Professional Photographer of The Year Awards 2009
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Do you have what it takes to be the Professional Photographer of the Year 2009? It’s a prestigious title to hold and this year the Professional Photographer awards will be judged by an equally prestigious panel of judges along with the editor of Professional Photographer magazine, Grant Scott.
We’re also introducing new categories appropriate to the world you work in. There are a lot of photography competitions out there at the moment, but only one will give you the title of Professional Photographer of the Year. So don’t miss out. You know it makes sense.
Last Year's Winners
Geoff Waring, creative director
One-time art director of both UK and Australian Vogue and now consultant creative director at Publicis Blueprint and Cath Kidston, Geoff’s love of photography, considered opinions and wealth of experience will ensure that every image is given full consideration.
Sue Steward, writer & journalist
A recent judge of the Sony World Photo awards and past judge of the Schweppes Portrait awards, Sue’s awareness of the constantly changing world of international contemporary photography will be at its sharpest when judging our 2009 awards.
Ed Webster, photographic director
As photographic director at 4 Creative, advertising arm of Channel 4, Ed commissions all photography for print related material. With his hand firmly on the pulse of the photographic industry he’s the man others turn to for advice, tips and photographers.
Caroline Metcalfe, photographic director
Having worked as a photo editor at the FT and now as photographic director at Condé Nast Traveller, Caroline is no stranger to both seeing and commissioning some of the world’s greatest photographers and editing their images. Two talents which she will bring to our judging.
Peter Rear, CEO
Peter set up his first company at the age of 22, which became one of the busiest wedding & event photography studios in London. Two years ago he set up PR Imaging International, which has grown to be one of the major players in the industry. He may be the youngest but he knows his stuff.
Regardless of subject matter, as long as your image was commissioned to fulfil a commercial advertising brief, it can be entered into this category. When entering you should include the name of the client.
0870 458 5258
Open to all subject matter and all photographic approaches, this is a completely open category where you can enter images that you feel best fulfil the category title. These could be fine-art images, nudes, single images from photographic projects or images from nature – as long as the approach is contemporary.
020 7837 5649
Whatever the subject matter as long as your image was commissioned by an editorial publication, book or magazine, then it can be entered into this category. When entering you should include the name of the publication.
020 8731 3250
This category is open to both personal and commissioned work as well as all forms of fashion photography.
This category is open to both commissioned and personal work and all forms of interiors and architectural photography.
This category is open to both commissioned and personal work and all forms of portrait photography.
0845 459 0101
This category is open to both commissioned and personal work and all forms of social reportage, event and wedding photography.
0800 013 7411
This category is open to both commissioned and personal work and all forms of still-life and food photography.
0141 636 3901
Student of The Year
If you are in full or part-time education, or attending a photographic course, then you can enter this category with an image of any subject matter you wish.
Whatever the subject matter as long as your image was taken on your travels, you can enter this category. This includes landscape, UK and International travel images.
How to enter
This year’s Professional Photographer of the Year awards are only open to digital submissions but to all photographers, worldwide. Please ensure you understand the terms and conditions before entering.
To enter, simply register with the site here. Please ensure you give us complete and up-to-date contact details.
If you are already registered with the site, please make sure your full contact details are correct and up-to-date, you can amend your profile page here. You can then upload your images via the gallery within your profile page.
Once you have registered you can upload your images via the gallery within your profile page here.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO LABEL YOUR ENTRIES WITH THE TITLE OF THE CATEGORY YOU WISH TO ENTER. And then upload your image into the PPOTY AWARDS category.
Please note images not uploaded to this specific category will not be counted.
You can enter as many categories as you wish, but only one image per category. Each category will be judged and a winner will be chosen from each and put forward to a final judging from which the overall winner will be chosen.
Category winners and the overall winner may be required to provide Professional Photographer with a high res version of the submitted image.
This overall winner will be presented with the title of Professional Photographer of The Year 2009 and the winner’s prize of two tickets to New York, with accommodation for two people for two nights.
This year’s awards presentation night will take place at a central London location in front of an audience invited from the photographic industry, whom the winning entrants will have an opportunity to meet on the night. The winners will be announced in our January issue and online, together with a slide-show exhibition of the winning images from each category.
This really is our most exciting, prestigious and easy to enter Professional Photographer awards ever. So don’t waste any time, get shooting, get editing and get uploading.
Terms and Conditions
1. Use of this website
This Site is operated by Professional Photographer Magazine. Any use by you of the Site is conditional upon your acceptance of these Terms & Conditions. We reserve the right to amend these Terms & Conditions from time to time without notice and in our sole discretion. It is your responsibility periodically to review this page for updates to these Terms & Conditions, which shall come into effect once posted. See the box below for a summary of updates. Your continued use of the Site constitutes acceptance of these Terms & Conditions. We reserve the right to change, modify, suspend or discontinue any portion of the Site at any time. We may also impose limits on certain features or restrict your access to parts of the Site without notice or liability.
2. Terms of Entry
There are no fees for entry into the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009.
Entry into the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009 shall be deemed acceptance of these Terms & Conditions as they relate to the competition. Entries posted in breach of these Terms & Conditions will be invalidated and removed from the competition.
Participation in the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009 is open to all photographers over the age of 18 except (i) employees and principles of Professional Photographer, its affiliates, and participating sponsors (collectively, the “Competition Partners”). Eligible participants must be natural persons and not corporate entities. By using this Site and/or participating in the competition, you represent and warrant that you meet all eligibility requirements and that any submitted registration information is accurate.
4. How to Enter
- Entries must be made online using the instructions provided on this page.
- There will be no fee for participation.
- Entries must be uploaded on or before the closing date.
- The closing date for 2009 submissions will be 23:59 hours Eastern Standard Time on the 27th of November, 2009.
- Only electronic entries will be accepted.
- Neither Professional Photographer nor its Competition Partners will have any responsibility or liability for entries not properly submitted or not received for any reason.
5. Submission Process & Requirements. To be eligible participants must submit:
- Each entrant may submit no more than one image per category but may enter as many categories as they wish.
- Entry images must be electronic and must be uploaded to the site, which will require creation of a Professional Photographer website account.
- Entry images must be submitted at, or be available at, sufficiently high resolution so that they can be printed at a standard acceptable for display in printed media.
- Entry images must be clearly titled with the category the photographer wishes to enter. Please do not use any spacing in the file names.
Representations with respect to submitted materials.
With respect to any materials you submit in connection with the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009, you represent and warrant as follows:
- That you have taken the photograph(s) you have sent to us or you have permission from or are authorized by the owner of the photograph(s) to send it (them) to Professional Photographer.
- That all necessary model and property releases have been obtained from any clearly identifiable person appearing in any image, together with any other relevant consents required, and that the use of any Submitted Materials in this competition or pursuant to the licenses granted herein does not breach any copyright, moral right, or other right of any other person or entity.
- That the Submitted Materials are not obscene, do not reveal any proprietary or trade secrets, and do not defame or libel any person.
- That you, or the person from whom you have permission to submit the Submitted Materials, own(s) the copyright and other relevant rights to the Submitted Materials, that you will not license or assign such copyright during the course of the competition, that you have full power and authority to grant the licenses and authorizations granted herein, and that submission of the Submitted Materials and use and display of same will not be contrary to any law or any contract or agreement with any third-party.
- Professional Photographer and its Competition Partners will not be liable for any loss, damage or personal injury whatsoever suffered or sustained by any person or entity that results from or arises out of use or display of Submitted Materials in connection with the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009 competition as authorized herein. The entrant indemnifies and holds harmless Professional Photographer, its subsidiaries and affiliates, and its Competition Partners against any loss, damages, costs or claims, including reasonable attorneys fees, arising out of a breach of any of the foregoing representations and warranties.
Any breach of the foregoing representations and warranties will also, among other things, make the entrant subject to immediate disqualification from any further participation in the competition; make the entrant’s account subject to immediate termination; and make any prizes, awards, or honors received subject to termination and forfeiture.
Entrants should retain copies of all Submitted Materials for their records, as neither Professional Photographer nor its Competition Partners shall have any obligation to preserve or return Submitted Materials.
6. The Judging Process
Upon closure of the 2009 submissions period (23:59 hours on the 27th of November, 2009), a shortlist of all entries will be reviewed by the judging panel, and a final vote will be held to determine the award recipient and honorable mention recipients in each category. The judges’ decision will be final and shall be made in their sole and absolute discretion. Participants will not be provided with any opportunity to communicate with the judges regarding submissions. Professional Photographer and its Competition Partners will make any adjustments to the judging process in their sole and absolute discretion.
Results will be posted to the website and feature in the magazine after the judges have made their decision.
7. Competition Prize
The overall winner and Professional Photographer of the Year will win flights/travel for two persons to New York City. This is only valid from 2nd January 2010 – 31st October 2010 and is dependent on availability as dictated by Professional Photographer . Accomodation will be arranged as specified by Professional Photographer for two people only for a maximum of two nights. All other travel arrangements and costs will be arranged by the competition winner.
The competition prizes are non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
All prizes are subject to any required withholding taxes and the provision to Professional Photographer of any necessary documentation.
Prize recipients are solely responsible for the payment of any taxes due in connection with receipt of a prize.
8. Use of Images
By entering the competition, Participants grant Professional Photographer and its Competition Partners an irrevocable, non-exclusive, worldwide royalty-free license to reproduce, publicly display, distribute, publicly perform and create derivative works from their Submitted Materials, in all media, solely in connection with the administration, judging and promotion of the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009,. Submitted Materials will NOT be used for commercial advertising purposes and will NOT be altered without the prior consent of the author, except as necessary to display or distribute them in a particular medium or format. Permissible uses of Submitted Materials shall include their reproduction, distribution and display in exhibitions, multimedia presentations, and printed materials related to or promoting the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009 and/or its sponsorship by Professional Photographer and their Competition Partners. Professional Photographer and its Competition Partners shall have the right to grant sublicenses to the press and publicity agents in connection with the promotion of the Award or the competition. Professional Photographer and its Competition Partners also shall have the right to make the Submitted Materials available to third-parties for viewing on computer screens and other media devices, and for storage in electronic format, for personal, non-commercial uses only.
9. Participant Data
Participants grant Professional Photographer and its Competition Partners the right to use submitted personal data (such as name, contact information, and email address) in the administration and judging of the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009. Among other things, such information may be provided to competition administrators and jurors, and we will use the email address you provide for communications related to the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009, including notification of the finalists and winners. By using the Site or participating in the competition, you are consenting to have your personal data transferred to and processed in the United Kingdom.
We care about the privacy of our users. Your personal data will NOT be provided to third parties for unsolicited marketing.
We will retain your information in order to provide you with information related to future Professional Photographer of the Year Awards and Professional Photographer initatives
Professional Photographer and its Competition Partners shall have the right to use and publish all winners' and finalists names and approved likenesses for publicity purposes.
11. Liability Disclaimer
Neither Professional Photographer nor any Competition Partner shall have any liability to any user of this Site or any competition participant except in the case of recklessness or intentional misconduct.
13. Restriction, Suspension and Termination
We may restrict, suspend or terminate your access to the Site and/or your ability to avail yourself of any of the services on the Site, including interactive services, at any time for any reason, including if we believe, in our sole discretion, that you have breached these Terms & Conditions at any time or have engaged in any conduct detrimental to the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009. Any such restriction, suspension or termination will be without prejudice to any rights that we may have against you in respect of your breach of these Terms & Conditions. We may also remove the Site as a whole or any sections or features of the Site at any time. Please note that we have the ability to trace your IP address and if necessary contact your ISP in the event of a suspected breach of these Terms & Conditions.
If we wish to bring your participation in the Professional Photographer of the Year Awards 2009 competition to an end, we will first attempt to email you at the address included with your submission. Your registration will terminate and your email address and password will become invalid immediately thereafter.
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