The Competition

We invite photographers 18 years and older from around the world to participate and to submit their finest work. It can be in color or black and white, using any photographic process and style of camera or camera-phone.

All entries are submitted online through this site.
No other forms of submission are accepted.

Competition Categories

Photographers may enter images in one or more of the following categories:

Captured Human Experience

Thematic guidelines: Truthful, candid, and objective images of a subject; images capturing life as it unfolds, life in public spaces, life stories; documentation of real events. Documentary and street photography fall into this category.
Technical guidelines: Any image making technique can be used. Manipulations of color balance, contrast and other minor adjustments such as those possible with a smart-phone are authorized. If the production of the final image involves significant changes in the post-production stage the submission, regardless of topic, should be submitted in the Constructed Reality category.
Submissions guidelines: The first submission is a jpg in 150 dpi resolution.
If you are selected as a finalist, the final submission is a 2-dimensional, printed, image in size 120 by 80 centimeters (47 x 31 inches) in landscape or portrait lay-out, as well as a jpg in 300 dpi, minimum dimension 1200 px.
Number of entries: One image per entry. In other words, you can not submit a series of images as one entry. Any given participant may submit up to 3 entries in any one category. Each entry is subject to a submission fee.

Staged Human Experience

Thematic guidelines: As opposed to the first category, these are images that rely on input from the photographer, capturing human experience in a staged setting rather than as it unfolds. Staging can be done in a studio or simply through the adoption of poses. Portraits, self-portraits, portrayals of the nude human body and fashion photography fall into this category. Portraits capture the likeness of a person, people, or animals, where the face or expression is predominant.
Technical guidelines: Any image making technique can be used. Manipulations of color balance, contrast and other minor adjustments such as those possible with a smart-phone are authorized. If the production of the final image involves significant changes in the post-production stage the submission, regardless of topic, should be submitted in the Constructed Reality category.
Submissions guidelines: The first submission is a jpg in 150 dpi resolution.
If you are selected as a finalist, the final submission is a 2-dimensional, printed, image in size 120 by 80 centimeters (47 x 31 inches) in landscape or portrait lay-out, as well as a jpg in 300 dpi, minimum dimension 1200 px.
Number of entries: One image per entry. In other words, you can not submit a series of images as one entry. Any given participant may submit up to 3 entries in any one category. Each entry is subject to a submission fee.

Built & Natural Environments

Thematic guidelines: Landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, and architecture are appropriate topics in this category.
Technical guidelines: Any image making technique can be used. Manipulations of color balance, contrast and other minor adjustments such as those possible with a smart-phone are authorized. If the production of the final image involves significant changes in the post-production stage the submission, regardless of topic, should be submitted in the Constructed Reality category.
Submissions guidelines: The first submission is a jpg in 150 dpi resolution.
If you are selected as a finalist, the final submission is a 2-dimensional, printed, image in size 120 by 80 centimeters (47 x 31 inches) in landscape or portrait lay-out, as well as a jpg in 300 dpi, minimum dimension 1200 px.
Number of entries: One image per entry. In other words, you can not submit a series of images as one entry. Any given participant may submit up to 3 entries in any one category. Each entry is subject to a submission fee.

Constructed Reality

Thematic guidelines: Any theme is acceptable as long as the image production involves significant staging and / or editing.
Technical guidelines: Any image making technique can be used and all modifications in the production and post-production stages are authorized.
Submissions guidelines: The first submission is a jpg in 150 dpi resolution.
If you are selected as a finalist, the final submission is a 2-dimensional, printed, image in size 120 by 80 centimeters (47 x 31 inches) in landscape or portrait lay-out, as well as a jpg in 300 dpi, minimum dimension 1200 px.
Number of entries: One image per entry. In other words, you can not submit a series of images as one entry. Any given participant may submit up to 3 entries in any one category. Each entry is subject to a submission fee.

Student Competition:
Fashion Photography

About this Category: To decide whether you should submit in the Student Competition: Fashion Photography category, keep in mind that this award is a scholarship to study photography in the MA in Fashion Film and Photography program at Paris College of Art. The scholarship is not a cash payment but a tuition reduction, so you need to be admissible and to enroll in the program in order to benefit from the award.
Learn more about the MA in Fashion Film and Photography.
Learn more about the admissions criteria for Paris College of Art at www.paris.edu.
Thematic guidelines: Images with a focus on fashion (i.e. fashion photography, portraits, fashion editorial, beauty photography, product photography, still life photography, are possible topics in this category.)
Technical guidelines: Any image making techniques can be used and all modifications in the production and post-production stages are authorized.
Submissions guidelines: The first submission is a jpg in 150 dpi resolution.
If you are selected as a finalist, the final submission is a 2-dimensional, printed, image in size 120 by 80 centimeters (47 x 31 inches) in landscape or portrait lay-out, as well as a jpg in 300 dpi, minimum dimension 1200 px.
Number of entries: A submission is a series of 5 to 8 images. There is one submission per participant for this category.

Student Competition: Photography &
Image-making

About this Category: To decide whether you should submit in the Student Competition: Photography and Image-making category, keep in mind that this award is a scholarship to study photography in the MA/MFA in Photography and Image-making program at Paris College of Art. The scholarship is not a cash payment but a tuition reduction, so you need to be admissible and to enroll in the program in order to benefit from the award.
Learn more about the MA/MFA in Photography & Image-making. 
Learn more about the admissions criteria for Paris College of Art at www.paris.edu.
Thematic guidelines: Images using photography as a hybrid and emerging art form (i.e. fine art, social documentary, photojournalism, street photography, fashion and portraiture, still life photography, are possible topics in this category.)
Technical guidelines: Any image making technique can be used and all modifications in the production and post-production stages are authorized (i.e. analog and digital photography, all kind of alternative photo processes, are possible techniques in this category.)
Submissions guidelines: The first submission is a jpg in 150 dpi resolution.
If you are selected as a finalist, the final submission is a 2-dimensional, printed, image in size 120 by 80 centimeters (47 x 31 inches) in landscape or portrait lay-out, as well as a jpg in 300 dpi, minimum dimension 1200 px.
Number of entries: A submission is a series of 5 to 8 images. There is one submission per participant for this category.