Art Of Photography Show

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Entry Process:
    How do I enter my work?
    What size do I save my JPEG images?
    What resolution (ppi) should I size my JPEGs
    Should I add watermarks, signatures, borders, etc. to my images?
    May I include information about my image or my process?

Other FAQ:
    How will I benefit if my work is accepted?
    When can I expect to know the results?
    What is the "Timetable" of important dates?
    What is the copyright policy?
    May I contact the Judge?
    Are there categories in this show?

If My Work is Accepted:
    How should I frame or present my work if it is accepted?
    How should I price my work?



How do I enter my work?
The online entry process is very easy, simply fill out a short registration form and then upload your images as JPEG files. If you have already registered, please login and go to your Artist Account page. This is where you upload your image files. You may enter as many images as you like.

What size do I save my JPEG images?
Image size must be at least 1500 pixels on the longest side (but no larger than 3000 pixels). Save your files at Quality 10 (or just choose the highest quality option). We suggest using the Adobe RGB color space profile.

What resolution (ppi) should I size my JPEGs to?
You can set the ppi (pixels per inch) resolution to be any number value. The ppi resolution is a "relative" number, pertaining to printed reproduction. For example, a 1500 pixel image when set to print at 300 ppi will be exactly 5", or if set to print at 100 ppi will be exactly 15". But the file size (in terms of MB) will be the same for both, due to the fact that the only thing that was changed by the user was it's printing instructions. Since we are not printing, we are just projecting the actual file with a digital projector, the issue of ppi does not matter to us. The only issues that matter to us are the number of pixels (at least 1500, and no bigger than 3000) and saving your JPEG files at a quality level of at least 10.

Should I add watermarks, signatures, borders, etc. to my images?
Please do not add a border or any kind of graphic outline around your images. Borders naturally occurring such as film or rough paper edges are acceptable. Wide borders will only make your image appear smaller in comparison to the other images projected. Do not add any text or titles or signatures to your images. IMPORTANT: Please do not watermark them nor put your name on them nor put a copyright notice on them. This is very distracting when the judge is viewing your images. If there is a large watermark or text across any image, it will not be selected. This is a very private and closed judging process. Your images are 100% secure.

May I include information about my image or my process?
Yes, there is a text box in which to include additional information about your image. It is not required to include this but if you feel you have an aspect to the work or a process that needs further explanation, please write about it in the "Optional: Information about this entry" section of your artist account page.

How will I benefit if my work is accepted?
The Art of Photography Show was conceived and is produced in order to provide a forum for independent photographers to exhibit and sell their work. As a result of our intensive marketing efforts, we sell a very high percentage of the work. Tens of thousands of people will view the exhibition, and the world class Opening Reception Gala on October 12th will be attended by over 1,500 people (for free). That evening we will announce the award winning images and give away $10,000 in cash prizes, including $2,000 for first prize. We'll be giving away thousands of copies of the Show Catalog, which will feature the images and info about each of the exhibited artists. The Show Catalog has become a valuable sales tool, as we have been able to sell work even months after our exhibit has closed. Also, some very good things have happened due to our judge viewing the entries, including referrals to their associates and serious collectors -- resulting in art sales. Our goal with the Art of Photography Show is to provide as many tangible benefits as possible for the exhibiting artists.

When can I expect to know the results?
Artists will all be notified by email on June 29, 2013 as to whether or not they have been accepted. If you entered work and did not receive a notification by this time, please check your "junk" email box first in case our message was filtered out. If you are certain you did not receive an email, you may call or email us to find out your results.

What is the "Timetable" of important dates?
Julia Dolan will view all of the images in mid June. Once she has made her selections for the Show, the artists will all be notified on June 29, 2013. Each artist whose art was selected will arrange to print and frame those selected pieces. The "ready to hang" framed prints must be delivered to San Diego by September 13, 2013. So, if your work is selected, you'll have nine weeks to prepare and deliver your framed art. Here is the official calender:

    June 10, 2013: Final Deadline for submission of Entries, Registration Form and Entry Fee
    June 29, 2013: Announcement of accepted entries
    September 13, 2013: Deadline for receipt of framed prints
    October 12, 2013: Show opens with the Opening Reception Gala
    November 17, 2013: Last day of the Show

What is the copyright policy?
As we state in the Prospectus, the copyright of your images belongs to you. Showing your work in this exhibit does not change this fact. Rights to your images are retained by you.

May I contact the Judge?
Julia Dolan's sole responsibility will be to view and judge the images after we have received them. Do not contact her, as she cannot reply to questions about the Show prior to the judging session. If you have any questions, please inquire with our Producer, Steven Churchill.

Are there categories in this show?
We chose not to have entry categories for this exhibit, as we are encouraging each photographer to enter their strongest images, evocative of their own creative vision, expression and visual message. The judge will choose her top 200 most compelling images.

How should I frame or present my work if it is accepted?
Artists whose work is selected for exhibition in the Show will receive an email with many specific suggestions and requirements about "presentation", about the printing and framing of the selected images. Basically, prints will need to be framed or have some other form of high-quality presentation device and arrive here "ready to hang" in the gallery. Presentation is important in our view, so we'll be encouraging everyone to frame and prepare their selected prints very nicely. Size is up to you, but we would suggest about 24 to 36 inches wide (60 to 91 cm) for the outer dimension of the frame. If your piece is much larger or much smaller, please contact us for approval so that we may plan accordingly before we install the show.

Option to print and frame your work in San Diego
We have made it easy to arrange printing and framing here in San Diego. The printer we use is superb, they can easily work with clients who are located in other countries, and their prices are very reasonable. Our framer is an expert as well. Due to the volume of work we provide to him, he gives our exhibitors great prices on framing. We don't want anyone to be prohibited from sending us their work due to the cost of overseas shipping, so we've established this option.

How should I price my work?
The price for each framed print is entirely up to each artist to decide. As stated in the Prospectus, the gallery will take 40% commission of the retail price. If you would like guidance in pricing your work for this show, please contact us.


I can't find my question here or in the Prospectus:
Most topics and questions regarding the Art of Photography Show competition are addressed above or within the Prospectus. If you have any questions which are not answered here or in the Prospectus, please contact Steven Churchill: steven@artofphotographyshow.com

 

 

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