Why can't I apply right now?
The Hey, Hot Shot! Second Edition 2012 competition is now closed. To be notified when the next round of the competition opens—as well as to learn about the newest Hot Shots and the Hey, Hot Shot! group show at Jen Bekman Gallery—sign up for our low-volume newsletter.
I have a question, can I pick up the phone and give you a call?
If you have questions about the competition, email us at email@example.com. We promise to answer your email in a timely manner and we'll update the FAQ regularly in response to inquiries we receive.
I'm having problems uploading. What should I do?
Check your images and make sure they are around 800 pixels wide and 72dpi with a .jpg or .jpeg image extension. If you have all of the fields of the form filled out and you've tried everything and it still doesn't work, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I don't see an upload button to submit my work. What should I do?
On certain browsers, the apply/upload button isn't visible and the viewer is instead prompted to download an application. This is most likely a bug within the browser. Try viewing our site with another browser, like Safari, Firefox or Chrome. If the problem persists, contact email@example.com.
What type of work is eligible?
All film, digital and photo-based work is eligible for submission.
How many photos may I submit?
Please submit five photos per entry.
Can I submit more than once?
Yes. There is no limit to the number of times you can enter. Each submission of five images requires a separate entry.
Just five? But I have like a zillion on my website!
Being a good editor is a big part of being a great photographer. Choose your images carefully.
Also, be sure to include your website's URL in the form. If we like your work, we'll take a look at your site during the review process.
What image formats do you accept for submissions and how big should they be?
We only accept digital files with .jpg or .jpeg extensions. The maximum file size for each image submitted is 2MB. If your file is bigger than 2MB, the system will reject it.
Is there a fee to enter?
Yes, there is a $60 entry fee to enter the competition. We encourage entrants to submit earlier rather than later, as this fee increases incrementally.
Can I get a refund?
Entry fees are non-refundable.
When will the Hot Shots be announced?
The five First Edition 2012 Hot Shots were announced in Summer 2012. The Second Edition 2012 Hot Shots will be announced via newsletter, on the site and on our blog.
When is the showcase?
The Hey, Hot Shot! First Edition 2011 Showcase was from January 7th to January 22nd, 2012. The Hey, Hot Shot! Second Edition 2011 Showcase was from March 9th through March 25th, 2012. Stay tuned for more information on upcoming Hot Shot showcases.
Can I send stuff in the mail?
No, we only accept submissions via our web site.
How will the panel review submissions?
The panel reviews work on screen only. We recommend a minimum image size of 800 pixels in width, with its proportional height. If your work is selected and you need to make prints, you must have a higher resolution version of the same file available.
My pictures speak for themselves; do I have to provide a bio and statement?
Yes, only applicants who complete all the required fields on the entry form will be considered. Please note, there is a 250 word maximum for the bio and statement fields.
Do I have to have a website to apply?
No, a website is not requirement to enter. However, we often look at photographers' websites if we are interested in seeing more work, so we encourage you to have one.
I live in Rome (or Lima or Tehran or Vancouver); can I still submit work?
Sure! We have exhibited work by photographers from all over the world. However, photographers who are selected are responsible for producing and framing their work, as well as shipping it to/from the gallery.
I'm not all that experienced when it comes to printing. Can I still enter?
Yes, if your work is selected and you need advice about printing, we'll help you figure that stuff out. We have great resources available.
My collaborator and I work as a team. Can we enter as a pair?
Yes, we do allow joint and collaborative entries. In the bio section of the submission, please submit a single bio that pertains to the work you've done together and in the "name" field, enter either the name you use as a pair or one of your names. Both collaborators must be over the age of 18.
Why have I not been featured as a Contender?
We'd love to feature each and every Contender, but since we receive far more entries than there are days in the competition, it's simply not possible! The Hey, Hot Shot! team selects one Contender a day to feature on our blog, which aims to represent the breadth of work we receive.
Does this mean I am no longer in the running?
Absolutely not! Even if you're not featured as a Contender, you are still in the running. Our featured Contenders are not selected by our panelists.
Do the images have to be in the same proportions as 20x200 prints in order to be considered?
No. 20x200 editions reflect work at every proportion. In the past we have featured editions that are square, panoramas and a variety of other dimensions.
I saw the fine print on your agreement page but I didn't read it very closely. Can you run that by me again?
Yes. Here you go:
I hereby authorize Jen Bekman Projects, Inc. to display photographs that I have provided to it by way of print reproduction and/or in digital format, in connection with its competition Hey, Hot Shot! It is my understanding that Jen Bekman Gallery and the Hey, Hot Shot! panel will determine whether or not to display any or all of my work that I have submitted. It is also my understanding that if my work is selected, Jen Bekman Projects, Inc. will display it in the gallery and/or on the Internet, to be offered for sale and that should work be sold, Jen Bekman Gallery receives a 50% commission of the sale price.
It is also my understanding that, if my photographs are chosen to be physically displayed in Jen Bekman Gallery, I will be personally responsible for all shipping and insurance to/from the gallery, framing and production costs associated with exhibiting my work.
I have paid a $60 entry fee to Jen Bekman Projects, Inc. for considering up to five works of art for the Hey, Hot Shot! competition. I understand that Jen Bekman Gallery and the Hey, Hot Shot! panel will determine as to what photographs, if any, it will display.
By submitting these photographs to Jen Bekman Projects, Inc. I authorize that these are original works of art that I personally created.
I am releasing Jen Bekman Projects, Inc. and its agents, principals, employees or servants from any liability regarding the display of work that I have submitted to them, including any liability for redisplay by individuals making copies of the display made by Jen Bekman Projects, Inc. Although all reasonable care will be exercised, Jen Bekman Projects, Inc. cannot be responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged artwork.
By agreeing to this release, I authorize that I am 18 years of age or older.