Frequently Asked Questions
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How should I submit my photographs?
Without exception, all entries must be submitted in a digital format with the following specifications:
- each image must be at least 72 dpi and 200 KB.
- the shortest side of the image must be at least 338 pixels.
- all images must be in the JPG/JPEG format.
- all images should not exceed 5 MB in size and 7500 x 7500 pixels in dimension.
Please note that if selected, you will be required to submit a high-resolution image suitable for printing.
How important is the quality of the photograph I send?
Image quality is very important. This is the only exposure to your photographs the jurors will have, and a poor representation (such as a blurred image, or one affected by glare, or dim lighting) will reduce your chances of being selected.
Can I submit manipulated images?
Images can be manipulated, however, it is recommended that the manipulation be clearly outlined within the image description.
Can my images be black-and-white?
Yes, the images may be black-and-white or in color.
Can images taken on a phone camera be entered into the competition?
Yes, you may submit images taken with a phone camera. However, do note that these images can be no smaller than 72 dpi and a higher resolution version may still be required.
How many images can I upload?
Submissions to both the Amateur and Professional categories require at least 1 and up to 5 images. Images may be added for a fee* of $5 each.
*Early Bird Submissions: Submissions received between July 9 - July 17 may include 2 additional images at no additional cost.
I have images in original negatives, how can I enter these?I have images in original negatives, how can I enter these?
These will need to be scanned into digital files and then uploaded online via the website. Please remember to state in the image description that the images have been scanned from negatives.
Can I submit my images via a CD, URL link or in a book?
No. All images must be submitted online via the website.
I am unable to upload my images, what should I do?
Please ensure that your images fit the criteria mentioned above. If you continue to have a problem, email the details of the issue to email@example.com.
How will I know that my entry has been successfully received?
You will receive an email confirmation upon receipt of your entry. If you do not receive confirmation within 72 hours, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I find out the results of the competition?
Results will be emailed to all participating photographers and published online on October 24th 2017.
Can I make changes after submission?
Once you submit your images and pay the entry fee, you will not be able to make any changes to your submission.
Should I include a resume and artist statement in my submission?
No, a resume or artist statement is not required or encouraged. We want to give everyone an equal chance and, therefore, the competition is judged solely on the basis of the photographs. You may include a series description with your submission only in the Professional category, however, it is not mandatory.
We will require a biography, resume and artist statement only if you are selected to be featured in the exhibition.
Should a watermark or copyright information be added to the images?
No, all images must be clear of any copyright information so that the identity of the photographer remains anonymous. In the interest of fairness, the judges are not allowed to see the names of the photographers. Any images that do contain photographers’ names on the image or any other watermark/copyright information will be disqualified from presentation to the judges.
What should I do if someone submitted my images to you without my permission?
If you believe your work has been copied and posted on our website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with the following information:
- An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest
- A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed
- A description of where the allegedly infringed material is located on our website
- Your address, telephone number, and email address
- A written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner or its agent
- A written and signed statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice to us is truthful and accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner
Do the sponsors have a right to use my image? Will my images be used in any other way?
All participants must understand that any image submitted to The Chelsea International Photography Competition 2018 will be used by us for promotional purposes only. Due credit will be given to the photographers.
Please read the complete terms
for more details.
Is the entry fee refundable?
No, the entry fee is not refundable.
What methods of payment are accepted?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners, JCB, UnionPay as well as Paypal.
Will photographers who are already represented by Agora Gallery also have to pay the competition entry fee?
Yes, the competition is not juried by Agora Gallery and, therefore, participation in the competition is not included in gallery representation. All entrants must pay the fee.
Are there any additional charges apart from the entry fee?
There are no additional charges for photographers who submit work to the Amateur category. Selected photographers participating in the Professional category will be responsible for costs related to framing and round-trip shipment of their work.
Shipping, Insurance And Framing
If I am selected, do I need to print and frame my work?
Agora Gallery will print and mount works selected for the Amateur category. Photographers selected from the Professional category will be responsible for printing and framing their work. See Artworks for Exhibition in the Guidelines
for more information.
Am I responsible for shipping and insurance of my photographs?
Photographers selected from the Professional category are responsible for the round-trip shipping and insurance of their work.
Works selected in the Amateur category that are printed by Agora Gallery may be returned to photographers, upon request, after the exhibition has closed, at no cost to the photographers.
Is my work insured while exhibited at Agora Gallery?
Agora Gallery will be responsible for insurance of the works on its premises.
Sales And Commission
What is the commission structure on the work sold?
The competition’s commission structure is 50/50: the artist receives 50% of the list/retail price, and Agora Gallery receives 50% of the list/retail price.
Fifteen percent (15%) of Agora Gallery’s proceeds from the sale of photographs will be donated to a selected charity.
If my photograph sells, when can I expect payment?
You will be paid within 3 weeks after delivery of the artwork to the client.
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