Printing, Matting and Framing Your Photograph for the Competition
While an awesome presentation of your photograph won’t guarantee you a ribbon, a poorly printed, matted or framed photograph can certainly hurt your chances. Contained on this page is a little bit of advice to help you put together the perfect package without breaking your budget.
Here are a few more things you should remember:
It’s been my experience that judges look at photographs first, and then they’ll examine your entire presentation to make sure the framing choices you made are appropriate for your work. You do not need, nor in most cases will you score extra points for double matting or overly expensive frames. And unless you really think it will enhance your photograph, it’s best to stay with white, off-white or black mats. We’ve all seen brightly color mat board that is so distracting it takes all of the attention away from the photograph.
If you’re planning on signing your photograph or your mat, please remember the contest committee will be putting some tape over your name before it’s judged.
Your photograph, in most cases, is for sale. Make sure you are providing a complete package that will not fade, discolor or fall apart. This means using high-quality materials, including acid-free photo paper and mats. It also means using wood (or metal if it is allowed) frames. And the hanging hardware should be sturdy enough to hold the entire weight of your framed photograph.
Many contests are now allowing photographs printed on canvas, metal and even acrylic. Make sure you check to see if you need to frame these alternatives. And remember to stay within the size limitations for the show you’re entering.
Finally, the good folks on the show committee will be handling and hanging your work. Please use some tape to cover those sharp wire ends.
Good luck with your entries.