Sigma 30th Annual Spring Photography Contest

amateur-photographerCalling All Amateur Photographers
Sigma, a manufacturer of photography lenses and accessories and Photographer's Forum are announcing an open call to all amateur photographers to enter its 30th Annual Spring Photography Contest.

This contest is open to individuals worldwide. There is no age limit but the contest is strictly for amateurs only. If you are a professional photographer, you may not enter.

Contest Details
The contest is open-themed and there are no specific categories for subject matter. Photographs that are submitted must indicate if they are being entered as a color or black and white entry.

best-of-photography-2010Winning photos will be published in the November 2010 issue of Photographer's Forum magazine. All contest finalists will be published in the hardcover edition of Best Photography 2010.

This is an entry fee of $3.95 USD per photo. There is no limit to the number of photos you may enter as long as each submission is covered by an entry fee. If you submit your photos by April 19, 2010 the entry fee is $3.95 USD. If you submit your photos after April 19, 2010 the entry fee is $4.95 USD per photo.

To submit your photos online, click here to register and upload your submissions. Online entries must have a long dimension of at least 1000 pixels and no larger than 3000 pixels. Save all work in JPG format at the highest quality setting. Requirements for color space are Adobe1998, sRGB or untagged color space. File size should not exceed 4MB.

To submit your photos or slides via standard mail, the sponsor states:

* Enter black & white or color prints or slides. Do not send disks.
* Prints must be unmounted 9x12 or smaller.
* Label every photo with your name and address, and indicate which edge is the top.
* Make checks payable to Photographer's Forum.
* All entries MUST include payment, entry form, and photographs.

According to the official details for this contest the awards are:

First Place Grand Prize
$2,000 cash award from Photographer's Forum PLUS Sigma
24-70 mm lens

Second Place
$1,000 cash award from Photographer's Forum PLUS Sigma
12-24 mm lens

Third Place
$500 cash award from Photographer's Forum

Fourth Place
Five $100 awards

100 Honorable Mentions
All Honorable Mentions will be listed in the November 2010 issue of Photographer's Forum magazine and will receive a gold embossed certificate of outstanding merit from Photographer's Forum.

file-cabinet-infoOther Information
For contest rules click here to download the PDF document. For the contest FAQs and additional guidelines click here. The contest deadline is May 17, 2010. Finalists will be notified by August 2, 2010. Winners will be notified by August 16, 2010.

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