This utility will check your image to see if it is correctly formatted. This does not enter your image into any show.

Check Image Size

Special Notice!

We no longer require your image to be pre-formatted to the 1920×1920 pixel size. The phone calls have iterated that well enough.

However, the image still gets resized (it’s a fairness thing). So, for the best quality the judges can look at, you still need to have as close to the resolution of 1920 pixels @ 72dpi on the LONGEST side.

At the VERY LEAST, your image should be at least 960 pixels on the longest side.

Lastly, your image does NOT have to be a jpg. It can be a TIFF, BMP or a PNG.

Frequently Asked Questions

What software should I use to manipulate my images?

You should use an image editing software such as Adobe Photo Elements. ($79)

What does DPI mean?

Dots Per Inch – standard monitor resolution. Anything over 72dpi will NOT enhance the image on screen. Higher resolutions are for printing purposes only.

What if my image is not 1920 x 1920 pixels and/or at 72 dpi?

During the uploading process, your image will get converted to a square image, with black bars on either side. If your image is a low quality (below 800 pixels on the longest side) it will look poor for the judges. Therefore, a high-quality scan or photograph of your work, reduced down to 1920 pixels on the longest side @72dpi should be your goal. As we have found out here at, some people have found it difficult to acheive this goal. So, therefore, we eased up on the pre-formatted size restrictions and put the responsibility in the hands of the artists to determine the quality of their images submitted. The Show Sponsor has the option of requesting a replacement image if they deem it unacceptable.

My image is not square. Won't it get distorted when I format it to your 1920 x 1920 pixels specification?

No.  Your image will not be distorted.  Your images is place inside a square image, you’ll see black bars on either side. This is done for fairness during viewing by the judges.

How many images can I submit for a show?

That is determined by the show sponsor and included on the prospectus. On the image upload page, you can see the maximum number of images and the number of images you have left to enter.

Do the judges see my name?

At no point will the judges see your name (unless you sign your work).

Can I see who the judges are?

No.  Usually the show prospectus will announce who the jurors will be, but this system does not allow their names to be shown to the public. However, their names, ratings, and comments are available to the show administrators for quality control purposes.

It seems to take a while to upload an image?

The upload speed depends on your connection to the internet. Please be patient if you have a slow connection or use dial-up. Also, the larger the size in MB, the longer it takes to transfer.

Tips for photographing your own work

*These notes were taken from a seminar given at the Southern California Artists Association.

  • Use a tripod to mount the camera.  Check that it is plumb (straight up and down) with a small level or plumb bob, to make sure the lens is  perpendicular to the wall that your artwork is on. The camera should be centerline vertical and horizontal to the work being shot. Your work should be on a wall that is plumb as well. Make sure your work is mounted flush to the wall, unframed.

  • Try and do a lot of work at the same time. That way you only setup once.

  • Natural light is the best lighting.  Full spectrum light on a bright overcast day is best.

  • If you are using studio lights, the lights should be on both sides of the artwork. Light it equally, about 45 degrees from each side. It is preferable to use 5000 Kelvin light bulbs or a color balanced light. Look for “color balanced” on the box.   Use a flood, not a spot light.   If possible, use a polarized filter in front of each light.

  • After the camera and lighting are set up, and you have made sure that everything is plumb, level and perpendicular, use the self-timer to actually shoot the camera.

  • The camera will often save the image as a RAW or a TIFF.  Photograph your work in this format, then save it as a JPEG at the very end.

  • Be sure to check the resolution of your camera to make sure it is set to the highest resolution and the largest image setting. Be sure your camera is at least 3 MegaPixels (all newer cameras are).

  • Even if your work is vertical, shoot it horizontally. You can always rotate it in the computer.

  •  Always use a tripod. If possible, use an SLR (Single Lens Reflex), it’s better than a small “point and shoot”. Use a macro lens to avoid “pincushion” effects.

  • If using a “point and shoot” camera, do not use the macro setting. Set the zoom to a “mid zoom.” Telephoto zoom looses too much light and the image will be too distorted.

  • As a last resort, you can lay the piece on the ground then point the camera straight down.

Preparing your image for upload

  • Adobe Photoshop Elements,  NOT Adobe PHOTOSHOP, is recommended.   They are very similar and are in fact made by the same company, just be sure it says “Elements” in the title.   The cost is approximately $79.

  • After you purchase Photoshop Elements, you may want to purchase a book or similar tutorial material to learn the software.

  • Open the image in Adobe Photoshop Elements.  Click on Image, then Image Size.

  • Change the larger side to 1920 pixels.  Change the dpi to 72.  Then click OK.

  • Save your image as a JPEG (.jpg).  When you save it set the image quality to 12 or Very High.

*Note about color correction: Your monitor does not show accurate color.   DO NOT color correct the image.

The outcome should look like this: