Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Suggestions for entering a photo contest

the third in a continuing series

Follow the contest rules. Generally they exist for a valid reason. This is where you might hear me adopt a parental tone of voice: "Do it because I said so! It's for your own good."

If the rules say to send only two entries per category, then send only two entries per category. If you send three or more entries per category, the editors might disqualify all of your entries.

If the rules say to send each image in a separate envelope, then send each image--and its personalized entry form--in a separate envelope. This allows the editors to organize the hundreds of entries into the appropriate mail crates.

If the rules say to write the category on the lower left-hand corner of the envelope, then write the category on the lower left-hand corner of the envelope. This allows the editors to organize the hundreds of entries into the appropriate mail crates.

If you do not write the category on the envelope, then your entry will be disqualified. The editors cannot make exceptions to the rules when processing hundreds of entries.

If the rules say that prints and CDs will not be returned, then do not waste your envelopes, postage and time by including an SASE with your prints and CDs. The editors cannot make exceptions to the rules when processing hundreds of entries.

If the rules say to include an 8x10 print with a digital entry on a CD, then send an 8x10 print with the CD. The editors use the print to determine if they'll view the digital file in Photoshop--a time-consuming process when evaluating hundreds of entries--and if you do not send a print, the editors will not open the CD.

By the way, did I mention "hundreds of entries"?

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