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Deadline: November 15, 2013
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: From $15 per image


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The 2013 International Loupe Awards

2013 International Loupe AwardsThe 2013 International Loupe Awards has a mission beyond that of most photographic competitions: To deliver opportunities that ensure wider exposure for photographers and allow them to gauge the perception of their work on the world stage.

The Awards are not solely centred on the cult of ‘the winner’ or ‘the competition’ but also offer an educational aspect for participants, such as detailed feedback from the judges. The judges – all high-profile photographic identities – are selected from 10 countries across the globe, and are unable to judge their own nationality to remove regional biases from the judging process.

The awards are open to all with two sections of the competition, Open and Amateur offering 13 categories collectively. The Awards offers a total prize pool of $80,000 with the major prize being $15,000USD prize money and a VIP trip to the Creative Asia imaging expo in Hong Kong in 2014.

Open Awards – Regular Entry Fees $35 per image  Open Awards – Late Entry Fees $45 per image   Amateur Awards – Regular Entry Fees $15 per image  Amateur Awards – Late Entry Fees $25 per image.

Open Category Definitions

  1. Commercial, Advertising & Fashion
    Images in this category must have been commissioned or part of a commercial assignment. The image does not need to be the image used by the client or published but must have been part of a commercial shoot. Images eligible for this category include industrial, corporate, food, still life, jewelry, product, lifestyle, architectural, fashion and travel. Subject matter is not important but the purpose the image was created for is. Fashion images must be able to convey the clothing or fashion item in the image. (Images of well lit beautiful people are not fashion.) Commercial and Advertising images are made to illustrate a concept, lifestyle or product to be sold. The addition of non photographic elements such as branding and copy are allowed. High levels of retouching are understood to be part of the industry and the judging will take this into consideration. The Judges will consider camera craft, post production techniques, the direction of the subject and the purpose of the image. A broad view will be taken on how the image could be used in a Commercial, Advertising or Fashion context.
  2. Illustrative
    Images in this category are generally more conceptual or produced images that illustrate a topic or subject. This can range from an abstract concept, stock photography, magazine assignments and websites to a carefully constructed scene depicting a story or event. Images in this category can be commissioned or self commissioned. Due to the broad subject matter in the category, judges will be asked to assess the image on the concept that the image is illustrating, and not to judge based on the constraints of the category description.
  3. Landscape
    This category includes urban landscapes and depictions of nature images. Landscape’s are images of the visible features of an area, including physical elements such as landforms, living elements of flora and fauna, abstract elements like lighting and weather conditions, and human elements like human activity and the built environment. Images in this category can be interpretations of a scene. An entry can be produced from more than one photographic element. eg. A more dramatic sky could be added. Images in this category can be commissioned or self commissioned.
  4. People & Portrait
    This category must capture the likeness of a person or a small group of people, in which the face and expression is predominant. Images are also eligible which are street or environmental photography where people are predominant in the scene. Images in this category can be commissioned or self commissioned.
  5. Photojournalism
    Images in this category are ‘Story Telling’ or ‘Documentary’ in their nature. They are in the moment captures. This means that the images are true candid moments where the subjects are not posed or directed. Minor contrast, spot removal and tonal adjustments are allowed however manipulation of the image including the addition or removal of elements in the image are not allowed. Images in this category can be commissioned or self commissioned.
  6. Science & Nature
    Images in this category must be of nature, wildlife or scientific. Minor contrast, spot removal and tonal adjustments are allowed however manipulation of the image including the addition or removal of elements in the image are not allowed. Images in this category can be commissioned or self commissioned.
  7. Sport
    Images related to any sporting endeavor are allowed in this category. The judging considerations will be based on subject matter, impact, and camera craft. Sporting portraits are allowed in this category. Images in this category are ‘Story Telling’ or ‘Documentary’ in their nature. They are in the moment captures. This means that the images are true candid moments where the subjects are not posed or directed. Minor contrast, spot removal and tonal adjustments are allowed however manipulation of the image including the addition or removal of elements in the image are not allowed. Images in this category can be commissioned or self commissioned.
  8. Wedding
    Images in this category are to be related to an actual wedding. Images must be taken as part of an engagement or wedding. Images taken in workshops or self commissioned are not eligible and should be entered into another category

Amateur Category Definitions

  1. Illustrative
    Images in this category are generally more conceptual or produced images that illustrate a topic or subject. This can range from an abstract concept, stock photography, magazine assignments and websites to a carefully constructed scene depicting a story or event. Images in this category can be commissioned or self commissioned. Due to the broad subject matter in the category, judges will be asked to assess the image on the concept that the image is illustrating, and not to judge based on the constraints of the category description.
  2. Landscape
    This category includes urban landscapes and depictions of nature images. Landscape’s are images of the visible features of an area, including physical elements such as landforms, living elements of flora and fauna, abstract elements like lighting and weather conditions, and human elements like human activity and the built environment. Images in this category can be interpretations of a scene. An entry can be produced from more than one photographic element. eg. A more dramatic sky could be added. Images in this category can be commissioned or self commissioned.
  3. People and Portrait
    This category must capture the likeness of a person or a small group of people, in which the face and expression is predominant. Images are also eligible which are street or environmental photography where people are predominant in the scene. Images in this category can be commissioned or self commissioned.
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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Major Open prize of $15,000 cash and a VIP trip to the 2014 Creative Asia Imaging Expo in Hong Kong.
Open Category prizes of !st $1,000, 2nd $500, 3rd $250, 4th $150, 5th $100 ELIGIBILITY: Open to All Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: The International Loupe Awards recognizes that you retain full ownership of the copyright in each Entry. USAGE RIGHTS: All entrants understand that any image submitted to the competition may be used by The International Loupe Awards, and its Event Partners, for marketing and promotional purposes of the event only.

You hereby grant Loupe Awards a non-exclusive, irrevocable license in each Entry throughout the world in perpetuity in all media for any use directly or indirectly connected with the Competition, including, but not limited to:
judging the Competition
displaying the winning entries and runners up at public exhibitions promoting The International Loupe Awards and organized by The International Loupe Awards
inclusion within the Website, a Awards book, magazine or similar
inclusion within any materials promoting of the Competition and / or any exhibition organized by The International Loupe Awards or its Event Partners, in the promotion of The International Loupe Awards
inclusion on Competition- and exhibition-related products to be sold by The International Loupe Awards or any third party following the individual agreement by the author
sub-licensing the Entries to the press for reproduction in connection with the Competition and any exhibition
allowing viewers of the Website to view images on a computer screen, PDA or mobile telephone and store such pages in electronic form on disk or on a PDA or mobile telephone (but not on any server or other storage device connected to a network) for their personal, non-commercial use only.
being chosen and entered into promotional competitions by The International Loupe Awards or its Event Partners for marketing and promotional purposes.

Any photograph used by The International Loupe Awards shall carry a credit line. Any failure to provide such credit line shall not be deemed to be a breach, as long as The International Loupe Awards uses its reasonable endeavors to rectify such failure within a reasonable period from the date of notice of such failure.

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