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Best of ASMP 2018 Contest Details Page

UPDATE 10/29: We are coming down the home stretch! We have been told that due to several things happening during the month of October several entrants have been delayed. Consequently, we’ve decided to extend the contest to midnight on Sunday November 4th. Late fees will apply after midnight on October 31st so get those entries in! Remember this comes with an opportunity to be showcased in January’s ASMP Infinity Magazine, not to mention the great prizes from our prize sponsor, Think Tank. Our judges are poised to start judging on Monday November 5th!

About the BEST of ASMP 2018 Photography Contest

BEST of ASMP is the fourth and final photography contest we will hold in 2018. This is a members-only contest and it is designed to showcase the important work of ASMP members from the 2018 calendar year. Non-members can join ASMP to enable participation in the contest. Our contests are only one of the reasons you’ll want to consider joining ASMP.

This page is updated weekly with relevant contest information so bookmark it! We’ve outlined the key dates of the contest below. We’ll be adding information on jurists, prizes, and respond to Q&A. You can either submit questions using the comments field below, or you can write to us at contest@asmp.org.

Entries can be submitted between October 1st and October 31st.


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Key Dates

Call for Entries – Oct 1st – 31st
First Round of Judging – Nov 3rd – 9th
Second Round of Judging – Nov 10th – 16th
Winner’s contacted – Nov 20 – 30th
Winners announced to public – w/o Dec 3rd

Categories

There are four Best of ASMP photography contest categories:

  • Individual Image: Editorial – Open to all commissioned magazine and editorial work. Personal work in the style of editorial photography should be entered in the Personal category.
  • Individual Image: Self-Promotional/Personal – Self-promotional is open to single images used for online and print promotions. For multi-page print promos, please select series entry to upload multiple images.
  • Individual Image: Commercial – Commercial is open to online and print work.
  • Series of Images: A series is considered a grouping of two to ten images representing a single theme.

Rules

View or download our official contest rules

Pricing

Wondering why we are charging contest entry fees? Charging contest fees allows us to subsidize the software platform we use to manage contest entries and communication with submitters, as well as provide us with sophisticated judging functionality. We also believe in compensating our judges with an honorarium to both acknowledge their time and the level of expertise they bring to the contest. Finally, all remaining proceeds from our contests go toward supporting ASMP’s education and advocacy initiatives that ultimately benefit us all.

CategoryASMP Member Late Fees
Single Image$15.00$20.00
Series$25.00$30.00

 

Jurists

We are thrilled to start announcing our distinguished judges. We will continue to post bios as they come in!

Gregory Heisler

Currently the Distinguished Professor of Photography at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, Gregory Heisler is perhaps best known for his more than 70 cover portraits for Time, as well as his covers and essays for Life, Esquire, GQ,

Sports Illustrated, ESPN, and The New York Times. His book, Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits is now in its third printing.

Nancy Andrews

Nancy Andrews has returned to the field as a reporter and photographer. In December she was named a 2018 Alicia Patterson Fellow for a project studying natural gas pipelines in Appalachia. She is also part of a collaborative effort opening a studio and creative space in Pittsburgh in 2019.

Previously she was a staff photographer at The Washington Post and held photographer of the year titles from the White House News Photographers Association and Pictures of the Year International (POYi). Her work has been recognized by World Press Photo and reviewed widely, including by The New York Times. While an editor at the Detroit Free Press, Andrews won three national Emmy Awards. Most recently she was the Ogden Professor of Media Innovation at West Virginia University.

Andrews has published two monographs, “Family: A Portrait of Gay and Lesbian America” by Harper Collins Publishers and “Partial View: An Alzheimer’s Journey” co-authored with Dr. Cary Smith Henderson. She’s held solo exhibitions at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Newseum and at Rochester Institute of Technology and the University of Virginia.

 

Brian Storm

Brian Storm is founder and executive producer of MediaStorm.

MediaStorm publishes diverse narratives, offers advanced storytelling training and collaborates with a diverse group of clients.

MediaStorm’s stories and interactive applications have received numerous honors, including 30 Webby nominations (6 time winner), 17 Emmy Award nominations (4 time winner), two duPont Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award.

Prior to launching MediaStorm in 2005, Storm spent two years in New York as vice president of News, Multimedia & Assignment Services for Corbis, a digital media agency founded and owned by Bill Gates. From 1995 to 2002 he was director of multimedia at MSNBC.com.

Storm received his master’s degree in photojournalism in 1995 from the University of Missouri. He lives in Los Gatos, CA and can be reached via brian@mediastorm.com.

Resources

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Join the discussion 8 Comments

  • taylorimages says:

    Is this Best contest also faces? The categories are very vague.

    • Trisha Barber says:

      Hello and thanks for the question. You can certainly enter portraits in the Best of Contest 2018 contest. The category you enter them in would depend on what they were shot for: Commercial, Editorial, or Personal use.

  • DASaunders says:

    Hello, It seems there is a typo above.
    This line refers to the FACES contest (under Categories) which has already taken place: “There are four ASMP Faces photography contest categories:”

  • manewlin says:

    This is my second email regarding this question. The 1st time I submitted this question, it was never answered. I am a portrait photographer and I want to know if you will accept nude images for this contest? My image shows full breasts and no genitalia. I would appreciate it if someone would get back to me with an answer this time.
    Thanks.
    Maury A. Newlin (Member)

    • Trisha Barber says:

      Dear Maury,

      Thanks for the question. Our rules say this: “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.” It’s hard to tell until we see the image if it’s appropriate. We review everything as it is submitted and make a judgement call. If we determine it is not appropriate, you will be notified and your entry fee will be refunded.

      Hope this helps!
      ASMP Support

  • dreyfus associates photography says:

    Question,
    If I submit in commercial, can the final image include the type in the printed piece?
    Dan

  • rockyk says:

    Hello, the contest rules specify calendar year 2018 images. However, this would disqualify images taken after “Best of…2017” in November and December 2017. This seems unfair; shouldn’t images taken between contests be eligible?

    Thanks

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