The intent of the Best of Photojournalism Picture Editing contest is to judge the best of picture editing in each of the categories published during the past year. To that end, the contest judges should see exactly what the readers saw in print. Presenting a PDF with content different from that in the final printed publication is inconsistent with the goals and ethics of the competition. Entries that have been altered or re-edited for this contest will be disqualified. (Note that compressing your PDFs for screen display is not considered to be alteration.)
Modified “Smallest File Size” PDFs will be used to judge all categories except for the Best Use of Photography categories. Those categories (EU01, EU02, EU03) require complete printed editions of each publication.
Each entry in the Photo Editing division (whether in PDF or hard copy) must be submitted using the Online Entry Form. For PDF entries, the Online Entry Form saves your file on the contest server, and generates page thumbnails for quick browsing. For the hard-copy Best Use of Photography entries, the entry form generates a printable entry label which should be attached to your entry.
Number of Entries Allowed
There is no limit on the number of entries allowed per editor or editing team, but we encourage entrants to exercise “good editing” in entry preparation.
PDF Format Requirements
- Only “screen resolution” or “smallest file size” PDFs should be entered. As part of the “smallest file size” compression, images with resolutions above 240 DPI should be down-sampled to 150 DPI using bicubic interpolation.
Font subsets should be included.
If possible, the color space should be set to sRGB to ensure accurate reproduction on the projector.
No slide show or special program should be used. Simply save each entry as a PDF file, using Adobe Acrobat or your page layout program.
Multiple-page presentations must be assembled into a single PDF. They should be in reading order (using natural spreads) and not in printing order (printer spreads). This is critical if judges are to comprehend the sequence flow of pages presented to the readers of your publication.
The requirement that each entry be saved as a single PDF file applies to all categories, including the picture editing portfolio categories (EM08, EN11, and EN12).