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)
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.
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
• 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.
• You may not use stock photography, or other non-original compositional elements in your submission. All elements must have been photographed by you and you must hold the authors copyright to the image or photographed element. This includes all textures, overlays and elements within your entry. Allowance is given to the addition of grain.
• You must have taken the submitted photograph and the elements within the image within the last 24 months of the closing date of the awards competition.
• The rules and requirements for each category description form part of these terms and conditions.
• 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.
• No wedding images.
• No logos, watermarks or identifying elements that make the author know.
• Pet portraits belong in the Pet Portrait Category. Pets alone or with family or loved ones.
• Any photographic image submitted for this awards competition which is not wholly original to the photographer may be disqualified.
• 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 photographers own work. Elements such as architecture, paintings, illustrations etc that physically place themselves in the background or scene of an image are allowed. 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 is not allowed.
• Plagiarism. Entrants must take care to not plagiarize the work of others. Work deemed to be plagiarism whether intentionally or non-intentionally will be disqualified. Plagiarism is defined as “Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work or ideas as your own, with or without their consent, by incorporating it into your work without full acknowledgement.”
• 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.
Your entry shall not: (1) contain trademarks or copyrighted material not owned by you or used 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); (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); (3) 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; (4) defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about other people or companies; or (5) promote a political agenda regardless of the political affiliation.
Indemnity and Release
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.
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.Back to Competition Page