Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cutoff date for photo submissions?

  • Submission of photo files must be received between midnight Mountain Time on Thursday, July 30th, 2020 and midnight on Thursday, October 1,  2020.

How many photos can I submit?

  • Each photographer may submit a maximum of 20 photos in any combination from the four categories.

How do I decide the category of my photo?

  • Sandhill Cranes: Any photographs with cranes as the main focus.
  • People: Defined as any photo with people or evidence of people, e.g. automobiles or camera gear in the frame.
  • Wildlife: Any photo with wildlife that are not sandhill cranes.
  • Landscapes: Photogrophs with the landscape as the center focus.

I have an old photo of a bird at Bosque del Apache-can I submit it?

  • As long as you are the original photographer and owner of the picture, you may submit the photo regardless of the date the photo was taken.

Must my photo submission be taken in confines of the Bosque del Apache?

  • Yes.

I do not understand all this file size and JPG stuff.  Can you help?

  • Your digital camera takes pictures in JPG format.
  • After you download the pictures into your PC, you can see how big the file sizes are and resize then (if necessary) and rename them.
  • You can resize using the free on-line “Resizer” from www.resizr.com.
  • You can also resize and rename your photos using the free IrfanView (www.irfanview.com). This is a freeware graphic viewer for Windows that can rename and resize photo files.
  • ​If you don’t want to fuss with file size, just send your JPG images.

I still do not understand how to resize and rename my photo file.  Can you help?

  • Yes, email us at Festival@friendsofbosquedelapache.org

Do I need to give an artistic name to my pictures?

  • No. Please follow the naming convention on the Rules page.

Why do you want photos in such a small size as 2Mb?  They won’t look too good when you print them in large print sizes.

  • The small file size of 2Mb will facilitate ease of emailing and viewing by the photo contest judges.  If your picture is selected as a winner, the contest will be contacting you for a larger file size photo that is suitable for large size printing.

What is resolution and image size?

  • Image resolution, otherwise known as dpi, is the amount of dots per square inch of an image when it is printed. Image size is the dimensions (length and width) of an image in a digital format. The difference between the two is that resolution reflects printer quality and image size designates how large your image will be viewed on monitors.

What is image aspect ratio?

  • The aspect ratio of an image describes the proportional relationship between its width and its height.  Aspect ratio is the ratio of the image pixel dimensions.

I don’t understand the reference to EXIF data in the Call for Entries.  What is this?  Should I leave it or remove it?

  • If you don’t know what EXIF is, then just don’t worry about it.

If you are curious, then EXIF is information placed by your camera into each photo file.  This generally includes the following information:

  • Date and time the picture was taken.
  • The camera make and model.
  • The f stop and exposure time of the picture.
  • The file size and resolution.
  • The ISO setting.
  • Lens focal length.
  • The Color Space.  i.e., sRGB or other
  • White Balance setting.
  • Higher end cameras might have copyright information.
  • As stated in the Call for Entries, you may leave EXIF date on your photo file or remove it.

You can use free FastStone Image Viewer from www.faststone.org to remove EXIF (FastStone calls it metadata).  Use Tools and drop down to Remove JPG Metadata.  This tool will remove the EXIF data (or metadata) and will not change the image characteristics.
You can use the free Opanda IExif viewer to view the EXIF data. See www.opanda.com/en/iexif/index.html

What are the image formatting specifications?

Recommended Dimensions: minimum 1400 pixels on the shortest side.

  • File Format: Save all images as JPEG or Baseline Standard JPEG.
  • File Size: JPEGs images must be under 2Mb.
  • Color space: Save images in RGB color space or sRGB when available.
  • Highest Resolution:  Shoot in the highest resolution your camera can accommodate and resize if needed for submission.

What is resolution versus image size?

  • Image resolution, otherwise known as dpi, is the amount of dots per square inch of an image when it is printed. Image size is the dimensions (length and width) of an image in a digital format. The difference between the two is that resolution reflects printer quality and image size designates how large your image will be viewed on monitors.

How do I rename my photo files?

  • In Windows, just right click on the file name and look for “rename” in the popup dialogue box and enter the new file name in the blue highlighted area.
  • In Mac, you move your cursor to a file or folder, select it, wait a second and then click again on the name. A text edit field appears over the name and you can rename the file as desired.
  • Be careful not to change the JPG file extension.

I don’t have a PayPal Account-How can I pay?

  • All transactions are processed through PayPal. If you have an account this process is easier because your information is all stored.  You will have an opportunity to sign up for a free account when you pay.  If you do not have a PayPal account and do not wish to create one, you will be prompted to enter your credit card information and contact information for processing.  This information is not stored for future use.

How much goes it cost to enter?

  • Each photographer may submit up to 20 entries. Each photo entry will cost $4.

Tools for photo file resizing and name changing:

  • IrfanView (ww.irfanview.net) is a freeware graphic viewer for Windows that can rename and resize photo files.
  • “resizer” (www.resizr.com) is a free online image resizer.

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