Preparing Digital Images


  • Limit 3 per member, with no more than 2 in any one category
  • Make sure subject meets criteria for the category. See definitions and guidelines.
  • If too many images are submitted for any competition, priority 3  images  will be dropped on a category by category basis starting with the largest category and proceeding to the smallest category until the total image count is within range.  If there are still too many we will repeat the process dropping priority 2 images.  
  • Images must be submitted by 11:59 pm on the Monday before the competition
  • In post production, do not add your name, copyright, watermark, image title, URL, or any other identifying text to the image itself.
  • Members must be present at meetings where they have submitted images and initial opposite their names on the sign-in list. If a member, after submitting an image, finds it impossible to attend the meeting, the image will be shown for comment but not ranked
  • The same image may be entered on more than one occasion (provided it has not previously received a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place award), in the same or different (& suitable) category

Technical Requirements

  • File Type: JPEG highest quality
  • Color space: sRGB
  • Dimensions:  No more than 1080 pixels high by 1920 pixels wide including any boarders you may have

Submitting Images

  • Upload images to our digital competition server at: link – ‘Upload images for competition‘ is also present in the in the list of links on the right side of our home page)
  • Titles  – Do not use these special symbols: 
    Double quote (ditto mark) (“)
    Single Quote (‘)
  • The current limit is 3 images/maker, with a maximum of 2 in any one category.
  • Please submit your images no later than 11:59 pm on the Monday before the competition so there is time to incorporate them into the slide show program. The earlier the better.


To ensure the best match between the image on your monitor and that shown by the digital projector, calibration of monitors with a colorimeter system (such as those made by Pantone, Colorvision or X-Rite/GretagMacbeth) is highly recommended. (Our projector is periodically calibrated using an X-Rite system.)

Step by step – Photoshop

  1. Open the image in Photoshop (or a comparable photo editing application such as Lightroom, etc). The steps below apply to Photoshop. For those using Lightroom, use the Export function to apply the desired parameters (details at bottom of this page).
  2. If your image is in layers (PSD or TIFF format), flatten it. If it is 16-bit (from RAW source), convert it to 8-bit.
  3. In Photoshop select “Image Size” – check ‘Resample image’. Ignore the Resolution entry for pixels/inch. (Use comparable settings for other photo editing applications.)
  4. In the top box entitled Pixel dimensions, make the changes below, depending on the orientation of your image.
  5. LANDSCAPE: Change the width to 1900 pixels. Click OK, unless the height is greater than 1050 pixels. In this case, just change the height to 1050 pixels and click OK.
  6. PORTRAITChange the height to 1050 pixels and then click OK.
  7. If the image is mainly a square (approx. equal height and width), reduce the height to 1050 pixels.
  8. If you wish to add a small border (1-2 pixels on each side) do so by increasing the canvas size, and specifying the color. (Such borders are particularly important in images that are dark near the edges, in order to separate the image from the background on the projected view). If you do add such a border it is very important to increase the canvas size again, this time to 1920 x 1080 pixels, and using black as the canvas. This will leave some ‘breathing space’ so that the projected image does not clip the image border. (This step applies also for images with critical information at the edge.)
  9. Select “Edit – Convert to Profile” (in earlier versions of Photoshop this may be under Mode) and under “Destination Space” select “sRGBIEC61966-2.1” from the pop-up list. Click OK.
  10. Sharpen the image (if not already done) using whichever sharpening application works best for you.
  11. Save as JPEG file (under different name in order to preserve your original image).
  12. When saving, select JPEG quality level of 12 (maximum) if you have an Internet broadband connection (cable or DSL). If you use ‘Save for Web’, make sure you check the box entitled “ICC Profile” – to ensure that the embedded sRGB tag remains with the image. Otherwise your image on the screen may not appear the way it did on your monitor
For members who are familiar with the use of Photoshop Actionsa set of actions is available (in Photoshop CS4) for implementing many of the above steps. If you wish to receive this action contact the webmaster at <info AT>.

Step by step – Lightroom

“Preparation of images for submission to PACC digital competitions in Lightroom is a lot easier than in Photoshop.” (Ed.: Adding a light border to better define images w/ dark edges, or expanding the canvas is more easily done in Photoshop.)
  1. Go to File and then Export.
  2. In the File Settings section (click the triangle to the left of “File Settings” if it isn’t already expanded), choose JPEG as the Format and sRGB as the color space (which should be the default for JPEG already).
  3. Then in the image sizing section, choose Resize to Fit: Width & Height – W: 1920 and H: 1080 pixels. This will resize your photo to fit within a box that’s 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels high, which is what you want for the PACC competitions. This will work whether your photo is in a landscape or portrait orientation. It will resample your photo to retain the same aspect ratio while decreasing the number of pixels overall to fit.

If your image has black or near black content near the edges of the frame, many times the actual edge of the image cannot be detected when projected as the area outside the image is also projected as black.  This dramatically alters the look of the image, many times in an undesirable way.  To remedy this situation it is recommended to put a thin white border around the edge of your image so when projected the actual image edge is apparent.  Here’s one way to do this in Lightroom,  Full instructions are here Add Thin White Border via Lightroom 

If you have questions please email the Digital Chair as early as possible (listed on Officers page).