Categories

Single Picture Categories

5 images maximum may be entered in each of these categories.
01
5 MAX

Spot News
A picture of an unscheduled or breaking event for which no advance planning was possible. Examples: fires, accidents or natural disasters.

02
5 MAX

General News
A picture of a scheduled political, social or cultural event for which advance planning was possible. Examples: demonstrations, staged promotional or political events and other daily news.

03
5 MAX

Feature
A candid picture of a "found situation" containing strong human interest, a fresh view of the ordinary or humor. In all cases the dignity of the subject must be respected.

04
5 MAX

Sports Action
A picture that increases understanding of and appreciation for sport through the capture of peak action and the competitive spirit.

05
5 MAX

Sports Feature
A sports-related picture with strong human interest or pictorial quality that celebrates the role athletics play in the lives of athletes and fans. Examples: The joy of victory or agony of defeat, fan reaction and interaction, athlete portraits.

06
5 MAX

Portrait
A picture of a person that reveals the essence of the subject's character.

07
5 MAX

Interpretive Eye*
A picture that showcases a photographer's distinctive perspective on the world. May express beauty, tension, harmony, chaos and other abstract concepts through composition, tonal and color relationships or may be an abstraction or non-traditional photograph. This category is open to images created with the use of software capture filters (such as those used by Hipstamatic, CameraBag or Instagram) or non-traditional analog processes and equipment, but not to digital alteration of content through the use of post capture editing software.

* If you used software filters in the creation of an image, please indicate that in your captions.
08
5 MAX

Illustration*
A food, product, still life, fashion or concept picture demonstrating tight control of lighting, esthetics and purpose. Each entry must have a title. Digital alteration through post capture editing software or software capture filters is allowable in this category.

* If you used post-capture editing software or software filters in the creation of an image, please indicate that in your captions.

Multiple Picture Categories

5 entries maximum may be entered in each story category.
09
5 MAX

Interpretive Project*
A photographic essay, story or series that showcases a photographer's distinctive perspective on the world and in which that vision creates cohesion and voice in the multiple image presentation. This category is open to images created with the use of software capture filters (such as those utilized by Hipstamatic and Instagram) or non-traditional analog processes and equipment. However, it is NOT open to the digital alteration of content through the use of post capture editing software (12 photos maximum per entry).

* If you used software filters in the creation of an image, please indicate that in your captions.
10
5 MAX

Domestic Picture Story
A narrative picture story or thematic essay photographed in your home country that either reports on significant events, celebrates life, portrays sport or explores environmental, social, economic or political topics. 8 photos maximum per story.

11
5 MAX

International Picture Story
A narrative picture story or thematic essay photographed in a foreign country that reports on significant events, celebrates life, portrays sport or explores environmental, social, economic or political topics. 8 photos maximum per story.

12
5 MAX

Documentary
A long-form photographic essay or extended narrative story which portrays important contemporary concerns or social issues. To encourage long-term projects, images from previous year's work may be included, provided none of them have previously won a CPOY award. At least half of the photographs in the entry must have been taken between September 1, 2017 and August 22, 2018. 12 photos maximum per entry.

Portfolio Categories

1 entry may be submitted in each of the Portfolio categories.
13
1 MAX

Sports Portfolio*
Demonstrates versatility and includes at least three different sports. No stories. Eight images maximum.

* A Sports Portfolio entry is not considered to fulfill the requirement for a multiple picture entry within the Portfolio category.
14
1 MAX

Portfolio
A body of work that showcases a photographer's vision and demonstrates versatility, expertise and depth. Minimum Requirements: Must include at least one entry from a multiple picture category (9-12) and entries from at least two other still image categories (1- 12). 50 images maximum. Multimedia stories (15-18) may not be included.

Multimedia Categories

5 items may be entered in each multimedia category.

Entrant(s) must be the authorized holder of the copyright for all components of the entry, or entrant(s) must have obtained copyright permission from the holder.
15
5 MAX

Multimedia: Online Storytelling*
A website or collection of stories utilizing multiple mediums (still photography, video, audio, etc.). This category is open to work produced in a class or workshop setting with input and supervision by faculty or collaboration with other students, but outside professional help is not allowed. Judges will evaluate projects based on the strength of individual story components, editing, user interface, and overall effectiveness.

* Detailed project credits must be submitted with each entry. Open to individuals or groups.
* Entrant(s) must be the authorized holder of the copyright for all components of the entry, or entrant(s) must have obtained copyright permission from the holder.
16
5 MAX

Multimedia: Group Story or Essay - Standalone*
A single standalone story or essay created by a group of students, which uses more than one form of reporting (still image, video, audio) and where the media choice and its utilization enrich and enhance the understanding of the subject. No more than one story per entry. This category is for groups of 2 to 5 students, and all photography, audio, video and multimedia production must be solely the work of eligible students. May be a single component of category 15, Online Multimedia Storytelling, but it may not be entered in any other category. Each entry should have a short run time (flexible up to about 8 minutes).

* Detailed project credits must be submitted with each entry.
* Entrant(s) must be the authorized holder of the copyright for all components of the entry, or entrant(s) must have obtained copyright permission from the holder.
17
5 MAX

Multimedia: Individual Story or Essay - Standalone*
A single standalone story or essay created by one student, which uses more than one form of reporting (still image, video, audio) and where the media choice and its utilization enrich and enhance the understanding of the subject. No more than one story per entry. All photography, audio, video and multimedia production must be the work of a single student. May be a single component of category 15, Online Multimedia Storytelling, but it may not be entered in any other category. Each entry should have a short run time (flexible up to about 8 minutes).

* Detailed project credits must be submitted with each entry.
* Entrant(s) must be the authorized holder of the copyright for all components of the entry, or entrant(s) must have obtained copyright permission from the holder.
18
5 MAX

Multimedia: Documentary Short*
A single, short documentary film with extended run time of roughly 8 to 30 minutes that uses more than one form of reporting (still image, video, audio) in pursuit of enriching and enhancing the understanding of the subject. This is not open to a collection of stories or multi-chaptered websites. Documentary storytelling is grounded in truth, and docu-dramas, re-enactments, or television news reports are not allowed. This category is open to individuals or to groups of up to 5 students, but the content, production, and presentation must be done without the input or guidance of outside professionals. May be a single component of category 15, Online Multimedia Storytelling, but it may not be entered in any other category.

* Detailed project credits must be submitted with each entry.
* Entrant(s) must be the authorized holder of the copyright for all components of the entry, or entrant(s) must have obtained copyright permission from the holder.