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Monthly Image Competition – May 2019

The May Image of the Month Competition

Monthly Theme is Angles and Shapes

Submissions open 9:00 Thursday 9th May 2019

Submissions close midnight Friday 31st May 2019

Voting opens 00:10 June 1st and closes Midnight June 7th.

The Rules

  • IOTY = Image of the Year
  • POTY = Photographer of the Year
  • IOTM = Image of the Month
  • MIC = Monthly Image Competition

The monthly image competition begins at midnight on the day after voting closes for the previous month. Submissions end at midnight on the last day of the month. Members voting begins on the first day of the following month and ends after 7 days. Please check individual monthly competitions for precise times and dates.

The competition is open to all photographers. You will need to be registered on this website to enter and vote. Registration is free.

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 per month. You do not have to enter every category but the more you enter, the greater your total score will be. This counts towards the POTY 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 receive votes in the same way as non workshop images in the monthly competition but will be judged separately in the IOTY. 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 for POTY.

Images must have been taken after 31st December 2017.

An image can only be entered once during the 2019 IOTY and IOTY Images entered in the 2018 IOTY are not allowed.

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. There are videos on how to size images in Lightroom and Photoshop HERE

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

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.

Images entered in the wrong category may be moved or removed.

The IOTM is based on members' votes but the organisers reserve the right to disqualify images that do not comply with the rules of entry or if voting is appears suspicious. The IOTY is judged by a panel of 5 independent judges. The organisers and 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!