Writing Contests Online

In the fall of 2009 at the JEA/NSPA convention in Washington, D.C., for the first time, submission of entries for the JEA Write-off photography contests were (and will continue to be) online. Please read these instructions on how to prepare images for online submission carefully.

Let’s start with this original image by Alicia Chuchro. It was originally 4368 pixels (horizontal) by 2912 pixels (vertical), in RGB mode and occupied 6.2MB on the hard drive.

Step-by-step guide

  1. Advisers register their students in the write-off contests online at jea.org.
  2. Advisers designate which students are entered in which contests.
  3. Advisers or students upload images (complete with captions) by the posted deadline.
  4. Various professionals and advisers will critique the images online
  5. On-site at the convention, judges will award students deserving of superior, excellent or honorable mention.
  6. After the convention, students and advisers will be able to review the critique of their images online


  • Photos must be no more than 2000 pixels in the long direction and no larger than 2MB saved as RGB (or grayscale), JPEG files.
  • Photos may be color (RGB) or black-and-white (grayscale) or a combination of color and black-and-white.
  • Photos need not be cropped for competition in the same manner in which they appeared in the publication.
  • Captions must be included in the Description field.
  • Contestants are responsible for attending a two-hour group critique session. Individual critiques will be provided online.

Under the File menu, in File Info, two fields need to be filled in: the Author and the Description. The online software will not allow submissions that have blank metadata.

In Adobe Bridge, fill in the Creator and Description fields.


Adobe Photoshop and most other image-editing tools allow for the inclusion of metadata, everything from aperture and shutter speed used when the image was taken and automatically included with digital images to the captions typed in after-the-fact by the photographer. Captions are required for all photographs in the JEA Write-offs.

FORM: Format the credit as follows:

EXAMPLE: Photo by Max Fowler, Lugoff-Elgin High School (Lugoff, S.C.; Jenny Proctor, adviser)

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