PhotoPlus Expo Annual Photography Contest
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The second annual PhotoPlus Expo photography contest returns, this time inviting you to participate in an international celebration of the human experience. PDN is calling for your best work that embodies this theme in the following categories: Portraits, Street Photography, Food Photography, and Architecture and Landscapes.

Winners will be featured in the print PhotoPlus Expo Show Guide and in the international traveling “Perspectives” exhibition on the expo floor of PhotoPlus Expo in October 2017 and photokina in September 2018. Professional and Amateur Grand Prize includes a trip to photokina in Cologne, Germany, or to PhotoPlus Expo in New York City or to Studio of Masters in China; VIP expo passes and more.

Enter in Four Easy Steps

THERE'S NO RISK TO ENTER
All photographers retain their copyright. Winning work will only be published in the print and online winners' gallery and in promotion related to the PhotoPlus Expo photography contest.
CONTEST INFO
Contest Info
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PRIZES
One Professional Grand-Prize Package:
One Amateur Grand-Prize Package:
Eight First-Place Packages:
    Grand-Prize and First-Place winners will each receive VIP Expo Passes to the PhotoPlus Expo 2017 and photokina 2018.

Additional Prizes to Select Winners:
  • A X-A3 Body with XC16-50mm Lens Kit from Fujifilm valued at $599.95, provided to the professional Grand-Prize winner.
  • Lustra L50 package from PRL Lighting, valued at $464, provided to professional and amateur winners in the Portrait and Food Photography categories.
  • A Rugged SSD 500GB Thunderbolt USB 3.0 drive from LaCie, valued at $329.99, provided to professional and amateur Grand-Prize winners.
  • Professional or standard software packages from dslrBooth, valued at $159.99 and $59.00 each, to each of the category winners from the professional and amateur divisions respectively.
  • A FreeVision Vilta steadycam for GoPro, valued at $299, provided to professional and amateur Grand-Prize winners.
  • Photo paper from Red River Paper, provided to all contest winners.
  • A CagePro GoPro powered cage system from OmegaBrandess, valued at $249.99, to one select winner.
  • A one year subscription to Iris works, valued at $270, to one select winner.
  • A prize valued at $150 or more from Drobo, to one select winner.
  • A prize valued at $150 or more from Ikan, to one select winner.


ALL WINNERS will be featured in the print PhotoPlus Expo Show Guide and in the International traveling "Perspectives" exhibition on the expo floor of PhotoPlus Expo in October 2017 and photokina in September 2018, at Studio of Masters in China and FHOX in Brazil.
CATEGORIES
PORTRAITS
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY
ARCHITECTURE
LANDSCAPES
EXTENDED DEADLINE
September 28, 2017
Entry deadline has passed. Contest is now closed for entries.
ENTRY FEE
Professional: $20 $30
Amateur: $15 $25
1-6 images per entry. When entering multiple images into a single entry the images will be judged as a group and must be visually related.
30% discount with PHOTO+ membership
Sign up for/renew your PHOTO+ membership directly from the "Add submissions" page.
ABOUT US
About Us
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The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 25,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, videographers, students and educators from around the world. PhotoPlus features over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks and Master Classes, and over 250 exhibitors displaying thousands of the latest products and services for you to touch, try and compare.
For imaging pros and enthusiasts from around the world, photokina—the world’s leading trade fair—offers not only the exchange of information about current products, themes, trends and innovations, but also a wealth of inspiring and stimulating photos and videos. There are many exciting products and innovations at photokina: Come learn how to do a lot more with your photos and films.
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CONTEST JUDGES
Judges
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Wolfgang Heinen
Managing Director
Infomax21, GmbH
Brent Lewis
Senior Photo Editor
ESPN’s The Undefeated
Doug Menuez
Alison Morley
Director of International Programs
Chair Emeritus, Documentary Practice and Visual Journalism Program
International Center of Photography
Leo Saldanha
Editor in Chief
FHOX



FAQ
 Frequently Asked Questions   FAQ
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Who may enter this contest?
Entrants must be 18 years or older. Employees and direct family members of Emerald Expositions and its affiliates are not eligible to enter or win prizes. See Rules page for more details.


Can I enter if I live outside of the U.S.?

Except where prohibited by law, international entries can be submitted.



What is an entry?

An entry consists of one image or one photo series with up to six related images.



What is a photo series?

A photo series includes two to six images that convey a story around a particular theme.



Can I enter cinemagraphs/.gifs?

Yes, cinemagraphs can be entered into the motion/multimedia category.



How are the entries judged?

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges selected by Emerald Expositions. One additional winner will be selected by People's choice voting on public portfolios for entrants. Entrants have the option of opting out of People's Choice judging by setting their image sharing option to "private" upon registration, or at any time after registration through their profile settings. The People's Choice winner will appear along with the winners selected by the judges in winners' galleries however there is no monetary prize for the People's Choice winner.

Judging is subjective, however, we have a few simple guidelines for putting together your entry.

  • If you are entering a single image, make sure it's strong on its own. You may choose to also enter it as part of a series, but as a single, it should relay the story, moment or concept you want to convey.
  • If you are entering a series, make your series cohesive. If it is not from the same photographic series or project, a visual relation that ties the imagery together is key. Judges will be making decisions based upon the strength of the series as a whole. Make a careful edit of your images and order them the way you want them to be viewed.
  • Trust your instincts, but also ask the advice of those you trust. Sometimes you need another opinion to improve your edit. Ask someone with a good eye, be it another artist, your rep or a creative who has experience in the field.
See Rules page for more details on judging process.



How do you define a "professional" photographer?

A professional photographer:

  • Earns more than 50 percent of his or her income from photographic sales.
  • Publishes photographs in books, magazines, newspapers, or online regularly.
Non-professionals are welcome to enter into a professional category but professionals cannot enter as amateurs.



Is there a limit to the number of entries that I can enter?

No, you may enter as many entries as you like.



What format should I save my digital images?

Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi (around 7" or larger) jpeg. We recommend the uncompressed file size not be larger than 4 megabytes to ensure a fast upload experience. We can accept images that are up to 50 megabytes (uncompressed) if you do not have the ability to downsize the images (uncompressed is the size you see in Photoshop's "Image Size" display which represents the count of pixels in the image: It is not the file size on your computer's hard drive viewable on your desktop). Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed.



Is there a timeframe for when my photos must have been taken to qualify for this contest?

No, there are no timeframe restrictions for this contest.



I have entered my photo in another competition. Does this disqualify my entry?

No, we allow images that have been entered or have won in other photo competitions, including other PDN/Rangefinder/WPPI contests, as long as they have not been entered into this contest in a previous year.



Should I watermark my images?

No, we will appropriately credit all winning photographers.



Will my images be sold?

No. You retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee. All entries may be posted online so that viewers may view all competing entries. And winning entries may be used in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest for a period of 24 months from the date winners are notified.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be contacted in October 2017 and the winning entries will be featured in print 2017 PhotoPlus Expo Show Guide and in the international traveling “Perspectives” exhibition on the expo floor of PhotoPlus Expo in October 2017 and Photokina in September 2018.



Do you still have questions?

For additional questions email: info@pdncontests.com.

RULES
Rules
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SPONSORS

The sponsor of Perspectives: the 2017 PhotoPlus Expo photography contest is Emerald Expositions, Inc., 100 Broadway, 14th floor, New York, NY 10005.



TERM

The Contest ends September 14, 2017 , at 11:59 pm PST (the Entry Deadline). An Extended deadline of September 28 2017 will be issued after September 14, 2017, at 11:59 pm PST with a $10 per entry late fee. All entries must be received by the Extended Entry Deadline.



WHO MAY ENTER

Employees of Emerald Expositions, and each of their affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.



HOW TO ENTER

To enter electronically, please visit contest.PhotoPlusExpo.com to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Simply log onto the website and follow the online instructions to upload images from your computer. Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi (Around 7" or larger). We recommend the compressed file size not be larger than 4 megabytes to ensure a fast upload experience. We can accept images that are up to 50 megabytes (uncompressed) if you do not have the ability to downsize the images (uncompressed is the size you see in Photoshop's "Image Size" display which represents the count of pixels in the image: It is not the file size on your computer's hard drive viewable on your desktop). Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed. For more information on electronic submission guidelines see our FAQ.

You may enter any number of entries in any of the categories.

No mail-in entry is available for this Contest.

Each Entry consists of an entry form, a single image or photo essay and an entry fee.

Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that he or she has full power and authority to enter the photograph, and that the photograph does not infringe any copyright or violate any other intellectual property rights. The entrant agrees to indemnify The Photo Group from any and all third party claims arising from the photograph.

Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud, provided that entrants must be prepared to provide a release form as described below in "Third Party Releases/Licenses." When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close up of another person's art.

If the Photograph includes other people, you must be prepared to provide a signed written personal release from all persons who appear in the Photograph submitted, authorizing use of the Photograph as provided below in "Third Party Releases/Licenses." If you are unable to provide a personal release, upon request by Sponsor and in the form provided by Sponsor, then your entry may be disqualified. You do not need to send the release with your entry. If you win, we will contact you if a model release is needed.

The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsors, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Photographs deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.

Online entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.

CATEGORIES

Categories are specified on the homepage of the 2017 PhotoPlus photography contest website.



COMPETITION PRIZES

Prizes are specified on the homepage of the 2017 PhotoPlus photography contest website.



JUDGING
  • Contest consists of two (2) rounds of evaluation. In Round One, a panel of experts in photography (the "Judges") will each review a portion of the entries and select a group of entries in each Category to proceed to Round Two. In Round Two, the Judges will collectively select, from among the entries selected in Round One, a winner in each Category. Limit one prize per winner.

  • Sponsors reserve the right not to award all prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by Sponsors and Judges in their sole discretion.
  • Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in expressing the contest theme. Winners will be published in the print 2017 PhotoPlus Expo Show Guide, in the international traveling “Perspectives” exhibition on the expo floor of PhotoPlus Expo in October 2017 and Photokina in September 2018, and in an online winners’ gallery.

  • Decisions of the Sponsors and Judges are final and binding.

ENTRANT LICENSES/RELEASES

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

By participating, ALL ENTRANTS grant the Sponsors and their designees, licensees or affiliates (the "Authorized Parties") a non-exclusive, worldwide license, through July 2019, to reproduce, distribute, display and post the entries online so that viewers may view all competing entries. In addition, each WINNER grants to the Authorized Parties a license for use of his/her winning entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to, print or digital publication in PhotoPlus Expo Show Guide and PhotoPlus Expo winners’ gallery showcasing the winners, and promotions related to the contest. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.


THIRD PARTY RELEASES/LICENSES

Winners authorize Emerald Expositions Photo Group to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with 2017 PhotoPlus photography contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to: publication in Emerald Expositions ® showcasing the winners; 2017 PhotoPlus photography contest live gallery; the 2017 PhotoPlus photography contest Website and on pdnonline.com; and in exhibits and promotions related to the 2017 PhotoPlus photography contest. Winners authorize Emerald Expositions Photo Group to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with the promotion of the 2017 PhotoPlus photography contest for up to two (2) years.



LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Emerald Expositions, Inc., and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Sponsors are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.


CONDITIONS

This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins that Sponsor may use each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law). All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.



RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsors that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsors elect to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsors will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs and will return the entry fees.


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