Nutmeg Portuguese Water Dog Club

Time to submit your best PWD photos to the
Nutmeg PWD Club 2019 calendar photo contest!

Last year PWD lovers from all over the world submitted hundreds of photos and helped us create another stunning calendar.

You'll be pleased to know that, for the eighth year in a row, calendar sale proceeds will again benefit The PWD Foundation's cancer research fund. In the last 7 years we've donated $30,500. Your photos are the key to our ability to support this worthy research. So, please start snapping, sorting and uploading.

NUTMEG PORTUGUESE WATER DOG CLUB
2019 CALENDAR
IS NOW ACCEPTING DIGITAL PHOTO SUBMISSIONS

PHOTO SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MAY 20, 2018

 

HOW TO SUBMIT  DIGITAL PHOTOS

Please read ALL of the directions below

Go to: www.nutmegpwdcalendar.org  Click the "Submit Photo" button on the top of the page and enter the indicated information on the submission page. Use the "browse" button near the bottom of the form to find and attach your photo file. You can only submit one photo at a time. But you can submit up to 25 individual photos.  Once you click on "Submit" to upload your photo, be patient.  You'll know the upload was successful when the fields on the submission screen become empty again and there is a message in red at the top of the screen that says your photo submission has been received.

  • Important File-naming Instructions:  All images MUST be renamed prior to submission. Use your last name followed by the dog's name -- and then add a number to the end if submitting multiple images. Examples of properly named image files for submission: HardingFluffy1.jpg; HardingFluffy2.jpg.
     
  • Submit photos as jpegs.
     
  • Do NOT resize your own photographs. Submit originals and let us resize. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT.
     
  • If you have color-corrected or cropped your images, please include the unedited originals.
     
  • Submit your photos at their full resolution (high resolution).

Remember that professional printing presses need a higher-resolution than desktop printers. And even though a photo looks wonderful on your computer screen, it doesn’t mean it is of print quality. Ideally, we're looking for images shot at 2400x1600 pixels, or larger.  This means shooting at your highest resolution setting with a camera that is 5MP (megapixel) or more. However, as always, we have both large and small images in the calendar, so we can consider many images, except for the very smallest.

If you have questions, please email millerk9@aol.com
 

AS ALWAYS . . .

  • Let your dog be the main subject of the photo.
     
  • This is a calendar -- consider how photos will correspond to various months and seasons.
     
  • Remember that photos with a landscape orientation are necessary for large calendar photos.
     
  • Show photos not accepted.
     
  • Professional photographs, if picked, will require signed releases from the photographers.
     

HAVE FUN & HAPPY SHOOTING!!!

This is a contest, so send your very best pictures. Three rounds of judging take place in the 8 weeks following the submission deadline. Winners will be contacted individually approximately 10 weeks after the close of submissions and they’ll also be announced on the PWD list and Facebook at that time. Every chosen photograph receives a FREE calendar. Front Cover winner also receives an exclusive gift from Nutmeg.

DON’T MISS OUT . . . ENTER YOUR BEST SHOTS TODAY!

TIPS FOR SELF-ASSESSING YOUR PHOTOS

1. Remember this is a Portuguese Water Dog calendar. While beautiful photos that happen to have a PWD in them are appreciated, we are looking for photos in which the DOG is the main subject. Photos with other breeds of dogs in them are unlikely to be used.

2. Does your photo have the dog as the focus? Does it grab and hold the viewer’s attention? Does the photo tell a story? Is the image more than just a snapshot?

3. Does the dog appear to have fence posts or telephone poles or other such clutter coming out of its head or body? Does the background have clutter or unattractive objects (cars, buildings, chairs, etc) that detract from the photo? Are there cut-off parts of people in the photo that can’t be cropped out?

4. Is the lighting appropriate and can we see the dog’s face or is the dog in deep shadow and without distinct features? Does the dog stand out from the background? Is the dog in sharp focus?

5. Does the dog appear natural and relaxed? If the eyes are visible, are they in sharp focus and free from red eye type effects?

We hope these tips help you self-assess your photos and better understand the criteria we use when evaluating your submissions.

 

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