2018 Image of The Year

Awards

The 2018 APT Image of the Year competition is split into 5 award categories as follows:

  • People
  • Wildlife
  • Sport
  • City & Landscape
  • Open

The entries will be assessed by 5 judges and each image scored out of 100 points. There will also be a members' choice award based on members' votes. The awards are as follows:

Image of the Year - The image that receives the highest total score, based on points awarded by all the judges. This excludes images taken on workshops. The winner will receive a 20x16 mounted framed print by SIM Lab in one of their ‘Appleton’ frames, plus an elegant glass award.

Photographer of the Year - The Photographer that receives the highest total score on all their images entered. This includes images marked as 'workshop'. The winner will receive a 20x16 mounted framed print by SIM Lab in one of their ‘Appleton’ frames, plus an elegant glass award.

Workshop Image of the Year - The highest scoring image that is marked as 'workshop'. The winner will receive a 20x16 mounted print and a certificate.

People’s Choice - The image that receives the highest number of votes from the members. The winner will receive a 20x16 mounted print and a certificate.

People Image of the Year - The image that receives the highest number of judges’ votes in the People category. The winner will receive a 20x16 mounted print and a certificate.

Wildlife Image of the Year - The image that receives the highest number of judges’ votes in the Wildlife category. The winner will receive a 20x16 mounted print and a certificate.

Sport Image of the Year - The image that receives the highest number of judges’ votes in the Sport category. The winner will receive a 20x16 mounted print and a certificate.

City & Landscape Image of the Year - The image that receives the highest number of judges’ votes in the City & Landscape category. The winner will receive a 20x16 mounted print and a certificate.

Open Image of the Year - The image that receives the highest number of judges' votes in the Open category. The winner will receive a 20x16 mounted print and a certificate.

Entry Dates

You must upload your images between 12 noon GMT Sunday 30th December 2018 and midnight GMT Sunday 6th January 2019. Members can vote from midnight GMT Sunday 6th January 2019 until midnight GMT on Sunday 13th January. The panel of judges will complete their scoring by midnight GMT 15th January 2019 and the results will be announced on January 17th.

Rules

The competition is open to all past and present students of Appleton Photo Training plus those photographers registered on the Appleton Photo Training Website.

The competition is open to photographers only. Images cannot be submitted by models, MUAs, studios etc.

You may enter up to one image per category. You do not have to enter every category but the more you enter, the greater your total score will be. This counts towards the Photographer of the Year Award.

Images taken whilst being trained, either on one 2 one sessions, on workshops or courses either with APT or other training companies or photographic trainers, must be marked 'workshop' in the field provided. These will be judged separately. Images taken on training courses or workshops and not marked as such will be disqualified. Images taken on portfolio builder events, photographic holidays etc do not have to be marked as 'workshop' as long as the photographer entering the image was the sole author of the work. Images marked as 'workshop' count towards your overall score.

Images must have been taken between midnight December 31st 2017 and Midnight December 31st 2018 GMT. This includes all images in a composite image.

You must be the sole author of the work, except in the case of workshop images. No third party images may be used in composites.

Images must be a minimum of 2000 pixels on the longest side and be saved in JPG or PNG format. Image files must be no larger than 500k. No personal branding is allowed on the images, including signatures and logos.

Images must have a meaningful title but the title must not include any reference to the author of the work.

If your image is successful in winning an award, you will be required to provide a high resolution image in SRGB format for printing.

Images entered will be used by Appleton Photo Training and its partners for promotion and publicity purposes (and/or critique purposes) in digital and print formats. This includes, but is not limited to, publication on social media, websites, exhibitions and brochures.

The judges reserve the right to remove images that they consider inappropriate or offensive due to the content. This includes extreme violence, pornography, plagiarism etc.

The judges decision is final.

Tips for you image entries

Make sure your images are the correct size and have no logos or distinguishing marks

Check for dust spots and poor cloning in post processing

Check for leaning verticals and horizons, you will be marked down for these

Over exposed highlights and underexposed shadows can affect your score

Check your image for focus at 100% zoom

Good luck!