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Photo Submission Guidelines

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Good : 1 photo

Frontal Shot Make sure your digital camera's Flash is forced ON Force your camera's flash
Good : 2 photos

Frontal Shot + Left Shot      or    Frontal Shot + Right Shot

  A left or right side photo helps better estimate your facial profile.
One side photo is sufficient.


Photo Guidelines


Good Frontal Photo

Bad Frontal Photo 


Frontal Shot


  • Flash used
  • Straight and level
  • No hair on forehead
  • Hair pulled back
  • Mouth closed (no teeth showing)
  • Matching expressions


Bad hair
Hair on face/forehead
Head back
Head back
No glasses
No glasses
Uneven light
Uneven light
No teeth
Mouth open 
Teeth showing
Head tilted to side
Head tilted to side
Not straight on
Not straight on
Out of focus
Out of focus
Poor quality
Poor quality
Black & white
Black & white
Aligned horizontally
Chin tucked in
Chin Tucked
  • Not straight and level
  • Mouth open / Grinning / Teeth showing
  • Hair on face
  • Black & white
  • Not whole face
  • Face too small in frame
  • Wearing glasses

Good Side Photo

Bad Side Photo

Left Shot
Hair on face
Hair on face or forehead
Head tilted up
Head tilted up
Head tilted down
Head tilted down

Good Front and Side Photos

Bad Front and Side Photos

Frontal Shot Left Shot

Good match

Frontal Shot Bad Left Shot

Bad match



  • Your front shot must be straight-on to the camera, and your optional profile shot should be as close to side-on as possible.
    Resist the temptation to tuck your chin in, or raise it up, or look out the corner of your eyes. Having your head straight and level in your photos is the single most important requirement. 
    If you can see the same amount of each ear, then your head is probably straight.
  • Your entire head must be in the photo.
  • Your hair should not cover your lower forehead or any part of your face.
  • Your mouth should be closed. You can still smile (no grinning), make silly faces and grimaces.
  • In the frontal shot, your chin should be slightly elevated as if you're looking just above the camera.
  • Focus your eyes on something just above the camera, rather than into the distance, to avoid a spacey look.
  • You should not be wearing glasses
  • Facial hair (i.e. moustaches or beards) and make-up is fine.
  • Flash diffusers can be used.
  • The camera should be at least 3 feet (i.e. 1 meter) away from the face.
  • Flash lighting must be used as it limits shadows on your face. But try not to saturate the photo!
  • Your photos should be in focus, large and crisp. The face part of the photo should be 700 or more pixels high (use your camera’s highest quality setting). Most image formats are supported.
  • Take the photo against a plain background (not essential) - try a light-colored wall. Not a big deal if you cannot.
  • Avoid uploading huge photos (>2MB) as this might overload our servers. Reduce the size by cropping around the facial area first and increasing the JPEG compression ratio. If you are buying a gift, best to email us your large photos so we can get the best quality out of them.