2nd Annual Perfect Portraits Contest FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the
2nd Annual Perfect Portraits Photo Contest.
We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, please send us an e-mail at contests@wernerpublishing.com.

Q: How do I enter?
A: On the competition portal nav bar, click “Submit Images.” You will need to be logged in to your Digital Photo account to enter. If you do not have an account, click here to register for your free account.

Q: How many photos can I enter?
A: For this contest, we allow up to 5 photos maximum per person. Submitting more than five will disqualify you from the contest.

Q: When is the entry deadline?
A: All entries must be received by April 27, 2011.

Q: I am not a resident of the United States. Can I enter this competition?
A: Unfortunately, this competition is only open to US residents age 18 or older.

Q: Do I have to print or mail in my photos?
A: No. Please upload entries using the online entry form. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Q: Can I process my photos using Photoshop or another image-processing program?
A: Yes.

Q: What are the prizes?
A: The Grand Prize Package includes:

$1,000 cash
Publication of the winning photo in Digital Photo
Tamrac’s new Evolution 8 backpack (5788)
Gitzo tripod and head
PNY 8GB Professional Series High Speed SDHC Class 10 Memory Card
16×20 print of your photo from Duggal
Online publication in the Winners Gallery

The First Place Winner will receive:

Tamrac’s Rally 5 camera bag (3445)
Manfrotto tripod and head
PNY 8GB Professional Series High Speed SDHC Class 10 Memory Card
16×20 print of your photo from Duggal
Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery

One People’s Choice Winner will receive:

Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery

Q: When will the finalists/winners be notified?
A: Sometime in early June 2011.

Q: When will the winners be announced?
A: Winners will be announced in the July/August 2011 issue of Digital Photo, and winning photos will also be posted in an online gallery available through the Digital Photo website.

Q: Can I pass the word on this competition to my friends, classmates, Facebook/Twitter followers, etc.?
A: Yes, please! The link to the competition portal is http://www.dpmag.com/photo-contests/2nd-annual-perfect-portraits.html

Q: I submitted five photos. Why did only one of them or none of them make it into the gallery?
A: To avoid upload errors we recommend using alphanumeric characters to title your images. Please do not use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Additionally, each person’s photos are subject to the approval of our editors. Once you submit photos, one of our editors approves or disapproves each photo for the online gallery.

Q: When can I vote for the People’s Choice Awards?
A: The voting period for the People’s Choice Awards is May 5, 2011, through June 30, 2011.  

Q: How do I vote during the People’s Choice Award Voting Period?
The Finalists Gallery will be available online starting May 5, 2011.
Step 1: Log in to your DP account or, if you don’t yet have an account, register for free.
Step 2: Check out the Finalists Gallery to see which images are eligible for your vote.
Step 3: Vote! Simply click on any photo and rate it using the 5-star scale. Vote for as many photos as you’d like!

Q: How is the People’s Choice Award winner determined?
A: The People’s Choice Winner is selected based on the image receiving the highest overall score, which is a combination of the total number of votes and page views received by the image during the voting period.

Q: When I try to enter online, I get an error message. What’s going on?
A: Double-check that the sizes of your images meet our upload requirements.
Often, if your first attempt at entering online isn’t successful, our system won’t let you enter again—it’s a way to prevent duplicate submissions. Try clearing your browser’s cache, cookies and even restarting your computer, and then go to the online entry page again.

Q: I’ve tried clearing my cache and cookies, and I even bought a new computer. The online entry form just isn’t working for me.
A: If all else fails, send us an e-mail at contests@wernerpublishing.com and in your e-mail, please indicate:

The name of the contest
Your username
The image ID # (if applicable)
The exact nature of your problem