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When you upload an image, it must be approved by our competition directors before it becomes officially eligible for competition. This review process can take up to 24 hours, and even longer on weekends or holidays. Remember, although the directors make every effort to quickly approve images, all roles at the FCCC are volunteer roles, and the people serving those roles may have other pressing priorities. So, if your image has not yet been approved, it does not mean there’s something wrong. It can simply mean the competition directors did not get a chance to review it yet.

If you decide at the last minute to submit your images, especially for print competitions where you need to print out labels and entry forms before delivering the prints, it is unreasonable to expect your images to be quickly approved. Please do not wait until the last minute. Otherwise you may not be able to enter the competition, even though you’ve paid the entry fee and uploaded your images. Sorry, but refunds will not be issued.

The reason for this approval step is for the protection of the maker and the public:

  • Our directors need to ensure that no “offensive” images are publicly displayed or entered into competitions. This decision is solely based upon the discretion of the directors.
  • Our directors need to ensure that there is no identifying information in the images. This means that your name and your club’s name must not appear in the image title, or embedded in the image, itself.
  • Our directors may want to suggest moving your image to a more appropriate category before approving the image. Although there is no requirement for you to do so, it is recommended that you review the Competition Rules and Regulations page to ensure your image has the best possible chance of doing well in judging.
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