "Monitor white point" will yield more facts and opinions on
this subject. We use a Datacolor Spyder 3 Elite to create color
profiles for our projector.
- Note: Images must be received in correct form and correctly
titled by the deadline or risk being disqualified from the competition.
Contact a board member if you need help with your images. Contact info
is on the web site and in every newsletter.