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The Portrait Masters

Awards & Accreditation

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How it Works

Log In
(Members Only)
Pick Your Categories
Upload Your Images
($20 per image)

Select Your Genre

The Categories

Contemporary Portrait

A portrait of one person male or female showing personality & connection.

Family Portrait

A portrait of two or more family members that capture their connection.

Newborn Portrait

A portrait of a newborn baby or multiple babies birth age to one-year-old.

Boudoir Portrait

A portrait that celebrates intimate beauty and sensuality defined as boudoir.

Teen & Senior Portrait

A portrait of an individual teen or high school senior within the ages of 13-19.

Children’s Portrait

A portrait of an individual child within the ages of 1-12.

Creative Portrait

A fine-art portrait that has a unique theme or style including fantasy & composite.

Pet Portrait

Our NEW Furbaby category A pet with people and or family or just pets alone.

Competition Details

General Terms and Conditions

There’s no risk to enter, all entrants retain copyright of their images at all times.

This is a contest of skill in which you can submit a photograph or photographs for various categories and compete for awards. Each photograph you submit will be judged on certain criteria described below. You, the entrant, retain copyright of each image you submit subject to the terms and conditions of this competition.

By entering this competition, you agree to be bound by these terms and conditions, and you grant an ongoing, universal, royalty-free, non-exclusive right and license to Sue Bryce Education and to The Portrait System LLC to use, copy, distribute, perform, display, publish, and create derivative works of your submission for any commercial or non-commercial purpose, but only in connection with the promotion, advertising or announcements of or for the Portrait Masters Competition (which may include such things as being displayed on the,, and/or Sue Bryce’s Facebook page).

How to Enter

All entry fees, in the “Call for Entries and Online Registration” Process, are in USD. “call for entries and online process

Step One: Log in (All entrants must be a member of Sue Bryce Education)

Step Two: Pick your Categories (See above for category descriptions)

Step Three: Upload your Images

Step Four: Payment $20 per image

You can enter each category as many times as you like. Read the description of each category and submit photos through the online submission process that fit those guidelines. Your submission may be disqualified if it does not fit the applicable category guidelines. Each of the seven category winners will be automatically entered for an opportunity to win the Portrait Masters Grand Award. See Sections 4 and 5 below.

Who May Enter

This award competition is open only to those 18 years of age or older at the time of entry who do not reside in an area where such contests are prohibited or restricted by law. Officers, directors, employees, contractors, representatives and agents of Sue Bryce Education, The Portrait System LLC, its or their parent companies, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, advertising, promotional and judging persons or agencies, persons engaged in the development, production or distribution of materials for this competition and their immediate family members and/or persons living in the same household as such individuals (whether related or not) are not eligible to participate. This competition is void in all U.S. territories and possessions and where otherwise prohibited by law.

Category Awards

There will be one winner per category. Each of the seven category winners will receive a Crystal Portrait Masters Award of Honor for that category.

An overall winner will be chosen from the seven category winners. This “Grand Champion” winner will receive The Portrait Masters Grand Award, the highest honor in the competition.

How Category Winners Are Chosen

For each of the seven categories, a panel of judges selected by Sue Bryce Education will determine a winner every image will be judged by five judges and a final score will be determined by an average of those five scores. Judging will be based on an unweighted combination of the following criteria: posing, expression, connection, lighting, composition, hair & makeup, creative ability, communication, originality, and retouching. For example, a particular photograph that is outstanding in only one or two of the criteria could win a category.

The winner of each category will be determined by the highest scoring points from an entrant’s highest scoring image in that category. Each of the seven category winners will automatically be entered into the final judging to determine the Grand Champion winner of the competition. The judges will select the Grand Champion winner based on the same criteria used to judge the seven categories

Other Important Terms and Conditions

• You represent and warrant that each of your photographs submitted for this awards competition is an original work of authorship and each element is owned by you.

• You may not use stock photography, or other non-original compositional elements in your submission.

• You must have taken the submitted photograph within the last 24 months of the closing date of the awards competition.

• The rules and requirements for each category description form part of these terms and conditions.

• You may not submit a photographic image taken during a workshop, tutorial, or similar instructional course where the primary focus was photographic education.

• No wedding images.

• No logos or watermarks.

• Pet portraits belong in the Pet Portrait Category. Pets alone or with family or loved ones.

• Maternity images belong in the family category unless they are highly composited and then they belong in creative.

• Any photographic image submitted for this awards competition which is not wholly original to the photographer may be disqualified.

Your entry shall not: (1) contain trademarks or copyrighted material not owned by you or used without permission (you will be required to produce written permission and releases before you can receive an award and if you are unable to do so you may be disqualified); (2) your entry shall not use individuals’ names, likenesses, identities, biographical information, or other privacy or publicity rights, in whole or in part without permission (you will be required to produce written permission and releases before you can receive an award and if you are unable to do so you may be disqualified); (3) contain profanity, pornographic, or sexual content, content promoting alcohol, illegal drugs, tobacco, firearms, or weapons, hateful content of any kind (including racism, sexism, etc.), content that promotes violence or harm to another living creature, or any other offensive, obscene, or inappropriate content; (4) defame, misrepresent, or contain disparaging remarks about other people or companies; or (5) promote a political agenda regardless of the political affiliation.

Indemnity and Release

Entrants are required to indicate that they have read, accepted, and agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions. As a condition to entry, all entrants and winners agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release Sue Bryce Education, The Portrait System, LLC, and its and their directors, officers, parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, contractors, agents, representatives, suppliers, printers, application developers, and advertising, promotional or judging agencies, from and against any and all liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever, including without limitation intellectual property infringement, rights of publicity violations, injuries, damages, or losses to persons or property arising out of or relating to any entry or submission, the terms or conditions of this competition, or any of your activities related thereto.

Sue Bryce Education and The Portrait System LLC reserve the right to modify or cancel the awards competition for any reason, at any time, including in the event that any portion of any website used to administer any aspect of the competition becomes technically corrupted.