Focus Portrait Awards

Meet The Judges

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Carol Ann Neil

Carol Ann is an award winning baby, children and family portrait photographer based in Glasgow (Scotland) with over 10 years experience in studio and outdoor portraiture. For the past three years Carol Ann has travelled the world teaching fellow photographers her techniques to create low key, painterly style fine art portraiture. With a keen eye for detail, Carol Ann loves to combine her love of colours and textures to produce images that are both eye catching and memorable. Images that tell a story and evoke emotion for the viewer

Carol Ann created FOCUS and the FPA as a way to make her teaching available to all photographers. To create a community of individuals eager to learn and a place were artist’s can join together to support each other

Eva White – Guest Judge

Eva is an award winning London based photographer who specialises in children, family and maternity photography. With over a decade of experience, Eva finds inspiration for her portraits through colour, creating a world of visual mastery both in studio and on location. You can find more of Eva’s outstanding work here evawhitephotography

FOCUS PORTRAIT AWARDS (FPA)

Each month awards will be given in the form of Bronze, Silver & Gold to those entries that meet the judging criteria. Judges will be looking for images that display good technical merit in terms of exposure, sharpness, lighting, composition, colour balance etc… they want to see images with visual impact and creativity that evoke emotion in the viewer

Each month the judges will select one image from all of the entries received and from all awards given, to be titled ‘Judges Choice’ the winner of which receives a custom designed framed print from the amazing team at Digitalab

MATERNITY – Expecting mother, may include partner/family members

NEWBORN & BABY – For babies younger than 18 months 

CHILDREN & TEENS –  Children aged 16 years or younger. Sibling or group portraits may be included

FAMILY – At least 2 members of the same family, including at least one adult and one child

PEOPLE PORTRAIT –  Studio or outdoor portrait. No age limits or creative restrictions**

OUTDOOR – Baby, child or family portrait taken

ANIMAL – Family pets or wildlife images are accepted

BLACK & WHITE – Open to all genres of monochrome photography 

STILL LIFE – an image depicting inanimate subjects 

All components of your entered image must belong to you. For composite work each element must come from an image you have taken

 

How To Enter

***You may submit ONE image per category ***

Please submit the following information in the message section BEFORE you upload your image

name_category_country_month_year

for example

joebloggs_portrait_denmark_may_2020

For optimal image quality and upload speed please submit your image in JPEG format no more than 1500 pixels on the longest side. Images should be no larger than 3mb. No copyright, logo or any other identifying marks should be visible.

Failure to do this will result in your image being rejected

** images portraying distaste or full nudity will not be accepted. Judges will make the final decision on what they deem to be unacceptable**

The closing date for entrants is midnight on the last day of the month and results will be announced on the 5th day of the following month.

***Payment For Entry***

1 image £10

3 images £20

5 images £25

9 images £35

When you have submitted your entries to the FPA please then send your payment via PayPal to caneilphotography@outlook.com

Please note: Your entries will not be entered into the FPA until payment has been received

***ENTRY IS FREE FOR ALL FOCUS MEMBERS***

July 2024 entries are open

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