Is there a specific time window in which the submission for the Db Creative Outdoors Photo Competition 2023. must have been captured?
Yes, all imagery must have been captured after January 1, 2019.
How many images can I enter?
You can submit one image.
I have already submitted an image but would like to add another one. Can I exchange images?
No. Once an image has been submitted, it is final and may not be replaced by another image or moved to a different category.
Can I submit images under more than one account?
No. It is against the rules and will lead to disqualification.
If my images gets disqualified, will I be able to submit a replacement
No. You may submit five images per category and these cannot be replaced after submission. Please choose your images carefully and consider the rules and requirements for submission.
How many megapixels should my image have?
At least 12 megapixels. To determine the megapixels of your image, simply multiply the vertical and horizontal number of pixels and divide by one million, e.g. 12.2 mega pixels (2848 pixels x 4288 pixels = 12,212,224). You can also check your megapixel file size in Photoshop by opening the image and pressing Apple+Alt+I (Mac) or Ctrl+Alt+I (PC).
Is image editing allowed?
Basic image editing and color corrections are allowed, i.e. brightness, contrast, sharpening, mood and white balance. If any other alternations have been made, the image must be submitted to the Creative category.
Can I edit images I have shot on a smartphone?
Only basic image editing or color corrections are allowed. The same applies to mobile images. The decision to accept your image will be at the discretion of the Db judges. Their decision is final.
I used a 12 megapixels or higher camera, but the resolution is still too small. Why?
If the resolution of your image is not sufficient, please check your camera settings:
- Even if you are using an 12+ megapixel camera you must also ensure that you are shooting at the highest possible resolution (e.g. JPG high, TIFF, RAW).
- Also, be aware that photo cropping in post-production may alter the size of your image and result in a final picture size of fewer than 12 megapixels.
- Submitted images that fail to comply with the requested picture size will be disqualified.
My images aren't 12 megapixels. Can I submit them anyway? Can I increase the megapixels in Photoshop in order to meet the requirements?
No. Images with less than 12 megapixels will be disqualified. It is true that Photoshop allows you to add pixels to your images by using rendering intents. Unfortunately, this procedure does not raise image quality to the required level and is therefore unacceptable.
Can I submit RAW files?
No. RAW files (and other formats) must be converted to JPG and meet all other submission criteria. All images must be available for re-submission in their original size. All semi-finalists will be required to re-submit the originals in RAW or tiff format at 300dpi. For mobile images the image will be requested in its original format with no adaptions.
How can I convert a RAW file into a JPG?
You can convert your file by using you default camera software or similar RAW conversion software such as Adobe Photoshop.
Open your RAW file(s) and select:
Color Space: Adobe RGB
Size: choose a size between 12-24.5MP, e.g. 2731 x 4096 (11.2MP)
Save your file as JPG with the maximum file size of 15MB
How can I submit sequence images with original metadata when they are made up of multiple original files?
Submit the sequence image as you have composed it, but keep all the original files with the correct metadata. At some point we may request to see all original files and check the metadata. Sequence images can be submitted to every category.
Can I submit analogue images?
Yes, but all film prints and transparencies need to be drum scanned at high resolution and delivered digitally. Scan your images at 300dpi and check their actual megapixel sizes before uploading. Please note that your images must have more than 12 megapixels to be accepted. No prints will be accepted.
Do I have to be a Photographer to be able to submit my images?
No. Any amateur or professional photographer can submit his or her images
Does the photograph need to be Db branded?
No. It does not have to be branded. Any creative outdoor or sports image, as explained in the rules, can be submitted.
What is an inappropriate submission?Images of a political nature, pornographic images, full frontal nudity and sexually explicit images of any kind.
Can I submit images that have been submitted to other contests in the past?
Yes. But make sure that you still have all rights for the image. Submitting photographers must own all rights to any photographs entered in this contest. Please note that all images must have been taken after January 1, 2019.
What is a model release and why do I have to provide one?
A model release is a short agreement with your model that proves that he/she grants you the permission to publish the photograph of him/her in one form or another. Upon request you must be able to prove that the images you have submitted meet all legal requirements for participation in this contest, which includes the proof that no rights of any third party are infringed. If you cannot provide such an agreement with your model, this may result in disqualification. If the subject of a photograph is a minor (under the age of 18), the photographer must submit a written release form unrequested, signed by the parent or legal guardian of the minor.
Will my images be used for Db’s advertising?
No. The submitted images can only be used in relation to the Db Photo Competition. In this context it might be used for public relations or event advertising without compensation, which is standard procedure for all other credible photo contests.
What happens when two images have the exact same amount of votes?
In this case the Db judges will cast a determining vote.
Will I get notified when my image makes it into the next round?
Yes, all contestants will be informed by email.
How can you be sure that judges aren’t partial or unfair?
In order to maintain impartiality, all images will be made anonymous before the judges receive them.