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The Guru Awards are a Special Photoshop World Contest Just for Attendees!

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Roy Fritz | 2018 Guru Contestant

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. Watch the video to see some of our past winners and to see what Scott Kelby, President & CEO of KelbyOne has to say about the Gurus. Attendees may submit up to three individual pieces per category, in up to three of the following categories:

Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

Land or sea, urban or nature,— this is landscape photography. Grab your camera and start shooting the world around you. Shots may include nature, travel, and architecture. Note: If your photo retouching manipulations are particularly heavy, the image may be better suited to our retouching or photoshop artistry category.

Portrait Photography

Portrait Photography

This category covers all portrait and people photography. Whether you like to shoot in the studio or outside. Whether you prefer brides, grooms, babies, families, natural light, fashion, or lifestyle. Note: If your photo retouching manipulations are particularly heavy, the image may be better suited to our retouching or photoshop artistry category.

Creative Photo

Creative Photo

Not a landscape or portrait photographer? Then this is the category for you. This category is open to all photography whether it be macro, pets, sports, you name it. Note: If your photo retouching manipulations are particularly heavy, the image may be better suited to our retouching or photoshop artistry category.

Retouching

Retouching

Submit pieces that demonstrate your ability to enhance an original photograph by removing distracting objects or improving color, composition, depth and general aesthetics. To enter a Photo Retouching piece, you must submit your unedited “before” picture along with the finished & edited “after” picture. These should both be of the same dimensions.

Graphic Design

Graphic Design

If your skills and passions move outside of photography then we would love to see your 3-D designs, ads, illustrations, hand-drawn or painted art, and typography. Note: If your piece contains photographic elements which were modified with Photoshop plug-ins or filters it may be more suited for the Photoshop Artistry category.

Compositing

Compositing

Composites (Montages) are collaged pieces, which are made up of a combination of elements from multiple photographic, photorealistic, or 3D sources. All photos and elements must be legally acquired. You will be required to submit a “before”version. This should be thumbnails of all of the elements used to create your “after” (final) piece.

Photoshop Artistry

Photoshop Artistry

This category can include images that have been edited or created with Photoshop. They could be digitally painted over, added to with 3D or have been modified with plug-ins or filters. Note: pieces comprised of several elements, would fall under Composites. Custom-drawn/painted pieces or those using typography fall under graphic design.

First-Time Attendee

First-Time Attendee

A shout out to all first-time attendees. This category is open to all categories and was created to give the Photoshop World newbies a chance to compete against other newbies. Note: You must have permission to use any registered, licensed, trademarked, copyrighted or Creative-Commons protected elements in your submitted piece(s).

Contest Details

Rules & Deadlines for Submission

Rules & Deadlines for Submission

All full paid three-day conference pass holders (18 years of age or older) are eligible to enter, and may enter up to three pieces in up to three different categories (no more than nine pieces total. 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 28th, 2019.

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 a $250 B&H Photo Gift Card. Finalists’ images in each category will be shown at the Guru Awards & Wrap-Up Ceremony. One piece will be selected as “Best of Show” and will receive a $500 B&H Photo Gift Card.

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 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on Sunday, April 28, 2019. 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 Sunday, April 28, 2019 will not be eligible for Guru Award consideration. Please see the Guru Awards Full Terms & Conditions for more information.

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