Frequently Asked Questions


What type of work is eligible?

All photo-based work is eligible, be it film, digital, tintype, camera-less, etc.

How many photos may I submit?

You can submit as many images as you like by tagging #theprintswap on Instagram or emailing with your images at 620 px wide.

Can two photographers submit as one entry?

Yes, but if an image from your team is selected, only one print will be mailed out.

Is there a fee to enter?

There is no fee to enter; however, if your image is selected, there is a fee of $40 to participate.

So if I pay the fee, do I get a print?

Yes. Only selected photographers will be asked to pay the fee. Selected photographers will both give and receive a print.

Do I have to pay for shipping and printing?

No, photographers are not responsible for shipping and printing fees.  Once the $40 fee has been paid, there are no other costs.

How does judging work?

Print Swap photo editors and/or guest curator(s) judge the submissions. Winners are chosen and notified on an ongoing basis.

What if my work is chosen?

If your work is chosen, you will then be sent a link and asked to upload your image.  You will pay the $40 at the same time you upload your high res image for printing.

What size should my image be?

Your image should be 2400 px on the shortest side. 300dpi. 
Color space: RGB preferred
Color Profile: “Adobe RGB (1998)” is preferred.

If I upload my image and pay the fee, will my image be included on the Print Swap Instagram feed?

Maybe. We run around 7 images per day on our Instagram feed, but unfortunately this is not enough to include all of the submissions.  However, we are currently looking at other avenues that will enable us to show more of the inspiring photography we are seeing come through everyday.

What's the deal with the exhibitions?

We decided to organize exhibitions for selected, participating Print Swap photographers after numerous requests. The exhibitions are a way for us to showcase some of the inspiring images that are participating in the swap to audiences around the world. Our goal is 6 world-wide exhibitions in 2018!

Will I be considered for the exhibition after I hashtag my image #theprintswap?

No, in order to be considered for the exhibition, your image has to be selected by one of our editors and then you must submit that high res image and $40 USD via the link that we send you. Once we receive your paid submission, you will then be considered a print swap participant and your image will at this time be considered.

Do I automatically get in the exhibition if I upload my high res image for The Print Swap?

No.  We curate the shows from print swap participants. However, acceptance to the print swap does not mean acceptance to the show.

What if more than one of my images is chosen?

That means we like your work!  And if 2 or more images are chosen, then you will receive 2 or more prints in the mail. The costing is $40 each print. So if two prints are selected, you will pay $80.

What if two or more of my prints are selected and I only want to include one?

That's totally fine. If that's the case you can choose the selected print you'd like included and upload only that one photo and pay only $40.

Can I choose the print I receive in return?

No, prints are mailed at random. We want you to be pleasantly surprised when you receive your print in the mail!

When will I get the print?

It should takes 4-5 weeks to receive the print once all of the winners have been chosen (depending upon where you live). However, we are working on making the turnaround time faster. Prints are mailed from the United States.

What if I don't like my print?

Sorry, there are no exchanges. But, hey, it may grow on you.

What if I don't receive my print?

Please get in touch with us at theprintswap (at) gmail (dot) com if you have not received your print and it has been 5 weeks.

What if my print is damaged in the mail.

Please let us know, and we will get another one out to you.

I have a question not listed here. How do I get in touch?

Have a look at our terms and conditions. If you still have a question, please email theprintswap (at) gmail (dot) com for more information. We are here to help and will try to answer your inquiries as soon as we can!