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Photo Specification

A digital photograph (image) of you, your spouse, and each child must be submitted along with the details. The image file can be produced either by taking a new digital photograph or by scanning a photographic print with a digital scanner. The image file must adhere to the compositional and technical specifications listed below.

Failure to comply with any of the following requirements may result in disqualification from the lottery

 
Compositional Specifications: The submitted digital image must conform to the following compositional specifications or the entry will be disqualified.
 
Head Position
  • The person being photographed must directly face the camera.
  • The head of the person should not be tilted up, down, or to the side.
  • The head height or facial region size (measured from the top of the head, including the hair, to the bottom of the chin) must be between 50 percent and 69 percent of the image's total height. The eye height (measured from the bottom of the image to the level of the eyes) should be between 56 percent and 69 percent of the image's height.
 
Digital Image Head Size Template
 
 
Background
  • The person being photographed should be in front of a neutral, light-colored background.
  • Dark or patterned backgrounds are not acceptable.
Focus
  • The photograph must be in focus.
Decorative Items
  • Photographs in which the person being photographed is wearing sunglasses or other items that detract from the face will not be accepted.
Head Coverings and Hats
  • Photos of applicants wearing head coverings or hats are only acceptable if the head covering is worn for religious beliefs; even then, the head covering may not obscure any portion of the face of the applicant. Photographs of applicants with tribal or other headgear not specifically religious in nature will not be accepted; photographs of military, airline, or other personnel wearing hats will not be accepted.
Color photographs in 24-bit color depth are required. Color photographs may be downloaded from a camera to a file in the computer or they may be scanned onto a computer. If you are using a scanner, the settings must be for True Color or 24-bit color mode. See the additional scanning requirements below.
 
Technical Specifications
 
The submitted digital photograph must conform to the following specifications or the system will automatically reject the E-DV entry form and notify the sender.
  • Taking a New Digital Image. If a new digital image is taken, it must meet the following specifications:
    • Image File Format: The image must be in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format.
    • Image File Size: The maximum image file size is 240 kilobytes (240 KB).
    • Image Resolution and Dimensions: Minimum acceptable dimensions are 600 pixels (width) x 600 pixels (height). Image pixel dimensions must be in a square aspect ratio (meaning the height must be equal to the width).
    • Image Color Depth: Image must be in color (24 bits per pixel). 24-bit black and white or 8-bit images will not be accepted.
  • Scanning a Submitted Photograph. Before a photographic print is scanned, it must meet the compositional specifications listed above. If the photographic print meets the print color and compositional specifications, scan the print using the following scanner specifications:
    • Scanner Resolution: Scanned at a resolution of at least 300 dots per inch (dpi).
    • Image File Format: The image must be in the Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG) format.
    • Image File Size: The maximum image file size is 240 kilobytes (240 KB).
    • Image Resolution: 600 by 600 pixels.
    • Image Color Depth: 24-bit color. [Note that black and white, monochrome, or grayscale images will not be accepted.]

Head Position & Background

Incorrect | Correct | Suggestions
Head Too Big Correct Head Size Crop the image so that the head size matches the size requirements on the Photo Composition Template.
Head Too Big Correct Head Size
Head Too Small Correct Head Size Crop the image so that the head size matches the size requirements on the Photo Composition Template.
Head Too Small Correct Head Size
Not Centered Correct Head Position Re-crop the original image so that the head is centered in the frame or take a new photo with the head centered.
Head Not Centered Correct Head Position
Not Facing Camera Head Facing Camera Look straight ahead at the camera. Profile photos will notbe accepted.
Head not Facing Camera Head Facing Camera
Head Tilted Correct Pose Keep your head upright and face the camera. Do not tilt your head.
Head Tilted Correct Pose
Image Rotated Correct Orientation Use a photo editing tool to rotate your image 90 degrees to the left or right so that it is oriented correctly.
Image Rotated Correct Orientation
Glare on Glasses No Glare on Glasses Glare on glasses is not acceptable. Glare can be avoided with a slight downward tilt of the glasses or by removing the glasses or by turning off the camera flash.
Glare on Glasses No Glare on Glasses
Background Not Plain Plain Background You must use a white or off-white background in your photo. Use a plain wall or a photo - grapher 's backdrop cloth.
Background Not Plain Plain Background
 

Brightness, Contrast & Color

Incorrect | Correct | Suggestions
Photo Too Dark Correct Brightness Ensure there is proper lighting and exposureto avoid an overlydark photo.
Photo Too Dark Correct Brightness
Contrast Too High Correct Contrast High contrast can be caused by uneven lighting or by inappropriate camera settings. Use balanced lighting to minimize shadows on the face of under the chin.
Contrast Too High Correct Contrast
Improper Color Natural Color Photos are affected by the type of light used. Avoid mixing incandescent and fluorescent lighting. The color balance selected on the camera should match the illumination.
Improper Color Natural Color
 

Exposure & Lighting

Incorrect | Correct | Suggestions
Over Exposed Correctly Exposed Over exposure occurs when the film or camera sensor receives too much light, which results in a loss of resolution or fine detail in highlightsand more graininess. Avoid exposure problems by using the recommended light arrangement and diffuse the light sources.
Over Exposed Correctly Exposed
Under Exposed Correctly Exposed Under-exposure occurs when the film or camera sensor receives too little light, which results in loss of detail in shadows. Avoid exposure problems by using the recommended light arrangement and diffuse the light sources
Photo Too Dark Correct Brightness
Shadows on Background Background Uniformly Illuminated Shadows on the background can be reduced or removed by positioning a back-light below the person and pointing up and by minimizing the distance between the person and background.
Shadows on Background Background Uniformly Illuminated
Shadows on Face Face Uniformly Illuminated To reduce shadows on the face,avoid overhead lighting and make sure the lights on either side of the person are of equal intensity.
Shadows on Face Face Uniformly Illuminated
 

Resolution & Printing Quality

Incorrect | Correct | Suggestions
Low Quality: Discernible Pixels High Quality: Non- Discernible Pixels Image quality and resolution are directly related. The higher the resolution on your digital camera, the better the image quality. You should not be able to see individual pixels in the image, even if the image is enlarged on a monitor.
Low Quality: Discernible Pixels High Quality: Non-Discernible Pixels
Low Quality: Visible Coarse Dot Pattern High Quality: No Visible Dot Pattern Digital printers have variable resolution settings, and the highest quality settings should be selected so your photo does not appear fuzzy or grainy.
Low Quality: Visible Coarse Dot Pattern High Quality: No Visible Dot Pattern
Poorly Focused Properly Focused The person's face should be the point of focus in the photo. You may have to adjust the distance or zoom to properly focus the person in the photo
Poorly Focused Properly Focused
 

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