Preparing images

How to prepare your images for general club presentations and competitions both in print and digitally​

See also

Handing in dates

Competition types information

Competition rules

How to prepare and present prints


Picture mounting guidelines


Your prints will be handled several times and packed with other entries, so unless they are mounted securely and neatly, there is a risk of damage to your own or others' images.

  1. Always back your print with suitable card

  2. Secure the card to the back of the mount using picture framing tape or 'magic tape' or similar

  3. Avoid ordinary masking tape, as this will almost certainly come loose and potentially stick to other pictures

  4. Do not leave any loose or rough edges as these can snag on other pictures.


Please use a mount size of 50cm x 40cm. Imperial measurements – e.g. 20” x 16” are not equivalent. 

Prints must have your membership number and title on the reverse (unless otherwise instructed).

The club will provide workshops if required to help members mount their prints correctly.  Send us a message if you need help.

How to prepare digital images

Digital images and digital copies of print images are entered via the PhotoEntry website.


Please see our step by step guide here: PhotoEntry

Guidelines for creating a panel of images

Images within a panel must work together as a set, they can tell a story, be images of the same item taken in different seasons, or a person in different outfits or in varying locations. The images have to have a relationship in some way to each other.

A lot of Panels tell a story. This is best described as where one image could not tell the whole story. Panels may also show different aspects of a subject – e.g. a car. You may show it in pristine condition as per the selling brochures, but then show some details, such as the badge, lights etc. You may opt to show it at night, or moving, the options are only limited by your imagination. You will find it best to have an idea for a panel and roughly sketch out how you will see it together. You can then set about getting the images you require. Post processing can help in balancing things like exposure and cropping etc. 

Many things need to be considered when working on a panel; these are just food for thought; 

  • Relationship and balance of the images. Do they work together? Diagonals work better pointing into the centre of the panel. Portraits work better facing into the panel.

  • Is the exposure similar across all the images (or massively different of course?)

  • Are they all printed on the same paper?

  • Has the post processing ‘style’ or ‘plug-in’ been applied to all the images?

  • Are they all mounted in the same format (borders/mount colour/window/flush etc)?

  • Try vignetting the very outside corners of each image (e.g. the top right corner on the top right image, bottom left corner of the bottom left image etc). (Print panels only.)

  • Don’t have images that are too similar.

  • Landscape and Portrait formats can be mixed but the Panel needs to be balanced.

  • The use of leading lines, diagonals etc is to keep the interest within the panel and to prevent the viewer’s eye wandering off at a tangent.

  • Consider flipping/rotating images during processing to get angles/faces pointing the right way. Use all the tools you know to help achieve impact and balance.

  • Keep images the same size if possible; it’s easier to view in this way.

  • If one image is ‘different’, it’s normal to put it in the centre of your panel.

  • There may well be a weak image in a panel, it’s almost unavoidable.


Whereas you can be very creative in how your print panels are presented, a digital panel is sequential – one image shown after another one.  The rules of inward facing portraits should normally apply in digital panels, but the order of the images is crucial.


And finally, remember these are just guidelines, not rules, and are meant to be broken if the panel looks better.

With acknowledgements to Stratford Photo Group


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