No photo entries may have won 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or Best of Show in previous APF Photo Competitions.
Either film or digital images are acceptable. Film images must be scanned into a digital format for the judge’s review.
All entries must be submitted online, do not mail any entries to the Augusta Photo Festival. See the “How to Enter” section above for details.
No photographs depicting commercial representation as their primary subject and/or reproduction of copyright material or trademarks will be accepted.
Any photographs depicting violence, nudity, profanity, and/or lewd gestures will be automatically disqualified from this competition.
Photographs can only be entered into one category.
Photos that violate or infringe upon another person's copyright are not eligible.
Watermarks and/or photographer’s logos are not permitted on photographs.
Cropped and/or rotated photos are eligible in all categories.
Minor adjustments, including levels, curves, contrast, saturation, sharpening, high dynamic range (HDR), focus stacking, etc. are acceptable for all categories.
Adding to or digitally altering the content of a photo is only allowed in the Fine Art category for the Advanced Competition. Youth and Enthusiast can enter the Fine Art category in the Advanced Competition if their image meets the requirements.
The entrant must obtain and have access to all necessary releases (model, property, and/or artist) and agrees to hold APF harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of APF's display, publication and promotion, or other use of each image submitted to APF.
Judging will be conducted by persons qualified in the fine art of photography, as chosen by the Augusta Photo Festival Competition Committee.
Judges may, at their discretion, reclassify entries to another category or disqualify entries.
Entries will be judged on technical techniques that include exposure, focus, sharpness and depth of field, color and tone, contrast, and lighting.
Entries will be judged on content that includes artistic and journalistic styles.
Entries will be judged on visual and aesthetic criteria that includes framing and viewpoint, foreground and background, design elements and principle, photographic arrangement, and visual impact.
Entries will be judged on general characteristics that include originality, insight, context, and style.
The judges will select up to 10 finalists per category from all entries. Finalists will be notified of their selection no later than August 31, 2020.
Final judging of the finalists will be based on the printed image prior to the opening of the APF Photo Competition Exhibit at the Arts & Heritage Center of North Augusta (AHCNA).
Up to ten photographs from each category in each group will be selected for final judging.
Instructions on submitting the photographs will be provided to the finalists as part of the selection notification not later than August 31, 2020.
Finalists will be asked to submit their chosen images in a professional format (printed, framed, matted, etc.) to the AHCNA for the finalist exhibit on September 21 & 22, 2020.
Selected finalists from each category will be published on the APF website and placed in exhibit for the Competition finale.
Final entries are further judged to determine 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places for each group and category as well as “Best of Show.” Judging is based on the printed image.
Everyone that participates in the Augusta Photo Festival is encouraged to attend the ceremonies, especially finalists in the Photo Competition.
The announcement of all winners will be done at the award ceremony and will include the presentation of ribbons and prize awards.
The Augusta Photo Festival will have the nonexclusive, perpetual right to use your image in connection with the Augusta Photo Festival, its Photo Competition and related festival events and promotion of the Festival, in any media now or hereafter known, including, but not limited to display at a potential exhibition of winners, publication of a book featuring select entries in the Competition, and publication on the Augusta Photo Festival website, highlighting entries or winners of the Competition.
Any photograph reproduced will include photo credit for the image maker.
The Augusta Photo Festival will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.
The Competition is void where prohibited or restricted by law.
The Augusta Photography Festival reserves the right to cancel the Competition or modify these rules at its discretion.
Entry fees are not refundable.
All decisions of the Augusta Photo Festival organizers will be final.