Collection 47 Fearless Awards will be announced on Feb. 13

Fearless members, we are excited to receive your images to compile another Collection of exceptional wedding photography!

Fearless Awards are awarded to a limited number of photographs that our guest curators deem remarkable in their originality of concept or technical or artistic execution. In short, to the best of their abilities, the curators will select images that represent our community’s best work.

NEW! If you earn a Fearless Award or Honorable Mention in this Collection 47, you may enter the maximum number in the next Collection 48 for free!

COLLECTION 47: RULES

RULES OF ELIGIBILITY

– Your entry must be from the wedding day and events associated with the wedding, day-after photo sessions, bridal photo sessions, pre-wedding photo sessions, engagement photo sessions, vow renewals, and civil unions only.

– Your entry can be from any year.

– You can enter photos that you entered in previous Collections as long as they are not already Fearless Awards.

The Admin (Huy Nguyen) shall have the final decision on whether the entries meet the Rules of Eligibility.

Entry will not be awarded if:

– it is not the correct size. The correct sizes are 1200×800 pixels, 1200×800 pixels, 1200×1200 pixels. There is a +/- 1 pixel tolerance so 1201 or 899 is acceptable, etc…
– it has the wrong filename
– it has more than 10% of the image area cloned out
– it has people or stuff added through digital manipulation
– it is a multiple exposure of 2 or more photos made in camera or in post-production
– it has added logo, added text, or borders
– it was taken from a styled session, modeling session for a third party, commercial session, or editorial session.
– it is of strangers who are not your clients or part of your events
– it is a posed “boudoir” portrait image as defined by WPPI: “Portraits that celebrate the beauty of the human (male and female) form… usually including nudes, semi-nudes, subjects in lingerie.”
– it is too similar to one of your previous Fearless Awards. Entries may be deemed similar if they are photos from same situation OR photos from – different situations that are similar in composition, technique, or moment.
– it depicts a sexual act or shows genitals
– it depicts hurtful or cruel behavior towards humans or animals
– it depicts urination or defecation by humans or animals
– it is an “upskirt photo” taken from an angle so as to see up a person’s skirt or dress or kilt
– it uses a printed page (from book, magazine, etc) or another photograph as a part of your photograph

The curation process has been developed to ensure that the rules are applied fairly. We also believe having a new group of curators for each round of awards helps bring different perspectives to the selection process. There are some instances where the curators will be asked to evaluate the images on a case by case basis: weapons, juvenile or bathroom humour, partial nudity, and offensive actions. Curators will make the final decision whether the image is Awarded in those instances.

COLLECTION 47: PREPARING YOUR ENTRIES

– This is a special year-end Collection: each member can enter up to 10 entries for free plus up to 7 additional entries at $5 per entry = 17 maximum entries.

– Your entries must be JPG or PNG photographs

– There are only 3 sizes allowed. Entries that are not the correct size may be disqualified by the Admin.  Allowed:
1200 pixels X 800 pixels
800 pixels X 1200 pixels
1200 X 1200 pixels

– Entries must be named with a unique name made up of 2 distinctive words. They must be connected with no spaces between them. Example: speedyhorse-01.jpg, speedyhorse-02.jpg, …speedyhorse-10.jpg, OR runningchicken, talktome, catsybatsy….

– Do not use these words in your unique names: image, photo, fearless, winner, round, wedding, collection, boda

COLLECTION 47: SENDING YOUR ENTRIES

– Put all your photos in the same folder.

– Use the Entry Form to send your entries. Entries received after January 4, 2019 will be charged a late fee of $10 USD per form.  Entries will not be accepted after January 9.

– Each member may use the entry form only once per Collection. Do not send in 2 forms. (If you do that, it will confuse me and mess up your entries)

– If you made a mistake with your form or if you have any questions about your entries, email fearlessphotographers@gmail.com

COLLECTION 47: SELECTION PROCESS

All entries (usually about 10,000) from the entry forms are downloaded by the Admin and divided into 3 groups of images of equal numbers.

Your images will be divided equally and randomly into 2 groups. For example, if you send in 7 images: 3 will go to Group A and 4 to Group B.

Each group of images will be reviewed by 3 curators independently. There are a total of 6 curators for 2 groups. So each curator will review about half of the images.

Each curator will select the images that they deem worthy of being Fearless Awards.  These images are called “Finalists”

Then, all 6 curators will rate ALL the Finalist images and score each one 3,2,1, or 0 points.

The Finalists with the most points will be awarded Fearless Awards or Honorable Mentions IF:

1. they meet the rules of eligibility
2. they are not vetoed by one of the curators. Each curator may veto one image.

Images that remain after the rule check and the vetoes will be confirmed as Fearless Awards or Honorable Mentions.

Like always, we aim to Award 1-3% of all entries.

At this time, the Fearless Awards will be categorized (by the Admin) into Real Moments, Art&Beauty, and Fun&Playful for display on the Fearless Photographers website.

COLLECTION 47: CURATORS

The names of the 6 curators for Collection 47 will be revealed later.

Collection 46 Rules (old)

RULES OF ELIGIBILITY

– Your entry must be from the wedding day and events associated with the wedding, day-after photo sessions, bridal photo sessions, pre-wedding photo sessions, engagement photo sessions, vow renewals, and civil unions only.

– Your entry can be from any year.

– You can enter photos that you entered in previous Collections as long as they are not already Fearless Awards.

The Admin (Huy Nguyen) shall have the final decision on whether the entries meet the Rules of Eligibility.

Entry will not be awarded if:

– it is not the correct size. The correct sizes are 1200×800 pixels, 1200×800 pixels, 1200×1200 pixels. There is a +/- 1 pixel tolerance so 1201 or 899 is acceptable, etc…
– it has the wrong filename
– it has more than 10% of the image area cloned out
– it has people or stuff added through digital manipulation
– it is a multiple exposure of 2 or more photos made in camera or in post-production
– it has added logo, added text, or borders
– it was taken from a styled session, modeling session for a third party, commercial session, or editorial session.
– it is of strangers who are not your clients or part of your events
– it is a posed “boudoir” portrait image as defined by WPPI: “Portraits that celebrate the beauty of the human (male and female) form… usually including nudes, semi-nudes, subjects in lingerie.”
– it is too similar to one of your previous Fearless Awards. Entries may be deemed similar if they are photos from same situation OR photos from – different situations that are similar in composition, technique, or moment.
– it depicts a sexual act or shows genitals
– it depicts hurtful or cruel behavior towards humans or animals
– it depicts urination or defecation by humans or animals
– it is an “upskirt photo” taken from an angle so as to see up a person’s skirt or dress or kilt
– it uses a printed page (from book, magazine, etc) or another photograph as a part of your photograph

The curation process has been developed to ensure that the rules are applied fairly. We also believe having a new group of curators for each round of awards helps bring different perspectives to the selection process. There are some instances where the curators will be asked to evaluate the images on a case by case basis: weapons, juvenile or bathroom humour, partial nudity, and offensive actions. Curators will make the final decision whether the image is Awarded in those instances.

Collection 45 Rules (old)

RULES FOR COLLECTION 45

– Entry must be from the wedding day and events associated with the wedding, photo sessions the day after the wedding, bridal photo sessions, pre-wedding engagement photo sessions, vow renewals, and civil unions. Entry can not be from the engagement party or bachelor/bachelorette party.

– Entry may have minimal “cloning” up to about 5% of the total image area. Entries with extensive cloning may be disqualified by the Admin.

– Entry can be from any year. You may enter any photos as long as they are not already Fearless Awards.

– Entry must not have stuff – such as balloons, rainbows, birds, stars, clouds, people, etc – added to it.

– Entry must not be a multiple exposure made in-camera or a digital composite of 2 or more photos.

– Entry must not contain logos, text, or borders.

– Entry must not be from a workshop.

– Entry must not be from a styled session, modeling session for a third party, commercial session, or editorial session.

– Entry must not be of strangers who are not your clients or part of your events.

– Entry must not be a posed “boudoir” portrait image as defined by WPPI: “Portraits that celebrate the beauty of the human (male and female) form… usually including nudes, semi-nudes, subjects in lingerie.”

– Entry must not be too similar to one of your previous Fearless Awards. Entries may be deemed similar if they are photos from same situation OR photos from different situations that are similar in composition, technique, or moment. This decision is made by the admin.

– Entry must not show sexual acts or genitals.

– Entry must not show illegal drug use.

The curation process has been developed to ensure that the rules are applied fairly. We also believe having a new group of curators for each round of awards helps bring different perspectives to the selection process.  There are some instances where the curators will be asked to evaluate the images on a case by case basis. They will make the final decision whether the image is Awarded. 

– In the case that an entry shows violence, degrading actions, gunplay, weapons, and juvenile or bathroom humor, the curators shall decide if the entry is acceptable.

– In the case that an entry shows it shows partial nudity, the curators shall decide if the entry is acceptable.

We are very careful to observe rules of each platform in order to maintain our strong presence for promoting your work. Fearless Awards that violate Facebook’s Community standards at https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/#nudity or Instagram’s Community Guidelines at https://help.instagram.com/477434105621119 will not be promoted on social media. 

If you have any questions about your entries, please email fearlessphotographers@gmail.com

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CATEGORIES FOR COLLECTION 45:

Your entries will be divided into 3 categories by the Admin.

1. REAL MOMENTS –

Photos that emphasize storytelling or genuine interactions. These are often considered “documentary, photojournalistic, reportage, unscripted.” Photos can include humorous moments.

Photos should look like candids, not posed. Curators will not select images that look posed or if the scene looks fabricated. Candid moments that happen during a couples photo photo session may entered here.

2. ART & BEAUTY –

Photos that emphasize pleasing of the aesthetic senses through creative techniques, epic places, beauty portraits, and details. Photos may include the use of artistic techniques such as light, fine art B&W, extreme color, unusual angles, reflections, silhouettes, framing, etc. Photos may be candids or posed.

3. FUN & PLAYFUL –

Photos that emphasizes fun(!) on the wedding day or during a photo session. Photos may include: fun groups, big laughts, jumping/carrying/carrying/running/falling, being silly, crazy reception activities, games, performances, group rituals, etc. Photos may be candids or posed.

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AWARD PROCESS FOR COLLECTION 45

As your Admin, I (Huy Nguyen) will gather all entries (usually about 10,000) from the entry forms, separate them into the appropriate categories, reorganize them in random order, and send them to the curators.

There are 3 categories: Moments, Art, and Playful.

Each category has 3 curators. Curators and their studio mates or spouses may not enter images in the category in which they are curating. They may enter images in the other 2 categories. 

At their own place and time, each curator will review all the images in their category and select images that they deem worthy of receiving Fearless Awards. These selected images are called “Finalists.”

Each curator will then independently rate each Finalist image on a scale of 3, 2, 1, or 0 points. Thus, a Finalist image may receive 9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1,0 points. The cut-off for Fearless Awards and Honorable Mentions will be determined by the Admin so that approximately 1-3% of entries in each category shall be selected as Fearless Awards or Honorable Mentions.

If an image is selected as an “Honorable Mention” three times, it shall be elevated to be a Fearless Award and included in the Collection.

After the Awards are determined, each curator can choose to “veto” up to 3 images in their category. All vetoed images shall be removed from the Fearless Awards in the Collection.

Collection 48 Entry Form will open on Feb. 6

There are 5 Collections of Fearless Awards in 2019:

Collection 48
Deadline for entries: February 22, 2019

Collection 49
Deadline for entries: April 19, 2019

Collection 50
Deadline for entries: June 19, 2019

Collection 51
Deadline for entries: August 19, 2019

Collection 52
Deadline for entries: October 19, 2019