Frequently Asked Questions

The Deadline to submit your entries is midnight, July 31, 2018 (PST).

WHAT IS THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO PORTRAIT OF AMERICA?
The Portrait of America competition Early Bird Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) March 31, 2018.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF I WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION OR BOOK?
Winners will be notified by email and announced on this website September 3, 2018.

HOW CAN I ENTER AND PAY FOR THE PHOTO(S) THAT I SUBMIT?
You can submit your work by clicking here. You will be able to pay for your submission after uploading your photo(s) through our online entry system.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO SUBMIT TO PORTRAIT OF AMERICA?
Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to submit to Portrait of America.

IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES I CAN SUBMIT?
There is no limit to the number of entries you can submit.

WHAT TYPES OF PHOTOS ARE CONSIDERED SOCIAL PHOTOS?
Social photos, or social media photos, are those taken with a smartphone and posted on Instagram, Facebook or other such platforms.

IS THERE A WAY TO TELL IF A SUBMISSION IS COMPLETE, AND WHAT MUST BE DONE IF IT IS NOT?
Our online submission system will let you know if your entry is incomplete. You can return at any time to finish submitting your work. Incomplete submissions include ones that have not been paid for or have not been uploaded in the proper manner. Every precaution is taken to prevent this from happening but we are not responsible for incomplete submissions. The status of an entry can be checked by logging into your account. We are unable to refund the competition fee(s).

WHAT DO I DO IF MY IMAGES DIDN’T UPLOAD PROPERLY?
The most common reason for an image not uploading correctly is due to network issues with your Internet connection or the image may be too large. You can return back to your entry any time to try to upload your entry again. Also, some uploads may be problematic due to titles that contain characters instead of letters in the file name. Check our Submission Guidelines for further details.

WHAT ARE THE RECOMMENDED FORMATS AND SIZES FOR DIGITAL FILES?
Check our Submission Guidelines for further details.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO SUBMIT A PHOTO THAT HAS WON AN AWARD, OR HAS BEEN ENTERED IN ANOTHER COMPETITION?
Yes, you can submit photos that have won awards or been submitted to other contests.

CAN CHANGES BE MADE TO AN ENTRY AFTER IT HAS BEEN PAID FOR?
Images that have already been paid for cannot be altered in any way. Be sure to check each entry as you upload it before completing the submission for that photo. You do have the opportunity to upload a new photo, but there will be an extra submission fee.

IS THERE A WAY TO TELL IF AN ENTRY HAS BEEN RECEIVED?
You will receive a confirmation email after each submission. If you do not receive an email shortly after submission, please check your spam box. We suggest you add portraitofamerica.net and submittable.com to your spam filter list to accept emails from us.

WHAT IS THE CURRENCY FOR THE FEES?
All fees are paid in U.S. dollars.

HOW WILL MY IMAGES BE USED OR SHOWN?
By entering, photographers grant the Portrait of America non-exclusive rights to reproduce the submitted photos for promotional and exhibition purposes. All copyrights are retained by the photographer. Winning photographs could be published in print, in magazines or on a blog that is showcasing the winner(s) of the competition. Any photograph used by Portrait of America will be credited to the photographer.

By accepting a Portrait of America award, an entrant agrees to the use of his or her name, likeness, and photographs for advertising and promotional purposes without additional compensation, unless prohibited by law. Because of the global reach of the Portrait of America, your photos could be seen worldwide.

WILL I BE COMPENSATED IF MY IMAGE IS USED?
Photographers whose images are used for promotional purposes receive no monetary compensation. However, a photographer will be contacted if the image is used for something other than promotion of Portrait of America, and in this case you can choose to be included or not.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I CANNOT PROVIDE A MODEL RELEASE FOR MY SUBJECT?
A model release is required for recognizable subjects in order to publish the winning photographs. If a model release has not been signed, it is strongly encouraged to have one signed. It is possible to submit a photograph without a model release, but the laws of the State in which the photograph was taken can keep a photograph from winning. It will also not be published in the exhibit catalog or used for any type of promotional material.

The Deadline to submit your entries is midnight, July 31, 2018 (PST).