Well, I'm sure to open a can of worms here. Many of us have endured the advent of electronic image submission with the resulting frustration, anger and outright bewilderment that comes at no extra charge with the rejection email or letter. My wife and I have run the gamut of different photographers, background colors, piece selection and booth shots. The results have not varied much during this journey, lots of no's and precious few congrats you are accepted! I have recently come upon some new and I really hope insightful & informative information on the preparation, selection and presentation of our images. Let me preface this with our work is very dimensional abstract wall sculpture in wood with acrylic paints. Other mediums may have entirely different best case presentational requirements. A gradient background seems to be best if your work does not fill the entire shot. Orientation of the works should be consistent - vertical or horizontal, not mixed. Colors should also be similar, ex. Mixing primary color works with earth toned works in the same set is not a good idea. The works should present a unified style without being the same piece over and over ( not sure if I am phrasing this right). Finally the booth shot needs to show at least some of the works in place to give a visual scale to the size of the works. We had been in the habit of selecting images individually based on how good each one was. Sometimes mixing colors and themes in the same set. We had used a. White background only to realize that the jury was most likely sitting in a darkened room to suddenly be blinded by our bright white images, no wonder the scores were low. They spent precious seconds trying to re focus their eyes. The black background came next for us with our images really looking sharp but without any form of "grounding" to give them substance. All these thoughts may be old hat to some of you out there, but were an eye opener for us. I would think many fellow artists would also find this interesting. We have prepped a new set of images and are set to apply to a number of upcoming events. I will share results of those events we had not previously been accepted into. Hope this is of some help to our fellow artists.