No. Entry fees are per photograph and you may enter as many as you like.
Subject matter is open, and we have no categories. You must indicate for each photo entered whether it is a black-and-white photo or color; however, the judges and publisher may move it from one color to the other for judging and, if chosen, for publication in the hardcover book.
Yes. We accept both digital and traditional film photography. Digitally manipulated photos are also acceptable.
Rights remain with photographer. By entering this contest, you understand that we have one-time rights for publication of all finalist photos in the hardcover book "Best of College & High School Photography" (for the College & High School Contest) or "Best of Photography" (for the Spring Contest). First through Fourth Place winners will also be published one time in "Photographer’s Forum" magazine.
To determine the Winners and Honorable Mentions, we employ a panel of three judges, changing judges with each contest. Our judges are always professional photographers who are also college-level photography instructors.
No, you may use any camera/equipment for any of our contests.
The Spring Contest is open to all amateur photographers, both student and non-student, in the United States, Canada and worldwide. There is no age limit. (If you make your living as a professional photographer, you may not enter.)
College & High School Contest
The College & High School Contest is open to all high school, college, and university students in the United States, Canada, and around the world. Both full-time and part-time students may enter. You are also eligible if you have graduated within the past six months. (If you are an amateur photographer but not a student, you may enter our Spring contest. Please watch for it beginning in January of each year. )
Finalists were notified by letter prior to January 25, 2013, via regular US Postal Service mail. We do not mail to every contestant, only to those who were selected as a finalist. The notification letters to the winners and honorable mentions was mailed in mid-February, 2013. All finalists, winners and honorable mentions can be viewed online in our Winners Gallery, after the winners have had time to receive their notification letters (on or before February 22 each year.)
No. Each instructor or school that would like to have the book must also place an order. About a month after notifying the finalists, we send a notification letter and order form directly to their instructors. Therefore, it is important that you fill in your instructor’s name and the complete name and address of your school on your entry form.
Digital :: Uploaded Entries
• Image Size: Image must have a long dimension of at least 1000 pixels and less than 3000 pixels
• Save file as (JPG) with maximum quality.
• Color Space: Adobe1998, sRGB or untagged color space.
• File Size: The file should be no more than 4 Mb
There may be a delay with your entry fees reaching our account. Until the funds are in our account, the system will not accept your upload. Most of the time, this is instant. However, sometimes there is a short delay between your payment into the system, for which you receive a receipt from PayPal, and the funds arriving in our account. Please wait 24 hours and try to upload again. This is especially common on deadline days. To avoid this, please try and enter several days prior to a deadline. If this is a deadline day and you are running into this problem, please let us know by emailing us at email@example.com.
Ignore the codes; they are simply our internal codes that will be assigned to your photos once they are uploaded. To begin the upload process, click on a SUBMIT IMAGE button and you will be taken to the page where you will upload your photo(s).
No. If you have already paid and registered FOR THIS CONTEST you may bypass the registration process. Look for the line that says “ [ALREADY REGISTERED? Click here.] ” To get to the upload area, you must use your user name and password, so be sure to write them down when you first register. Please note: Each of our contests is maintained in a separate database. If you have entered previous contests of ours, you WILL need to register again from scratch the first time you want to get into the current contest.
First be sure that your files conform to the Image Specifications. If they are too large (4 Mb file or larger, or one side with 3000 pixels or more) or too small (less than 1000 pixels on any one side), the system will not be able to take them and you will see a "Run-Time Error" message. However, this is easily solved: just re-size them and try again. If you do not know how to use your image software to re-size your photos, consult your program's "help" function, or the manual that came with your software. You can also google the question "How do I resize my photos in [name of your software, such as iPhoto]?" You do not have to register again; please simply log in as an “already registered” contestant.
You can simply log back in to the contest and see your photos. If you can see them, then we have them.
Prints or Slides :: Manual Entries
For details about how to submit prints or slides, please download the manual entry form. Just go to DOWNLOAD MANUAL ENTRY FORM on the pulldown menu under PHOTO CONTEST on our home page at www.pfmagazine.com.
If you are entering prints or slides, we will return them only if you include a STAMPED, self-addressed envelope large enough to contain them and with sufficient postage on it. Keep in mind that U.S. postal rates may change between the time you submit your photos and the time we will send them back, so you may wish to consider putting on extra postage. All photos not returned after six months of the closing of the contest will be destroyed.
Yes. You may enter online or mail in prints or slides. If sending prints or slides that you would like to have returned, please include a self-addressed envelope and an international postal coupon for return postage. Funds for payment of entry fees must be in U.S. dollars. If you would like to have us charge the return postage and are paying your entry fees with a credit card, please include a note on the entry form that asks us to add the cost of return postage to the amount we are charging for the entry fees.
We accept credit card payments, checks in U.S. dollars, and international money orders in U.S. dollars. If you are unable to use any of those methods and are entering online, you may use the PayPal system that handles our online payments. If mailing prints or slides, please include credit card information on your entry form. We do not accept Western Union, debit cards, or wire transfers.