Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Suggestions for entering a photo contest

the second in a continuing series

When preparing your package, keep it simple. If you make it difficult for the judges to open the package and evaluate your entry, you run the risk of ticking them off and allowing their irritation to color their judgment of your photo.

To keep judges happy when they're evaluating hundreds of entries, simplify your packaging process. Minimize the use of tape, clasps and other doodads. You'll be happier, too!

Here's an ideal package for an 8x10 print:
- 9x12 envelope (with the entry's category on the lower left-hand corner!)
- cardboard to support and protect the print
- this year's entry form, completely filled out with requested information
- thin, paper CD sleeve to protect the CD (for digital entries)

Here's an ideal package for a slide or transparency:
- business-size or 6x9 envelope
- cardboard to protect the slide or trans
- this year's entry form, completely filled out with requested information
- SASE for return of slide or trans

Of course, if the contest rules specify packaging preferences, please abide by them (c:

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