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WE WANT YOUR WORK!
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Submissions are open for the Winter 2016 issue of Emerging Photographer, showcasing the work of up-and-coming photographers with around five years or less of professional experience.

We’ve featured the work of more than 40 photographers over four issues, distributing print copies directly to photo editors, creative directors and photo festivals, and promoting the digital edition to the audience of our parent magazine, Photo District News.

Be a part of the next issue! We are looking for photographers with a fresh perspective, compelling imagery and an insatiable drive to make an impact within the photography community. All submitted work is reviewed by editors of Emerging Photographer, PDN and Rangefinder magazines.


Enter in Four Easy Steps
THERE'S NO RISK TO ENTER
THERE'S NO RISK TO ENTER
All photographers retain their copyright. Winning work will only be published in the print and online magazine and in promotion related to Emerging Photographer .
CONTEST INFO
CONTEST INFO
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PRIZES
DEADLINE
DEADLINE
October 3, 2016
  • Print distribution to a targeted list of 8,000 industry creatives, plus additional distribution at major photography festivals and events

  • Online promotion to PDN's network of 350,000 followers

  • 10 photographers will receive a $100 gift card to B&H gift card
CATEGORIES
Travel/Landscapes
Fine Art
Documentary
Portrait/Fashion
ENTRY FEE
$20 per photo series (3-10 images) (single); $45 (series*)
Amateur: $20 (single); $25 (series*)
*Please note that a series (2-6 images) must be visually related
30% discount with PHOTO+ membership
Sign up for/renew your PHOTO+ membership directly from the "Add submissions" page.
THE JURY
THE JURY
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MONEER MASIH-TEHRANI
Manager
Emerging Photographer

JACQUI PALUMBO
Managing Editor
Emerging Photographer

LIBBY PETERSON
Features Editor
Rangefinder

CONOR RISCH
Senior Editor
PDN

REBECCA ROBERTSON
Photo Editor
PDN

TARYN SWADBA
Associate Editor
Emerging Photographer
ABOUT US
ABOUT US
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Emerging Photographer is a submission-based magazine, re-launched in 2014 by the Custom Media team of Photo District News. The magazine is distributed to influential creatives looking for new talent, along with photo festivals that include Photoville (Brooklyn), Month of Photography Los Angeles, Photo LA, Filter Festival (Chicago), and PDN events throughout the year.

See our Summer 2016 issue here with previous contest winners:

See more PDN contests here.
FAQ
FAQ
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What is an entry?

An entry consists of one photo series (3-10 images).

What is a photo series?

A photo series includes 3 to 10 images that convey a story around a particular theme.

Is there a limit to the number of entries that I can enter?

No, you may enter as many entries as you like.

What format should I save my digital images?

Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi (around 7" or larger) jpeg. We recommend the uncompressed file size not be larger than 4 megabytes to ensure a fast upload experience. We can accept images that are up to 50 megabytes (uncompressed) if you do not have the ability to downsize the images (uncompressed is the size you see in Photoshop's "Image Size" display which represents the count of pixels in the image: It is not the file size on your computer's hard drive viewable on your desktop). Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed.

How are the entries judged?

Judging is subjective, however, we have a few simple guidelines for putting together your entry.

  • Make sure your series is cohesive. If it is not a photo essay on a particular topic, a visual relation that ties the imagery together is key. Judges will be making decisions based upon the strength of the series as a whole. Make a careful edit of your images and order them the way you want them to be viewed.
  • Trust your instincts, but also ask the advice of those you trust. Sometimes you need another opinion to improve your edit. Ask someone with a good eye, be it another artist, your rep or a creative who has experience in the field.

How do you define a "Emerging" photographer?

We are looking for photographers with around five years or less professional experience. We do not have a strict cut off, but evaluate how consistently a photographer has been published, exhibited his/her work, or received awards within an approximate five-year timeframe.

Is this submission process related to PDN's 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch?

Nope! PDN's 30 is an editorial feature in PDN with a separate nomination/submission process. Emerging Photographer magazine has been around for seven years, but relaunched in 2014 with a new submission process, new distribution and new design.

Can I enter if I live outside of the U.S.?

Except where prohibited by law, international entries can be submitted.

I have entered my photo in another compeition. Does this disqualify my entry?

No, we allow images that have been entered or have won in other photo competitions, including other PDN/Rangefinder/WPPI contests, as long as they have not been entered into this contest in a previous year.

Should I watermark my images?

No, we will appropriately credit all winning photographers.

Will my images be sold?

No. You retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee. All entries may be posted online so that viewers may view all competing entries. And winning entries may be used in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest for a period of 24 months from the date winners are notified.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be contacted in January 2017 and the winning entries will be published in the Emerging Photographer Winter 2016 issue. Please do not call or e-mail us about the status of your entries.

Do you still have questions?

For additional questions email: info@pdncontests.com.

RULES
RULES
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SPONSORS

The sponsor of Emerging Photographer Emerging Photographer Contest is Emerald Expositions, Inc., 85 Broad Street, New York, NY 10004.

TERM

The Contest ends October 3, 2016 , at 11:59 pm PST (the Entry Deadline). An Extended deadline of October 17, 2016 will be issued after October 3, 2016, at 11:59 pm PST with a $10 per entry late fee. All entries must be received by the Extended Entry Deadline.

WHO MAY ENTER

Employees of Emerging Photographer® , and each of their affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and their immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, sibling and their respective spouses, regardless of where they live) or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related, are not eligible to enter or win a prize. Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.

HOW TO ENTER
  • To enter electronically, please visit https://www.EmergingPhotographer.com to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive an e-mail confirmation. Simply log onto the website and follow the online instructions to upload images from your computer. Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi (Around 7" or larger). We recommend the uncompressed file size not be larger than 4 megabytes to ensure a fast upload experience. We can accept images that are up to 50 megabytes (uncompressed) if you do not have the ability to downsize the images (uncompressed is the size you see in Photoshop's "Image Size" display which represents the count of pixels in the image: It is not the file size on your computer's hard drive viewable on your desktop). Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed. For more information on electronic submission guidelines see our FAQ.
  • No mail-in entry is available for this Contest.
  • Each Entry consists of an entry form, and a series of images (3-10) and an entry fee.
  • Each submitted photograph, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant. By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that he or she has full power and authority to enter the photograph, and that the photograph does not infringe any copyright or violate any other intellectual property rights. The entrant agrees to indemnify The Photo Group from any and all third party claims arising from the photograph.
  • Photographs that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud, provided that entrants must be prepared to provide a release form as described below in "Third Party Releases/Licenses." When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close up of another person's art.
  • If the Photograph includes other people, you must be prepared to provide a signed written personal release from all persons who appear in the Photograph submitted, authorizing use of the Photograph as provided below in "Third Party Releases/Licenses." If you are unable to provide a personal release, upon request by Sponsor and in the form provided by Sponsor, then your entry may be disqualified. You do not need to send the release with your entry. If you win, we will contact you if a model release is needed.
  • The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. The photograph must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsors, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Photographs deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.
  • Online entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the e-mail address submitted at the time of entry. "Authorized account holder" is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address.
CATEGORIES

Categories are specified on the homepage of the Emerging Photographer Emerging Photographer Contest website.

COMPETITION PRIZES

Prizes are specified on the homepage of the Emerging Photographer Emerging Photographer Contest website.

JUDGING
  • Entries will be judged on the basis of creativity, photographic quality and effectiveness in expressing the contest theme. Winners will be published in the Winter 2016 issue exhibiting the 2016 Emerging Photographer Contest.
  • Decisions of the Sponsors and Judges are final and binding.
  • Sponsors reserve the right not to award all prizes in the event an insufficient number of eligible entries meeting the minimum judging criteria are received, as determined by Sponsors and Judges in their sole discretion.
ENTRANT LICENSES/RELEASES
  • If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.
  • By participating, ALL ENTRANTS grant the Sponsors and their designees, licensees or affiliates (the "Authorized Parties") a non-exclusive, worldwide license, through January 2019, to reproduce, distribute, display and post the entries online so that viewers may view all competing entries. In addition, each WINNER grants to the Authorized Parties a license for use of his/her winning entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to, print or digital publication in Emerging Photographer magazine showcasing the winners, and promotions related to the contest. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.
THIRD PARTY RELEASES/LICENSES

Winners authorize Emerald Expositions Photo Group to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with Emerging Photographer Emerging Photographer Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to: publication in Emerging Photographer ® showcasing the winners; Emerging Photographer Emerging Photographer Contest live gallery; the Emerging Photographer Emerging Photographer Contest Website and on pdnonline.com; and in exhibits and promotions related to the Emerging Photographer Emerging Photographer Contest. Winners authorize Emerald Expositions Photo Group to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with the promotion of the Emerging Photographer Emerging Photographer Contest for up to two (2) years.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Emerald Expositions, Inc., and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Sponsors are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.

CONDITIONS

This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins that Sponsor may use each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law). All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST

If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsors that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsors elect to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsors will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs and will return the entry fees.

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