With the deadline for this year’s Professional competition one week away, why not go through our checklist below to give your entry every chance of rising to the top?
- Delete all watermarks - if your images include a watermark they’ll fall at the first hurdle!
- Read the rules - Great entries can be disqualified because they don't adhere to the rules. The Professional competition rules can be found here.
- Choose the right category - Give some serious thought to what category you choose as you won’t be able to move your submission once you’ve entered. With our Portfolio category, you can enter 5 to 10 single images that don’t have to be related in subject matter, narrative, or technique.
- Who is judging your images? The first thing you should do is take a look at the current jury. Research them and see what type of work they're interested in. If it’s your type of work then definitely enter.
- Remember all the details - Sometimes photographers forget to include the most obvious things, don’t rush your submission and take your time to methodically check every element.
- Have a bold edit - Sequencing and editing are very important elements of being a professional photographer and can take years to develop these skills. Don’t be scared to lose a sentimental image for the greater good of the project.
- Think about how your work will be viewed - The judges will be looking through countless series so make your submission as clear as possible. Remember that sometimes less is more and focus on the strength of your work.
- Statements - The best supporting statements are honest and clear, and talk about what is most important to consider with the work. Don’t waffle with superfluous words.