If you have had a submission declined recently and you can't figure out why, there are two answers that are most likely the reason.
1) The piece was submitted to the wrong category.
Generally, we find that many pieces submitted as abstract really should go into our surreal category. As far as this group is concerned, the abstract category is really reserved for the "Abstract." If the piece has subjects that are clearly a person, or a teapot, or an animal, etc, and these subjects have just been manipulated or colored differently, it probably belongs in surreal.
The other one we see a lot is pieces being submitted to the people and portraits category. We get landscapes, and fairies, and still life's, etc in that gallery...
So, just a friendly reminder, before you submit your piece, check the category!
2) The quality of the photograph is poor.
This is the second reason for most of our rejections. This can be a image that is not completely cropped (i.e. shows easel, floor, wall, table... you get the idea), a blurry image, poor lighting, glare, etc.
As the rules state. We will (and we do) decline submissions for a poor quality photograph. This group does not limit submissions based on the technical ability of the painter, but we do believe that whether you are a beginner or an expert, pieces should be presented professionally.
Things to watch out for: photographs that, while clear in the middle, are blurry along the edges or the corners, pieces that are mostly cropped well, but show a sliver of background in a corner or on one side, photographs that a grainy due (this can be caused by the pixel size the camera is set to capture, poor lighting, photo manipulation, a number of reasons).
So anyway, just a note of explanation, and of course, we are always happy to provide an answer for a declination. Just let us know if you are curious, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible.