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The Environmental Portrait
While by definition the subject of a portrait is the most important element of the image, the surroundings in which the subject is presented can give more information about who she/he is as a whole person. The inclusion of the environment, the gestalt – the entirety of the picture – can fill out and round out the personality of the person being portrayed. Including in the photo the person’s natural surroundings, the place he or she lives, works, plays, or just enjoys spending time can illuminate character, as can the inclusion of tools, creations, and objects that have meaning to the subject can present a deeper understanding of the subject. People are generally more comfortable in their own environment than in a structured studio setting, as well, so the opportunity for the “real person” to be seen is increased. Such portraits are often referred to as “environmental portraits”. Though it’s not hard-and- fast rule or requirement, often the background in an environmental portrait is in focus, whereas in formal portraiture the subject is usually isolated by blurring the background, or choosing a backdrop with no information. Creativity is encouraged!
For this exhibition we’re inviting you to submit images that get to the essence of your portrait subjects, providing a look, perhaps an intimate glimpse, into their lives and personalities. Your subjects will be posed, of course, but can you present them as if they’re truly inhabiting their surroundings?
Contest Prize & TERMS
Juror's Choice receives a 30x48" vinyl exhibit banner featuring their image, free entry into a future exhibition, and a free exhibition catalog.
Honorable Mentions receive free exhibition catalogs and free entry in a future exhibition.
People's Choice gains free entry into a future exhibit. Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.
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For those images not selected for inclusion in the exhibition it is submitted for, they will be removed from our servers and computers within three months of the exhibition.
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