1) Nothing Is better than Real Life
Real life is about the authentic unscripted moments in our day to day life. For some, these are extraordinary events and for others, it can simply be the small moments of accomplishment or defeat. This category is wide open, as an opportunity for you to enter photographs that explore all aspects of family life.
A single word category that hardly gives justice to the complexity and depth of this subject matter. Photos must be of the birth process at some point but do not have to be just of the final moments of a child being born. Show us everything leading up to, during and after the birthing process.
Note: The Birth category is uncensored. Share your best work with us and we will share the award-winning photos on the appropriate channels. A reminder that photographers entering this (and any) category must have permission from any recognizable subjects to use their photos publicly.
3) The Holidays (around the world)
From Chinese new year to Halloween, lantern festivals to religious and non-religious celebrations, show us the chaos, the beauty, the dust and the meltdowns. This category is for photos made during celebrations both inside and outside of the home.
4) Me And My Phone (photos taken on your phone)
For the vast majority of us, the phone is actually our most used camera, whether we want to admit it or not. This category is about sharing documentary work both personal and professional, photographed with your phone.
Toning Note: We highly recommend toning your images with Snapseed by Google (iOS or Android ). However, judges will be more receptive to the variety of toning options available on phones so if your photos has an Instagram filter applied for example that is absolutely ok.
5) Environmental Portrait
“An environmental portrait is a portrait executed in the subject’s usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject’s life and surroundings.” – Wikipedia
In our own words, an environmental portrait uses a subject’s surroundings to tell us more about the subject themselves. This can be at home, school, the playground etc. and can be a single person or multiple people in one frame. In this category only, the photographer may or may not be involved in directing the subjects to be in a certain location or light if it enhances the portrait. This is not a formal sit down portrait category, rather a momentary pause where you make a portrait of them.