Share the View - International Nature Photo Contest
Entry Period
October 15, 2017 -
December 5, 2017
Prizes
$1,000 Grand Prize
$2,500 in 10 prizes
Renowned Judges
To be announced...



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I can't get my photos sized to meet the image specs...
Depending on the software you use, it is sometimes not obvious how to prepare your images to the exact specifications a contest requires. Limits on image dimensions and file size are controlled by different processes in photo editing software. For example, file size is governed by the amount of JPEG compression applied to an image. However, this is sometimes confusingly called the "quality" setting, even though changing it may not appreciably affect the image you are seeing.

Another common area of confusion is looking at Photoshop's "pixel dimensions" and assuming that is the file size. It is not. It is the amount of memory the image occupies while you are working on it. File size will be determined when you actually save the image and choose a "quality" setting (see above).

And in rare cases you may have to use two different programs to get your image to meet the specs. For example, if you use iPhoto you may have trouble getting an image sized to the exact dimensions a contest requires. You'll have to save the image with the largest size close to the final dimension and then use Preview to resize to the final, exact dimension.
I keep submitting photos, but they just replace the previous one, over and over...
The image upload window is only meant to work on one image at a time. Select the image to upload, enter your text information, then click "Upload/Update". When the thumnbnail image appears and you can visually confirm you uploaded the correct image, click "Close", you're done with that image. Then click "Upload Another Image" to repeat the process for as many images as you plan to enter.
The thumbnail image shown looks different than the photo I submitted...
If you replace an image and the thumbnail does not seem to be changing, you probably have a browser cache issue. Try emptying the browser's cache (or removing Temporary Internet filea) and then reload the page.

If the thumbnail is correct, but appears to be shifted in color or contrast, that's normal. The thumbnail generation software has to reduce your original image size a great deal and some of that resampling can result in slight changes in image appearance. However, your full-size submitted images are what the judges will see. So the thumbnail is there merely as a handy reference image.
I don't understand something about the contest rules...
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I don't see a solution to my problem here...
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