2nd Annual First Impressions FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the
2nd Annual First Impressions Photo Contest.

We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. 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, click "Submit Images." 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. You may also login using your Facebook account by using 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: When is the entry deadline?
A: All entries must be received by midnight PST June 12, 2012.

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: 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. $1,000 cash
  2. Publication of the winning photo in Digital Photo Pro
  3. Tamrac’s Evolution 9 Photo Backpack
  4. A Gitzo Series 2 Systematic tripod with a GH2780QR Center Ball Head
  5. PNY 32GB Pro-Elite Series SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card
  6. A Strobist Lighting Kit from Lumiquest
  7. 16×20 print of your photo from Duggal
  8. Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery

The First Place Winner will receive:

  1. Tamrac’s Velocity 7x Camera Bag
  2. A Manfrotto 190CXPRO4-M0Q4 Carbon Fiber tripod and head kit
  3. PNY 16GB Pro-Elite Series SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 Flash Memory Card
  4. A Bounce Lighting Kit from Lumiquest
  5. 16×20 print of your photo from Duggal
  6. Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery

One People’s Choice Winner will receive:

  1. Online publication of the winning photo in the Winners Gallery

Q: When will the finalists/winners be notified?
A: Sometime in early July 2012.

Q: When will the winners be announced?
A: Winners will be announced in the Sep/Oct 2012 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/photo-contests/2nd-annual-first-impressions.html

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 June 19, 2012, through July 31, 2012.  

Q: How do I vote during the People’s Choice Award Voting Period?
The Finalists Gallery will be available online starting June 19, 2012.
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.
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: How is the People’s Choice Award winner determined?
A: The People’s Choice Winner is selected based on the image receiving the highest overall score, which is a combination of the total number of votes and page views received by the image during the voting period.

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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