Grand photos

 The Photo Club of Sun City Grand in Surprise, AZ


Digital Competition Entry Instruction and Guidelines

(The  link to enter images will be found at the bottom of this page.) 


All images, and payment, will be done using an online entry form accessed through a link at the bottom of this page. When completed, the entry form will contain all the information necessary to enter the competition, images will have been uploaded for judging and fees paid.

The fee is one ($1) dollar per image. The fee will be paid when the images are uploaded.  PayPal will be used.  It is not necessary to have a personal PayPal account to pay the fee.  All that is required is a credit card.

There will be Six (6) categories ; Elements of Art, Monochrome, Nature, Open/Color, Scapes, and Travel .  The details of some of these categories have been changed since the last competition.  Therefore it is important that all those entering this competition read the definitions on the Definitions Page and the supporting material.

Each participant may submit a maximum of 2 images in each category. The opening date for submitting entries will be August 15, 2021; the closing date for Digital entries will be 11:59 pm,  Thursday, November 18, 2021.  Early Turn-in: You are encouraged to submit Digital images early.


Competition Guidelines are described and/or defined in the documents “Grand Photos Competition Guidelines for Fall 2021 and “Grand Photos Competition Category Definitions for Fall 2021 published on our website at . Your entry to this competition attests that you have read and understand these guidelines and that all your entries adhere to them.

Image format & size
: Images must be submitted as JPEG or .jpg files.
The maximum pixel dimensions for this Grand Photos competition is 1400 pixels (in the horizontal direction) x 1050 pixels (in the vertical direction), including any borders or strokes. (Remember - the width and height maximums are NOT interchangeable.)
The maximum file size for digital image entries is 1.5 MB.

You can reduce the pixel size of your image in Adobe products by clicking: Image; Resize; Image Size. Please insure “Constrain Proportions" and "Resample"; are checked. It is generally recommended that you set "Resample Image" to "Bicubic Sharper" or, if that is not available, to "Bicubic". Change the pixel width to 1400. Check that the resulting pixel height is 1050 or less. If it is more than 1050, change it to 1050 and let the width go below 1400 pixels. The final width should now be 1400, or less, and the final height should be 1050 or less. Click OK. (Remember - the width and height maximums are NOT interchangeable.) We do not recommend increasing the pixel dimensions of an image because it may soften or pixelate the image.  If your jpg image is sized correctly, the pixel dimensions are correct, but the file size is greater than 1.5MB, then reduce the quality level below 12 until the file size is below 1.5 MB.

Naming information - Keep in mind that each image has an "image title" and a "file name". The entry page asks that you enter your image title for each image that you enter.  The entry page then asks you to choose (locate) the image on your computer, at which time the file name, and its location, are automatically recorded on the entry page.  When you submit your images, your image title becomes associated with your image. However, the file name is automatically changed in accordance with the system's file naming convention. Therefore you no longer have  to rename your files in accordance with any naming convention.

Note: Your entry gives Grand Photos permission to display your image on its website and/or in a Grand Photos newsletter if it wins any award.

A workshop will be conducted during the Fall to assist members with sizing of images and entering them in the competition.  Dennis Hilgar, Digital Chair, is available at Dennis Hilgar to answer any questions which you may have along the way.

Click Here To Enter Images


A. Becker


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