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FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the
8th Annual Your Best Shot Photo Contest.

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, please send us an email at contests@wernerpublishing.com with the following details:

  1. The name of the contest (8th Annual Nature’s Colors)
  2. Your username
  3. The image ID # (if applicable)
  4. The exact nature of your problem

Q: How do I enter?
A: On the competition portal nav bar, click “Submit Images.” You’ll need to be logged in to yourDigital Photo account to enter. If you don’t have an account, click here to register for your free account. You may also log-in using your Facebook account through the Connect With Facebook option.

Q: How many photos can I enter?
A: For this contest, we allow up to 5 photos maximum per person. Submitting more than five will disqualify you from the contest.

Q: In what format should I submit my photos?
A: Each photograph must be submitted in .JPG or .GIF format and cannot exceed 4 MB in size.

Q: I submitted five photos. Why did only one of them or none of them make it into the gallery?
A: Each person’s photos are subject to approval. Once you submit photos, one of our editors approves or disapproves each photo for the online gallery. Additionally, title your photos with alphanumeric characters only. Please do not use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Q: Can I pass the word on this competition to my friends, classmates, Facebook/Twitter followers, etc.?
A: Yes, please! The link to the contest portal is http://www.dpmag.com/photo-contests/8th-annual-your-best-shot.html

Q: When can I vote for the People’s Choice Awards?
A: The voting period for the People’s Choice Awards is December 9, 2014, through January 22, 2015.

Q: Do I have to print or mail in my photos?
A: No. Please upload entries using the online entry form. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Q: Can I process my photos using Photoshop or another image-processing program?
A: Yes.

Q: How do I vote during the People’s Choice Award Voting Period?
Step 1: Log in to your DP account or, if you don’t yet have an account, register.
Step 2: Check out the Finalists Gallery to see which images are eligible for your vote.
Step 3: Vote! Simply click on any photo and rate it using the 5-star scale. Vote for as many photos as you’d like!

Q: When will the winners be notified?
A: Sometime in January 2015.

Q: When will the winners be announced?
A: The First Place Prize winner’s photo will be published in the March 2015 issue of Digital Photo. The Second Place and People’s Choice Awards winners will be announced online sometime in March 2015.

Q: What are the prizes?
A: See the contest landing page or the official rules for a complete list of contest prizes.

Q: I think someone uploaded an offensive photo or video, or submitted content that belongs to me. What do I do?
A: On the page where you see the photo or video in question, click on the button that says “Report as inappropriate.” Then, in the pop-up window, tell us the reason you’d like to report the content and click “Submit.” We investigate each report internally and do our best to resolve it as quickly as possible.

Q: When I try to enter online, I get an error message. What’s going on?
A: Often, if your first attempt at entering online isn’t successful, our system won’t let you enter again—it’s a way to prevent duplicate submissions. Try clearing your browser’s cache and cookies—even restarting your computer—and go to the online entry page again.

Additionally, title your photos with alphanumeric characters only. Please don’t use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Q: I’ve tried clearing my cache and cookies, and I even bought a new computer. The online entry form just isn’t working for me.
A: Double-check that the size of your images meet our requirements. If all else fails, send us an email at contests@wernerpublishing.com. In your email, please indicate:

  1. The name of the contest
  2. Your username
  3. The image ID # (if applicable)
  4. The exact nature of your problem
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