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Deadline: August 31, 2014
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Free Entry

Umencia Portrait Photo Contest

Professional Photographer of the Year 2014

Professional Photographer of the Year 2014 Professional Photographer of the Year 2014 is a prestigious award recognised by the big players in the photography industry. There are 14 single image categories and one triple image category, plus there will be an overall winner chosen from the category winners, and that person will win the coveted title of PPOTY 2014.

There are 15 categories, 14 of which require a single image to enter and ONLY the Portfolio category allows three images to be entered. We will shortlist after the deadline and inform winners accordingly. We will celebrate with the winners at an awards ceremony in November 2014, at a location yet to be finalised. The closing date for the competition is: 31 August 2014.

The 15 categories of the PPOTY 2012 competition are:

Black & White: For some, this is the only form of serious photography. We want to see the medium used to its fullest with deep dark blacks, bright whites and every shade of grey in between. The subject matter of the shot should be perfect for mono.

In the Studio: We want to see your mastery of lighting, modifiers, reflectors and styling, from high-end fashion to commercial still life. The judges will be looking for creativity and flair.

Medium Format: Medium format is about optimum quality. To enter this category, entries must be shot using a medium format camera, whether on film then scanned or the latest Hasselblad HD5.

Street Photography: Images can be shot on anything from CSC to a DSLR, or even a top-end compact. Entries can be candid street shots of protests and news events to grabs of couples embracing or evocative and funny narratives.

Family Portraits: From a stylised couples shoot to the Brady Bunch on camera, we want to see your creative interpretation of this lifestyle subject. And family can include those four-legged and feathered friends too – but there must be a person in the image.

Portfolio of 3: This is the ONLY category in the competition where entrants are invited to submit more than one image, in this case, a total of three. It should be treated as a triptych; a story made up of three connected elements from one single shoot.

Prime lens: No zooms allowed – but the subject matter can be anything. So from your 8mm fisheye to a 600mm monster, show the judges can use your feet as much as your camera.

News: From dodgy politicians to ‘papped’ celebs, this category allows entrants to show off their technique. Entries can include anything from images taken in the bun fight of a press call to feature-based images that create a narrative.

Wedding: The modern wedding photographer is a creative artist. Judges will be looking for everything from candid captures to good narrative and emotions caught.

Action and extreme sports: For those whose skill lies in freezing moving subjects, this category will allow entrants in the action arena to demonstrate their skills – from surfing to rugger and from a Nikon D4 to the GoPro Hero 3. The moment is king.

Location Flash: From a brace of new wireless speedlights to a top end Bron Scoro S and Pulso G monoblocks, your submitted image should show your skill at lighting a subject, from an outdoor fashion shoot or environmental portrait to a car showcase or epic interior shoot, your main light should be artificial.

Travel: Travel photography is about capturing the ambience and character of a destination. The judges will look to learn about a location from the image, whether that’s with the use of a landmark, local inhabitants or its wildlife.

Fashion: This category is all about style. From the clothes and make-up to the hair and lighting, combined with precision lensmanship – take the judge’s breath away.

The Turning Pro award: In association with PP’s sister title, Turning Pro, this category is for all of those starting out in the industry, whether it’s a as a university student or those training for a second or third career, turning their passion into their job.

Wild Card: A specific brief will be given for this category, with will need to be stuck to; we will disclose this in next month’s issue – so keep your eyes peeled!

The Photographer of the Year Award 2014: Chosen from the winners of the above categories, the judges will choose one photographer who will be crowned the Professional Photographer of the Year 2014.


Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Each winner will receive a professionally produced print of their winning image, a specially designed and created logo they can use for the marketing purposes on their stationary, social media or website, and will be invited to the exclusive awards night with magazine staff, judges, the other category winners, the competition sponsors and specially selected VIP guests. We will also be printing a PPOTY Special supplement in the January 2015 issue celebrating the winner’s images, including an interactive multimedia version that will be emailed to magazines purchasers, subscribers and winners ELIGIBILITY: UK / 18+ Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: You represent and warrant That you, or the person from whom you have permission to submit the Submitted Materials, own(s) the copyright and other relevant rights to the submitted materials, that you will not license or assign such copyright during the course of the competition, that you have full power and authority to grant the licenses and authorisations granted herein, and that submission of the Submitted Materials and their use and display will not be contrary to any law or any contract or agreement with any third-party. USAGE RIGHTS: By entering the competition, Participants grant Professional Photographer and its Competition Partners an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide royalty-free licence to reproduce, publicly display, distribute, publicly perform and create derivative works from their Submitted Materials, in all media, solely in connection with the administration, judging and promotion of the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2014. Submitted Materials will NOT be used for commercial advertising purposes and will NOT be altered without the prior consent of the author, except as necessary to display or distribute them in a particular medium or format.

Permissible uses of Submitted Materials shall include their reproduction, distribution and display in exhibitions, multimedia presentations, and printed materials related to or promoting the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2014 and/or its sponsorship by Professional Photographer and their Competition Partners. Professional Photographer and its Competition Partners shall have the right to grant sublicences to the press and publicity agents in connection with the promotion of the Award or the competition. Professional Photographer and its Competition Partners also shall have the right to make the Submitted Materials available to third-parties for viewing on computer screens and other media devices, and for storage in electronic format, for personal, non-commercial uses only.

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