Photo Requirements for IngressFS@Home Events

Hello agents! In order to honor the many different social distancing guidelines around the world, we have decided to modify our photo requirements for Virtual IFS Events!  Of course we still want to see all of you having a wonderful time together but we also want to make sure we are actually seeing you!


Virtual IFS Photo Requirements

Virtual IFS Photos are screenshots of your Virtual Meeting or a collage of photos taken during the Virtual Meeting that let us know how much of a wonderful time you had meeting with your fellow Agents. To be valid, your submission has to:

  • Be posted on a public social media platform.
    • Some of the most popular so far have been Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Facebook, and even the Ingress Community Forum.
    • We are NOT accepting photo links to Google Photo, Google Drive, Telegram, and any limited posting.
  • Show your event complied with the minimum agent requirements.
    • You must have at least 1 photo with 10 Agents on it (don’t forget that you still need a minimum of 3 agents per faction). 
    • In some Virtual Meeting platforms, a single screenshot may not show all 10 Agents at once, so you may set up a collage of multiple screenshots to show that the meeting fulfilled this requirement.
    • Popular platforms such as Jitsi, Zoom and Google Meet will save you the hassle, though, as they can show more than 10 participants on any single screenshot.
  • Photo submissions are required to have a minimum of 10 Agents holding or displaying an item related to Ingress. This can include the agent scanner or any of the items mentioned below.


Details on Ingress Items

It is very simple for people to photoshop these types of photos so in order to prevent abuse one of the requirements is that an agent or Agents hold or display an Ingress item in their photos.

Please keep the items family friendly! These items can be one of the following;

    • Ingress themed swag such Biocards, Pins, Shirts, Stickers.
    • Your own Ingress Art or Printed Ingress logos (here’s some art for you to print, thanks to @Yellowlightning).
    • Your scanner.
    • Images of your favorite portal or screenshots from your big Operations as virtual backgrounds.
    • Signs that promote that Agents stay home that support social distancing and illness prevention.


Accepted Submissions

Anything Social Media platform that can make public posts and do not require log in or an account on the platform to be able to be seen are accepted. This means sites that do not allow people to look at posts without an account (example MeWe) are not allowed. Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, Vk, and Facebook are all allowed but again, the accounts need to public and not shut down to only friends can see. The only exceptions to this are Facebook and Vk as you can have a private Facebook or Vk and still make public events and posts that anyone can see with the right links. As more social media platforms open up we will add to this list.


Screenshots with 10 or more agents present will be approved as long as they have an Ingress themed item in their photos.


You can always make a collage of the agents present in your Virtual IFS! As long as there is a minimum of 10 agents and some of them are holding an Ingress themed item, it should be accepted!


Why was my submission denied?

Were there enough people? 

If you do not have 10 agents in your photo submission it will not be accepted.

Was it posted on a public social media?

What we mean by public is that we can see your posts without logging in. If you are unsure about whether or not your post can be seen, you can always check by opening an incognito window and looking from there. For different social media platforms there are different ways to either work around this or not.

Reddit does not have a privacy option on accounts, so everything that is posted there is public.

Twitter and Instagram have no way to post publicly if either are set up as private so if you plan to use these platforms the accounts need to be public.

Vk and Facebook are probably some of the easiest to work around. You can have a private account in these platforms and make public events/communities that can be seen without logging in. The issue with these are you need to make the Events public from the start so that it does not require the volunteers verifying to log in.


This is important! MeWe is a completely private social media. We can not accept submissions from MeWe at this time as it requires you to have an account.


Was your Picture a direct link? 

Direct Photo Links are not accepted

Direct Photo links are just that, direct photo links. They give us no details of the event, when the event was, where it was, etc. Direct link photos are normally shared by sharing the image link instead of the post link. We need the post link to see when you shared your group photo and for which event it is actually for. Below are what we need to be able to see with your submissions.

These links are easy to get through your laptop, computer, tablet, or phone browsers and can be checked on whether or not they are public by using an incognito browser.

Was your Picture an Event link instead of a photo post link?

This problem is seen more with FB. When you make an event in FB you need to be sure to share the photo post link and not the event link because the event link does not always show us your photo. Some times it can be seen in the discussion but other times it can not be seen at all, so the best bet to get your photo approved is to give us the photo post link. You can check if you are giving us the correct link by checking your link in incognito mode. Below are examples of the wrong and right links and how they look to us when we attempt to verify your event.


Was your picture part of a Google Photos, Google Drive, Telegram or other exclusive link?

We do not accept Google Photos, Google Drive, Telegram or other exclusive links for the same reason we don’t accept direct image links and chat links. They are not public social media platforms, are exclusive to only those who have the links, and therefore can not be used.


Is your photo missing an Ingress Item?

It is very simple for people to photoshop these types of photos so in order to prevent abuse one of the requirements is that an agent or agents hold or display an ingress item in their photos. Ingress items can be anything family friendly that is ingress specific. Swag, a printed picture of your faction, your ingress scanner, artwork youve done that is ingress themed, etc. Please look in the above Ingress Items section for more details.