Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the questions below for answers to
the most common questions we receive about the
competition. If you are in need of technical assistance
please email and
we will do our best to assist you.

Competition Rules

  1. Who is eligible to submit to Flash Forward?
    Photographers 34 years-of-age or under as of December 31, 2016, from Canada, the UK and the US.
  2. I don’t live in Canada, the UK or the US. Can I still submit?
    If you normally do live in one of those three countries, but are away temporarily (for work, school, etc.), you can still submit. But if you are not normally a resident of one of those three countries, then no, you can’t.
  3. I live in Canada, the UK or the US, but I’m not from there originally. Can I still submit?
    If you are a legal resident of one of those three countries, not just a visitor, then yes, you can submit. If not, then no, you can’t.
  4. Why is there an age limit?
    Flash Forward is specifically focused on emerging artists. While there is no universally agreed-upon definition of this term, for the purposes of this project we define it by age. However, our recently launched Flash Forward Festival (Toronto and Boston thus far, with possible international destinations to be announced later on) targets all photographers that self-label as “emerging” in an effort to provide opportunities for the largest number of interested people, whether or not they meet our competition criteria. Through the festival, we organize curated invitational exhibitions along with free networking events, free lectures and free seminars that make a real difference in the career development of all attendees in practical ways, whether they are recent graduates taking their first steps as young artists, or switching gears later in life to forge a new path as creative professionals.
  5. Is that age limit for all Magenta projects, or just Flash Forward?
    Just Flash Forward. Other Magenta projects, such as monographs, the artist portfolios and reviews in Magenta Magazine, etc., and the curated exhibitions and other events in the Flash Forward Festival (apart from the group show of FF winners) are not age-specific.
  6. When will the results be announced?
    Each year’s Flash Forward winners are announced in May. Sign up for our newsletter if you want to be sure of getting the news in a timely manner.
  7. When and where will the exhibition and book launch happen?
    The initial book launch and exhibition will take place the following year in October, as part of the Toronto book launch and exhibition and then the following Spring at the Flash Forward Festival Boston. Exhibitions in other cities will follow — check our site or sign up for our newsletter for further information.

Why do I need an account?

  1. What is Submittable?
    Submittable is a submission management system.
  2. Why does it say I have to register on the site? What does that mean?
    Registering for a free account allows you to save your permanent information, such as your contact info. It also allows you to choose a password, so that you can at any point log back into Submittable to edit your information. If you want to submit to another Magenta project in the future, you can just log in, and your permanent information will already be there.
  3. I’ve submitted to previous Magenta projects. Does that mean I’m already registered?
    No. This is a NEW system so everyone who wants to apply must register.
  4. Can I see my information after I’ve uploaded it?
    Yes. You can log in at any time and view your submission.
  5. Can I edit my submission at any time?
    No. Once you completed your submission, you will not be able to edit it. However, you can start a submission and Save a Draft. You can later log into your Submittable account and continue working on your submission until you are ready to submit it.

What can I submit?

  1. Can I make two separate submissions to the same project?
    No. Only one submission per artist per project (eg. Flash Forward 2016), please.
  2. Do the images all have to be from the same series or body of work?
    Not necessarily. Many artists do choose to submit this way, and it helps to make a more focused impression on the jurors, but the choice is ultimately yours. However, if you choose to submit multiple series of images, you must include an artist statement for each series submitted.
  3. Can I submit images that are meant to be viewed as a diptych or triptych? If so, does that count as one image, or two or three?
    You can certainly submit diptychs or triptychs. Each actual image file that you upload counts as one image, even if it is an installation shot of two or three images grouped together. Conversely, if you upload three image files that are meant to be viewed together, those still count as three images. You can upload a total of ten image files.
  4. Can I upload my images in .png, .tif, .psd or .pdf format? What about videos? Slideshows? Interactive web art?
    No. Please submit only .JPG images. Your images will be viewed by the jurors via a web interface, and need to be able to be embedded in a web page as standard images.
  5. Can I just link to my images on my own website instead of uploading them?
    No. Your images need to be viewable in the web interface that our jurors will be using, not off on some other web site.
  6. Help! When I size my images to 700 pixels on the longest side, they’re larger than 500kb!
    Try lowering your JPG quality settings. We understand that you want your images to look their best, and so do we, but we also want them to load within a reasonable amount of time. Alternatively, some graphics programs have much better JPG compression than others. If you’re using the Adobe Creative Suite, try using Fireworks instead of Photoshop for generating your JPGs — it tends to make much smaller JPGs than Photoshop, without sacrificing quality.
  7. What does it mean when it asks for the images’ dimensions? The pixel size, or a print size, or what?
    That refers to the size you would want to exhibit the work at — i.e. if you were asked to provide a print for an exhibition. It’s there so that in the event that you’re one of the winners, the jurors putting together the exhibition can decide which specific works to show and how to arrange them.

Confirming Submissions

  1. Will I receive an e-mail confirming that my submission was received?
    Yes, you will receive a confirmation email.
  2. How can I confirm that my submission was received?
    Just log in and look at it — what you see there is exactly what we will see. Everything you see when you log in will be visible to the jurors, so if everything you want to have there is there, it’s all been entered/uploaded successfully.
  3. Can I e-mail you and ask you to look at it for me, just to make extra extra sure it was received?
    Please don’t. What you see is exactly what we will see. Really. There is no need for you to ask us to look at it unless you see some kind of problem with it that you aren’t able to correct yourself. And particularly as the deadline for a project approaches, we are usually swamped with support requests and need to prioritize the people who are actually having problems over people who just want reassurance.