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Photo Specification

Photograph quality

The photographs must be:

  • no more than 6-months old
  • 35 - 40mm in width
  • close up of your head and top of your shoulders so that your face takes up 70–80% of the photograph
  • in sharp focus and clear
  • of high quality with no ink marks or creases
Too Close
Too Close
Too Far
Too Far
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Blurred
Blurred
Ink marked/creased
Ink marked/creased
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Looking Away
Looking Away
unnatural skin tones
unnatural skin tones
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Too dark
Too dark
Too Light
Too Light
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Washed out colour
Pixelated

The photographs must:

  • show you looking directly at the camera
  • show your skin tones naturally
  • have appropriate brightness and contrast
  • be printed on high quality paper, and at high resolution

 

Photographs taken with a digital camera must be high quality colour and printed on photo-quality paper.

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Style and lighting

Hair across eyes
Hair across eyes
Unnatural skin tones
Unnatural skin tones
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Portrait style
Portrait style
Eyes tilted
Eyes tilted
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Busy background
Busy background
not centred
not centred
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Shadows behind head
Shadows behind head
Shadows across face
Shadows across face

The photographs must::

  • be colour neutral
  • show your eyes open and clearly visible—no hair across your eyes
  • show you facing square on to the camera, not looking over one shoulder (portrait style) or tilted, and showing both edges of your face clearly
  • be taken with a plain light-coloured background
  • be taken with uniform lighting and not show shadows or flash reflections on your face and no red eye

 

Photographs taken with a digital camera must be high quality colour and printed on photo-quality paper.

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Glasses and head covers

Dark tinted lenses
Flash reflection on lenses
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Frames too heavy
Frames covering eyes

If you wear glasses:

  • the photograph must show your eyes clearly with no flash reflection off the glasses, and no tinted lenses (if possible, avoid heavy frames— wear lighter framed glasses if you have them)
  • make sure that the frames do not cover any part of your eyes.
  • have appropriate brightness and contrast
  • be printed on high quality paper, and at high resolution
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Wearing a hat
Wearing a cap
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Face covered
Shadows across face

Head coverings:

  • are not permitted except for religious reasons, but your facial features from bottom of chin to top of forehead and both edges of your face must be clearly shown.
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Expression and frame

Shows another person
mouth open and toy
too close to face

Your photographs must:

  • show you alone (no chair backs, toys or other people visible), looking at the camera with a neutral expression and your mouth closed.
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