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Photographer of the Year 2005 Contest
By John Owens, Editor in Chief
February 2005

We're looking for the best shooter on the planet. Is that you? Prove it!


Deadline for entries was April 1, 2005

Who gets to go to New York City, hang out with Pop's editors, and compete for the top honor and chance to win $5,000? You decide--vote now!


PP0205_POY_mainYour friends say you're good. Your family says you're good. You know you're a good photographer. Now it's time to find out just how good.

Introducing the Photographer of the Year Contest.

This is the ultimate, put-up-or-shut-up photographic competition that will get the winner $5,000 in cash, the opportunity to shoot the December 2005 cover of Pop Photo (a $1,000 assignment), a five-day trip to New York City, and—best of all—the title, “Photographer of the Year 2005.”

Simple, but not easy. Here's the plan: Mail us four photos. No e-mails or digital files. They must be prints—no larger than 11x17 inches.
- One people shot
- One product shot
- One action shot
- One more shot of anything or any type you wish.

How you interpret these categories is up to you. These photos can be straight or worked on in image-editing software—again, your choice. Just make sure you impress us with your vision and your versatility. And make sure you get them to us by April 1. We're looking for the world's best all-around shooter.

Out of these entries our editors will pick 10 semifinalists, whose work will be posted on www.PopPhoto.com. From April 18 through May 31, readers will vote on the work at the web site. We will then bring the top three finishers to New York City for a four-day shoot-off during the week of July 10. Airfare, food, hotel, models, even time with the scanners, printers, computers, and software in the Pop Photo Lab are on us.

Of course, the finalists will bring their own gear, but if they need something we have on hand, we'll supply it.

For four days, our editors will put these photographers through a grueling (but fun) series of head-to-head assignments to test their mettle in studio, news, scenic, and other types of photography. The shooters will be handed their assignments on the spot and will have to scramble to do the work and make the deadlines.

Preparation? There's little the finalists can do, except to make sure their equipment is in top shape and to be smart, resourceful, and damn good photographers.

By the end of four days, we will have found the world's best all-around photographic talent.

But first, let's get a few things out of the way: You can be an amateur or pro—it's the work that matters. You can shoot film, digital, or both. You must be available the week of July 10 for the shoot-off in New York . This contest is open to photographers anywhere on Planet Earth. If you're selected, we'll provide round-trip coach airfare from most major cities in the world. You must get your entry to us postmarked no later than Friday, April 1, 2005.

Read the accompanying rules very, very carefully. Mail your entries--prints only, with your name, address, phone number, e-mail, and other details on each one--to:

Photographer of the Year Contest
Popular Photography & Imaging
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
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