Frequently Asked Questions

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Submission Details

How should I submit my photographs?
All entries, without exception, must be submitted in a digital format with the following specifications:

  • Each image must be at least 72 dpi and 200 kb in size.
  • The shortest side of the image must be at least 338 pixels.
  • All images must be in the JPG or JPEG format.
  • The images should not exceed 5 MB in size and 7500 x 7500 pixels in dimension.

Please note that if selected, you will be required to submit a high-resolution image suitable for printing.

How important is the quality of the photograph I send?
Image quality is very important. This is the only exposure to your photographs the jurors will have, and a poor representation (such as a blurred image, or one affected by glare, or dim lighting) will reduce your chances of being selected.

Can I submit manipulated images?
Images can be manipulated, however, it is recommended that the manipulation is clearly outlined within the image description.

Can my images be black-and-white?
Yes, the images may be black-and-white or in color.

Can images taken on a phone camera be entered into the competition?
Yes, you may submit images taken with a phone camera. However, do note that these images can be no smaller than 72 dpi and a higher resolution version may still be required.

How many images can I upload?

  • For the Amateur Photography category, you are required to upload at least 1 image.
  • For the Professional Photography category, you are required to upload a minimum of 5 images.

I have images in original negatives, how can I enter these?
These will need to be scanned into digital files and then uploaded online via the website. Please remember to state in the image description that the images have been scanned from negatives.

Can I submit my images via a CD, URL link or in a book?
No, all images must be submitted online via the website.

I am unable to upload my images, what should I do?
Please ensure that your images fit the criteria mentioned above. If you continue to have a problem, email the details of the issue to

How will I know that my entry has been successfully received?
You will receive an email confirmation after submitting your entry. If you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours, please contact

How do I find out the results of the competition?
Results will be emailed to all participating photographers and published online on March 15th, 2022.

Can I make changes after submission?
No, once you submit your images and pay the entry fee, you will not be able to make any changes to your submission.

Should I include a resume and artist statement in my submission?
No, a resume or artist statement is not required, or encouraged. We want to give everyone an equal chance, and therefore, the competition is judged solely on the basis of the photographs.

You may include a series description with your submission in the Professional Photography category only, however, it is not mandatory.

We will require a biography, resume and artist statement only if you are selected to be featured in the collective group exhibition.

Should a watermark or copyright information be added to the images?
No, all images must be clear of any copyright information so that the identity of the photographer remains anonymous. In the interest of fairness, the judges are not allowed to see the names of the photographers. Any images that do contain photographers’ names on the image or any other watermark/copyright information will be disqualified from being presented to the judges.

What should I do if someone submitted my images to you without my permission?
If you believe your work has been copied and posted on our website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with the following information:

  • An electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest
  • A description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed
  • A description of where the allegedly infringed material is located on our website
  • Your address, telephone number, and email address
  • A written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner or its agent
  • A written and signed statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice to us is truthful and accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner

Do the sponsors have a right to use my image? Will my images be used in any other way?
All participants must understand that any image submitted to The Chelsea International Photography Competition will be used by us for promotional purposes only. Due credit will be given to the photographers.

Please read the complete terms for more details.

Entry Fee

How much does it cost to enter the competition?
There is a $25 fee for the Amateur Photography category for up to 5 images, and a $45 fee for the Professional Category. For both categories, a $5 fee will be charged for any additional images.

Is the entry fee refundable?
No, the entry fee is not refundable in normal circumstances. We may refund the amount to you if there is an error in the transaction that prevents you from submitting your images.

What methods of payment are accepted?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners, JCB, UnionPay as well as Paypal.

Will photographers who already received any of the Agora Art Group services also have to pay the competition fee?
Yes, all entrants must pay the fee.

Aside from the entry fee for the contest, will there be additional charges?

  • Amateur Photography: Selected Photographers will have no other expenses beyond the entry fee.
  • Professional Photography: If an artist is selected for the collective exhibition award, he/she will be responsible for all shipping charges to and from the exhibition space. Selected artists are responsible for all arrangements and costs connected to shipping to and from the exhibition space and for insuring the artwork while it is in transit.

Guidelines and Eligibility

Is there an age requirement?
Yes, all entrants must be above the age of 18.

Can I enter the competition if I do not live in the United States Of America?
Yes, the competition is open to photographers from across the globe.

Can photographs that are not for sale be considered for the competitions?
No, all photographs submitted must be for sale.

Is there a specific time frame in which the work must have been produced?
No, there is no time frame in which the work must have been created.

Is collaborative work accepted?
Collaborative work is accepted as long as the collaboration does not exceed two photographers or artists.

Can I enter the same images for other competitions?
Yes, you may enter the same images into other photography competitions. We have no exclusivity rights to your images.

What about published work?
In the Professional Photography category, images that have been commissioned or acquired to be published for the first time in 2020 can also be entered, but only after the published date. You must be able to prove that this is the first time the work has been published.

Shipping/Insurance & Framing

Am I responsible for shipping and customs?
Except for the Amateur Category, all shipping and customs arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the selected artists. In addition we highly recommend that you insure your artwork while it is being shipped.

If I am selected for the exhibition, do I need to frame or stretch my artwork?

  • Amateur Category: The photographs  will be printed and mounted on foam board c-type mounted on foamboard.
  • Professional Category: If you are selected, your work must be framed, stretched, or mounted. You are responsible for the cost of this if the work arrives at the exhibition space unframed/unstretched. Framed work must be framed in a similar manner; the frames do not have to be identical, but they must be very similar. Keep in mind that works are usually displayed one next to one another, and using different types of frames will distract the viewers. It is your responsibility to make sure that your work is adequately wired and ready to hang.

Is my work insured while exhibited?
Our spaces will be responsible for insurance of the works on the premises.

Sales / Commissions / Copyrights

What is the commission structure on work sold?
The exhibition space incorporates a 20/80 commission structure: the artist receives 80% of the list/retail price, and the exhibition space receives 20% of the list/retail price.

If my photograph sells, when can I expect payment?
You will be paid within 3 weeks after the payment is received by the organization.

If the artwork does not sell, will it be returned to the artist?
Yes. The artwork is the property of the artist and will be returned at the end of the exhibition if it is not sold. Except for the Amateur Category, the artist is responsible for paying for the return shipping of the artwork.


Which art organizations are sponsoring The Chelsea International Photography Competition 2020?
For a complete list of sponsors and partners, please click here.

How can I become a sponsor/partner for the competition?
If you are interested in sponsoring the competition or being a partner, please contact us at

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