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We highly recommend reading the rules before each new round. You can read the full 2021 updated rules HERE.
All editing/post production/retouching must be done by the entrant or under the entrant’s direct instruction. If your entry was also edited/retouched in any way by another individual, you must credit that individual in your online submission.
The option to put the retouchers name is ONLY NECESSARY if you outsourced Some or all retouching to someone other than yourself.
No. All photography and elements within your entry must be photographed and owned by you.
No. The use of other peoples work in a digital form within your entry is not allowed. Whilst copyright may not apply in a legal term, it is against the spirit of The Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation.
Yes, as long as the texture is as described by definition in rule 2.1.
Yes, as long as they have been photographed with a camera.
Yes, due to the pandemic we are allowing older images to be submitted with the exception of images that have been previously submitted and judged in The Portrait Masters Awards & Accreditation program.
No. Computer generated Imagery is not permitted.
No. Not unless you were the instructor.
No, we consider this to be plagiarism.The spirit of The Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation is to celebrate and honor your own creative expression.
Not if it is themed around a trademarked character.
No flowers are a distinguishable object. Textures must represent a surface where the object is not identifiable.
You can submit images in our next round between 9:00 AM EST, January 15th 2021 – 11:59 PM EST February 15th 2021.
File names can be anything you like, there are no rules for this. Images must not have watermarks or logos though.
Image must be a JPG file, 2500 pixels minimum on the longest edge, 4800 pixels maximum on the longest edge
Yes. We ask for sRGB color mode only.
Yes, purchased textures are allowed.
No. Watermarks/logos will disqualify your submission, so please triple check your submissions before entering them.
No changes to your image can be made after your image has been uploaded and paid, please double and triple check your entry before finalizing your payment.
When judging is complete, you can view all of your submissions in your SBE account under the “My Account” section. During the judging process, you will not be able to see your submissions, or anyone else’s.
Please email our support team: [email protected]
Unfortunately, no—these will not qualify for entry.
Judging and Awards
Accreditation Points and Awards Merits
– Score 60-69: No Merit Points
(Approaching Professional Standard)
– Bronze 70-79: Half Merit Point
(High Professional Standard)
– Silver 80-89: One Point
(Outstanding technique & visual communication)
– Gold 90-100: Two Points
Exemplary / Superior / Exceptional
Silver and Gold Merits seek excellence in all technical fields with outstanding visual communication and narration.
25 Merit Points
The Portrait Masters – Associate Photographer
50 Merit Points
The Portrait Masters – Master Photographer
100 Merit Points
The Portrait Masters – Fellow Photographer
Upon successfully reaching your required points level for MASTER, your folio will be manually reviewed to ensure your current work is of a consistent, good professional standard which reflects the accolade and title of ‘Master’ within The Portrait Masters. In order to reach FELLOW, you must have at minimum 10 images with silver or gold merits in your folio..
The judges are looking for expression and connection, Styling, Composition, posing, lighting, Overall Technique and Presentation, post-production and focus. Review the “judging criteria” on the awards home page for more detail.
There could be many reasons your image didn’t receive a higher score. Review the “judging criteria” section of the awards home page for a list of common mistakes. Sue Bryce Education members can also receive more helpful feedback by watching Richard Wood’s Awards & Accreditation critiques.
Once enough points are accrued to reach an accreditation level, your images will be reviewed by Sue. Certificates will be mailed after her review.
First place winners of a category will receive a crystal trophy. There are badges for merit winners and accreditation levels, but not for category winners.
Portrait Masters accredited portrait photographers have proven their work is of high professional standards. In addition to winning awards on a minimum of 12 images, their portfolio has also been manually reviewed by Sue Bryce to ensure their work is truly worthy of receiving accreditation. The Portrait Masters accreditation program is explicitly for portrait photographers of all genres and is a recognition of high professional standard – not based on award merit only.
No, written critiques are not provided with accreditation results.
All successful merited Associates will receive: A logo to display on your website, “Accredited Portrait Master” and will be added to the accredited photographers database. A certificate for the studio, a yellow ribbon, and achievement medallion.
Upon successfully reaching an accreditation level, your folio will be reviewed. Once the review is complete, accreditation will be announced and reflect in your account.
Yes! PayPal is an option for awards submissions.
Congrats on having an image that scored Bronze or higher- however, this is not the same as winning an accreditation level. Badges are meant to highlight the specific image only, and cannot be made into homemade trophies, certificates, etc.
You will be able to see the current and past winning images here: https://suebryceeducation.com/award-galleries/
The free entries can only be used in the 2020 January-February round of submissions. . The “store credit” is specifically only for entries and cannot be transferred, exchanged, credited, or refunded for any other type of purchase, service, or cash.