What does Portland Squared cost?
REGISTRATION: $55 ASMP/OPPA members, $75 and non-members, and $35 for students.
• Entrance in the contest
• Dinner Saturday night
• Live judging (instant feedback on contestants' images)
• Prizes for each category
$20 tickets to attend dinner and live judging also available for non-contestant.
Do I have to be an ASMP Member? Do I have to be a professional photographer?
No and no. ASMP Members, non-members, and students are invited, and all skill levels are encouraged.
When and where do we meet?
The entire event takes place at a studio in Portland. This detail is still being worked out. Friday, May 19th photographers receive their square anytime between 5 and 7pm. Saturday, May 20th, group editing begins at 2pm, images are due at 5pm sharp! Judging begins at 6pm with prizes awarded at the end of each category. Event ends at 9:30pm'ish.
How long do I have to shoot?
Once you receive your square assignment between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, May 19th, you may immediately begin shooting. Group editing is from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, May 20th, but you may shoot during this time, as well. However, all contest submissions are due to your Pod Leader, properly named, by 5 p.m. (NO exceptions).
Do I have to shoot the whole time?
No. You choose the amount of shooting you want to do in the 24 hour period.
Do I have to shoot only in my square?
We encourage you to create the majority of your images in your square. However, you are free to photograph in other areas, as long as you stay within your designated geographic area.
Is water included in the shooting area?
The river is not included as a section, though anyone can photograph that area if they choose.
Is there camera gear available to borrow?
YES! Pro Photo Supply will be hosting tables for Sony, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus, and Canon. Each will be on site to loan out a variety of gear on a first come, first come basis. Sony will also be loaning out gear prior to the event at free individual workshops, click for more info --> Sony Workshop. A credit card and/or driver license may be required to leave with loaner gear.
Do I have to submit square cropped images?
No, all crops, from square to panoramic, are welcome.
Do I need model releases?
We leave model releases up to the discretion of the photographer and is always good practice. However, in the case of disputes, persons, places, and/or objects appearing within all submitted images should be fully and properly released and will be the responsibility of the photographer.
Can I stage, set up, or use models in my images? Can images be manipulated?
Yes, as long as you DO NOT enter the images in the Documentary or Real Portrait categories.
What are the “journalistic standards” for the Documentary category?
Please refer to the NPPA Code of Ethics, https://nppa.org/code_of_ethics
What is an editing pod?
Each contestant will be randomly assigned to an editing pod and Pod Leader to serve as a resource. Each pod consists of seven to nine photographers and one leader to help with editing, file naming, submission, and to answer questions. During the group editing, we encourage you to sit and mingle with your pod. This is a chance to share your work and adventures from the day. All contest submissions will be due to your Pod Leader by 5 p.m., NO exceptions.
Do I need a laptop?
Yes, please bring your own laptop for the editing pod session (2-5 p.m. Saturday). If you do not have one, email email@example.com to make alternate arrangements.
Can ASMP board members, PDX Squared Volunteers and Pod Leaders participate?
Yes, as long as they pay the entry fee. Or they can choose to photograph but not compete and have their work shown during judging intermission.
How many images may I submit?
Each entrant may submit up to a total of 5 entries, entries in the series category count as a single entry and may contain up to 5 jpgs. Entries may also include series (3, 4 or 5 images) which count as a single entry if submitted as a single jpg.
What size and color should my submitted images be?
3000 pixels on the longest side in Adobe SRGB color space.
Who are the Judges?
We are still working on picking our judges. Stay tuned.
How does the live judging work?
Click here for details.
What are the categories?
• Model Portrait: A photograph of a person or persons, who you bring to photograph.
• Creative Storytelling: A photograph of a created scene or tableaux.
• Real Portrait: A photograph of a person or persons in their environment.
• Documentary Photography: A Photograph that truthfully portrays people, places or things. See NPPA rules.
• Urban Landscape: A photograph of or relating to the man-made environment.
• Natural World: A photograph of or relating to the natural environment.
• Series of 3 to 5: A group of photographs that have an intrinsic connection.
• Portlandia: Keep Portland Weird - A photograph that shows the uniqueness of Portland.
CRAFT Awards: Rewards to excellence in photographic craft and technique. You can't submit images for these awards, the judges nominate them during live judging. Winners will be announced during the 2nd intermission.
• Best use of a Lensbaby Lens. (will have three prizes awarded)
• Best use of Framing
• Best use of Directed Light
• Best use of In-Camera Time & Motion (Blur or Stop Action)
• Best use of Creative Focus
• Best use of Black and White
• Judges Mulligan (each judge gets to nominate their favorite "lost image" for an award.
• Volunteers Award (judges select top 3 staff/volunteer/Sponsor submitted images, and choose 1 winner.)
Do I keep my copyright?
Yes, of course! All photographers retain the copyright to their images.
What can I win?
Our fabulous sponsors will be providing prizes, including product or services from Pro Photo Supply. As we secure prizes we will be updating our website. So stay tuned!
Can I invite a guest(s)?
Yes. $20 tickets are available to attend dinner and live judging. However, anyone attending the event must be registered in advance.
Can I get a refund?
Full refunds for Participant tickets are available until Friday, May 12th, one week before the event, after which we can offer a 50% refund, 3 days before the event (Tuesday, May 16, 2017). For Non-Contestant tickets, a full refund up to 1 day before the event (Thursday, May 18, 2017). No-shows for all ticket types will not be refunded. To obtain a refund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Is there a waiting list?
Yes, when all available contestant slots are taken, we will begin a waiting list. Sign up for the wait list at the registration page.
Is there a contact if I have additional questions?