Q: How many photographs can I enter into the same series?

A: A series consists of at least 2 and no more than 5 photographs ( 1 first photograph and 4 supporting pictures), sharing a common theme or concept and a single title. The Series will be judged as a whole. Please be sure that the photographs work together as a body of work.

Q: What is considered a series?

A: A series consists of at least two and no more than five photographs, sharing a common theme or concept and a single title. Please ensure that your images work together as a whole, as they will not be judged individually when entered as a series.  The first image should be the best/strongest in the series.

Q: How will I know if my submission is complete, and what do I do if it’s not?

A: If at the time of the competition’s close, a submission is incomplete (e.g. the submission has not been paid, or the images have not been uploaded correctly), it will not be eligible for juried consideration. Though we make every effort to make contact and to ensure completion of submissions, we are not responsible for incomplete entries and are unable to offer a refund, should an entry be incomplete at the time of the competition’s close. 

Q: How should I submit my photographs for the competition?

A: First you will need to complete the online submission form, filling in the necessary details about your entry–credit name, entry title (please do not use symbols in the title–only letters and spaces), description, and select the category(s) that you are submitting to, then upload your photos.

Q: What specs should the digital files have?

A: Digital images should be no larger than 5MB per image. Save as JPG compression High, 72 dpi, and 1,000 pixels on the longest side. Name the file with your last name following by title of the image. 


If your submission is a series of images, please number them and upload in order of importance. Note: The first image should be the best/strongest in the series.


Q: My image(s) didn’t upload correctly. What should I do?

A: Make sure that the file is saved in JPG format, and check that the name contains ONLY letters and numbers (no other characters or symbols).

Please note that there are two steps to uploading your images once you are on the upload page. First, you will need to select your image by clicking the “Browse” button, and then once the image is selected, click “upload image” to upload that image to our server. Repeat this process for each image.

If you still have problems uploading your images after following these steps, you may also try to refresh your main submission page. Otherwise, contact our support desk for assistance at

Q: Can I enter one photograph into multiple categories?

A: Unfortunately no, you may not enter the same photograph into multiple categories. 

Q: Is there a limit to the number of entries I can submit?

A: No, you may submit as many entries, in as many categories, as you wish. You would need to submit a separate form.

Q: Is there a time limit within which the photographs should have been taken?

A: Yes. All photographs should be no more than 5 years old.

Q: Can I submit a photograph that has won an award in another competition?

A: Yes, you may submit work that has been previously submitted to another photography competition, or that has previously won an award. However, in an effort to promote the creation of Los Angeles and maintain a fresh flow of ideas, we encourage you to submit new work as much as possible.

Q: Can I make changes to my entry after I have paid?

A: No, after payment has been made, entries cannot be altered. Please review your work carefully before finalizing the payment.

Q: How do I know if you received my entry?

A: You should receive a confirmation email shortly after you submit and pay for your work. If you are using spam-blocking software, please add “” to your approved list of recipients. If, after doing both of these, you do not receive an email, please email

Q: How can I pay for the photographs that I submit?

A: There are two options to pay for your submissions online:
You may pay for your entry after you submit your photographs through PayPal or credit card.

**Once a submission fee has been paid, there are no refunds provided. If you have been wrongly charged for any reason, we will be happy to credit the amount that is due.

Q: Are all the fees on your website in USD?
A: Yes, At this time we only accept US currency.

Q: How will my images be used?

A: You will be contacted each time we identify an image for usage – and briefed on what the usage will be. Your images are NEVER used for any purpose other than the promotion of the Shatto Gallery International Photography Awards. All photographers thus far have been extremely grateful and happy with the manner in which their images have been used and promoted globally.

Q: Where will my image(s) be used/shown?

A: One of the great things about this competition is its global reach. Depending on what your image is chosen for, your image will be viewed with your full credit all around the world. By placing in the competition, you are agreeing to be included in the annual SGIPA publication that showcases the full collection of winning images.

Q: Will I be compensated for the use of my images?

A: There is no monetary remuneration for the use of your image, however in the case that it is being used for something other than the promotion of the competition, you will be contacted and given the option to decline the use of your work.

Q: When are the Winners announced?

A: Winners will be announced on November 15, 2020

Q: How are the Winners notified?

A: As soon as the Jury selection is complete, all winning images will be posted on the SGIPA website and a notification email will be sent to the photographers who have won a prize. Winners are also announced through SGIPA’s other communication channels.

Q: How do I know if I’ve won an award?

A: We will notify award winners by email.

Q: What prizes do the winners receive?

A: SGIPA PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR will receive $ 1,000 cash prize and SGIPA trophy. SGIPA CATEGORY WINNER

will be awarded $ 200 cash prize and SGIPA trophy. All SGIPA winners will enjoy extensive publicity throughout the year in addition to the following benefits:


  • Work exhibited in Los Angeles and beyond

  • Work showcased on the main page of our website

  • Press release and newsletter announcements to SGIPA community

  • Feature winning images in the online gallery exhibition

  • Printable SGIPA certificate of achievement

  • Winner’s Logo to be used online and on printed materials

HONORABLE MENTIONS Winners will enjoy extensive publicity throughout the year in addition to the following benefits:

  • Feature winning images in the online gallery exhibition

  • Press release and newsletter announcements to SGIPA community

  • Printable SGIPA certificate of achievement