Digital photography has become an inexpensive hobby for millions of individuals all over the world. In the quest to perfect techniques and expand the knowledge of digital photography, many digital photography contests have appeared on the internet. These contests allow amateur photographers to submit their best work and see how it stacks up against others. The judging for these digital photography contests is typically conducted by allowing the public to vote on the images that they like the best.
The rules for digital photography contests vary depending on a number of factors. These factors include the level of expertise, timeframe for submissions, and the topic for the submissions. The only rule that is consistent from contest to contest is that all submissions must be original and taken with a digital camera. In many cases, the individual submitting the photograph must be an amateur and the images cannot be altered with photo-editing software in any way. Refusal to adhere to these rules can result in the submission being disqualified.
All submissions to digital photography contests should be the original work of the individual submitting the photograph. All submission instructions should be read carefully to ensure that the photographs are submitting using the correct procedure. Photographs that are submitted incorrectly may be disqualified from the competition. The photographs submitted to digital photography contests should adhere to the topic that the contest focuses on. This topic can be anything from portraits to flowers to items that signify change. The number of topics available for a photography contest is limitless and different contest sites will have different topics for contest submissions.
In many cases, once an amateur photograph is submitted to digital photography contests, it becomes the property of the site running the contest. This causes a problem if the photographer submits a photograph to more than one photography contest. The rules and regulations should be read carefully to ensure that submitting the photograph to another contest will not result in disqualification. Because many of the photographs are checked for authenticity, if a duplicate of the photograph is found anywhere on the internet, it could result in the submission being disqualified.
There are a wide range of prizes given to the winners of digital photography contests. Some contest offer a cash prize which can range from $50 to $50,000 for the winner. Other contests give the winners new photography equipment or gift certificates to purchase items that they desire. What ever the prize offered, it is a great incentive to submit your photographs and see how they stack up against the rest of the country.