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PJD Study Group Guidelines

Definition of an Acceptable Image

» Photojournalism Definition


Photojournalism entries are images with informative content and emotional impact, reflecting the human presence in our world. The journalistic (story-telling) value of the image should receive priority over pictorial quality. Images that misrepresent the truth, such as those from events or activities arranged specifically for photography, or of subjects directed or hired for photography, are not eligible.

Techniques that add, relocate, replace, remove or change any element in the original scene, except by cropping, are not permitted. The only allowable modifications are removal of dust, scratches or digital noise and restoration of the appearance of the existing scene, or complete conversion to full monochrome. Other derivations, including infrared, are not eligible.

When Human Interest is specified, those images depict a person or persons in an interactive, emotional or unusual situation, excluding sports action.

Attention is drawn to the PSA Statement on Subject Matter which applies to all sections.

Preparing the Image

  • Height and width with a maximum of 500 pixels for either dimension
  • Image should be edited on a non-jpg photo file and then saved in the jpg format with a medium compression level (use the Save As or Save for Web command for Photoshop users).
  • Maximum file size of 75 kb, preferably less than 40 kb
  • Give the image a title
  • Write a brief descriptive explanation about the image, how it was taken and the particulars, where, what, how, when, with what lens etc.
  • Send the explanation and image's title as part of the email message to the Administrator
  • Send the image file as an email attachment to the Administrator

Tips for Compressing the Image

  • Complete all digital editing before saving as a jpg and selecting a compression amount, because it is said that repeated saving as a jpg results in multiple compressions with subsequent degradation of the image quality.
  • In Photoshop 5.5 and later versions, use the Save for Web option.
  • Before sending the image file to your Administrator, check the file size: for a Windows PC user, right click once on the file's icon, select Properties, and make sure the file size is less than 75 KB. For a Macintosh user, highlight the file's icon and choose Get Info
  • If the file size is more than 75 KB, go back to the finished original, non-jpg image and do a Save As a jpg with a lower compression setting.