FAQ – Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards

Here is a listing of some frequently asked questions. If you need further assistance with a question, send an email to .

Do I need to keep content to a minimum number of words?

Yes. The requirements for the maximum number of words are available under “Contest Rules & Entry Form” for the category you are entering. The judges only have 10-12 minutes to review each entry. Be as succinct as possible.

How important is it to stick to the rules?

Very important. Be sure to reference the “Rules & Judging Guidelines” and follow them exactly. Failure to follow the rules will result in contest penalties or disqualifications.

Are there any requirements on how I create the book?

We prefer books that can lay flat, or mostly flat, for the judges to review. Programs such as Shutterfly, SnapFish, or ChatBooks work well in presentation and content layout. If you have a scrapbook-style cover, you do not receive bonus points. The judges are focused on the contents, rather than the cover.

What qualifies as a photograph?

Each image, no matter how it is used (by itself on a page or within a collage on the page) will count as an individual image.

If I take a screenshot of our social media page and it has previews of several photos in collage form, does each photo show in the screenshot count as an individual photo?

Yes. If you use a screenshot and it shows multiple photos in the screenshot, each photo will be counted as one photo.

I have a photo printed on a large sign taken during our event and it is a photo I want to include in the book. Would this count as two photos or one photo?

In this instance, it would count as one photo as the photo was captured as part of the event.

What does not qualify as a photograph?

The following examples are not considered photographs.

  • Invitations
  • Recipes
  • Social Media Posts
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