If you are planning to enter this year’s BSGA British Sign Awards, it’s worth taking a bit of time to think about the pictures you submit.

The image of your project or sign is the only way the judging panel will see your entry – and the judges are human!  A good quality, well composed picture is likely to have far greater impact than a slightly blurred snapshot taken on a phone camera as an afterthought.

That’s not to say that pictures taken on a phone are not suitable.  Today’s digital phone cameras offer vast potential, but if you are going to use them, think carefully about the composition.

Make sure your sign is centre of picture, is in focus and is big enough to be seen. Try a range of different angles.  Check each shot as you take it – and if you’re not happy, try again. Give the sign some context (eg, if it’s in a retail location, let the judges see the sign in the location; if it’s an architectural sign, show it close-up and then further back in its environment) and, of course, if it’s an illuminated sign, the judges will want to see it with the lights on at  night.

In an ideal world, the advice would be to get a professional photographer to do the job for you (and if the job warrants it and you have the budget, the advice is still good).   But, if the budget doesn’t run to it, use your own camera or phone and try to make sure your pictures reflect the quality of the work you have delivered.

You can submit up to 6 images to support each entry and each should be of good quality and from 1 – 2 MB in size.

You can also support entries with video if you have any.  Simply forward a link to where we and the judges can view the movie.