Frequently Asked Questions - Digital Images

Questions related to digital image files.

Our system renames your file on upload, and the name of the file in your computer is ignored.  So, it simply doesn't matter how you name your digital image.  The title that you enter in the entry form page is important, however,  Although it forms no part of the file name, it is used when judging, preparing the catalogue and displaying the results on the website.

No. you can login or out at any time, and upload your images in batches or individually in one or several sessions.

An image for judging must be a jpeg file with a maximum width of 1620 pixels, and a maximum height of 1080 pixels.   Images larger than that will be downsized to conform, and will take MUCH longer to upload, as the resizing process is accurate, but very, very slow as a consequence of having to share the CPU with other entrants.

No. Only Salon personnel and people who know your userid and password can get at your images. The images are stored in a location on the server that is NOT accessible over the internet except via our own entry system.

When an image has been uploaded, a thumbnail appears on the website.   If you can see the thumbnail, your image IS uploaded correctly.  When you have printed your "final entry form", we will email you confirmation of what you have entered. If you do not receive an upload confirmation email immediately after having printed this form, then please wait for an hour before contacting the salon by email.

Images will be displayed for judging in a colour managed environment, so whatever profile you use will be honoured.   The monitors and projectors in use will use the perceptual model to convert whatever you embed.   If no profile is embedded, we will assume sRGB IEC61966-2.1.

PPI is irrelevant.   It is common to ask for 72 ppi for displayed images and 240 or 300 ppi for printed images, but these are only conventions, and have no real meaning - at least, to us.

We measure our images in megapixels, which is arrived at by multiplying the number of pixels across the image by the number of pixels up the image.   When laid out inside the computer, each pixel takes up 3 or 4 characters depending on the software. So, a 8 megapixel image will take up 32 megabytes of storage when being processed by the computer.   When written out to a jpeg file, the image is compressed - even if you ask for 100% quality, so will be much smaller as a file than would otherwise be the case.   Trying for an arbitrarily small file by using too high a jpeg compression can be damaging to quality, so we are imposing no file-size restrictions.   Our system will not accept more than 40MB in one upload session, so if you might exceed that, you would have to upload your images in several sessions.

As soon as an image is uploaded and before you see the confirming thumbnail, the server checks the uploaded image for size, and if necessary, reduces it.   The software used is "Image Magick".   It is a very slow process, so you are advised to resize your images before uploading.

Yes.   Click on a thumbnail in the menu panel.   Your browser will open a new window containing your image at 100%.   This works both for images for judging and images for publication (where 100% will probably be greater than your screen size).   To view the image full-screen, exactly as the judge will see it, press F11 - (unless your browser is Safari, or you are using a Mac.).   Press esc to quit.

There are no special requirements, apart from being a jpeg file.   The winning images will be printed at about 17 or 18 cms on the longest size, so a file of 2500 pixels on the longest side will give superb results, and 1440 is perfectly adequate.   Images larger than that will be downsized anyway, so there is no point in submitting any more pixels than that.   If you have an eight megapixel camera, or your cropped image is less than 8 megapixels, just upload it with no more consideration.   Images larger than that should be resized.