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Deadline: January 27, 2012
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Free Entry

The Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2011

pp2011 To celebrate the talent in the UK’s photographic community, we are officially launching our Professional Photographer of the Year awards for 2011. The response to last year’s competition was amazing, and we say a huge thank you to the sponsors, judges and readers for their hard work and commitment. We’d love to build upon this success and create a competition in which the whole industry wants to participate.

Keeping things simple is often the best way to handle complex scenarios, and this year’s competition will be kept as straightforward as possible. It will be hosted on the Professional Photographer (PP) website, and each issue of PP, from next month to February 2012, will feature some of the judges’ favourites that have been uploaded so far. In April 2012 we will host an official prize giving ceremony and party for the winners, judges and sponsors. More on the party in future issues.

The May 2012 issue of PP will include a PPOTY Special Edition showcasing images from the winners and runners-up in a 24-page section, including interviews, comments from the judges and images from the winners’ party. The Competition This year we are having 13 categories, with a winner and a runner-up in each. There will then be a final judging to select the Professional Photographer of the Year. You don’t have to enter all of them; you may pick just the ones where you feel strongest.

Category 1: The wild world – Show Mother Nature’s true character

Category 2: Sporting action – Show us your perfect timing, amazing lens control and how you capture the passion

Category 3: High fashion – From a head shot to a full length, we want to see images oozing style.

Category 4: Street photography – Raw, candid, colour or mono, a visual comment

Category 5: Commercial clients – From abstract, architecture to industrial Britain

Category 6: In the studio – Show us your mastery of light

Category 7: On location – From gritty urban scenes to polished city portraits, we want to see you show skill at using the surroundings to enhance your image

Category 8: Reportage weddings – Are you the next Jeff Ascough?

Category 9: Still life – Let the judges see your control of lens choice, depth of field and composition

Category 10: Student of the year – An open category for anyone in full-time education studying a photographic discipline

Category 11: Editorial/News – From hard to soft, show us your skills at interpreting a brief and responding to events as they unfold

Category 12: Breaking the mould – Another open category for everything weird, wacky and avant-garde – have some fun!

Category 13: The Portfolio Award – This goes to the photographer with what the judges consider the strongest overall portfolio of three images. The category and subject matter are open, and we encourage you to submit new images from one or more shoots.

Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: We would like to think that becoming Professional Photographer of the Year 2011, or a category or Portfolio winner, are strong enough reasons for entering. Yes, there will be an exclusive winners’ party with sponsors and judges, plus magazine staff, but we also feel that you need to get something a bit extra. So, each winner will receive an exclusive logo to promote themselves to the industry and to their clients, which can then be used to help market themselves through websites, stationery and business cards, as a mark of distinction and a sign of quality. In addition, there will be a section created on the PP website profiling the PPOTY winners, using this logo as a reference point, so potential clients can visit and discover their award winning photographer. ELIGIBILITY: All photographers over the age of 18 Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: With respect to any materials you submit in connection with the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2011, you represent and warrant as follows: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 2011.

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 2011 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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