Each entrant may submit a maximum of 15 entries. A picture story or multimedia entry counts as one entry. No more than 3 multimedia entries per person is permitted. A portfolio entry does not count towards the 15 entry maximum.
A photo may not be entered in more than one single picture category. It is permissible to pull a single image from a story or multimedia category and enter that in one of the single image categories.
01 Spot News – A single picture of an unscheduled event for which no advance planning was possible.
02 General News – A picture of a scheduled or organized event for which advance planning was possible.
03 Feature – Usually a found situation with strong human interest; a fresh view of an everyday scene.
04 Sports Action – A single picture or sequence showing participation in a game or athletic event.
05 Sports Feature – A feature picture that is sports related.
06 Portrait/Personality – A picture that captures an aspect of the subject’s character.
07 Pictorial – A picture that exploits the graphic aesthetic qualities of the subject with emphasis on composition.
08 Olympic — A picture of this organized event that captures the aspect or a subject from the 2012 Olympics.
09 Election — Photo that captures the aspect or a subject from the 2012 U.S. presidential general election.
10 News Picture Story – A collection of photos with a single them that fits the description of the Spot News or General News category. Twelve image maximum.
11 Chris Hondros Memorial International News – This category is in memory of Getty Images staff photographer Chris Hondros, who died on April 20, 2011 while covering conflict in Libya. Images should be a collection of photos with a single theme that have been taken outside of U.S. territory. Twelve image maximum.
12 Feature Picture Story/Essay – A collection of photos with a single theme that fits the description of the Feature category. Twelve image maximum.
13 Picture Story – A collection of photos with a single theme that fits the description of the Sports Action or Sports Feature category. Twelve image maximum.
14 Product Illustration – A photograph that illustrates any product, including clothing and food.
15 Issue Illustration – A photograph conceived to illustrate a particular idea or editorial concept.
16 Multimedia Slideshow – A single slideshow that may consist of still photos, audio or video and requires no user interaction other than start/stop, next/previous or image number buttons to view.
17 Multimedia Interactive Presentation – A multi-layered presentation that may consist of still photos, graphics, animation, audio or video that incorporates hyper-links to delineate chapters or sections.
Multimedia Entries – No more than 3 multimedia entries per person or per team are permitted. Multimedia entries are required to fill in the information on the contest registration form & mail a CD or DVD of their project(s) formatted as Quicktime movie H.264. No entry can play longer than four minutes. Your contest entry form must accompany your contest entry.
Use this method for a multimedia entry which is the work of a single photographer. You may include this entry as part of your overall contest entry.
Use this method when there is more than one photographer responsible for the work. If you use this method use must submit it under a separately funded contest entry.
Portfolio Entries- Best Portfolio or Rich Mahan Best Student Portfolio
Each portfolio MUST include an entry from one multiple picture category (News Picture Story, Feature Picture Story, Sports Picture Story ) and from one news category (Spot News, General News, News Picture Story). Portfolios may contain no more than 10 entries. A picture story counts as one entry. A story may contain a maximum of 12 images. Portfolios may contain no more than 40 images. Do not enter multimedia entries in the portfolio competition.
The Rich Mahan Student Portfolio honors the memory of former Seminar Board Member Rich Mahan. Students may enter either the Best Portfolio or the Rich Mahan Student Portfolio competition, but not both. Only students who have not yet graduated are eligible for the Student category, therefore students should enter the contest with a University affiliation listed on their entry form, not a publication.