We’ve worked to build a system for entry that is easy and fluid. Below is a brief overview of how the competitions works. For more detailed information, see our Frequently Asked Questions, read the Official Contest Rules or Contact Us with any questions you have.
1) Who is Eligible to Enter?
One Life is open to photographers 18 and older from anywhere in the world! We are looking for all types of digital and film photography, including (and definitely not limited to): Fashion, Landscape, Travel, Candid, Digitally Manipulated, Artistic / Conceptual, Self-Portrait, Wedding and more! We are looking for compelling images that tell stories as you envision them.
2) How do I submit work?
One Life only accepts submissions through our quick and easy online form. All applicants will receive a gorgeous online portfolio and will be eligible for the Story Award (does not affect the selection of the Grand Prize winner). Portfolios are fully editable (you can change/add images and modify your bio) until the deadline.
The Basic entry is $29, and the Professional entry is $69. The Basic Entry makes you eligible for the Story Award and the Early Entry Award; The Professional entry makes you eligible for all of those awards, plus the Grand Prize award.
Every photographer who submits to One Life will be given an online See.Me portfolio to view and share with your social network and use as a professional resource. After you complete your submission, you will be sent a confirmation email with your username, password, and direct link to your portfolio, which you will be able to start using immediately.
3) What Are The Submission Categories?
Upon entering you are invited to self-select what category your portfolio belongs to. This will only affect the Category Awards, the Grand Prize Award and Story Award is open to every category. This will only affect the Category Awards; the Grand Prize Award and Story Award are open to entries in any category. Every type of photography is welcome for entry.
People: Includes: Portraits, Self-Portraits, Conceptual & Candid photos, any image with a person as its central character.
4) The Awards:
Places: Includes: City Imagery, Landscapes, Travel Photography, any image with a place/location as its central theme.
Things: Includes: Still Life, Studio Images, Macro Images, Micro Images, any image with an object as its central theme.
Ideas: Includes: Conceptual and Artistic imagery, Narrative Series, anything that expresses an idea.
The Grand Prize:
This award is selected by our panel of esteemed judges from all the categories. The Story Award collections have no influence on the Grand Prize selection.
The Story Award:
- $25,000 Cash
- A Two Page Feature in PDN Magazine
- An exhibition at the Photoplus Expo
- An gallery exhibition at the See // Exhibition Space
- A Feature Presentation on the new See.Me (formerly ArtistsWanted.org)
- An four page feature in the One Life Photography Annual Catalogue
The Story Award award focuses on the story you tell (more so than the technical aspects of your photography). Viewers will collect their favorite photographers and help decide who will win the Story Award, so share your portfolio with friends, family and colleagues using e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and other social networking tools, and get your fan club to collect your works today! The highest collected artists will have their submissions reviewed by Artists Wanted to determine the Story Award winner, who will win a feature presentation on the new See.Me (formerly ArtistsWanted.org), a feature in the One Life Photography Annual Catalogue, and $7,500 in cash.
The Category Awards
Our jury panel will choose four Category Award winners in these People, Places, Things, Ideas.
Category Award Winners will be featured in PDN Magazine and on the new See.Me (formerly ArtistsWanted.org), exposing your work to tens of thousands of the most influential eyes in the photographic and arts communities.
One potential Grand Prize Winner will be determined from among all eligible entries received by a panel of qualified judges, based on a rating system that considers uniqueness, skill, and ambition. The entrant who submitted the entry receiving the highest score, as determined by our judging panel, will be the Grand Prize winner.
Eligible visitors to the site will have a chance to collect their favorite entries during the Online Voting Period. The entrants with the the highest number of collections will be reviewed by Artists Wanted, and one will be chosen as the Story Award Winner (pending rigorous vote validation). Public voting and collecting has no influence on the formal judging for the Grand Prize Award.
6) Use of Entry & Respecting Image Ownership:
Artists Wanted and PDN will not resell your work, or use your images for any commercial purpose outside the terms of the contest and the New York Reception. Every image you submit is yours and you retain all rights to your images.
Your images will be hosted on our web server for viewing via your public portfolio and your images may be selected for special promotion in PDN Magazine, Artists Wanted, See.Me and other press/partner outlets. For example, in the past major magazines and television outlets have run features on our photographers and we have facilitated that connection. If a major press outlet approaches us to feature your work, we will contact you and work with you to craft the story to the highest benefit for you and your career.
Your images will never be sold to a 3rd party.