Frequently Asked Questions

What is an entry?
An entry consists of one photo, a photo series or video link, in addition to an entry fee and completed data fields.

What is a photo series?
A photo series includes two to six images that convey a story around a particular theme.

In which category should I enter my work?
Advertising is open to all commissioned advertising campaigns. Personal advertising concepts should be entered in the Personal category. Corporate Work includes projects such as annual reports, catalogs, calendars, promotional stills for motion pictures, marketing work and non-profit commissions for corporate brands. Advertisements with design layouts must be approved by the agency for contest submission.

Open to all commissioned magazine and editorial work. Personal work in the style of editorial photography should be entered in the Personal category. Please do not submit tear sheets.

Mail-in entry and digital upload required. Please see below for mail-in information. Self-published books are welcome. Series entry only (for uploading a selection of layouts + cover)

Open to all published photojournalism and documentary projects, in addition to personal documentary projects.

New this year! Sports is now it’s own category and is open to all types of sports and action imagery.

New this year! Self-promo is now it’s own category and is open to online and print promotions, as well as photography website design. Please select single entries for screenshots of websites (judges will visit your URL). For multi-page print promos, please select series entry to upload multiple layouts—there is NO mail-in entry available.

Open to all personal photography projects.

All stock submissions must be currently licensed by stock agencies and approved by the agency for contest submission.

New this year! Multimedia added to the Video category. Videos, short films and multimedia presentations must be hosted on a third-party site, such as Vimeo; entries will include a URL to the work. Single entry only.

The student category is open to all types of still photography produced at an undergraduate or graduate level (must be 18 or older to enter). Recent graduates may submit work produced before graduation, permitting it was created between February 2014–Feburary 2015.

Is there a limit to the number of entries that I can enter?
No, you may enter as many entries as you like.

What format should I save my digital images?
Please submit images that are suitable for printing in PDN magazine. The preferred size is 11x17" @ 300 dpi jpeg with either Adobe 1998, sRGB or Untagged color profiles.
More Detail: The recommended image size should be close to 5,500 pixels on the longer dimension. We can accept images that were not captured at this resolution as long as they are between 3,300-8,000 pixels on the long dimension.

Are mail-in entries allowed?
Mailed Submission are accepted only for the PHOTO BOOKS category. For mailed submissions, register on the website first and pay your entry fee. Include your e-mail address (your registered user) and contact information with the package. For PHOTO BOOK submissions, you must upload the book cover and up to 5 interior images or layouts saved in JPEG format. Please fill out ALL the caption and credit criteria that apply to the book.

Submitted materials will not be returned. All entries must be post marked before the deadline!

Mailing address for Photo Book submissions:
PDN Photo Annual
c/o Jacqui Palumbo
85 Broad Street 11th floor
New York, NY 10004

Can I submit work that was created before 2014-2015?
To qualify, photographs must be taken, published or produced between Feb 2014 and Feb 2015. Ongoing or in progress projects that contain older images are also allowed. Recently graduated students may submit work that was shot between that timeframe, as long as the images were produced before graduation.

Can I enter if I live outside of the U.S.?
Except where prohibited by law, international entries can be submitted.

Will my images be sold?
No. You retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee. All entries may be posted online so that viewers may view all competing entries. And winning entries may be used in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest for a period of 24 months from the date winners are notified.

When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be contacted in May 2015, and the winning entries will be published in PDN's June 2015 Issue. Please do not call or e-mail us about the status of your entries.

Do you still have questions?
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