Submitting DPI files


1. Characteristics: DPI images may be colour, B&W, or a mixture.

2. Number: Each member may submit up to 3 images plus 1 extra.

3. File names: must be {Title}FCCxxx.jpg where curly brackets surround the title, and xxx is your assigned competition number.
For example, if the title of your image is "Sunny Day" and your competition number is 111 then the file name should be {Sunny Day}FCC111.jpg. 
The image title may contain spaces, but there should be no spaces elsewhere in the file name. 
If you are submitting 4 images, then the 4th (extra) image should be differently identified as X{Title}FCCxxx.jpg (that is, with "X" as the first character of the file name.

4. Re-size images: to a maximum of 1400 pixels wide & 1050 pixels tall.

5. Check the colour profile: - it must be sRGB, preferably with an embedded sRGB profile.

6. Submission: Images must be submitted via Dropbox several days before the competition or selection evening date, as advised by the compiler.

Further information regarding the above requirements:
1. Characteristics: DPI’s should be optimized for projection (slightly stronger colours perhaps?). The photographer is responsible for ensuring that cropping, exposure, brightness, contrast, colour balance, saturation, sharpness etc. are appropriate for each image using image-editing software.

2. Number: If the total number of images received for a normal club night DPI competition exceeds 55, then the 4th images from each member will be excluded (this may not apply to some special events).
If you fail to identify your extra image with a prefixed X, the compiler will make an arbitrary decision regarding which one to ignore - based on the image titles. The last one in alphabetical order would be ignored.

Images previously judged in an in-house competition (Prints or DPI) may not be entered in another in-house competition if they have already scored 19 or above. However, they may be submitted for consideration for Tripod competitions, or as a single print for the annual Dick Barton Cup (at the AGM). Total points awarded for all DPI images (total of Colour and Black & White submissions) obtained during our financial year (i.e. up to the October AGM), will determine the winners of the DPI category.

3. File names: It is essential that you advise the compiler of the title of each image, and also your personal competition number, so that the files can be properly identified during projection.
Please don’t include any commas, asterisks, question marks or other non-standard characters in your file names as this causes problems in some cases.

4. Re-size: Currently the dimensions used for projection are usually 1400 pixels wide by 1050 pixels high. This is based on PAGB guidelines. This ensures that the recipient of your images only receives small jpg files over the internet. Sending large files can cause problems - such as exceeding imposed download limits of a member’s Internet system.

Any crop shape is acceptable (e.g. square, letterbox, portrait, landscape, etc.
Check the Pixel dimensions. If they exceed 1400 wide or 1050 tall, then resize the image to comply. Note that width and height refers to how the image is viewed when projected. Therefore Portrait format images must be 1050 pixels tall. Landscape format images must be 1400 pixels wide. Other shapes are acceptable provided neither the height nor the width dimensions above are exceeded.

Note that the DPI (dots per inch) setting associated with your file has no relevance for projected images, (relevant only for prints).

Please don’t submit large files (i.e. larger than 2MB each). After they are correctly re-sized as above - this will produce acceptably small file sizes. If you do not know how to resize an image with your software, see here.

Members are responsible for ensuring that their images are correctly sized for the projector. Please do not send undersized files (too few pixels).
Files should be saved at a high JPEG quality setting.

Examples of correctly sized images might be (Pixels Width / Height) - 968/1050 or 1400/937 or 1050/1050 or exactly 1400/1050.
Examples of incorrectly small image sizes would be say:  1260/945 or 1300/900 - as neither dimension (width or height) makes use of the maximum allowed.
Please do not send files where the pixel dimensions are too small, as the quality of your image will suffer during projection

Images may include a border, provided the maximum pixel dimensions are still respected. For example you may wish to sit your image within an appropriately coloured background canvass size of 1400 x 1050.

Please note that our current projector has a minor fault, which crops a few pixels from the left hand side of all 1400 wide images. This only becomes noticeable if you have added a very thin border to your image.

5. Check the colour profile: If it is not sRGB, please don’t assign, but instead CONVERT it to sRGB IEC61966-2.1. Images with other profiles such as Adobe RGB or ProPhoto RGB will not project with the colour balance you intended.

6. Submission: The compilers email address for the current competition will be notified to members separately. Late entries might not be accepted, as the compiler needs sufficient time to process all the images prior to the event.
Dropbox is now the preferred method for submitting image files over the internet. Please contact the compiler for information about your personal FCC Dropbox folder.