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Portrait Masters Awards

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2020 Rule Amendments

Please note the following adjustments to this round of The Portrait Masters Awards & Accreditation. The evolution of rules is an important aspect of growing alongside the developing industry that is ‘photography’. This is a summary of the 2020 Adjustments and not the complete Rules, Terms, and Conditions. Be sure to read the full Rules (below) before entering the competition.

• The entrant must still own the image copyright. ie hasn’t been passed on or sold. (please read detailed rule 2.0)

• Textures (as defined by 2.1) may be used in your entry.

• The Portrait Masters’s definition of ’textures’:  “Textures within the Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation are defined by the following; A texture is that of a captured appearance, or consistency of a surface or substance, whereby the object itself cannot be identified.

• An entrant may photograph a PHYSICAL backdrop that has been created or sold with the purpose of being photographed. Ie an Oliphant or other physical painted or printed backdrop. (please read detailed rule 3.0)

• Do not use downloaded or bought digital backdrops. The downloading or capturing of any photography, imagery or art of all kinds for use in an entry is prohibited whether the image is copyright, copyright-free or royalty-free (unless photographed AND owned by yourself. And with the exception of rule textures as described in 2.1).”

• All elements must be captured by the use of a camera and scanners are not allowed nor re-photographed work in an attempt to shift the date of capture. (please read detailed rule 4.3)

• It is advised that entrants retain all raw/original files in the case of PMA requesting proof of authorship/date of capture. Failure to be able to do so on request MAY result in disqualification. (please read detailed rule 14.0)

• The Portrait Masters reserves the right to disqualify and revoke any award/s and accolades an entrant may have received now and in the past, if the practices of that entrant and/or their business is viewed as unethical or against the spirit of The Portrait Masters. (please read detailed rule 16.0)

Full Competition Details

General Terms and Conditions

There’s no risk to enter, all entrants retain the copyright of their images at all times.

This is a contest of skill in which you can submit unlimited photographs for various categories and compete for awards. Each photograph submitted will be judged on the criteria described below. You, the entrant, retain the copyright of any images you submit subject to the terms and conditions of this competition.

By entering this competition, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions, and you grant an ongoing, universal, royalty-free, non-exclusive right and license to Sue Bryce Education and The Portrait System LLC to use, copy, distribute, perform, display, publish, and create derivative works of your submission for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, but only in connection with the promotion, advertising or announcements of or for the Portrait Masters Competition (which may include such things as being displayed on the suebryceeducation.com, theportraitmasters.com, and/or all affiliated social media accounts.

How to Enter

Call for Entries and Online Registration Process:

Step One: Log in (All entrants must be an active member of Sue Bryce Education) between 9:00 AM EST Jan 15th 2020 – 11:59 PM EST Feb 15th 2020.

Step Two: Pick your categories (See above for category descriptions)

Step Three: Upload your images

Step Four: Payment $20 per image (USD)

You can enter each category as many times as you’d like. Read the category description and submit photos through the online submission process that fit those guidelines. Your submission may be disqualified if it does not fit the applicable category guidelines. Each of the nine category winners will automatically be entered for an opportunity to win the Portrait Masters Grand Award. See Sections 4 and 5 below.

Who May Enter

This award competition is open only to those 18 years of age or older at the time of entry who do not reside in an area where such contests are prohibited or restricted by law. Officers, directors, employees, contractors, representatives and agents of Sue Bryce Education, The Portrait System LLC, its or their parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, advertising, promotional and judging persons or agencies, persons engaged in the development, production or distribution of materials for this competition and their immediate family members and/or persons living in the same household as such individuals (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate. This competition is void in all U.S. territories and possessions and where otherwise prohibited by law.

Category Awards

There will be one winner per category. Each of the nine category winners will receive a Crystal Portrait Masters Award of Honor for that category.

An overall winner will be chosen from the nine category winners and will receive The Portrait Masters Grand Champion Award, the highest honor in the competition.

How Category Winners Are Chosen

For the nine categories, a panel of 5 judges selected by Sue Bryce Education will critic images and a final score will be determined by an average of those five scores. Judging will be based on an unweighted combination of the following criteria: expression, connection, styling, composition, posing, lighting, technique & presentation, post-production, focus, and storytelling. For example, a particular photograph that is outstanding in only one or two of the criteria could win a category.

The winner of each category will be determined by the highest scoring points from an entrant’s highest-scoring image in that category. Each of the nine category winners will automatically be entered into the final judging to determine the Grand Champion winner of the competition. The judges will select the Grand Champion winner based on the same criteria used to judge the nine categories.

Rules, Terms, and Conditions 
(as at 7 Jan 2020)

IMPORTANT : Rules, terms, and conditions are subject to change in an ever-changing photographic industry.

Be sure to read thoroughly the rules, terms, and conditions within each new ‘Call for Entries’.

• 1.0 You represent and warrant that each of your photographs submitted for this awards competition is your own original work of authorship and each element is owned and photographed by you. With exception of rule number 2.1

2.0 You may not use stock photography or other non-original compositional elements that are not photographed and owned by you as the entrant in your submission. All elements must have been photographed with the use of a camera by you You must hold the authors copyright to the final image (you have not sold the copyright on). You must also have the rights to all imagery including backgrounds, overlays, elements, and part thereof within your entry. 2.1 Allowance is given to the addition of ‘textures’. ‘Textures’ may be photographed and owned by the entrant, purchased from a third party, created by third-party software. ‘Textures’ within the Portrait Masters Awards and Accreditation are defined by the following; A texture is that of captured appearance, or consistency of a surface or substance, whereby the object itself cannot be identified.

3.0 The downloading or capturing of any photography, imagery or art of all kinds for use in an entry is prohibited whether the image is copyright, copyright-free or royalty-free (unless photographed AND owned by yourself. An exception is made for physical backdrops that have been created and sold for the purpose of being photographed. Eg hand painted or printed backdrop. And with the exception of rule (2.1).

• 4.0 All elements within your entry must be photographic in nature. 4.1 You must have taken the submitted photograph and all elements within the image within the last 24 months of the closing date of the awards competition. 4.2 All elements must have been photographed/captured by the use of a digital sensor or film. 4.3 Work captured by scanner or works that have been ‘re-photographed’ in an attempt to adjust the date of capture are not permitted. 4.4 Work created via the use of CGI (computer generated graphics) is not permitted (with exception to 2.1).

• 5.0 The rules and requirements for each category description form part of these terms and conditions.

• 6.0 You may not submit a photographic image taken during a workshop, tutorial, or similar instructional course where the primary focus was photographic education. Allowance is given to the instructor of the event if they were instructing rather than being instructed in any way.

• 7.0 No wedding images.

• 8.0 No logos, watermarks or identifying elements that make the author known.

• 9.0 Pet portraits belong in the Pet Portrait Category. Pets alone or with family or loved ones.

• 10.0 Any photographic image submitted for this awards competition which is not wholly original to the photographer may be disqualified, with exception to ruling 2.1

• 11.0 Whilst photographs and photographic elements taken by the author are what embodies the entries to this awards and accreditation system, entrants must respect the work of other authors and their ownership whether they be photographic in genre or within the other various forms of arts. The addition of artistic elements created by other authors will be viewed as plagiarism if they appear to be passed off as the photographer’s own work, with the exception of ruling 2.1. Elements such as architecture, paintings, illustrations, etc that physically place themselves in the background or scene of an image are allowed as long as copyright has not been breached. The replication of someone else’s work, part or whole and used as a compositional element or background goes beyond the essence of the art of photography and these awards and is not allowed.

• 12.0 Plagiarism. Entrants must take care to not plagiarise the work of others. Work deemed to be plagiarism whether intentionally or non-intentionally will be disqualified. Plagiarism is defined as “Presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work”.

• 13.0 Whilst multiple entries of the same subject and or same location is allowed. Take note that when judges view multiple versions of the same or similar image, its originality value and viewed effort to present a varied portfolio diminishes and may reflect in your scores.

14.0 Entrants are advised to retain and keep all RAW or original files from the camera associated within their entries as these may be requested if an investigation is required into whether an entry does abide by the rules. Ie date of capture, ownership, photographic in nature. Failure to be able to produce these files on request could result in the disqualification of the work.

15.0 Your entry shall not: (15.1) contain trademarks or copyrighted material that is not owned by you. (You will be required to produce written permission and releases before you can receive an award and if you are unable to do so you may be disqualified)
(15.2) Your entry shall not use individuals’ names, likenesses, identities, biographical information, or other privacy or publicity rights, in whole or in part without permission (you will be required to produce written permission and releases before you can receive an award and if you are unable to do so you may be disqualified); (15.3) Your entry may not contain profanity, pornographic, or sexual content, content promoting alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms, or weapons, hateful content of any kind (including racism, sexism, etc.), content that promotes violence or harm to another living creature, or any other offensive, obscene, or inappropriate content; (15.4) defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about other people or companies; or (15.5) promote a political agenda regardless of the political affiliation.

16.0 The Portrait Masters reserves the right to disqualify and revoke any award/s and accolades an entrant may have received now and in the past, if the practices of that entrant and/or their business is viewed as unethical or against the spirit of The Portrait Masters.

Indemnity and Release

17.0 Entrants are required to indicate that they have read, accepted, and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions. As a condition to entry, all entrants and winners agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release Sue Bryce Education, The Portrait System, LLC, and its and their directors, officers, parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, contractors, agents, representatives, suppliers, printers, application developers, and advertising, promotional or judging agencies, from and against any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever, including without limitation intellectual property infringement, rights of publicity violations, injuries, damages, or losses to persons or property arising out of or relating to any entry or submission, the terms or conditions of this competition, or any of your activities related thereto.

17.1 Sue Bryce Education and The Portrait System LLC reserve the right to modify or cancel the awards competition for any reason, at any time, including in the event that any portion of any website used to administer any aspect of the competition becomes technically corrupted.

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