The Dallas Morning News Amateur Photographer of the Year is an inaugural event that celebrates the great work done by amateur photographers throughout Texas.
The Awards contest is open to all amateur photographers from the serious hobbyist to the casual holiday or smartphone snapper and we welcome great images whether they are carefully composed works of photographic art or snapshots. Entries are also welcome from students and any amateur practicing the art of photography in any style once it conforms to the rules of the contest.
Photography is a discipline like no other that really blurs the line between professional and amateur. The Awards contest is a way to give our community a platform to celebrate and showcase their work to a wider audience.
We’ve pulled together a judging panel of respected judges who represent the best photography practitioners and curators in Texas today. Judges are looking for photographers who demonstrate a keen eye, and images that have impact, originality and creativity. The Judges are: Tom Fox (Chair), Michael Ainsworth, Vernon Bryant, Louis DeLuca, Ahna Hubnik, Eugene Jabbour, Andy Jacobsohn, Kye R. Lee, G.J. "Gerry" McCarthy, Thao Nguyen, Allison Slomowitz, Ben Torres
How does it work? Over a period of 9 weeks, photographs entered in the Awards will appear in the online and print editions of The Dallas Morning News showcasing the work of individual photographers. The photographers will be fully credited when their work appears, and the work will only appear in connection with the Awards.
A minimum of three judges will review each photograph entered in the Awards. A shortlist will be prepared of the best 150 to 300 images entered in the Awards. Each shortlisted image will be reviewed by the entire judging panel to select the top images: 1st, 2nd, 3rd place and the Photograph of the Year; and the Photographer of the Year.
The shortlisted photographers’ work may be published in an Awards catalog, which will be in iBook format and distributed to all Awards entrants if enough entries are received. The shortlisted photographs may also be included in a virtual exhibition the Awards website if enough entries are received. All work will be fully credited to the photographers.