What are Categories?

Categories are the field in photography. There are 6 Categories that you can enter into. Commercial, Digital Art, Fine Art, Nature Portrait and Wedding. 


Ahmed Thabet

Cairo, Egypt

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COMMERCIAL

C1 Advertising

An advertising image should clearly send the message to the viewer on what is being advertised. Example: If the image is a bottle of liquor or a bottle of perfume, then most likely there will be text. Image should show in a ad layout which is ready to be published.

C2 Architecture

Commercial architectural images reflect an image in which a client can use for purposes of reporting and or advertising. The title of the image should encompass a part or whole name of the project. Images can be of building interiors, building exteriors, shots of interior design etc. This class is not for Fine Art Images. Fine Art Architecture images can be entered in Fine Art Class. 

C3 Aerial and Drone

Commercial category for aerial and drone photography class are for images that are to be used commercially only. Example of these types of images would be, a construction project in commercial or industrial environment, a golf course or hotel from above for advertising, a city or area overview for tourism and anything that has to do with capturing a project from above for commercial use. 

C4 Beauty and Fashion

Images of beauty and fashion must encompass at least one person. If you are using perfume, jewelry, or makeup alone without a person. it should be used in the Advertising C1 or Product C7 classes.  

C5 Editorial or Press

Editorial Images are images that are used for an article to be published in a magazine. Press images are images that are used to report a news story or incident in the media. Press images are NOT to be altered in any way other than the basic adjustment of exposure, contrast and colour. Black and white images may be used. Absolutely no adding or removing of object is allowed.  

C6 Botanical

Images in the commercial class of botanical are images used for reference in books and magazines. Image name should include the common name as this should be know if selling for stock. Example: Jasmine, rose, tulips. No need to include the Botanical Name. NO FINE ART FILTERS. 

C7 Food and Product

Food and product images should clearly send the message of the product. Food and product images are used in cookbooks and other various advertising assignments. No text is allowed in this class. Names appearing on products that would be on bottles and such is fine and are allowed.

C8 Industrial

Industrial images are usually used in both the overview of an industrial project or close ups of people at work in the industrial field. Examples of industrial images are, oil and gas industry, warehousing, industrial plants or process piping etc.

C9 Sports (Paid or Olympics)

This class can include any type of sport. Organized or Adventure Sports. Organized sports are sports that the athletes are paid for. Example: hockey, football, golfing, baseball, Olympic Sports are also included in this category. Adventure sports are more the hobby sports. It could be surfing, skiing, parasailing, scuba diving, a neighbourhood sports. 

C10 Corporate Portrait

Corporate portraits are portrait for business purposes. Portrait may be taken in an office environment or an environment that speaks of the business person/people and what they do. Studio corporate portraits may be used.  

C11 Travel

Travel images are images that can be used for when advertising tourism in magazines, travel agencies and other avenues of advertising.  

DIGITAL ART

D1 Digital Abstract Art

Anything goes here, create your own vision and abstract. 

D2 Digital Fine Art

In this class anything goes. Image may be 100% digital or images may have part of a photograph or part of many photographs. The result must be pleasing. This class is for the artist at heart. 

D3 Digital Illustrative Storytelling

Digital Illustrative Story Telling is when images are created with a story line. We have included a link that will show some inspiration for this Digital Class Thom Rouse

D4 Digitally Altered Portraits

Altered Portrait are portrait images taken of a person in a studio and then placing them in a fantasy or environment that the artist versioned. Images must include at least one portrait. For a few samples of this style of images, you may visit  Bryant Photographics 

NATURE

NI Birds and Birds of Prey

This class is for any type of bird. It can be a parrot, a bird in the wild, an eagle, a pheasant anything that has feathers. Birds can be captured in any environment. Including the name of the type of bird is a bonus but not necessary. No human elements, textures or painterly effects allowed. No Black and White

N2 Botanical

Botanical images are used for reference material, magazines and advertising. No human elements, textures or painterly effects allowed. No black and white images

N3 Natures Macro

This class is for anything in nature that can be captured with macro photography technics. No human elements, textures or painterly effects allowed. No black and white images

N4 Natural Landscapes

Natural Landscapes are landscapes that are in their environment. Natural Landscapes DO NOT include any human element.  No human elements, textures or painterly effects allowed. No black and white images. 

N5 Natural Seascapes/Waterscapes

Natural seascapes are seascapes that are in their environment (the sea) Natural seascapes DO NOT include any human element.  No human elements, textures or painterly effects allowed. No black and white images.

N6 Sea Life

Sea life images are image of anything that lives in water.  Sea life images can be captured in any environment. Including the name of the type of sea life is a bonus but not necessary. No human elements, textures or painterly effects allowed. No black and white images.

N7 Wildlife

Wildlife images are images of any wildlife that roam wild on land and is not a pet, however images may be captured on a wildlife farm or zoo. Including the name of the type of wildlife is a bonus but not necessary. No human elements, textures or painterly effects allowed. No black and white images.


What are Classes?

Classes are within the Categories. Example, architecture and fashion are classes within the Commercial Category.

FINE ART

F1 Abstract

Like Digital Art Abstract – anything goes here. The final image need to have an abstract feeling.

F2 Alternative Photographic Processes

There are various types or alternative methods of photography. Some include glass plate photography, pinhole photography, infrared photography, bleach bypass, cross processing and working with the negative process. When entering this class, please include the style in brackets at the end of the name. Example Walking in the Rain (pinhole) or The Tribe Chief (wet plate).  

F3 Fine Art Architecture

Fine Art Architecture images are considered unique images of Architecture that are sold for displaying in homes and offices. This usually comes from part of a building a whole building or architecture feature. They may include architecture that is digitally altered. Images are sold for fine art purposes and not for commercial purposes.  Images may include newer buildings, historical building, bridges, and architectural fountains statues and so on.   

F4 Fine Art Aerial or Drone

Fine Art Arial or Drone class images are images that display landscapes from above that may be used for art to hang on a wall. These images should not look commercial in any way and should look artistic.

F5 Black and White

Black and white fine art images may be of landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, fine art architecture, travel images, floral, panoramas. May include anything in the Fine Art Category.

F6 Cityscapes

Cityscapes are landscapes that are in their environment (the city). Cityscapes Landscapes may include bridges, overview of a city or town, a street or area, architecture that a certain city is famous for or anything that speaks of a city or urban environment.   

F7 Cityscapes - Painterly and or Artistic

Same as F6 however must encompass an artistic finish. Image editing MUST be completed by the photographer/artist submitting.  

F8 Cityscape - Panorama

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F9 Fine Art Landscapes or Seascape

Fine Art Landscapes are landscapes that can also be purchased as art to hang on a wall or be displayed in an art show. This class is for landscapes and seascapes only and not for cityscapes. Images must have a natural environment feel to it. This class may include objects such as barns, lighthouses, wildlife. Objects may only encompass a smaller percentage of the overall landscape.

F10 Fine Art Landscapes or Seascape - Painterly and or Artistic

Painterly Fine Art Landscapes are landscapes that can also be purchased for art to hang on a wall or be displayed in an art show. This class is for landscapes only and not cityscapes so images must have a natural environment feel to it. This class may include objects such as barns, lighthouses, wildlife. Objects may only encompass a smaller percentage of the overall landscape. Must have an artistic finish. Image editing MUST be completed by the photographer/artist submitting.  

F11 Fine Art Landscapes or Seascape - Panorama

Fine Art Landscapes are landscapes that can also be purchased as art to hang on a wall or be displayed in an art show. This class is for landscapes only and not for cityscapes so images must have a natural environment feel to it. This class may include objects such as barns, lighthouses, wildlife. Objects may only encompass a smaller percentage of the overall landscape. Must be a panoramic image that has been stitched with 2 or more images.

F12 Fine Art Nude or Figure Study

Images of Fine Art Nude or Figure Study Photography are images that anyone would be able to purchase as a piece of art and would be able to hang on a wall. Image can be full body, partial body or anything that is visually artistic. Boudoir images are not entered in this category. Images must be of good taste and not erotica style images. Visit Steve’s website for samples  https://www.steverichard.com/

F13 Fine Art Floral

Images in the Fine Floral Fine Art class are images that are purchased for wall art.  Images may have the painterly effect and other affects that will create a piece of art.

F14 Macro or Microscopic Photography

Images of Macro or Microscopic Photography need to be unique and able to hang as a piece of art on a wall. Some images for this class may include insects, floral and so much more. 

F15 Still Life

Fine Art Still Life Photography may be of anything that you can create into a piece of art. It can be a vase, a bike, a car, an apple a door lock anything that is a still item and that can be seen hanging on a wall or in an art display.

F16 Street Photography

Images of street photography are usually captured during trips to other places or during a walk in your own town or city. Street photography images usually have a human element in them.

F17 Fine Art Nature

Is for wildlife, sea life and birds. This class does not include pets. A Fine Art Nature image should be an image that can hang on a wall as an art piece. Textures or painterly effects are allowed in this class.

PORTRAIT

P1 Child Portrait

Child portrait class is for children’s portraits of 1 or more in a posed environment in studio or outdoors. 

P2 Child Portrait Story

The Child Portrait story class is for children’s portraits of 1 or more children that are not posed however tells a story.

P3 Couples and Engagement

Couples and engagement class can be taken in any environment. Can as well be a post wedding image. Must only encompass one couple.

P4 Portrait (1 Person)

Portrait class can include any type of portrait of a single person. Brides or wedding images are not included in this class. 

P5 Family Portrait (2 Or More)

Family class is only for a family of at least 2. Must include at least one parent or guardian and one child.   

P6 Fine Art Portrait

Fine Art Portraits are for portraits out of the ordinary. Fine Art Portrait class is for portraits out of the ordinary. They usually have a painterly look and feel but not necessary. They may be finished with textures; they are anything that will give the portrait an artistic finish. Image editing MUST be completed by the photographer/artist submitting.

P7 Traditional Portraits

Traditional portraits are portraits that have been created in studio with tradition posing and lighting. These portraits can as well be painted portraits however not to the extent of class P6

P8 Portrait Story (Non-Child)

Portrait Story images should easily show the viewer the story you are trying to tell. Portrait Story images with changing of background should be entered into the D3- Digital Illustrative Storytelling class or D4-Portrait class under Digital Illustration

P9 Maternity and Newborn

Maternity images may be captured in studio, outdoors and or underwater. Newborn photos are photos of newborns up to 30 days.

P10 Pet Photography

Pet photography images can include images of pets in studio or outdoors.

P11 Women’s Photography

Women’s photography class is for boudoir photography, pin up, fine art women’s portraits and any style that portrays a woman in a sensual way.

P12 Underwater Portrait Photography

Underwater portrait photography must consist of at least one person. Image Must have been captured underwater. 

WEDDING

W1 Bride's Tale

Brides Tale class is all about the bride. Examples of images are: the bride getting ready, her interaction with others, with her parents. The focus of the image must be on the bride.

W2 Groom's Tale

Grooms Tale class is all about the groom. Examples: the groom getting ready, his interaction with others, with his parents, his best friend. The focus of the image must be on the groom.

W3 Bridal Party

Bridal Party class is anything to do with the bridal party. Images can be with the bride and bridesmaids, the groom with the groomsmen, or the whole group together.

W4 Wedding Couple

Bridal Party class is anything to do with the bridal party. Images can be with the bride and bridesmaids, the groom with the groomsmen, or the whole group together.

W5 Wedding Ceremony

Wedding ceremony class images are about anything during the ceremony and the wedding couples’ vows.  

W6 Wedding Details

Wedding details images are about the fine little things that create the perfect wedding. The flowers, the rings, the wedding dress, the table settings, the champagne glasses. A successful wedding detail image will have the full focus on that detail.    

W7 Wedding Formals Including Studio Formals

Wedding formals are usually images that include the family with the couple.

W8 Wedding Creative

Wedding creative images are images that have been captured for a magazine or for fun. Wedding Creative category does count towards the POY award. de the family with the couple.

W9 Wedding Reception

Candid images taken at the reception. Can be the bride’s first dance, the toast to the bride, the cake cutting, the interaction of the bride and groom with family and friends.    

W10 Trash the Dress

Images created for this class are post wedding images that displays the elegance of the wedding gown and or clothing in a setting in which it is out of place. We have included a link with some samples.  http://vaughnbarry.com/trash-the-dress-photos  

Image by: Dana Serban - CP  
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