Perfect Portraits FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the
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 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: I submitted five photos. Why did only one of them or none of them make it into the gallery?
A: All images are submitted and undergo a preliminary round of judging. Images that pass the first round are then placed in the main online gallery and will be judged at the close of the contest. At the end of the contest, a selection of finalists go into the Finalists Gallery and from that group the contest winners and honorable mentions are chosen.

Additionally, title your photos with alphanumeric characters only. Please do not use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Q: When can I vote for the People’s Choice Awards?
A: The voting period for the People’s Choice Awards is November 2, 2009, through December 2, 2009. By entering the contest, you will automatically receive a reminder notice for the People’s Choice Awards via e-mail.

Q: How do I vote during the People’s Choice Award Voting Period?
Step 1: Log in to your DP account or, if you don’t have one yet, register.
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?
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 will the winners be notified?
A: Sometime in November 2009.

Q: When will the winners be announced?
A: The Grand Prize winner’s photo will be published in the Jan/Feb 2010 issue of Digital Photo. The First Place and People’s Choice Awards winners will be announced online sometime in December 2009.

Q: What are the prizes?
A: Grand Prize Package: $500 gift certificate from Mpix, a Tamrac SpeedRoller Model 5552 bag, a Lensbaby Composer lens, a Lensbaby Optic Kit, Digital Light & Color Picture Window Pro 5.0 software, publication of winning photo in an upcoming issue of Digital Photo and online publication in the Winners Gallery.
First Place Package: $250 gift certificate from Mpix, a Tamrac Velocity 8x Model 5768 bag,a Lensbaby Composer lens, Digital Light & Color Picture Window Pro 5.0 software and online publication in the Winners Gallery.
People’s Choice Award: Digital Light & Color Picture Window Pro 5.0 software and online publication in the Winners Gallery.

Q: When I try to enter online, I get an error message. What’s going on?
A: 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 and cookies—even restarting your computer—and 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: Double-check that the size of your image file meets our requirements. If all else fails, send us an e-mail at contests@wernerpublishing.com.