Guru Awards – Rules

Guru Awards | Rules | Entry Form

You may submit one (1) to a maximum of three (3) individual pieces in any of the categories below:

Winners will be announced “live” during a special Guru Awards presentation at the Awards Celebration & Conference Wrap-Up. There will be no prior notification of winners, and all winning entries will be secret until their official announcement during the Awards Celebration & Conference Wrap-Up. Thursday, August 13, 2:30 – 3:30pm

Photography Category

Photography edited or corrected within Photoshop, including portrait, wedding photography, outdoor and nature photography, travel photography, commercial photography, photo journalism, panoramas, etc…

NOTE: Every entry in the Photography category will be automatically considered for the “Vinny” Award (The Vincent Versace Award for Digital Photography Excellence). The winner of the Vinny Award is chosen by Vincent himself from all the Photography category entries.

Illustration Category

Original art drawn or created from scratch in Photoshop, including photorealistic images and cartoon images.

Artistic Category

Artistic or painterly images created using Photoshop.

Photo Restoration Category

Restoring or repairing a damaged image – ie: ripps, scratches, etc.

Photo Retouching Category

Retouching people, landscapes, architectural renderings, photographic special effects, etc.

Commercial Category

Photoshop art used in brochures, flyers, advertising images, logos created in Photoshop, print ads, Web sites, posters, game designs, slides used in presentations, environmental graphics, multimedia design, etc.

Photo Montage Category

Combining multiple images in Photoshop.

Note: KelbyOne reserves the right to recategorize entries and to create new categories, if appropriate.

FAQ

Q. WHEN IS THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE?
A. All entry forms/material submissions must be submitted before the deadline. Deadline for submission is Monday, July 20, 2015!

Q. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER?
A. Any attendee of Photoshop World Conference & Expo, held in Las Vegas on August 11-13, 2015. This is a special competition held exclusively for Photoshop World Conference & Expo attendees. It is not open to the general public or KelbyOne members who are not attending Photoshop World Conference & Expo

Q. IS THERE AN ENTRY FEE?
A. No. There is no entry fee for submitting work for judging to the Guru Awards, and anyone attending Photoshop World Conference & Expo may enter (except KelbyOne employees and members of their families).

Q. WHAT CAN I WIN?
A. Winners in each of the seven categories are presented with the Guru Awards, the Guru Awards official sponsor will present the winners with a very cool prize. Finalists in each category receive a finalist certificate, suitable for framing. The Best of Show winner will receive a very special prize from the official sponsor, too. The Photography category will also award the Vincent Versace Award for Digital Photography Excellence, which includes a prize package and a 24×30 signed print from Vincent.

Q. WHEN WILL THE GURU AWARD WINNERS BE ANNOUNCED?
A. Winners will be announced at a special Guru Awards presentation during the Awards Celebration & Conference Wrap-up. There will be no prior notification of winners, and all winning entries will be secret until their official announcement during the Awards Celebration & Conference Wrap-up.

Q. HOW DO I ENTER THE COMPETITION?
A. Fill out and submit the Entry Form any time after your Photoshop World conference registration is paid in full and/or up until the end of the submission period.

Q. WHAT ARE THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A. KelbyOne Events LLC and KelbyOne LLC assumes all entries are original Photoshop creations and are the works and property of the entrant, with all rights granted therein. KelbyOne is not liable for any copyright infringement on the part of the entrant. Modifying, enhancing, or altering someone else’s existing artwork does not qualify as an original creation, however stock photography may be used and modified in your entries. Third party plug-ins and other applications may be used to create your artwork, but the primary tool for the creation of your entry must be Adobe Photoshop. Entries must not defame or invade publicity rights or privacy of any person, living or deceased, or otherwise infringe upon any personal or proprietary rights of any third party.

You may submit a minimum of one (1) to a maximum of three (3) individual pieces in one or more of the following categories:

Photography (digital or traditional scanned images manipulated or collaged in Photoshop) Every Photography entry will be automatically submitted to win the Vincent Versace Award for Digital Photography Excellence.

Illustration (original creations drawn or created in Photoshop)

Artistic (artistic creations)

Photo Restoration (restoring or repairing damaged images – i.e., rips, scratches, etc.)

Photo Retouching (Repairing or restoring damaged images, retouching people, landscapes, etc.)

Commercial (brochures, annual report collages, advertising, logos, etc.)

Photo Montage (Collage of images).

KelbyOne reserves the right to re-categorize entries and to create new categories, if appropriate.

Q. HOW MANY PIECES MAY I ENTER?
A. You may enter a total of three pieces. Total entries may not exceed three pieces.

Q. HOW WILL ENTRIES BE JUDGED?
A. Selection of as many as 50 finalists will be conducted by KelbyOne’s in-house creative team. Those finalists will then be re-evaluated to select Guru Award winners. The panel will consist of any or all of the following: photographers, creative directors, art directors, Web designers, and graphic designers.

Q. HOW DO I SUBMIT A QUESTION?
A. Still have questions? You can contact our customer service department here.

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