Don’t forget – the deadline for entries to the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize 2017 is fast approaching! As with most competitions now, the Prize requires you to submit low-resolution photographs (max 1MB) online. This is the only access the judges will have to your work, so make sure it is as faithful a reflection of the work as possible. Here are a few tips:


  • Avoid shadows and messy framing – eliminate all background as much as possible, and make sure it is a neutral colour. Photograph your work before having it framed.
  • Use indirect, bright natural lighting – avoid direct sunlight and don’t use Flash. Use soft window light on an overcast day. Alternatively, ‘daylight’ florescent bulbs are a good option, but make sure there is even light coverage – this is especially important with delicate pencil drawings!
  • Use a tripod where possible and make sure the camera is focused directly towards the centre of your work.
  • If your tripod has a stabilization/vibration reduction feature, turn this off, as it will reduce the sharpness of the image.
  • If you are using a good quality camera, position the tripod at some distance from the work and experiment with small amounts of ‘zoom’.
  • Make sure the lens is parallel to the surface of the work – if the work is tilted against the wall, make sure the lens is at the same angle.
  • Set the ISO to the lowest setting on your digital camera to get the sharpest possible image.
  • If photographing several works, do so in one session so that exposure, lighting and contrast are consistent.
  • Make sure you crop out any background before submitting the image – your computer should come with free software to enable this.

Are you ready to submit? Click here to begin your entry: