The Dallas Morning News Amateur Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year Awards 2014 Categories

Judges are looking for photographers who demonstrate a keen eye, and images that have impact, originality and creativity.

Simply Texas

Judges will be looking for fresh images in any style that captures the spirit of life in Texas. No digital manipulation other than cropping, image processing for tonal quality.

Travel

An exploration of an area's landscape, people, cultures, customs and history that expresses the feeling of a time and place, portrays a land, its people, or a culture in its natural state. The judges will be looking for images that give real insight. Images may be captured on film or digitally and a reasonable degree of darkroom technique, whether with chemicals or digital techniques, is allowed provided that the main subject is not distorted. HDR and Panoramas are also acceptable in this category.

Portrait

Judges will be looking for photographs of a person or group of people that displays the expression, personality and mood of the subject. The focus of the photograph can be (though not limited to) the person's face; the entire body and the background may also be included. Images may be captured on film or digitally and a reasonable degree of darkroom technique, whether with chemicals or digital techniques, is allowed provided that the main subject is not distorted.

Black & White

An exploration of the techniques of black & white photography, which might (though not limited to) look at surface texture, form and shadow. The judges will be looking for images with real impact. Images may be captured on film or digitally and a reasonable degree of darkroom technique, whether with chemicals or digital techniques, is allowed provided that the main subject is not distorted. Monochromatic images, other than pure black & white images will be accepted in the Black & White Category.

Mobile

The mobile category recognizes the growing importance of mobile devices within photography. Only photographs taken with phones and tablets are permitted in this category. They can be of any subject. Judges will be looking for photographs that are spontaneous and have real pop. Digital Manipulation is allowed in this category.

Sport & Action

Judges will be looking for photographs that capture the energy and action of sports or any physical activity that takes a high level of fitness. The focus of the photograph can be (though is not limited to) a person or group of people, settings or equipment and can be action or feature pictures. Images may be captured on film or digitally and a reasonable degree of darkroom technique, whether with chemicals or digital techniques, is allowed provided that the main subject is not distorted.

Nature

Nature photography is restricted to observations from all branches of natural history, except anthropology and archaeology, in such a fashion that a well -informed person will be able to identify the subject material and to certify as to its honest presentation. Any form of manipulation that alters the truth of the subject is prohibited. No techniques that add to, relocate, replace or remove pictorial elements (except cropping) are permitted. Any manipulation or modification to the original image is limited to minor retouching of blemish and must not alter the content of the original scene.

Street

Candid or posed images of human activity in public places, in urban or rural environments, reflecting life today. The judges will be looking for fresh and original images in any style whether classic or contemporary. Digital manipulation other than image processing for quality or color balance is not permitted in this category. Images may be color or Black and White.

Color

An exploration of color and how it can be used to create photographs that have real impact. The judges will be looking for images where the photographers display flair and an understanding of the special and often subtle relationships between different colors to create vibrant and interesting photographs. Use of digital manipulation techniques and filters is acceptable.

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