• Current color photo in jpg format
  • Neutral color and smooth background
  • Centered and front view of full face
  • Cropped from just above the top of the head to the collarbone
  • Proper lighting
  • Eyes open and visible
  • Wear prescription glasses if you normally do so
  • Photo size between 300KB to 2048KB.


  • Wear hats, sunglasses or other items that obscure the face
  • Glare on glasses; closed eyes
  • Shadows on the face
  • Other visible people, pets or objects in the photo
  • Inappropriate expressions
  • Group Photos
  • Blurry Photos
  • Black and White photos
  • Photos with your hand resting on your face
  • Crop off the top of your head or side angle your face


Tips for a Successful Photo Submission

1To achieve a neutral color smooth background you can use:

  • Poster Board
  • Wall
Example 1 Correct image - Girl with smooth backgroundCorrect
Example 2 Incorrect image -Girl with brick wall backgroundIncorrect



2. To achieve clear image quality avoid images that are:

  • Dark or shadowed
  • Distorted/Blurry
  • To check photo size use a photo editor, image size is up 2 MB or 2048 KB.
    Generally you can right click on a photo and under Properties to view size.)


Example 1 Correct image - Guy with clear headshotCorrect
Example 2 Incorrect image - guy with shadows in pictureIncorrect
Example 3 Incorrect Image - girl posing against tree and shadow on faceIncorrect
Example 4 Incorrect Image - Girl with blurry photoIncorrect



3Avoid photos with other visible people or objects.

Example 1 Correct Image - headshot of Girl with smooth background Correct
Example 2 Incorrect image - girl has other people in photoIncorrect
Example 3 Incorrect Image - girl is wearing sunglasses on in photoIncorrect
Example 4 Incorrect Image - Multiple people in photo (group photo)Incorrect



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