The Open Contest connects artists to a global audience. From undiscovered photographers to emerging artists to seasoned professionals, everyone is welcome to be a part of The Open. It exists to discover – and rediscover – the most inspiring photographers of our generation. It is for any photographer who wants to open the door to worldwide exposure, connections and opportunity.
There are five (5) submission categories: 1) Action, 2) Street, 3) People, 4) Nature; and 5) Open
There is no limit on the number of photographs that can be submitted. Entrants may submit the same image into multiple Categories or submit a different image into different Categories.
This site is home to the SOLO single-image competition gallery. It’s simple: photographers submit their best images in any of the 5 categories. A global audience clicks the photos they love. The most-loved images continually move to the forefront for increased exposure. Artists are encouraged to ignite their own social networks to fuel their votes. Half of the 200 finalists are chosen by public appreciation, the other half are chosen by a panel of the sharpest eyes in the business to capture the work of those who may not yet have an online following. The final judging panel awards the category winners and Photographer of the Year.
Every artist always retains 100% copyright control over their images. Every participating photographer creates their own Artist’s Page. Each image in the SOLO competition gallery links back to their page for the audience to check out their bio, website, blog, other portfolio samples plus any Flickr, Behance or social media links. It’s all about generating exposure and business opportunities for photographers.
Contest Prize & TERMS
Photographer of the Year, SOLO event : $10,000 (including category win prize money);
Category Winners: 1st Place: $1800 each; 2nd Place: $800 each; 3rd Place $400 each
People’s Choice (winner who accumulated the highest number of total online): $1800
ELIGIBILITY: Open to All / 18+
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COPYRIGHT: Entrant guarantees all submissions are: 1) the Entrant’s original work; 2) that the photograph does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity; and 3) that the photograph is free from any claims, including any claims concerning the intellectual property rights of other parties.
The Organizer respects all artists’ rights to protect their intellectual property and to defend their creations from unauthorized or unlawful use. All Entrants retain full ownership and copyright of each submission. In addition, each Entrant’s moral rights are respected, but this does not restrict the right of the Organizer to resize or slightly crop a submission to fit promotional materials.
USAGE RIGHTS: The Open takes great care to restrict the use of images to the direct promotion of the Contest only. By submitting an image to the Contest, the Entrant grants the Organizer a limited, non-exclusive license to use submitted photographs in the context of the marketing and promotion of the Contest for a period of twenty-four (24) months. The limited license applies to public exhibitions, print, digital, broadcast and out-of-home media directly related to the Contest and future related contests and events and applies to Contest and media promotions administered by the Organizer, its partners, sponsors and affiliates. No images will be used outside of the direct promotion of the Contest.
The Entrant acknowledges that submitted photographs, artist biography and bio photo may be provided to accredited media outlets for the purpose of providing editorial media coverage of the Contest and the Entrants participation in the Contest and related events. The Organizer will use the submitted photographs in low resolution whenever reasonable and technically possible.
Any photograph used by the Organizer will carry the photographer’s credit line. Failure to publish a credit due to error or oversight will not be deemed a breach of this condition. Organizer is not required to provide compensation or seek any additional approval unless any uses arise beyond those needed to promote the Contest. If additional uses arise, Entrant will be contacted and given the opportunity to independently negotiate usage of their images.