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The Guru Awards are a special Photoshop World contest just for attendees!

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What Are the Guru Awards?

The Guru Awards were created to honor and recognize the design, photography, retouching, and creativity of our attendees. Since their humble beginnings in 1999, the Guru Awards have now become the most prestigious and coveted awards in the international digital imaging industry. Attendees may submit up to three individual pieces per category, in up to three of the following categories:

Photography

Photography

Entry pieces for this category should be original photographs that have been (optionally) edited or corrected with Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom.

Illustration

Illustration

Pieces you submit with your entry form in the Illustration category should be completely original works of art, which were hand-drawn or painted.

Artistic

Artistic

This category can include photos that have been digitally painted over, added to with 3D or vector, or have been modified with plug-ins/filters.

Commercial

Commercial

Designs, photos, collages, illustrations and typography are all acceptable, so long as they convey a product or marketing message.

Composite (Montage)

Composite (Montage)

Composites (Montages) are collaged pieces, which are made up of a combination of elements from multiple photographic, photorealistic, or 3D sources.

Student

Student

Open to submissions of Photography, Design or Illustration. The only restriction for this category is that entries must be from registered students.

Contest Details

Rules & Deadlines for Submission

Rules & Deadlines for Submission

All full paid three-day conference pass holders are eligible to enter, and may enter up to three pieces in up to three different categories (no more than nine pieces total). If you are under 18 your work must be submitted in the student category. All guru award submissions must be submitted through our online submission form below and must be received no later than 11:59pm Eastern Time (ET) on April 27th, 2018.

Prizes & Recognition

Prizes & Recognition

The winner in each category will be announced 'live' at the Guru Awards & Wrap-Up Ceremony held on the last day of the conference. Each winner is awarded with a Guru Award trophy, as well as special prizes from our sponsors. Finalists' will appear in a special gallery at the Conference and will receive a $250 B&H Photo Gift Certificate. One piece will be selected as our 'Best of Show' winner and will receive a $500 B&H Photo Gift Certificate.

The Official Awards Entry Form

To enter, fill out the form below. You can select up to 3 categories, and submit up to 3 pieces in each category. Re-submissions are not accepted, so make sure that every part of your submission is final & accurate.

Category One | Piece One*

Category Two | Piece One (optional)

Category Three | Piece One (optional)

I have read and agree to the Guru Awards Terms & Conditions

FAQ - General Info

Each entrant is allowed to submit up to three (3) pieces in up to three (3) categories, for a possible maximum of nine (9) total pieces. NOTE: This number doesn't include the 'before' images for the categories requiring them. We only count the 'after' or final images. A 'piece' is described as being BOTH the 'before' and 'after' images, when applicable. Please see the Guru Awards Full Terms & Conditions for more information.
Images that you send with your entry form should be: In the .JPG, .JPEG, or .PNG file formats | No larger than 3MB in file size (each). Please see the Guru Awards Full Terms & Conditions for more information.
Simply fill out and submit the Entry Form on this page any time once submissions open and before 11:59pm Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, April 27, 2018. Your Photoshop World conference registration must be paid in full before entering, and your submitted work(s) must be sent within the submission period to be considered by Guru Awards judges. Submitted work(s) sent after 11:59pm Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, April 27, 2018 will not be eligible for Guru Award consideration. Please see the Guru Awards Full Terms & Conditions for more information.

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