Digital Image Entry Procedures
- JPEG files are PREFERRED - but only if saved at the lowest compression/highest quality settings.
- Images should be at least 2 megapixels (2000x1312 pixels or larger).
- Smaller photos will look fuzzy when projected to the judges and at the awards ceremony.
- TIFF, BMP or PNG files may also be submitted.
- Please use lossless compression when saving other bitmap formats.
- DO NOT submit your images in PowerPoint or any other presentation program.
Provide a range of images showing the scale of the project. Do not include more than 2-3 “before” or “in process” images as the judges need to see the final result to fairly assess the finished project. (See Tips for “Before” and After” Photos) For judging and awards presentation video purposes, horizontal photos are preferred so please limit your use of vertical-oriented photos. The judging screen is horizontal. Vertical photos appear small to the judges, and must be severely cropped for the awards video. If you need to illustrate vertical scale of a project feature, use a wide angle lens while holding the camera horizontally. Include at least 6 horizontal images of the shots that you would like to have featured and add a "plus symbol" (+) to the file names. If the shot is a "before" shot it should have a "B" at the end of the filename, and if it goes with an after shot, it should have an "A." For PLANET print purposes we ask that you provide at least one vertical shot of the finished project. (See Tips for a Successful Awards Entry)
Photo Cropping (optional)
As all images used in the awards presentation video will be cropped to a 16x9 widescreen aspect ratio after judging, you have option to pre-crop your images to achieve the most pleasing aesthetic to your eye. (When our producer crops the photo, the details you wish to highlight may be omitted.) Be sure your final cropped image is at least 2000 pixels in width.
Image File Names
Before burning your CDs, rename your image files using an abbreviated version of the project name and number them 01, 02, 03, etc., to reflect the order in which you wish the judges to view them. (Use leading zeros on single digits so the files stay in order.) Include at least 6 horizontal images of the shots that you would like to have featured and add a "plus symbol" (+) to the file names. if the shot is a "before" shot it should have a "B" at the end of the filename, and if it goes with an after shot, it should have an "A."
Use a permanent marker to write your company name, telephone number with area code, project name, and the category of the entry on the CD. Be sure the writing is legible. Color or picture labels are not necessary as judges will not see the disk.