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Prints for competitions

Stuarty 13 122 England
12 Oct 2007 10:21AM
Whilst many comps take uploaded or CD images now, are there any guidelines for A4 prints? That is, is it better to print borderless - larger picture, or put an effective border to increase impact, but this reduces the image size. I appreciate it may just come down to judgement/personal choice but is there a general rule on this?
My inclination is to put a border around the shot, but do not want to irritate the judges and reduce my chances even further.


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csurry 16 9.2k 92
12 Oct 2007 11:22AM
When I've submitted images, like last year to AP, I printed the image 9in x 6in on an A4 piece of paper. The rest was left as a white border.

It is just down to presenting the image as you want it. However, when it comes to borders, very few magazines would consider them part of the image, unless it is a digital mag and they add to the impact. Like where the image bleeds out through the border, so they would be likely to remove them for reproduction purposes.

Take a look at the images in the monthly comps in Photography Monthly, Practical Photography or Amateur Photographer, don't remember seeing any with borders.

Stuarty 13 122 England
12 Oct 2007 6:49PM
Many thanks for your help. I guess an inch border displays the image as well as anything and nothing superfluous to the image to distract/irritate.

kaybee 14 5.8k 25 Scotland
12 Oct 2007 9:07PM
Surely it depends on who is running the competition and their published 'rules'.
National/international will want them mounted on board
Hoffy 13 262 16 England
13 Oct 2007 10:40PM
Kaybee is right. I enter comps all over the world.

If you are entering magazine comps, print on A4 paper either borderless or with an even white border. Don't do anything that distracts from the image.

I also add a 5 pixel stroke around the image.

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