Common Mistakes

Online photo submissions are denied most often for the following reasons:

  • Photo quality is too low or filed in the wrong format
  • Eyes are closed or face is obscured by hat, sunglasses, etc.
  • Background is not solid white or off-white in color
  • Exposure—photo is too dark or bright
  • Proximity—photo was taken too far away, or too close
  • A filter or digital effect was applied