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Perspectives: The 2018 PhotoPlus Expo Photography Contest
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Info & Rules

Added by Sophia Brighton

Experienced photographer with over 15 years of shootings.

Contest info


The third annual PhotoPlus Expo photography contest returns, this time inviting you to participate in an international celebration of the human experience. PDN is calling for your best work that embodies this theme in the following categories: Portraits, Street Photography, Food Photography, and Architecture and Landscapes.

Winners will be featured in the print PhotoPlus Expo 2018 Show Guide. Professional and Amateur Grand Prize include a trip to PhotoPlus Expo in New York City.

The PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo is the largest photography and imaging show in North America, attended by over 25,000 professional photographers, photography enthusiasts, videographers, students and educators from around the world. PhotoPlus features over 100 educational seminars, Photo Walks, and Master Classes, and over 250 exhibitors displaying thousands of the latest products and services for you to touch try and compare.

PDN organizes this competition in 4 categories:


Enter today!

Start date

1 July 2018  -  10 September 2018


1 July 2018  -  10 September 2018


11 September 2018  -  30 September 2018



One Professional Grand-Prize Package:     
A trip* to PhotoPlus Expo in New York City for the exhibition.   
One Amateur Grand-Prize Package:     
A trip* to PhotoPlus Expo in New York City for the exhibition.   
Eight First-Place Packages:     
Grand-Prize and First-Place winners will each receive a 3 Day Conference Pass to PhotoPlus Expo 2018.   
*Trip includes 3 nights hotel and airfare (up to $1000). 
ALL WINNERS will be featured in the print 2018 PhotoPlus Expo Show Guide and in a online gallery.

General rules


Who may enter this contest? Entrants must be 18 years or older. Employees and direct family members of Emerald Expositions and its affiliates are not eligible to enter or win prizes. See Rules page for more details. Can I enter if I live outside of the U.S.?
Except where prohibited by law, international entries can be submitted.
What is an entry?
An entry consists of one image or one photo series with up to six related images.
What is a photo series?
A photo series includes two to six images that convey a story around a particular theme.
How are the entries judged?
Judging is subjective, however, we have a few simple guidelines for putting together your entry.

  • If you are entering a single image, make sure it's strong on its own. You may choose to also enter it as part of a series, but as a single, it should relay the story, moment or concept you want to convey.
  • If you are entering a series, make your series cohesive. If it is not from the same photographic series or project, a visual relation that ties the imagery together is key. Judges will be making decisions based upon the strength of the series as a whole. Make a careful edit of your images and order them the way you want them to be viewed.
  • Trust your instincts, but also ask the advice of those you trust. Sometimes you need another opinion to improve your edit. Ask someone with a good eye, be it another artist, your rep or a creative who has experience in the field.

See Rules page for more details on judging process. How do you define a "professional" photographer?
A professional photographer:

  • Earns more than 50 percent of his or her income from photographic sales.
  • Publishes photographs in books, magazines, newspapers, or online regularly.

Non-professionals are welcome to enter into a professional category but professionals cannot enter as amateurs.
Is there a limit to the number of entries that I can enter?
No, you may enter as many entries as you like. What format should I save my digital images?
Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 2,000 pixels and be saved at 300 dpi (around 7" or larger) jpeg. We recommend the uncompressed file size not be larger than 4 megabytes to ensure a fast upload experience. We can accept images that are up to 50 megabytes (uncompressed) if you do not have the ability to downsize the images (uncompressed is the size you see in Photoshop's "Image Size" display which represents the count of pixels in the image: It is not the file size on your computer's hard drive viewable on your desktop). Images may be color profiled in sRGB, Adobe-1998, or not color-managed. Is there a timeframe for when my photos must have been taken to qualify for this contest?
No, there are no timeframe restrictions for this contest. I have entered my photo in another competition. Does this disqualify my entry?
No, we allow images that have been entered or have won in other photo competitions, including other PDN/Rangefinder/WPPI contests, as long as they have not been entered into this contest in a previous year. Should I watermark my images?
No, we will appropriately credit all winning photographers.
Will my images be sold?
No. You retain copyright to your photograph and the Sponsors may not sell your photo entry for a fee. All entries may be posted online so that viewers may view all competing entries. And winning entries may be used in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest for a period of 24 months from the date winners are notified.
When will the winners be announced?
Winners will be contacted in September 2018 and the winning entries will be featured in print 2018 PhotoPlus Expo Show Guide and in an online winners' gallery.


Age restriction: 18 / 100

Available for citizens: Worldwide