Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
Where can the rules be found?
Here is the link to the current rules (PDF)
Does LPC allow digital submissions to competitions?
No, LPC competitions are for printed images only.
What are the maximum sizes for mats in competitions?
The maximum outer dimensions are:
- Non-panographs: 16″x20″
- Panographs: 16″x24″
- Square images: 16″x16″
What is the smallest image size allowed in competitions?
The smallest image size allowed is 5″x7″ presented in a mat no larger than 11″x14″.
What are the requirements for matting images?
- Both cover and back mats are required
- The minimum cover mat border width is 1 inch on all sides.
How must the image be marked or labeled?
- Images must be labeled on the rear of the mat oriented so that the top of the image is in the correct position when the label is read.
- Labels must include:
- Image title
- Photographer’s name
- Level (Novice | Experienced)
- Category (Color | Monochrome)
What is “monochrome”?
Monochrome means a single color added to a white background. There is no restriction on what that color may be (i.e., it does not have to be black), but techniques using more than one color (e.g., split-toning) are explicitly excluded.
What limits are there on processing images?
The only restriction is that all post-processing must be done by the photographer submitting the images for competition. LPC focuses on the artistic perspective of photography (rather than, say, journalistic) and the type and amount of post-processing is entirely at the discretion of the photographer/artist. Judging will be against the final printed and matted image.
Are composite images allowed?
Yes, but the photographer must have taken and own the copyright to all source images used to create the final composite (e.g., stock images are not allowed).