The minimum requirement, for all categories, is that the image must have been taken using a camera with a sufficiently high resolution to allow the image to be reproduced at A4 size or above (at 300 ppi). We recommend that you use a camera of 6 mega pixels or more. Please ensure that your camera is on its highest-quality setting.
You can also submit images that have been scanned from film or negative to all categories.
Images must be of the United States of America but you do not have to be a USA resident to enter - entries are also welcome from overseas entrants.
You may already have the images that you want to enter in your files. This is fine, as long as they have been taken within the five years immediately prior to the closing date. Images that have been successful in other national/international competitions are not eligible (see Competition Rules #2). IImages taken at the Youth workshops organized for the prize winners of previous competitions are also not eligible for entry.
Images will be viewed by the judges without any accompanying information. The captions will not be shown and images will be judged on their visual interest and impact. No watermarks or signatures should be included and please do not add borders to your images.
Please consider the spirit of the competition when preparing your entry. We want to celebrate the very best landscape photography and allow those viewing the winning images to share the experiences that you felt when you were out in the American landscape.
Classic View, Black & White, Environmental Value, Urban & Special Awards:
Digital adjustments, including High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging techniques and stitched panoramas are allowed in all categories. However, the integrity of the subject must be maintained and the physical changes to the landscape is not permitted (removing fences, moving trees, stripping the sky from another image etc). The organizers reserve the right to disqualify any image that they feel lacks authenticity due to over manipulation. In the case of an image being disqualified there will be no refund issued and no discussion or correspondence will be entered into.
The only category where digital adjustments are permitted is MY USA.
We will require Raw files or original camera jpegs for shortlisted images.
For your initial entry, all images should be jpegs with 2000 pixels along the longest edge at 72 ppi.
This means that your images will need to be resized before being uploaded, as the files from your camera or your scans will be too big. The upload page will not accept images that exceed the maximum size allowed.
When resizing your image, it is very important that you do not save the smaller file over your master original. Please save at quality level 10 in Adobe Photoshop or an equivalent level in other software packages.
File names are for your reference purposes only and so the naming protocol (see panel on right) is suggested rather than required. All images will be cross-referenced, by us, with a unique identifying number. However, please avoid the use of very long file names or the use of unusual characters as this can prevent image upload from proceeding.
Our image uploader means that you have control over your account. If you upload the wrong image…or change your mind…you can replace it up until the closing time of midnight on the September 15, 2016
Please make sure that you keep copies of the resized image and, more importantly, that you keep the original, high-resolution image safe. Once the pre-judging stage has been completed, we will contact those on the shortlist for the larger file, which you will then have 7 days to supply. We will also request the RAW file or original camera jpeg for shortlisted images.