Competition and Image Sharing Submission Guidelines

Digital Specifications


The Flatirons Photo Club is now using a 4K projector, which means different image dimensions:

Width no more than 3840 pixels
Height no more than 2160 pixels
File size no larger than 1.5 MB (megabytes)
Color space sRGB


The club uses a specific naming convention that allows the Projectionist to organize images for presentation.

Filenames must be of the format:
FLA-SSSSX-YZ-Title.jpg (submissions must be JPG images)
Note: there are dashes or minus signs between sections of the file name.
FLA = 3 character club code. FLA stands for Flatirons Photo Club.
SSSS = first 4 characters of the submitter’s surname. If a surname has less than 4 characters, that is fine.
X = first character of the submitter’s first name
Y = Category: A=Special Topic (used only for monthly competitions), B=Nature, C=Open (formerly Realism), D=Creative (formerly Special Effects), E=Black & White (Black & White is used only for the year-end competition)
Z = Number of the entry in a category. A1 would be the first entry, A2 would be the second entry, A3 would be the third, etc.

Title = Image title with 36 characters maximum. Note: some email systems remove spaces from filenames when they receive files. If your email system does this, use underscores (“_”) instead of spaces. The program will replace them with spaces.

Example: John Smith, Flatirons Photo Club, Open, Great Blue Heron would have a filename of: 
fla-smitj-C1-Great Blue Heron.jpg

Print Specifications [Note: Prints are not currently being included in Club meetings. Members will be notified if this policy changes.] 

Print Dimensions:

26 inches is the tallest object that will fit in the light box.  Glass and frames are NOT ALLOWED. Prints must be mounted (e.g., matboard, foamboard, metal prints, etc.). Prints should have the maker’s name, title and indication of the UP direction on the back of the print. The minimum print size is 8″ x 10″.

Digital Image Submissions

Important! We’ve changed our email address for contest submissions to photos.flatironsphotoclub[at] to enable us to manage photo submissions more effectively.

Send entries for digital projection as attachment(s) to an email addressed to photos.flatironsphotoclub[at]  Entries should be received by midnight the Sunday before before the Thursday meeting.  This allows time for an email to be sent to the submitter that the images have been received correctly and allows time to prepare the images for digital projection as part of the competition.