Entry Procedures


This year all entries for the TAPPS Fall Photo Contest will be submitted through the ATPI Photo Contest Entry System, which is a tool developed by ATPI to facilitate digital media contests. Some TAPPS schools are members of ATPI and have used this contest site before. You do not need to be a member of ATPI in order to use this website.


If you have used the ATPI contest site before:

You do not need to create a new account. Login, add any new students you may have, and select “2020 TAPPS Photo Contest” under “Active Contests.” Be sure that your images are formatted correctly and have correct metadata before uploading them to the contest site. Complete instructions below. 

If you do not have an instructor account on the ATPI Photo Contest Entry System:

Create Your Account

  • Go to http://contest.atpi.org/account/
  • Select  “I am an Instructor or Critiquer”
  • Fill in your information using your school email address. (Leave the “volunteer as a reviewer / critiquer” unchecked.) Click “register.”

A confirmation email will be sent to your school account, click on the activation link to log in. 

Find / Add Your School

Search for your school by zip code. If you do not see your school listed, follow the on-screen instructions to add a record for your school. 

Add Students / Upload Entries

Once you have created your account and added your school, you can login to upload / review your entries to the TAPPS Fall Photo Contest. 


You have the option of uploading entries for your students or having them create accounts in order for them to upload their own entries. The instructor must approve all entries before they are submitted to the contest.  

Images must be formatted correctly and contain correct metadata before they will be accepted by the contest site. Instructions for formatting and metadata are below.




Image Format and Metadata Instructions 



The following instructions are written for photoshop but also apply to any photo editing software that will allow image resizing and metadata editing (such as Bridge, Lightroom, Capture One, etc.) All submissions but be sized and named correctly with valid metadata or it will be rejected by the contest website. If you do not have Photoshop or are unsure if your software will allow you to edit metadata or resize your images, see this post for options.  If you need assistance please contact [email protected]

1. Open the image in Photoshop.

2. Under the File menu, select “File info.”

3. In the Author / Creator field, enter:

Your name.

4. In the description field enter:

Division (6A, 5A, etc.)
Your Name
School Name
School City, State
Teacher Name, instructor
Caption, if required.

5. In the Document Title / Title field, enter


6. Open “Image Size” under the Image menu.

7.  Resize the image.

If one or more of the pixel dimensions is larger than 2500 pixels, select the larger of the two numbers and reduce it to 2500 pixels. No other numbers need to be changed.

Click OK.

8.  Go to the File menu and select “Save As.”

9. Save the image as a JPEG file.

The file name must not contain any periods or characters such as #, or /. Name the file as follows:
(student last name, TAPPS division, category name and image number)
For example, an entry in the 6A Sports category taken by Alice Smith should have the following filename: smith_6A_sports_1.jpg

Image quality should be at maximum (12).

10. Upload your entries using ATPI’s online contest site. Teachers must register first and then add student accounts to the system. Once student accounts are created, go to Active Contests and give each student permission to enter.

If you would like to see a set of these instructions with screen-shots, visit http://www.atpi.org/submission/, Keep in mind the the “division” field for ATPI is different than what we use for TAPPS. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] 






Contest Fee and Payment

The contest fee is $3 per image submitted.

Follow these instructions once all of your student entries have been submitted. Login to the ATPI Contest website, click on “active contests.” Under 2019 “TAPPS Photo Contest” click on “print contest fee form.” The form will show your total contest fee based on the number of entries submitted by your students. (Disregard the option to join TAPPS, that’s a holdover from their system)

Print out the form and mail it along with payment to

Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools
3575 Lone Star Cir
Fort Worth, TX 76177