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Contest Categories

Below is the complete list of contest categories. There will be one winning image selected per category; from among these 8 winners, a grand prize winner will be chosen. All winners will appear in American Photo, Jan/Feb 2011 issue.

Architecture

Images of human structures built for dwelling, commercial, or ritual purposes; structures need not be habitable, i.e. can be for decorative purposes, such as monuments. Can include both exteriors and interiors, full views or details.

Portraiture

Images of people and pets ranging from candid shots to formal, controlled setups, whether on location or in the studio; can include photographs of weddings or other ceremonial occasions provided the focus is on individuals.

Photojournalism

Work that focuses on human events and activities, with the main purpose being to create a record, even if a highly personalized, stylized, or artistic one. Can include street photography.

Landscape

Large-scale views of the natural and/or built environment, including but not limited to scenery, cityscapes, and seascapes.

Personal Work

Work from a project done either concurrently with a professional photographic career or by an amateur not employed in photography; should be driven by passion, whether the wish to record a subject for others to see or to express oneself artistically. Can include pro bono work or fine-art photography that has been exhibited or published.

Commercial Work

Paying work done on assignment as part of a full- or part-time professional photography career; can be work that has appeared in magazines, newspapers, on the web, or in other media, whether for advertising or editorial purposes.

Student Work

Any work created by a photographer currently enrolled as a full- or part-time student; student can be enrolled in either an academic program at any level or a school that specializes in photography and/or art.

Extreme

The word says it all. Can include but isn’t limited to extreme sports, extreme adventures, and extreme human activities and practices.

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