Frequently Asked Questions - The Chelsea International Photography Competition

Frequently Asked Questions

Submission Details

Please ensure that your images fit the criteria mentioned above. If you continue to have a problem, email the details of the issue to

Images can be manipulated, however, it is recommended that the manipulation is clearly outlined within the image description.

No, all images must be submitted online via the website.

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.

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

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.

Results will be emailed to all participating photographers and published online on December 10th, 2024.

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.

  • 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.

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.

You will receive an email confirmation after submitting your entry. If you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours, please contact

Please ensure that your images fit the criteria mentioned above. If you continue to have a problem, email the details of the issue to

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.

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.

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

Entry Fee

  • 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.

There is a $45 fee for the Amateur Photography category for up to 5 images, and a $55 fee for the Professional Category. For both categories, a $5 fee will be charged for any additional images.

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.

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners, JCB, UnionPay as well as Paypal.

Yes, all entrants must pay the fee.

Guidelines and Eligibility

Yes, the competition is open to photographers from across the globe.

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

No, all photographs submitted must be for sale.

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

No, there is no time frame in which the work must have been created.

Yes, all entrants must be above the age of 18.

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

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.

  • 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.

Our spaces will be responsible for insurance of the works on the premises.

Sales / Commissions / Copyrights

You will be paid within 3 weeks after the payment is received by the organization.

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.

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.


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