2018 Contest Rules and Image-Submission Guidelines

The Maryland Photography Alliance (MPA) is a union of independent photography clubs that are located throughout the State of Maryland. The Alliance was formed for the benefit of its member clubs with a mission to promote collaboration, cooperation, and sharing resources.

Upcoming activities include this photography contest, a Gallery Show starting in January, and a One-Day Seminar, next year on Saturday, April 27.

This photography contest and corresponding Gallery Show are expected to be among the biggest in the State of Maryland. MPA thanks you for participating.

Participation
Participants must be members in good standing in at least one MPA club. Participants who belong to multiple MPA clubs may submit a maximum of two images. There are no fees to participate in this contest.

# of Images
Participants may enter up to 2 images via digital submission.

Categories
The categories are Landscape, Street, Maryland, and Other. Images in the Maryland category must portray some obvious aspect of the State of Maryland, or any of its localities.

Each photograph must be assigned to a category, and both images may be assigned to the same category.

Image Manipulation
Entries must be created with light-sensitive devices such as film or digital camera, as well as scanned film, enlarger, copier or flatbed scanner, etc. Images that were not created with light sensitive devices are not permitted. Computer-manipulated images are eligible for competition, and there is no restriction on the amount of manipulation performed.

Voting and Judges
Voting will be done by a panel of judges, the judging will be private, and the judges’ decisions are final.

Gallery Show
A gallery show of the highest-rated images will take place at the Maryland State House of Delegates building in Annapolis from January through March 2019. MPA will determine the number of top images that can be displayed at no cost. Participants, whose images are chosen, are encouraged, but not obligated, to participate. All expenses for printing, matting and framing are the participant’s obligation. Participants may sell their winning images in the Gallery; the Gallery may receive a normal commission. All other proceeds go to the photographer.

Submitted-Image Guidelines
• Must be JPG format
• Image files should be flattened (no layers) and must be 8-bit files, either RGB or grayscale mode images.
• Maximum allowable digital image size is 1024 pixels per side
• File Naming: Image Title_Your Name.  Example: Morning Light_John Doe

If you have questions about this contest, contact us at mpa@MDPhotoAlliance.org