I was told juries often have very explicit requirements for photos,
especially background colors of the photos.
There are no rules for jury photos. I have never seen an application
that said, “backgrounds must be red or gradient gray”, or anything
There is a very strong tradition for a gradient gray background, or
a true drop shadow effect. “Everybody does it,” so if you don’t, you
slides will stand out.
Okay, sometimes standing out is a good thing, but perhaps not in
The keys with jury slides are:
5 images need to work as a set of related work
jewelry items need to be sized properly within the frame
background not distracting
no props – this should not look like an ad
nothing that makes the juror go, “Huh? What IS that?”
You can search the archives on “jury slides” and you will find a ton
of helpful info.