2014 APA Awards - Call for Entries

Sun 01st Jun, 2014

By APA Admin in National, Call for Entries

This year's Best Of Show Winner receives Canon's EOS-1D C camera body.

Final Entry Deadline: Midnight, PDT, July 29, 2014

Due to an overwhelming number of requests, we are happy to announce that the deadline has been extended to Tuesday, July 29th. That is the final deadline, there will not be another extension.

Compact, Durable, Self-Contained 4k Video Recording
The EOS-1D C is an HD video powerhouse providing cinematographers 4K video capture in a single unit, with no need for external power or recording devices. The EOS-1D C is fully self-contained, with the ergonomic ease-of-use portability one expects from a Canon DSLR. Control layout is intuitive for both still and video shooting and the compact size provides an unobtrusive method to getting your desired footage. The EOS-1D C is also fully sealed for protection against dust and moisture. 

Fully Featured 12.0 fps, 18.1 Megapixel Full-Frame DSLR Camera 
The EOS-1D C shares its heritage with the EOS-1 Series family and is a world-class DSLR camera besides being a cinema powerhouse. Dual DIGIC 5+ Image Processors and an 18.1 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS sensor provide a burst shot rate of 12.0 fps for capturing the action with exceptional quality. With ISO sensitivity ranging from 100 to 51200, expandable to L: 50, H1: 102,400, H2: 204,800, the EOS-1D C allows you to grab the best possible shot even in the most challenging lighting. The 61-Point High-Density Reticular autofocus system with a coordinated 100,000 pixel RGB metering system provides sharp images with incredible color and clarity. The EOS-1D C is compatible with the full line of Canon EF lenses, including EF Cinema lenses. 

Check out all of the features of the EOS-1D C here

The 2014 APA AWARDS Photo Competition is here! Our annual event is open to photographers from around the world. Members and non-members alike are invited to submit their best work for an excellent chance to win amazing prizes including photography equipment, software and professional business support.

31 winning images will be chosen based on creative expression and technical excellence. Categories include Portrait, Action, Fine Art/Personal, Conceptual, Fashion, Landscape, Architecture, Still Life, Lifestyle/Wedding and Student.

This is a great opportunity for you to advance your career and gain international exposure. The competition’s impressive panel of judges features top creative directors, art producers, art buyers, photo editors and gallery owners. Get your images in front of the people that matter. They can’t hire you if they don’t see your work. APA AWARDS winners will gain a variety of valuable marketing opportunities and will benefit from APA’s vigorous promotion of the competition and its chosen images. Additionally, winners will enjoy that most cherished of professional assets: exposure.

Top 10 Reasons to Enter

  1. The APA AWARDS is one of the most respected and prestigious photo contests in the world.
  2. Advance your career and gain international recognition with an APA AWARDS selection.
  3. All selections are promoted via email blasts to 15,000 creatives throughout the year.
  4. Judges are all creatives who hire pro photographers.
  5. Prizes provided by APA partners will make you more succesful. 
  6. A professionally printed book of all of the winning images is delivered to the top 5 dozen creatives, nationwide.
  7. A gallery containing your winning images will be viewable online for an entire year. See last years winners.
  8. Best of Show winner receives the coveted APA AWARDS crystal trophy.
  9. Winners receive a professionally designed APA AWARDS WINNER banner for use on websites and other marketing materials.
  10. The APA Awards is our most important fundraising event. Proceeds help advance APA’s core mission of promoting and protecting photographers' rights, advancing supportive national legislation, and providing a wide range of member benefits. Support APA by entering the APA AWARDS today.

The APA Awards Photo Contest call for entries runs through July 29, 2014.

Categories

Professional Categories
Action
Architecture
Conceptual
Fashion
Fine Art / Personal
Landscape
Lifestyle / Wedding
Portrait
Still-Life

Student Category
The Student Category is open to all kinds of images, and is judged separately.

Prizes

Best of Show Winner Receives

Canon EOS-1D C Cinema Camera Body (MSRP $11,999.00)
A & I – Cover & opening 2 page spread of 2014 APA Awards book, sent to top Creative Buyers nationwide
Chimera – Octa 2 Beauty Dish #6010 consists of: A 24” collapsible, folding Octa 2 Beauty Dish body. Pre-curved Stainless Steel Poles. A Center Bounce Disc.
Agency Access – One North America Print Database membership for 1 year and 12,000 Agency Access Email Credits
FoundFolios – One Standard Portfolio membership for 12 months
PhotoShelter – Five Year Pro Subscription
Livebooks –  Pro website for 5 years
Adobe – One Year Membership to Creative Cloud complete
ThePhotocloser.com – 4 month listing
Eyeist – Editing and Sequencing Live Review including audio commentary
Resource Magazine – Winter Issue Online Subscription
ImageRights –  2 Years of Premier Service
DriveSavers Data Recovery, Inc. –  $300 gift certificate
Prestigious APA Awards engraved crystal Trophy
Showcased in The APA Awards Gallery on APAnational.org for a full year
2014 APA AWARDS Best of Show AWARD Banner for your website

1st Place Winners in each Category (including Student) Receive

A & I - 2 page spread of 2014 APA AWARDS book, sent to 5 dozen top Creatives nationwide
Showcased in The APA Awards Gallery on APAnational.org for a full year
2014 APA AWARDS First Place AWARD Banner for your website
Archive – The Ten First Place images will appear in a spread in Lurzer’s Archive Magazine
FoundFolios – Standard Portfolio membership for 12 months
PhotoShelter – 3 Year Standard Subscription
Livebooks –  Pro website for 3 years
Dripbook – Premium account for one year
ImageRights – 1 Year of Premier Service
ThePhotocloser.com – 4 month listing
Production Paradise –  feature in NEW YORK SHOWCASE online publication
Resource Magazine – 1 year subscription to the print edition of Resource Magazine
Capture One Express 7 software
DriveSavers Data Recovery, Inc. –  $300 gift certificate
Cradoc fotosoftware –  fotoBiz X program which includes fotoQuote Pro 6

Additionally, 1st place Student Winner will receive Santa Fe Photo Workshop  ($1500 value for tuition /fees US Workshop your choice), and a Basic review from Eyeist

2nd Place Winners in each Category (including Student) Receive

2014 APA AWARDS Second Place AWARD Banner for your website
Showcased in The APA Awards Gallery on APAnational.org for a full year
Livebooks –  Pro website for 1 year
A & I –  2 page spread of 2014 APA AWARDS book, sent to 5 dozen top Creatives nationwide
Dripbook – Pro account for one year
$250 discount which can be applied to either Agency Access or FoundFolios products and/or services
ThePhotocloser.com – 4 month listing
ImageRights –  2 Years of Pro Service
DriveSavers Data Recovery, Inc. –  $300 gift certificate
Resource Magazine – Print edition Resource magazine winter issue
Production Paradise -  feature in NEW YORK SHOWCASE online publication

Additionally, the 2nd place Student winner will receive a Basic review from Eyeist

3rd Place Winners in each Category (including Student) Receive

2014 APA AWARDS Third Place AWARD Banner for your website
Showcased in The APA Awards Gallery on APAnational.org for a full year
Livebooks – Pro website for 1 year
A & I –  2 page spread of 2013 APA AWARDS book, sent to 5 dozen top Creatives nationwide
Dripbook – Standard account for one year
ImageRights -– 1 Year of Pro Service
ThePhotocloser.com -– 4 month listing
DriveSavers Data Recovery, Inc. -–  $300 gift certificate
Resource Magazine – Print edition Resource magazine winter issue
Production Paradise –  feature in NEW YORK SHOWCASE online publication

Additionally, the 3rd place Student winner will receive a Basic review from Eyeist

Judges by Category

Category : Action
Aric Rist, Art Producer, Manamedia
Amy Silverman, Photo Editor, Outside Magazine

Category : Architecture  
Alejandro Chavetta, Creative Director
Liz Miller Gershfeld, VP Senior Art Producer, Energy BBDO

Category : Conceptual 
Sheri Radel Rosenberg, Freelance
Dan Southwick, Director of Art and Print Production, Eleven Inc.

Category : Fashion
Erica Cassano, Director of Art Buying, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness
Michelle Chant, Art Producer, Freelance

Category : Fine Art / Personal
Jennifer Schlesigner, Director, VERVE Gallery of Photography
Celeste Holt-Walters, Executive Producer, Badger & Winters, Co Founder/Curator Heart Art Productions

Category : Landscape
Michelle Chant, Art Producer, Freelance
Amy Silverman, Photo Editor, Outside Magazine

Category : Lifestyle
Liz Miller Gershfeld, VP Senior Art Producer, Energy BBDO
Jamie Appelbaum, Senior Art Producer, mcgarrybowen

Category : Portrait   
Dan Southwick, Director of Art and Print Production, Eleven Inc.
Lisa Matthews, Manager of Art Production, Team One Advertising 

Category : Still-Life
Lisa Matthews, Manager of Art Production, Team One Advertising
Erica Cassano, Director of Art Buying, Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness

Category : Student
Melissa Hennessy, Creative Industry Liaison at Columbia College Chicago and Freelance Support Agent, Hennessy Reps.
Jamie Appelbaum, Senior Art Producer, mcgarrybowen

Best of Show will be chosen by a vote of all Judges

Guidelines

Please read the rules, and then follow these guidelines and image requirements carefully to ensure proper submission of your entries:

How To Enter

  • Create your 2014 awards contest login account.
  • On the Enter page, fill out the contact info form completely to create a new account. NOTE: If you are an APA member please do NOT try to use your member login ID & password.

Upload Your Images

  • You can upload up to 2 images at a time, and as many images as you would like during the process.
  • All files must be jpegs, no smaller than 1800 pixels on the longest side, and at most 4000 pixels, 72 dpi, sRGB color profile, with no visible identifying text/symbols.
  • Image files need no unique title by the entrant; they are assigned an arbitrary ID for "blind" judging.
  • A single image entry is one image.
  • You'll see a preview of your images
  • Select your category for each entry
  • Preview your submission

Pay Fees, Receive Confirmation

  • Pay with PayPal. You do not need a PayPal account but if you have one they will direct you to use it.
  • Receive an email confirmation of your submission; if you don’t receive it, check your spam folder.
  • Once you have paid, your submission is final and you will not be able to edit your images.
  • You can return to your account to enter more images.

2014 APA Awards Rules

  • Only digital images and payments are accepted, through our online entry process.
  • All files must be jpegs, no smaller than 1024 pixels on the longest side and at most 4000 pixels, 72 dpi, sRGB color profile, with no visible identifying text/symbols.
  • Image files need no unique title by the entrant; they are assigned an arbitrary ID for "blind" judging.
  • A single entry is one image.
  • There is no limit on the number of single entries submitted, and the same image can be entered in more than one category.
  • The same image however, may not win in more than one category.
  • All single images must be assigned to an APA Awards contest category.
  • You may not enter an image that has won an Award in a previous APA Awards competition.
  • Students may enter any submissions in their Student category.
  • An individual may only win one APA Award each year.
  • There is no restriction on when the entry images were created.
  • Members receive up to a 50% discount on entry fees; not a member? This is a great time to join.
  • Anyone claiming APA membership must be a current member at the time of entry, and when winners are announced on July 29, 2014.
  • A Professional Photographer is anyone actively engaged in the business of photography.
  • A Student is a Full or Part-time student studying photography at the high school or college level, and the Student Winner will be asked to provide proof of student status.

By entering The APA Awards 2014 Annual Photo Competition, Entrants:

  • Warrant to APA National that they have created and own the work submitted (including all elements of the work) and that nothing within any work has been copied or added from another person’s work.
  • Warrant that the whole copyright and any other form of intellectual property right in the work is vested in them.
  • Warrant that they have not in any way assigned, licensed, disposed of, or otherwise encumbered any of their rights which allow them to deal freely with the work and the copyright therein.
  • Warrant that they have obtained model or property releases from any persons and/or property owners requiring such, featured in their submitted photographs allowing publication in any and all media forms.
  • Agree that their work may be exhibited or shown during APA sponsored events, as well as on the APA website and APA promotional materials, allowing for the photographer to retain complete control over the licensing and sale of their work.
  • Agree that APA may reproduce and may allow reproduction of winning images in APA approved publications. Credit will be given to the photographer for any image(s) used.
  • Acknowledge that APA relies fully upon the warranties and license given by Entrants when submitting their entries for consideration to The APA Awards 2014 Annual Photo Competition. Entrants indemnify and hold APA harmless from any claims, actions, proceedings, costs and expenses arising as a result of any allegation that the relevant Entrant did not own or is not wholly entitled and authorized to allow publication and reproduction of the work by APA.
  • APA National reserves the right to disqualify any winner not providing the required personal information, headshot, and/or winning image in the requested file format and size within two weeks of APA National's request via the contact information supplied by the entrant. Replacement winners will be selected at the judge's discretion.
  • Judging is a blind process. Photographer's names will only be disclosed to the jurors after the judging process has been completed. The decision of the judges of the competition shall be final and binding.
  • Entrants retain full copyright to their images and grant no usage to APA National other than those granted herein. APA National, the Sponsors, or Venues showing an exhibition of winners shall not be liable for any loss or damage of any entry. Submission of an entry to the competition automatically constitutes the contestant's acceptance of all conditions set forth in the above rules. It also acknowledges the right of APA National to use the photographer's likeness and information, as well as the winning images, in exhibitions and promotions, in any and all forms of print, electronic and digital media, related to The APA Awards Annual Photo Competitions for up to 24 months following the 2014 Competition winners’ announcement.
  • Deadline for entries is July 29, 2014, Midnight PDT.
  • Entry fees cannot be refunded, once submitted.
  • Winners will be announced on/or about August 12, 2014
  • Prizes will be awarded by participating sponsors and will be shipped to U.S. addresses only. APA does not accept responsibility or warrant any product being delivered by a sponsor. Any applicable tax, due on the awarding of prizes, will be the sole responsibility of the winner(s).

Prices:

$20.00
APA members at the Leader, Pro, or Associate level

$30.00
APA members at the Supporter or Contributor level

$40.00
Non-members

$15.00
Separate Student Category

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