Advanced Editing allows the use of selections, layers and selective editing tools for touch-up and enhancement. You may combine up to ten captures of the same basic scene. The intent of allowing multiple captures is to enable such techniques as high dynamic range (HDR), noise reduction, increased DOF, etc., but not to permit a subject from one scene to be inserted into a different scene, nor is it intended to allow a subject to appear in multiple places within a scene. You may not create new features during post-processing or obscure significant parts of your original capture(s).
All disqualifications are determined by majority vote of the Site Council. If you have any questions, you should err on the side of caution or contact the Site Council before submitting your entry. Please remember, when possible, to give the Site Council a minimum of 24 hours to discuss any questions you have regarding your entry. Entries that violate the letter or spirit of these rules will be disqualified.
Any of these rules may be overridden by the "Extra Rules" section of the Challenge Details.
Your submission must be:
taken with a digital camera that records EXIF data.
a JPEG (.jpg) file.
no larger than 700 KB (716,800 bytes) (300 KB for challenges prior to October 22nd, 2014).
at least 160 pixels, and no more than 1200 pixels on each side (no more than 800 pixels for challenges prior to October 22nd, 2014).
taken after the challenge is announced and before the deadline, based on the Current Server Time (US Eastern Standard/Daylight Time) displayed at the bottom of every page on this site.
taken and post-processed by you. Someone else may press the shutter button if you set up the shot and the camera settings. No one else may post-process your entry for you. Exceptions must be approved by the Site Council in advance.
create your entry from 1-10 captures of a single scene (defined as a scene whose composition/framing does not change). All captures used must be shot within the challenge submission dates.
retain your original, unedited file(s) (exactly as recorded by your camera), and provide them to the Site Council along with a description of your setup and list of your editing steps within 48 hours of any validation request. This notice will be sent, with instructions, to your listed email address, and will also appear on the left side of your DPChallenge home page when you are logged in. Files that have been saved or altered with any editing or transfer software are NOT originals. DNG files are not considered originals unless recorded in that format by the camera.
ensure that your camera date and time are correctly set to your home time zone before shooting your entry. If the date(s) recorded in your original image file(s) are not within the specified challenge dates, your entry will be disqualified - NO exceptions! If your entry was taken in a different location than indicated in your profile, please note the location in the submission form so that we can adjust accordingly.
combine up to the allowable number of captures either in-camera or in post-processing.
use any feature of your camera while photographing your entry. In-camera features applied after the capture are subject to normal editing rules.
use images that do not meet the source or date requirements as textures in your entry if they function specifically as textures and not to circumvent other rules.
crop, rotate and resize your entry.
clone out incidental power lines, twigs, dust specks, stray hairs, and similar minor imperfections within any capture used.
apply filters, effects, dodge & burn, and other tools to all or part of your entry, but NO new shapes or features may be created in the process.
saturate, desaturate or change the colors of your entry or any existing object within it.
use layers, layer masks, and alternative layer modes.
add a border to the outside edge of your entry. Your border must be distinct and clearly recognizable as a border.
use RAW conversion software.
use software to correct perspective, lens defects, or minor misalignments.
request removal of your own entry during the voting period IF none of your last 25 entries were disqualified or removed, and no rules were violated.
You may include existing artwork in your entry, but photo-realistic artwork such as printed photos, monitor images or realistic illustrations must either be clearly presented as artwork or used only as a minor supporting element. Using photo-realistic artwork to simulate physical objects or backgrounds that provide the primary impact of an entry will be grounds for disqualification.
You may not:
submit more than one entry per challenge.
hold more than one DPChallenge account, ask anyone to vote on your behalf, or link to your entry's voting page.
use the same original image in more than one challenge.
combine captures of different scenes, move or change a feature between frames, or combine different captures to create a new scene.
use ANY editing tool to move, remove or duplicate any element of your photograph that would change a typical viewer's description of the photograph (aside from color or crop), even if the tool is otherwise legal, and regardless of whether you intended the change when the photograph was taken.
use ANY editing technique to create new image area, objects or features (such as lens flare or motion) that didn't already exist in your original capture(s).
add graphics, clip art, computer-rendered images or parts of other photographs to your entry or its border during editing (except for combining photos as allowed by the multiple capture rules above).
add text to your entry or its border during editing. This includes copyright statements.
use distortions to create new effects or radically alter objects.
submit a photograph depicting male or female genitalia, or acts of sex deemed inappropriate by a majority of the Site Council.
An entry will be disqualified when a majority of the Site Council finds that any of the rules above were not followed.
In order to discourage repeated disqualifications and abuse of the disqualification system, the following penalties will apply for repeat disqualifications:
1st DQ in last 25 submissions: No penalty
2nd DQ in last 25 submissions: 1 week suspension of submission privileges
3rd DQ in last 25 submissions: 2 week suspension of submission privileges
4th DQ in last 25 submissions: 4 week suspension of submission privileges and 3 months of required "pre-submission" of proof file.
The above penalties will be assessed only after review by the Site Council. In exceptional circumstances, the Site Council may elect not to apply a penalty. If a user is found to have intentionally violated the Challenge Rules, the above penalties will be in addition to any assessed for the violation itself.