2010 Emerging Pro FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the Fourth Annual Emerging Pro Photo Competition presented by Canon and Datacolor.

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions below. If your question isn’t answered here, please send us an e-mail at [email protected]

Q: How do I enter?
A: On the competition portal nav bar, scroll over “Enter Contest” and then select a category to get started. You will need to be logged in to your Digital Photo Pro account to enter. If you do not have an account, click here to register for your free account.

Q: How many photos can I enter?
A: For this contest, we allow 5 photos per category (Fashion & Beauty, Photojournalism & Sports and Fine Art) for a total of 15 photos per person.

Q: When is the entry deadline?
A: All entries must be received by December 13, 2010.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for this competition?
A: The Emerging Pro Photo Competition is open to students who are currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and enrolled in a photography course, or to professional photographers with up to five years of professional experience.

Q: I am not a resident of the United States. Can I enter this competition?
A: Unfortunately, this competition is only open to US residents age 18 or older.

Q: What if I do not meet the eligibility requirements for this competition or do not otherwise qualify to enter?
A: We have various other photo contests across our sites that are open to all US residents. Sign up for the DPP eNewsletter to stay updated on all the latest photo contests.

Q: I have lots of really good photos. Can I enter more than 5 photos per category/more than 15 photos total?
A: Please limit submissions to 5 photos per category for a total of 15 photos. Failure to follow the rules will disqualify you from the contest.

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: What are the prizes?
A: The Grand Prize Package includes:

  1. $10,000 cash
  2. Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR
  3. Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM Lens
  4. Canon PIXMA Pro9000 Mark II Professional Inkjet Photo Printer
  5. Datacolor Spyder3Elite
  6. Publication of the winning photo in Digital Photo Pro

One First Place Winner from each category will receive

  1. $1,000 cash
  2. Datacolor Spyder3Elite
  3. Publication of the winning photo in Digital Photo Pro

One People’s Choice Winner from each category will receive

  1. Datacolor Spyder3Elite
  2. Inclusion of the winning photo in the Emerging Pro Online Finalists Gallery

Q: Do I need to have shot my photos with a Canon camera to enter the Competition?
A: No. Photos taken with any camera brand are eligible for this competition.

Q: When will the finalists/winners be notified?
A: Sometime in early January 2011.

Q: When will the winners be announced?
A: Winners from all the categories will be announced in the March/April 2011 issue of Digital Photo Pro, and winning photos will also be posted in an online gallery available through the Digital Photo Pro website.

Q: Can I pass the word on this competition to my friends, classmates, Facebook/Twitter followers, etc.?
A: Yes, please! The link to the competition portal is http://www.digitalphotopro.com/emergingpro

Q: I am an educational professional and would like promotional materials to distribute to my students. From whom can I request more information?
A: Please send an e-mail to [email protected] and one of our marketing staff will get in touch with you right away.

Q: I submitted five photos. Why did only one of them or none of them make it into the gallery?
A: To avoid upload errors we recommend using alphanumeric characters to title your images. Please do not use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Additionally, each person’s photos are subject to the approval of our editors. Once you submit photos, one of our editors approves or disapproves each photo for the online gallery.

Q: When can I vote for the People’s Choice Awards?
A: The voting period for the People’s Choice Awards is December 21, 2010, through January 25, 2011.  

Q: How do I vote during the People’s Choice Award Voting Period?
Step 1: Log in to your DPP account or, if you don’t yet have an account, register for free.
Step 2: Check out the Finalists Gallery to see which images are eligible for your vote. The Finalists Gallery will be available online starting December 21, 2010.
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 I try to enter online, I get an error message. What’s going on?
A: Double-check that the sizes of your images meet our upload requirements.
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, cookies and even restarting your computer, and then go to the online entry page again.

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: If all else fails, send us an e-mail at [email protected] and in your e-mail, 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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