The Entry Period for “Best Of… 2024” Is Now CLOSED

Updates will be posted here as judging continues. Thank you from all of us at ASMP!

The Flagship Members-Only Competition Returns!

For many years, the ASMP “Best Of” set the standard for a way to see the breadth and depth of the work created by the most talented photographers in the world. But since 2020, this event was on hiatus. Now, ASMP is proud to welcome back “Best Of… 2024” with new prizes, new categories, new judges, and so much more. All images created since January 1, 2019 are eligible for entry.  If you are an ASMP or NANPA member in good standing, you are eligible to enter.

Read on to get all the information on this year’s competition, and check back on this page regularly as new judges will be added to the panel, and new prizes will be added to the pool.

Oh, did we mention that EVERY image or series entered will receive written feedback from our judging panel? Just another way we are proud to support our members!

2019 Best Of – 1st Place – Personal / Self Promotion © Tracy + David

2020 Best Of – Grand Prize Winner © George Kamper

2019 Best Of – 1st Place – Commercial © John Muggenborg

Best Of… 2024

An ASMP & NANPA Members-Only Competition

 

Important Dates:

  • Feb 27 – Mar 8 – Early Entry Period (20% Discount on Entry Fees)
  • Mar 9 – Mar 31 – General Entry Period
  • Apr 1 – Apr 10 – Extended Entry Period (Fees Increase!)
  • Apr 11 – May 15 – Judging Period
  • On or About May 25 – Winners Announced

Entry Fees:

  • Single Image Entry – $25.00 (50% Higher Fees During Extended Entry Period)
  • Series Entry  – $55.00 (50% Higher Fees During Extended Entry Period)
  • Volume Discount! Enter 5+ Images or Series in ANY Category, You’ll Recieve 15% Off All Additional Entries!

 

About This Event:

The flagship members-only competition offered by ASMP, 2024 marks the return of “Best Of…” featuring a completely reworked entry system, more categories, more winners, an amazing judging panel, and this year for the first time, “Best Of…” is open to both ASMP & NANPA Members!

Highlights of “Best Of… 2024” Include:

  • Winners featured in a printed & digital Sourcebook, sent to all the major editors and agencies in the industry.
  • Each and every entry receives one or more written comments from our judging panel. This competition is about getting in front of the industry authorities who can help you improve and succeed.
  • New Judges and New Prizes announced throughout the Entry Period!

    Prizes

    New Prizes Added Throughout the Competition!

    Inclusion in Printed "Best Of... 2024" Sourcebook, Which Will Be Distributed Digitally and In Print Versions to Hundreds of Photo Buyers, Editors, and Art Directors Across the Industry (All Winners)

    Best-In-Show Grand Prize Package Valued at More Than $5,000

    -- Including $500 Gift Card from Hunt's Photo & Video!

    -- Including Three Year Complimentary "Leader" Membership to ASMP w/ Exclusive Gear

    ALL Submitted Entries Will Receive Written Feedback from One or More Judges

    Unique, Custom-Engraved Award (All Winners)

    Invitation for you and a guest to the inaugural ASMP Awards event to be held in 2024-2025 (1st Place Winners)

    Recognition and work featured on multiple platforms including ASMP and its social media channels (All Winners)

    New Prizes & Awards Added Throughout the Competition

    2020 Best Of – 1st Place – Commercial – © Tracy + David

    Photo courtesy Guaguopoker

    2024 Lead Judges

    Kat Dalager

    Currently the Vice President of smollworld, Inc., Kat’s marketing career has spanned nearly four decades. Previous leadership positions include Minneapolis in-house agencies at General Mills, LifeTime Fitness, Target and Best Buy, plus advertising agencies Campbell Mithun, Carmichael Lynch and The Martin Agency in Richmond, VA.

    She’s a Past President of AdFed MN and a current and past volunteer for a diverse array of organizations such as ASMP, AIGA, The Women’s Foundation of MN, Stevie Ray’s Improv Company, See Change, MCTC, Dunwoody, Nucleus Clinic, Hypnic Jerk Theater, The Art Shanty Project, MN Fashion and The Minnesota Center for Photography.

    Howard Bernstein

    Howard is the CEO/Founder of Atrbute the creative artists agency who manage the careers of Pari Dukovic, Ben Hassett, Marco Grob, Elinor Carucci, Joshua Kissi, Quentin Jones and Stephen Wilkes. 

    He was previously the Managing Director of Great Bowery.  Under the Great Bowery umbrella B&A, MAP, CLM, Streeters, Trunk Archive and Gallery Stock.  Prior to that Howard was Chief Executive Officer and owner of B&A and Gallery Stock which he co-founded.  Both companies were acquired by Great Bowery in 2014.

    Howard is a longtime board  member of The People’s Portfolio, an international human rights non-profit founded by Platon whose mission is to bring a voice to the socially ignored and change the conversation around power. He is a founding board member of the Artist Management Association.

    Additional Jurors

    Liz Miller-Gershfeld

    Liz Miller-Gershfeld

    Creative Producer

    With a career spanning over 20 years in advertising, I’ve had the privilege of working alongside incredibly talented teams, managing projects of all sizes, and collaborating with some of the most beloved brands around the globe. Along the way, I’ve also found joy in connecting with the creative community, sharing stories, insights, and laughter as a speaker and panelist for groups like the APA, ASMP, Geekfest NOLA and many others. I’ve been lucky enough to judge some fantastic photo competitions and help curate exhibitions that give back to the community.

    Recently, I decided to step back from my role as an executive art producer after 23 years at Energy BBDO to explore new passions, especially the exciting world of AI and how it can enhance our creative work.

    Outside of work, you’ll often find me cycling through Chicago’s brisk winds, paddling in the lake, or setting up camp under the stars. I share my adventures with my husband, our two sons, and Louis, our dog.

    Michael Bilbrey

    Michael Bilbrey

    Senior Production Consultant at Leo Burnett

    Mike began his production career in 1991 at Leo Burnett. Working as an Art Buyer Coordinator, he learned the ropes from a group of colleagues and became an Art Buyer in 1994, earning his first account: Jenn-Air. Other accounts, like United Airlines, Maytag, Samsung, and Morgan Stanley, followed. In 1999, he assigned the storied Marlboro Cowboy account – the most successful and recognized brand campaign in history.

    Along with Oldsmobile, Polaroid, and Altoids, he honed his chops in production, working on the agency giants at the time. Fast forward to 2014, after 23 years of hopscotching the globe, he was offered a position in our new Consulting dept., working on the photography platform. Since then, His experience in production has helped him mentor new producers in the old-world ways of shooting the best creative product, bar none. Thirty-two years after it began, he enjoys enjoying every day being a Burnetter.

    Chris Peters

    Chris Peters

    Senior Producer at Colle McVoy

    Chris Peters is a Senior Producer at Colle McVoy, a full-service creative agency based in Minneapolis, where he has conducted art buying and production for 20+ years. As an integral part of the department, he’s helped transform Colle McVoy into a nationally recognized agency.

    Sourcing talent for a wide range of integrated campaigns, his client experience includes Target, , Goodyear, Craftsman, Invisalign, Land O’Lakes, Jackson Hole Tourism, Indian Motorcycles, Cub Cadet, 3M, Purina and Caribou Coffee.

    Prior to joining Colle McVoy, he studied photography at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, worked as a freelance photojournalist and was a production manager for a photography studio. His photography has won numerous awards and been featured in Communication Arts and the Graphis Advertising Annual. He also serves as an advisory board member for the Photography and Motion program at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.

    Lizzy Soufleris

    Lizzy Soufleris

    Visuals Editor at Architectural Digest

    Lizzie is a Visuals Editor at Condé Nast, where she has spent the past 4 years creating and producing visuals for Architectural Digest. She spends her days producing editorial shoots, conducting and curating photo research, and creating bespoke imagery to accompany stories across AD’s print magazine and digital platforms. Beyond photography, she also works as an illustrator, both within AD and as an independent artist.

    Before joining the AD creative team, Lizzie studied photography and design at the Rochester Institute of Technology in her hometown of Rochester, NY. After walking the stage, she relocated to Brooklyn to begin her career in the creative industry. She worked in post-production and as a freelance producer until 2020, when she took the leap into the editorial world.

    Natalie Gialluca

    Natalie Gialluca

    Visuals Director & Producer

    Natalie Gialluca is an award-winning photo editor, producer and consultant based in New York City.

    She conceptualizes creative direction, handles full scale production and goes on-set to art direct photo and video shoots. An exceptional producer both domestically and internationally, in studios, on location and on hot television/film sets.

    She has over ten years of experience as a content creator producing original photography for clients in editorial and advertising environments for print and digital mediums. Her clients range from national magazines to television networks, film studios and social media brands.

      Most recently, Natalie was a photo editor for Entertainment Weekly magazine where she was responsible for conceptualizing, art directing and producing high concept cover shoots of celebrities. Natalie worked directly with top studio executives, talent public relations teams and high-profile celebrities on pitching concepts, negotiations and communications to bring the magazine’s vision to life.

    Natalie is well respected in the industry and has built strong relationships with some of the most celebrated photographers around the world. She has worked with some of the top agents, wardrobe stylists, hair stylists, makeup artists, and set designers in the game . She takes pride in her ability to curate the best team to produce moving and effective imagery for each project.

    Andrea Mariash

    Andrea Mariash

    Los Angeles Executive Art + Content Producer

    My production experience ranges from enormous international product launches to scrappy in-house productions. I’m delivering content across all media platforms. And I’m 100% buttoned up; always safe, legal, on budget, and fun.

    Both Creative Directors and cost consultants routinely high-five me. I’ve sourced a fixer in Tunisia, I’ve been picked up around the waist by a frisky elephant, and I’ve discussed bunions with an A-lister. (He went there! I simply followed.)

    My goal is to discover the perfect talent for every project, and to then negotiate ethically and equitably until all parties holler ‘win-win!’

    Elizabeth Candela

    Elizabeth Candela

    Director of Marketing, BKSK Architects

    For over 20 years Elizabeth Candela has led the strategic positioning of architecture firms in New York and Los Angeles, ranging from 10 to 500 employees. As Director of Marketing and Business Development for BKSK for the past 5 years, Elizabeth has continued the firm’s success and foothold in several markets while finding new and exciting opportunities that expand creative and geographic boundaries.

    A former art director and current photographer, Elizabeth takes great pride in her work designing private signals for sailors through her small business Wind and Thread and leading BKSK’s bowling team to victory in the Architects’ League. She is currently an MSW candidate at NYU Silver and holds an MA from Columbia University in Psychology and a BA in Latin American History from Wesleyan University. 

    Jacqueline Bovaird

    Jacqueline Bovaird

    Jacqueline Bovaird, Head of Photography at Apple, Marcom LA

    Jacqueline Bovaird is the Head of Photography for Apple’s Marcom LA, crafting the strategic photographic language for Apple’s services.

    Throughout her 15 years in the industry she’s worn the hat of producer, editor, curator, agent, and consultant. She is a champion for equitable and sustainable production practices. Jacqueline has been fortunate to work with incredible talent and clients such as Nike, Apple, NASA, W+K, TBWA, Deutsch, and 72andSunny.

    Daniel J. Cox

    Daniel J. Cox

    Photographer / Owner, Natural Exposures

    Daniel J. Cox has been documenting nature for 40+ years. In 2013, he was honored as Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year by the North American Nature Photography Association (NANPA). He’s also been awarded in competitions worldwide including BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Nature’s Best.

    Dan’s wide range of accomplishments include being a regular contributor to natural history publications worldwide, a field contributor for Outdoor Photographer, a consultant for Hewlett-Packard fine art printers, an honorary “Nikon Legend Behind the Lens,” and a mentor for American Photo’s Mentor Series photography workshops. Dan has also worked with Panasonic as a Lumix Ambassador team member. His work has been featured in several galleries including Nikon House (New York), the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and London’s Natural History Museum. Dan is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club.

    Jess Chorney

    Jess Chorney

    Senior Creative Director, Target

    Jess Chorney is a Senior Creative Director for Brand and Category campaigns at Target, leading an internal creative team and world-class agencies to create work that is strategic, relevant, inspiring, and aligned with the Target brand.

    Her team’s areas of focus include Brand, Category and Audience-specific multichannel campaigns; internal end-to-end video capabilities including live action, motion graphics, and production teams; style campaigns (fashion, beauty, and home) inclusive of brand marketing, photo art direction, casting, and styling; and creative connections with our team in India.

    Over an 18-year career at the bullseye she has developed strategic business acumen, launched numerous apparel and home brands, worked with incredible photographers, and most importantly, developed a highly skilled team. Her leadership approach is grounded in transparency, empowerment, advocacy, and bringing warmth and joy to every interaction.

    Your Questions Answered

    The Core Information
    • This event is open to all ASMP and NANPA Members in good standing.
    • Our panel of judges will choose a 1st Place Winner and Two (2) Judge’s Choice Winners in each of 14 categories and two divisions: Single Image & Series.
    • One Best-In-Show Winner will be chosen from all 1st Place Winning Entries.
    • All images created on or after January 1, 2019 (i.e. in the last five years) are eligible for entry!
    What Are the Categories?

    We have greatly expanded the categories this year to more fully describe the work that our Members create. The choice of category is yours, but you will have a space in each Entry to describe your image and the story behind it. 

    01 Architecture / Interiors
    02 A.I.
    03 Beauty / Fashion
    04 Conceptual / Altered
    05 Corporate / Industrial
    06 Fine Art
    07 Food / Still Life
    08 Personal Projects
    09 Portraits
    10 Lifestyle
    11 Sports / Adventure
    12 Wildlife
    13 Nature / Landscape
    14 Travel

    What Dates Do I Need to Know?
    • Feb 27 – Mar 8 – Early Entry Period (20% Discount on Entry Fees)
    • Mar 9 – Mar 31 – General Entry Period
    • Apr 1 – Apr 10 – Extended Entry Period (Fees Increase!)
    • Apr 11 – May 15 – Judging Period
    • On or About May 25 – Winners Announced
    Who Are the Judges?

    Our lead judges for this year’s competition are:

    • Kat Dalager
    • Howard Bernstein

    Additional judges will be announced throughout the competition!

    What are the Divisions, and What Are the Entry Fees?

    In each of the 14 categories, there are two divisions: Single Image and Series (up to five images).

    Single Image – $25.00 / Entry
    Series – $55.00 / Entry

    During the Early Entry Period, there is 20% off all fees, and during the Extended Entry Period, the Entry Fees increase by 50%!

    What Is Your Policy on AI Generated Images?

    ASMP wishes to ensure that the creative voice of all photographers is heard, and that the value of human authorship is preserved while utilizing the latest technologies. To that end, images that were created using “generative AI” technologies either in whole (such as through a platform like MidJourney or Dall-E) or in part (using the “Generative Fill” tools in popular imaging editors) MUST be submitted in the AI category. All entrants must attest that work in all other categories was created without using these technologies.

    What Are the Image Entry Guidelines?
    • All files must be in JPEG format.
    • File Size Limit: 5 MB
    • Minimum Pixel Dimension: 1000px on short side.
    • Winners must be ready to confirm their eligibility and submit a full-resolution print-ready image if notified. If we cannot find you, or you do not respond, your image will be disqualified, and a replacement winner will be determined.
    How Do I Submit?
    • All Entries must be submitted through our online portal HERE.
    • You can login to see your entries, add new entries, and get all information at any time before the entry period ends.
    • For any help, please send us a message at awards@asmp.org.
    What Are the Contest Terms & Conditions?

    Since 1944, ASMP has been the world’s leader in promoting photographer’s rights, and this commitment extends to the terms of our competitions. Below, please find the ASMP Model Terms & Conditions for Photo / Video Contests, our photographer-first industry-standard set of terms and conditions that all ASMP Contests and Awards adhere to, and that we promulgate freely to all other groups seeking to host a contest where creative works are submitted.

    Read the full rules, terms, and conditions here. 

    Anything Other Important Info I Need to Know?
    • There is no limit on the number of entries you can submit.
    • The decision of the judges is final and binding, with no appeal process.
    • Entry fees are non-refundable.
    • Any taxes, duties, fees, or other levies on prizes awarded are the sole responsibility of the winner.