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Submitting Images

How should I name my submission? Does it need my name on it?

File names can be anything you like, there are no rules for this. Images must not have watermarks or logos though.

What size file should my submission be?

Image must be a JPG file, 4800 pixels max on the longest edge

My export is set to Adobe RGB, not sRGB. Is this a problem?

sRGB is the preferred working space when exporting an image to use for submission over the internet. Colors may be off if another profile is used.

Can we use purchased textures in our images (Alien Skin or others)?

Yes, purchased textures are allowed.

I have a watermark/logo on my submission. Is that okay?

No. Watermarks/logos will disqualify your submission, so please triple check your submissions before entering them.

Am I able to swap my already submitted image with a different version?

o changes to your image can be made after your image has been uploaded and paid, please double check your entry before finalizing your payment.

Where can I view all the submitted photos? Can I view all the submitted photos?

When judging is complete, you can view all of your submissions in your account. During the judging process, you will not be able to see your submissions, or anyone else’s.

I have a concern about a submission I sent. Who do I reach out to?

Please email our support team: [email protected]

Judging and Awards

How does the point system work?

Accreditation Points and Awards Merits

– Score 60-69: No Merit Points

(Approaching Professional Standard)

– Bronze 70-79: Half Merit Point

(High Professional Standard)

– Silver 80-89: One Point

(Outstanding technique & visual communication)

– Gold 90-100: Two Points

Exemplary / Superior / Exceptional

Silver and Gold Merits seek excellence in all technical fields with outstanding visual communication and narration.


25 Merit Points

The Portrait Masters – Associate Photographer


25 Merit Points

The Portrait Masters – Master Photographer


25 Merit Points

The Portrait Masters – Grand Master Photographer


Upon the successful accumulation of 25 Merits your folio will be reviewed and your accreditation will be announced.

What is the judging criteria?

The judges are looking for expression and connection, Styling, Composition, posing, lighting, Overall Technique and Presentation, post-production and focus. Review the “judging criteria” on the awards home page for more detail.

Why didn't my image get a better score?

There could be many reasons your image didn’t receive a higher score. Review the “judging criteria” section of the awards home page for a list of common mistakes. Sue Bryce Education members can also receive more helpful feedback by watching Richard Wood’s Awards & Accreditation critiques.

When will I get my certificate? Or award?

Once enough points are accrued to reach an accreditation level, your images will be reviewed by Sue. Certificates will be mailed after her review. 

I won first place in a category. Is there a badge for this?

First place winners of a category will receive a crystal trophy. There are badges for merit winners and accreditation levels, but not for category winners.


What does it mean to be an accredited photographer?

Portrait Masters accredited portrait photographers have proven their work is of high professional standards. In addition to winning awards on a minimum of 12 images, their portfolio has also been manually reviewed by Sue Bryce to ensure their work is truly worthy of receiving accreditation. The Portrait Masters accreditation program is explicitly for portrait photographers of all genres and is a recognition of high professional standard – not based on award merit only.

Do I get a critique with my accreditation points?

No, written critiques are not provided with accreditation results.

Where can I use my accreditation badge?

All successful merited Associates will receive: A logo to display on your website, “Accredited Portrait Master” and will be added to the accredited photographers database. A certificate for the studio, a yellow ribbon, and achievement medallion.

I’ve reached an accreditation level in this round of submissions, why isn’t this immediately reflected in my account? I’ve earned enough points.

Upon successfully reaching an accreditation level, your folio will be reviewed. Once the review is complete, accreditation will be announced and reflect in your account.


I’d like to have a link to share my award-winning image with family/friends/clients. Is there a link for the Portrait Masters website?

You will be able to see the current and past winning images here: