Entry Instructions

Please pay close attention to these instructions and the competition rules.

Image Captions and Information

Captions can be critical during judging — write and enter your image captions carefully.

IPTC data may be embedded into images using Photoshop, Photo Mechanic, Aperture, Lightroom and other image editing solutions. You must include the correct capture date and location information. Once you have uploaded your files, any preexisting IPTC data will be automatically extracted and displayed for review and modification.

The following IPTC fields are required:

Image File Specifications

Multimedia Submission Preparation

You may upload the following file formats: .mov, .m4v, .avi, .mpg, .mpeg, .wmv, .flv, .swf and .zip. The preferred format for video entries is H.264 encoded .mov or .m4v files. Entries that can only be viewed online may be submitted by using the 'Add URL' button in the multimedia category sections of the entry appliation. Double check the URL that you provide. If your site is down we cannot judge your entry. If you submit a URL and your entry wins, you will be asked to provide a downloadable copy of the project after judging.

A general guideline is that if a project displays properly from your computer before you uploaded it to your website, it must be submitted as a file instead of a URL.


If a URL submission is modified after the entry period closes on September 23, 2018 it will be disqualified.

Only single files may be uploaded for multimedia entries. If you are submitting an entry comprised of multiple files (for example a SoundSlides presentation), please compress all the files together into a single "zip" file.

Creating a ZIP File

Advisor Verification

After the September 23rd deadline, CPOY will confirm your eligibility with the advisor or instructor you listed on your registration form. You will then receive a second email on or before October 6th letting you know that your entry is complete. See the Eligibility Verification section of the rules page for an explanation of this process.