The guidelines used, are also those used for IMAGE New Mexico, Shadow & Light Magazine, and a whole host of other entities. Here a just a few of those call-for-entry submission guidelines in question, which are the most ignored.
You can even talk it over with your photo friends
What I am talking about, mostly, are two to three items:
• Naming structure
…Each file should be named as follows; Last Name, First Initial, Number of entry (1, 2, 3, 4).jpg; for example, AndersonT1.jpg.
• Size limits
… Digital images submitted should be 300 dpi, JPEG format, measuring 1200 pixels on the long dimension, and set to RGB.
• Physical submitting to calls-for-entry
…Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, and must arrive by midnight (MST) on April 17, 201.
The actual descriptions will vary, of course, but basically remain fairly similar.
You might be surprised by how many different iterations I received just in those three guidelines.The point being that you really have to read the COMPLETE guidelines of any contest you choose to enter. There are many of them that are completely automated and will refuse your entry if it is not “to the letter.” And, as you probably know, there are no refunds!
When in doubt, read the guidelines again.