Digital entry submissions is covered on this page. If you have never entered before you should try to get your pictures in a week ahead of time to make sure you know how, and to make sure you can get help, if needed. With the PhotoContest Pro software that we use there is no need for someone to
collect entries and assemble them into a contest several days ahead of time. That part is automated. The deadline is midnight before the contest date. If you have a problem phone me.
Prints are judged separately and you can have three prints per contest, they are brought in
on competition night and must have titles clearly marked on the back, your name must appear below the title.
Prints should not be the same or similar to the projected contest images.
The PhotoContest Pro software now also provides the ability to conduct our Show and Tell and "Member Critique" ordered
by member name and image title. The image title can be modified to include a two digit number in front so images will be in a desired order.
After signing in to PhotoContest Pro you may submit your images starting from the "Upload Pictures" menu:
Windows users may use the "Method 1" menu which requires Silverlight to be installed (Silverlight comes with later versions of Windows). This is the preferred method as it allows you to change title or rotate a picture after submission rather than having to delete the entry and resubmit. If you have a problem use the alternate upload method.
Mac users must use the alternate method "Method 2", which may also be used by anyone if Method 1 is not working for them.
Preparation of images before submission is described on the "Show and Tell" page, which includes tips on how to work with various software programs and how to include a border (usually called canvas) and is generally a white 3 pixel wide border.
The limit is 768 pixels on the long side for our club projector. PhotoContest Pro (PCP) will reduce slightly
enlarged images from up to about 2000 on the long side, but probably not JPG images directly out of your camera, so best if you do that yourself. Images must be jpeg. It is recommended that you place
a 1-3 pixel white border around the image. If the border is added to the outside (canvas), that would 762 pixels on long side before adding the border of 3 pixels.
Image Upload - Login (#login)
The projected image will be 768 pixels on the long side. The contest software
starts with you logging in with your email address and club name. If you
put "Som" into the club box that should fill in "Somerset County Camera Club"
without having to use the drop down.
The web page upload program (right side) has wide latitude in resizing, anything uploaded with a long size
between 700 and 2000 pixels should work fine, but it would be better if you
resized first to 768 pixels on the long size before submitting.
Images must be submitted in JPEG (.jpg, jpeg) format.
If you have not used this software before or want a refresher on
on in your browser).
"Image Upload" is an optional additional feature of PhotoContest Pro and
is licensed on a yearly basis, we
have subscribed for it's use during the 2007-2008 season.
Most club members and inquiries from the summer have been preregistered
so try logging in using the email address that you use
to receive club email from Somerset County Photography Club.
All users will have to request password when using first time
with SCPC, even if you already use this software with another club.
Your email address and club (Somerset County Photo Club) are used to
identify yourself to the software. Once logged on you will see your name
as verification that you are logged in. (Some users may have to use F5 to Reload/Refresh
the screen upon returning to the home page)
Returning users should see their email filled in by the browser,
but will have to select their club each time.
Once on the login page select "Somerset County Photography Club"
from the dropdown, and your email address.
after use of Login/Logout
use F5 (Reload)
(problem with .NET usage)
If you see a message indicating "Password Required" and
"Please enter the master password for the Software Security Device", that
is your browser asking for password you use for your collection
of passwords stored by your browser, and would indicate that you
have already obtained a password, and that password would be filled
in automatically after your email and club have been entered.
after use of Login/Logout
use F5 (Reload)
(problem with .NET usage)
Enter you email address, which is the one that you
supplied to receive SCPC email.
Use the Drop down to fill in "Somerset County Photography Club"
Use the forgot or first time user link
When you receive your password in your email, enter it
into the dialog, along with your name and club.
After pressing login button, you should see
your name in upper right corner as shown at right.
You can now change password to your preference, and you
can enter pictures into competition.
After logging in, the upper-right corner
should show your name and club
as verification of being logged in.
Firefox users will probably have to
use F5 (Reload) until problem is fixed.
Welcome John Winters
Somerset County Photo Club
If you forgot your password, use the "Forgot your password, click here"
wording at the
bottom of the dialog, with your email filled in as well
as "Somerset County Photography Club" using the drop-down.
An automated response
would send your password to your email address (see example on right).
Your PhotoContest Pro website credentials:
Name: John Winters Email: email@example.com Organization: Somerset County Photo Club Password: xxxxxxx
This may not affect many Firefox users, but it certainly affected
my use, so this is what I have (D.McRitchie)
Bypasses for Firefox when problem occurs:
Use F5 if after logging in you don't see the dialog for entering images, or if after
logging out it doesn't look like you've logged out.
The second bookmark should get you directly to password entry when that gets stuck.
As a Firefox user you can use a Keyword shortcut to quickly reference a bookmark directly from the location bar.
The Somerset County Photography Club has subscribed to the Image Upload Service
at an additional charge to allow individual members of our club to upload their own images into a contest. This removes all the tedium that the contest coordinator has to go through collecting the images and entering them and the image information into PhotoContest Pro, and because we can't waste time at the meeting to load digital images.
Image Upload Service for Photographers
This procedure is available to all members of a club who have been entered on the website by the contest coordinator.
More complete login instructions can be expanded in the login section
above and should be read at least once by all members.
The first thing you will need to do is go to the PhotoContest Pro website at http://www.PhotoContestPro.com. Log in by clicking on Login on the upper right corner of the screen. You will be asked for your email and password. If you don’t know your password (this is your first time or you forgot it), click on the appropriate link to get it. Once you have your password, you should reset it to something that you’ll remember. Click on Set Password on the upper right corner of the screen to set your password.
Once you are logged in, you will be presented with a screen listing all the open contests for your club.
(Sorry about the changes in topics and photographer between these examples,
hope it is clear how to work through the panels)
Click Browse on the Right-hand side of the screen to open your Image Explorer and locate your image. Note that images must be jpeg format and should be sized as per the instructions given by your contest coordinator.
768 on Long Side
Most Windows users will be better off installing the ContestPro upload application (left-side), which enables you to upload pictures, has better viewing options, and the ability to retitle, and to rotate picture once loaded.
The upload application will not accept anything with a long side greater than 768 pixels, which is limit imposed with a 1024x768 projector so horizontal and vertical fit on a square screen without penalizing either orientation. Images must be submitted in JPEG (.jpg, jpeg) format.
The older webpage upload must be used by non Windows users (right-side). It has wide latitude in resizing, anything uploaded with a long size between 700 and 2000 pixels should work fine, but it would be better if you resized first to 768 pixels on the long size before submitting. Images must be submitted in JPEG (.jpg, jpeg) format.
Fill in the Title of your image. Your name and Organization will be automatically filled in. If you are entering images for another person, you can change the name and/or organization. Be careful to get this information correct as title will be displayed along with your image during the contest, and the photographer's name
will be used in reporting winners.
For Method 1 dragging your image to the indicated box is easier than filling in the filename, though upload button and filename is still an option.
For Method 2 click the Upload button and wait for the upload to complete. This may take a few minutes depending on the speed of your internet connection.
Once you’ve uploaded one or more images, you will see that they are listed on the screen. You can get a small preview of the image by clicking on the Show link.
Delete an image by clicking the Delete link.
To change the Photographer or Title
If using Method 1 (preferred for Windows), you can change without deleting and resubmmitting an entry.
If using Method 2 (alternate method, and all Mac users), you must delete the image and upload it again to make changes to text.
Note that only images that you have uploaded will be displayed here. You will not see images that others have uploaded, even if they are yours or images that you have given directly to the contest coordinator.
Related Information (#related)
Information on this page was extracted from the User Document portion (page 30-31)
PhotoContestPro Documention (PDF file). What you need to load images for contests has been included on the page you are already looking at.
$75 per club (one time license charge)
$40 per year for updating service
My files for this are in
xtra folder for stuff that might be shared
photocontestpro folder with program
scpc folder for packaged contests (results)
scpc2007-07-15.pcp simulated contest (file, save contest as package)
samp_pics folder for testing contest
contest is stored in
C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\My Documents\PhotoContestPro
pictures with hash names and corresponding xml file with descriptions
Create a contest.bat comprised of
The following will not be on the website but will give you an idea about
competition/presentation and/or scoring.
The only problem I see is the
first meeting where pictures should be for the same maker all together.
and in Jan for the 4 sets of "Three shot" competition where the three shots
must be projected in sequence not all mixed with all other entries.
For the critiques no sorting would be preferred.
Each contest has it's own awards so for us it would be
1st, 2nd, 3rd, HM, 8pts
cutoff date Sunday before contest.
Critique only would be a separate contest with no scoring
each submitter can only see their own slides when submitting online.
Program has review (slide show), and scoring mode
Scoring unlimited rounds for additional judging on a slide like 8pts first time, 1 for IN next time
winners are arranged in order, at any point a slide an be given an award (this one will be first),
Title stays on screen for specified time (5 seconds)
after scoring, winners are shown in reverse scoring order
Title, maker, other fields available like club name if it were Federation
Scoring sheets can be shown, printed, formatted as text, Excel.
Slides will fit into a square so that landscape will have
same dimensions on screen as portrait.
The title can be recalled "T" as a toggle during presentation.
David McRitchie 732-469-8481