Voting and Judging
Two hundred (200) Finalists will be selected in the online SOLO competition. There are two ways you can become a Finalist:
100 Finalists are chosen by the public. Creative industry pros, media, other photographers and photo lovers from around the world click the heart to Like your images. The more Likes you receive, the more your images move to the front of the site, and the more people see your work. Anyone can vote for you as long as they register their email address. All images can receive one vote per registered email address. And yes, of course you can vote for yourself.
The SOLO competition closes for submissions on October 31, 2012, but remains open for public voting through November 7, 2012. The twenty (20) images that receive highest accumulated votes in each of the 5 categories will comprise the list of 100 publicly-chosen Finalists.
JUDGES VOTE (Round One)
Separate from the public voting process, a panel of the sharpest eyes in the business will be pouring through the SOLO submissions. The Open's judging team will individually select their top 20 images in each of the five categories. The 20 images that receive the highest number of combined votes in each category will comprise the list of 100 judged Finalists. Any ties will go to a second ballot. The judges will not be aware of the photographers who became Finalists through public voting.
FINAL JUDGES VOTE (Round Two)
The 200 SOLO competition Finalists will advance to a new 10-person panel of esteemed photographic experts for final judging. To maintain impartiality, Round Two judges will not be informed of the name of the finalists, or whether the finalist was advanced by public or judges vote. Round Two judges will vote by closed ballot to determine the Category winners, and subsequently the single overall winning image and Photographer of the Year.
The results of the selection process for the LIVE competition and the SOLO competition are 100% independent from each other.
The complete Rules and Terms of Service are here.
THE OPEN is a worldwide photo competition to search and recognize the most inspirational photographers of our generation. The competition is for pros and aspiring pros from any country in the world. The categories of competition are: action, street, nature, people and ‘open.’ Learn More