The Admired in Africa Awards was created to Showcase the best Photographers & Cinematographers on the continent in a Wide Variety of categories.
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The top 3 overall Admired in Africa Award winners of 2018 and Category Winners will be announced on Friday, 19 Oct 2018 on social media. The Overall winners and Top 10 winning images in each category will be showcased @ Photo Plus Africa Expo 2018 at The 19/20/21 October 2018 Gallagher Estate ,Johannesburg,South Africa.
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Admired in Africa Overall Winner 2017
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People & Portrait Photographer Of The Year 2017
1. Couple Together:
Close up or environmental image of the couple together shot on the wedding day. Image can be directed or journalistic.
2. Bridal Portrait:
The Bride is the main focus in the photograph and can be a close-up portrait or featured environmentally. Images to be taken on the wedding day.
3. Groom Portrait:
The Groom is the main focus in the photograph and can be a close-up portrait or featured environmentally. Images to be taken on the wedding day.
4. Wedding Detail:
Macro, styled or environmental image of any details from the wedding day.
The image cannot be posed or directed by the photographer or assistant. The image should reflect a moment in time that was simply captured but not created on the wedding day.
6. Groups & Entourage:
The image can be a formal or informal shot of the family, entourage or any groups on the wedding day.
7. Reception & Party:
Lighting and/or emotion will be the main focus of this image. The image must have been taken during the first dance, speeches or party on the wedding day.
8. Couple (Styled Shoots):
Wedding related couple shots in any environment for a publication or portfolio. Model/s can be used in this shot.
9. Portrait (Styled shoots):
Wedding related portrait shots in any environment for a publication or portfolio. Model/s can be used in this shot.
10. Detail (Styled shoots):
Wedding related detail shots in any environment for a publication or portfolio. This includes table settings, dress detail, decor etc.
Best wedding design:
We are looking for the best designed wedding album. The focus will be on both the design as well as the way the wedding story is told by way of your images and layout.
Best Short Alternative (Wedding film):
Short wedding highlight film with a different take on the editing or filming technique to create an alternative look to the traditional wedding video.
Best Fashion or Glamour (Wedding film):
Short wedding highlight film with the emphasise on glamourising the couple and event by way of the edit or filming technique.
Best Documentary (Wedding film):
Short wedding highlight film shot and edited in documentary style. The film need to tell a story of the couple and the wedding day.
People (Open Category):
Short highlight film less than 10 minutes focusing on people and their environment. Open to any interpretation.
Definition: Photography (styled, studio or lifestyle) of a baby that is two weeks or younger.
1. Birth Photography
Capturing the emotions and wonder experienced during the birth of a baby. From the first labour pain to the the arrival of a baby either via natural birth or C-section. Photographs should be discreet and tasteful.
2. Fresh 48
Photography that captures baby the first 48 hours of his / her life. These photos are taken in a natural lifestyle way, normally with baby in the hospital crib, on moms breast for the first time and with the hospital bands still around the ankle.
3. Posed Newborn Photography
Posed newborn photography should consist of a well thought out composition for newborn baby to be photographed in.
4. Newborns with Parents / Family
These photos are done either with baby wrapped up nice and tight, in an outfit or naked in parents arms. It’s not simply a matter of grouping the family together and saying “cheese” – a perfect family photo can take a while too pose and yet can look so beautifully simple.
5. Composites / Digital backdrops
Photography done in stages and then edited in post to merge as one photo qualifies as a composite. Digital backdrops requires elements added in post photography.
6. Lifestyle Newborn photography
Lifestyle newborn photographs of baby at home in his / her environment with or without family members.
7. Styled Newborn
Photography done in a studio environment with a back drop and styling props to compliment the photoshoot.
8. Newborn with sibling
Newborn photography in styled or lifestyle environment with sibling/s.
9. Natural light
Newborn photography done with natural light. Images can include close ups and finer detail of the newborn (like lashes, nose etc).
10. Black & white
Any newborn photography done in black and white.
Definition: The main aim of Lifestyle photography is to capture portraits / people / pets in situations, real life events or milestones in an artistic manner. The main goal of Lifestyle photography is to tell stories about people’s lives.
1. Maternity Mom:
Mom to be is the main focus in the photograph and can be close-up portrait or featured environmentally.
2. Toddler & Kids:
Images with kids as the main focus. Other people can be included in the image. The image should be lifestyle / journalistic.
Environmental image of a family. The family can consist of any amount of people.
Discreet portrait of a female, in lingerie or suggestive nude pose. Has to be tasteful and respectful.
Portrait imagery of a person in lifestyle setting.
Pet portraits in a lifestyle setting.
Close up or environmental image of the engaged couple together on their own. The Image can be lifestyle or journalistic and on location or at home. Please note these should be real couples (no models allowed).
Close up or environmental image of the couple together on their own. The Image can be lifestyle or journalistic and on location or at home. Please note these should be real couples (no models allowed).
9. Black & White:
Any black and white lifestyle orientated photograph that displays people in real life events or situations in an artistic manner.
10. The first year:
Lifestyle images of baby from 3 months to a year. Other people can be included in the image but the main focus should be on baby.
Fine art is first and foremost about the artist. The camera is the tool the artist uses to convey a train of thought or to portray the vision of the photographer. It should be technically masterful, have meaning, be unique and be visually engaging.
Is it technically masterful; does it demonstrate an above average execution and post processing lever of skill (lucky or skilled)
Meaning: was the image created with a symbolic / representative / deeper layer beyond the purely aesthetic value (layered or superficial)
Does it move you; does it evoke anything, good or bad (emotion or meh).
Intention; was the image created with the goal of fine art in mind or was meaning assigned after the fact to create value (intent or afterthought)
Uniqueness; relates the not only what is being depicted, but how it is depicted. Is the idea completely fresh? Even if the overall theme or idea is not completely new, is it portrayed in a unique and fresh way (fresh or seen it many times before)?
Style; Does the work fall in a specific style wherein the artist is eloquent. Is it consistent to other bodies of work, performed by the same artist (accomplished look & feel or mere dabbling)?
Message; does the image try to communicate / inform / persuade / shift /challenge / inform the viewer (point or pointless)?
Going beyond the rules; does the work show an understanding of the principles of photography and even surpass their confines (fluid application or “photo club” constraint)?
Visually engaging beyond a snapshot; could the photo have been taken by anyone walking past with a cellphone or did the photographer recognise the value in the moment and work to capture, enhance and communicate it (right place right time or worked an opportunity to maximum effect / impact)
Is there a broad value and appeal; is the image valued and appreciated by viewers besides those people captured or involved (universal theme vs. family album)?
Cohesive; do all the elements within the image work together to tell the same story? Are visual, technical, post processing and presentation elements all working with each other matching the same intended effect (same purpose or confusingly contradictory)?
Would you put it on your wall?
The top 3 overall Admired in Africa Award winners of 2018 and Category Winners will be announced on Friday, 19 Oct 2017 on social media. The Overall winners and Top 10 winning images in each category will be showcased @ Photo Plus Africa Expo 2018 At The Gallagher Estate, Richards Dr Halfway House, Midrand, 1685, South Africa
Admired in Africa
Photographic competition 2018
Terms & Conditions:
The winner of Each category will be decided as follow:
Each of the subcategory winners 2nd and third prizes up will receive a certificate and a trophy with.
The top ten of each category will receive an Admired in Africa award badge which can be displayed on their websites.
Good luck to all.