2nd Annual Photo Of The Year FAQ

Thank you for your interest in the
2nd Annual PHOTO OF THE YEAR Photo Competition presented by SONY.
We’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t answered here, please send us an email at [email protected] with the following details:

  1. The name of the contest (2nd Annual Photo Of The Year)
  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 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 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: When is the entry deadline?
A: All entries must be received by January 3, 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: 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: What are the prizes?
A: The Grand Prize Package includes:

  1. A Sony SLT A-55 DSLR
  2. Publication of the winning photo in Digital Photo Pro
  3. A Gitzo GT2541 Carbon Fiber tripod and GH2780QR head
  4. Tamrac’s Evolution 8 Backpack (5788)
  5. A PNY 8GB Professional Series SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card
  6. A 16×20 print of the winning photo from Duggal

The First Place Winner will receive:

  1. A Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon fiber tripod and 496RC2 head
  2. Tamrac’s Rally 5 Camera Bag (3445)
  3. A PNY 4GB Professional Series SDHC Class 10 Flash Memory Card
  4. A 16×20 print of the winning photo from Duggal

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 late January 2012.

Q: When will the winners be announced?
A: Winners will be announced in the July/August 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-photo-of-the-year.html

Q: When can I vote for the People’s Choice Awards?
A: The voting period for the People’s Choice Awards is January 11, 2012, through February 15, 2012.  

Q: How do I vote during the People’s Choice Award Voting Period?
The Finalists Gallery will be available online starting January 11, 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: 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 [email protected]. 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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