How to remove exif data from your images for competitions

Grampian Eye and other club competitions require that images contain no information that can identify the photographer. You may for example have set your name in the copyright field on your camera. In that case this will need to be removed from the image file so the maker cannot be identified. If you have a windows PC you can do this without having to use an image editing program:

Windows Explorer makes it easy to delete EXIF metadata from one photo or an entire batch of photos at once. Follow these steps:

  • Open the folder containing your image files.
  • Select all the files you want to delete EXIF metadata from.
  • Right-click anywhere within the selected fields and choose “Properties.”
  • Click the “Details” tab.
  • At the bottom of the “Details” tab, you’ll see a link titled “Remove Properties and Personal Information.” Click this link.
  • Windows will ask whether you want to make a copy of the photo with this information removed, or if you want to remove the information from the original. Choose the option you prefer and click “OK.”

For Mac users: If you don’t use PhotoShop you will need a free program called ImageOptim that you can download here: You can check if there is anything in the exif data by finding the folder where the image(s) for the competion have been exported to, right click on image and select ‘Open With‘ followed by Preview. In the top menu bar click on ‘Tools‘ followed by ‘Show Inspector‘. You will then see a box with a tab ‘Exif‘, click on this and you can see the exif data, Also check the IPTC tab where copyright info is located. After using ImageOptim these should be empty.

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