Online Competition Entry Information

  • Before you start the image upload process, please read the How to Enter section of the site, and the Categories page.
  • Please read the rules and check that your images are eligible.
  • Then read the content of this page

Image sizes for uploading

Uploaded images for competition entry should be in jpeg file format at resolution 72dpi. The maximum file size for uploaded images is 1 Mb at 72dpi (this will be lower than the original image size and resolution). Please make sure that the image you are uploading is no longer than 1500 pixels along its biggest size at 72dpi. If the image is bigger the system may attempt to upload it, but it will not then show in your entry. If you have this issue with an upload, please check the dimensions of the file you are trying to upload – some files can be within our 1Mb limit at 72dpi but be larger than 1500 pixels along the longest size, and this can cause upload issues.

For all categories except Smart Shot, the ORIGINAL images (not the files you upload) must ideally be high enough resolution to be printed at at lesast 45cm (a minimum of 5000 pixels) along longest length at 300dpi. If you are unsure about this, please contact us.

Scanned images – if you have shot your images on negative or transparency and then scanned them, you can still upload them for any category except Smart Shot.


The online entry process

Once you are ready to proceed, please register and login or, if you are already registered with us, login to your account , then select the ‘Enter Competition’ button you will see on the My Account page.  Then select  the category or categories you wish to enter, and pay any entry fees (you do this before you upload images). If you wish to enter any category more than once, you will be able to increase the number of entries for that category when you reach your shopping basket.

Discounted entry: In recognition of the impact of COVID-19 – including the current restrictions on travel – on photographers and their income, we have introduced a 50% discount on entry fees until 30th June. Please use code EARLY_BIRD at the checkout where prompted to receive this discount.

Once your payment is received (young TPOTY is free to enter) you will be able to upload your images.

Uploading your images: You do not need to upload all your images immediately – you will be able to access the image upload system for the categories you have paid for through the ‘My Entry Submissions’ section of your ‘My Account‘ page until midnight (UK time) on 30th June for any 50% discounted entries and until midnight on 2nd November (UK time) for any full-price entries purchased after 30th June.

Once you have submitted your images, if you need to amend the captions for any uploaded images, you will be able to do so through the ‘My Entry Submissions’ section of your account. If you need to amend an uploaded image (once you have completed that submission), please contact us.


A reminder re digital manipulation

You may use digital manipulation to optimise an image, and you may crop an image but you are not permitted to add or remove key elements of the composition. Brightness, contrast, colour balance can all be adjusted. Dust spots and minor elements etc. can be retouched. Images can be sharpened before printing.

Manipulations which could realistically be achieved in a darkroom will be accepted but the judges have the discretion to reject any image which has been, in their opinion, over-manipulated, removing the integrity of the original image.

Composite or montaged images, from more than one original image are not eligible – this includes images shot at different exposures/dynamic ranges and combined out of the camera. Images stitched to form a panoramic image will be accepted provided that the entrant declares, at the time of submission, that the final image has been produced in this way. Multiple exposures ‘in camera’ is permitted.

Entrants who are shortlisted will be required to provide the original image file (RAW or jpeg as shot) along with the print and highest resolution version of their image for final judging and for the exhibition, if selected.

By submitting your entry you are confirming that your image/s are eligible under our digital manipulation rules. If they are subsequently discovered not to be, they will be disqualified.