The deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m., Jan. 21, 2018 


Single Categories

Contestants wishing to be considered for the Single Category awards should place all the photos in their portfolio entry into the corresponding folders of your Dropbox folder.

  • 01 Spot News - A single image of an unscheduled event for which no advance planning was possible.

  • 02 General News - A single image of a scheduled or organized event for which advance planning was possible.

  • 03 Feature - A single image of a found situation with strong human interest; a fresh view of an everyday scene.

  • 04 Sports Action - A single image showcasing action of a game or athletic event.

  • 05 Sports Feature - A single image that does not include action but has a strong human interest and shows a fresh view of the event.

  • 06 Portrait / Personality - A single image that captures an aspect of the subject’s character.

  • 07 Pictorial - A single image that exploits the graphic, aesthetic or compositional qualities of the subject.

  • 08 Illustration - A photograph that illustrates any product, including clothing and food, particular idea or editorial concept.

Multiple Categories

Contestants wishing to be considered for the Multiple Category awards should place all the photos in their portfolio entry into the corresponding folders of your Dropbox folder.

  • 09 News Picture Story/Essay - A collection of photos with a single them that fits the description of the Spot News or General News category. Up to 10 images.

  • 10 Feature Picture Story/Essay - A collection of photos with a single theme that fits the description of the Feature category. Up to 10 images.

  • 11 Sports Picture Story/Essay - A collection of photos with a single theme that fits the description of the Sports Action or Sports Feature category. Up to 10 images.

  • 12 Weeks Work - A collection of photos from a 7 consecutive day period that fit the description of any single image category. Up to 5 images. 1 week per contestant.

  • 13 Team Entry - Team Entries consist of an entry from any category by more than one photographer. 2 entries maximum per team.

  • 14 Multimedia - A piece that may consist of still photos, and audio or video (must contain at least 2 of the 3; photo, audio, video) and requires no user interaction other than start/stop. Maximum of 2 entries per contestant.


PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (Student and Professional)

Contestants wishing to be considered for the POY awards should place all the entries in the corresponding POY Dropbox folder.

  • Multimedia content is allowed in POY submission. Drag a copy into the POY folder if you wish to add Multimedia to your entry.
  • Submissions for the Student and Professional POY should not exceed 10. Each portfolio MUST include an entry from one of these multiple image categories (News Picture StoryFeature Picture StorySports Picture Story, Multimedia) and from one news category (Spot NewsGeneral NewsNews Picture Story)
  • A picture story (10 images max per story) and Weeks Work (5 images max per) counts as one entry.
  • Entries for Photographer of the year category will be sorted by filename so name them accordingly in whichever methods suits you
  • There is no need to include separate folders inside the portfolio folder. Loose images inside this folder are preferred.
  • Portfolio entries will be judged separately from Category entries so you must make copies of the category entries you wish to be considered in your portfolio entry. You may simply duplicate your category entries, placing the copies in your portfolio folder.

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR (Professionals Only)

Professional Contestants wishing to be considered for the SPOY award should place all the entries in the corresponding SPOY Dropbox folder.

  • Multimedia content is allowed in SPOY submission. Drag a copy into the SPOY folder if you wish to add Multimedia to your entry.
  • Submissions for the SPOY should not exceed 10.
  • A Sports Picture Story (10 images max per story) and Weeks Work (5 images max per) counts as one entry.
  • Entries for Sports Photographer of the Year category will be sorted by filename so name them accordingly in whichever methods suits you
  • There is no need to include separate folders inside the portfolio folder. Loose images inside this folder are preferred.
  • Portfolio entries will be judged separately from Category entries so you must make copies of the category entries you wish to be considered in your portfolio entry. You may simply duplicate your category entries, placing the copies in your portfolio folder.

JUDGES AWARD

  • This award is chosen from all first place entries from all categories.

BEST IN SHOW

  • This award will be given by the judges in memory of renowned Associated Press Photographer Ed Reinke. This award is at the discretion of the judges and can come from any entry.