Are you ready for PDX Squared 2019? It starts in:

Come join your fellow photographers in the documentation of four geographical areas of Portland

WHO

The event is open to EVERYONE. ASMP members,  non-members, professionals, students and aspiring photographers welcome.

COST

$75 - ASMP or OPPA Members
$95- Non-Member
$50 - Students

Non-Contestant
$30 - Dinner & Live Judging ONLY

Registration Includes:

  • Contest entry

  • Free gear rental

  • Dinner Saturday night

  • 2 drink tickets for Beer & wine

  • Live judging

  • Prizes for each category winner and craft awards

WHAT

100 Photographers

50 Randomly assigned locations

4 Geographical areas 

24 Hours of shooting time

3 Hours of editing

2 Food Carts

2 Drink tickets + more for purchase

3 Judges

6 Categories

5 Craft Categories

1 Gallery Show Exhibit

WHEN

MAY 17-18, 2019

Friday 3pm - 5pm Receive your random square, be assigned an editing pod and get gear from our fabulous sponsors.

Friday 3pm - Saturday 3pm After you have checked in,  you can explore and shoot your square! Leave time for editing because submissions are due at 3pm on Saturday.

Saturday 1pm - 4pm - Group editing.

Saturday 1pm - 4pm - Gear Return.

Saturday 4pm - Contest submissions are due.

Saturday 3pm - 5pm Tap the keg and food arrives. Mingle.

Saturday 5pm-8pm  Live judging.

Saturday 8pm That's a wrap!

WHERE

Cine Rent West

2330 NW 31st Avenue
Portland, OR 97210

 

Categories 

• PORTRAIT:
We’ve simplified two categories into one this year - PORTRAIT. Whether you created the scene and brought a model or stepped into a found environment, met someone interesting, and took their photo, these will both live together in this category.

(What we mean: This category is about people. You can dream up conceptual and/or fictional stories and characters, bring props, lights and models.  Or, you can go exploring, meet people and make a portrait of them in their environment.)

• DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY: 
A photograph that truthfully portrays people, places or things. 
(What we mean: This is about documenting and telling stories visually as an observer . This includes traditional street photography, photojournalism, news gathering, editorial and taking pictures at events. See NPPA rules.)

• URBAN LANDSCAPE:
A photograph of or relating to the man-made environment.
(What we mean: Photographing the built environment where the predominant elements and subject are man-made. If you take an amazing picture of a bridge or a building it belongs here. If you are taking a picture of a rally that also has a bridge or building in the background it belongs in DOCUMENTARY.)

• NATURAL WORLD: 
A photograph of or relating to the natural environment.
(What we mean: Photographing subjects in the natural environment where the predominant elements and subject are naturally occurring. Trees, flowers, bees, and birds go here. If the bird is made of felt and is on a cowboy hat, that belongs in PORTLANDIA.)

• SERIES OF 3 to 5:
A group of images that have an intrinsic connection.
(What we mean: This one is different, so pay attention. A series is a set of 3-5 connected images. The subject matter can come from any of the other categories. You will be judged on the images themselves and also on the connection between them. The series of images should support each other and create something by that connection.
Note: Photographers can submit 3-5 individual JPEGs or create a single JPEG that combines those images.
)

• PORTLANDIA: 
Keep Portland Weird - A photograph that shows the uniqueness of Portland.
(What we mean: Portland is a wonderful and unique place. The elements that make our city different are hard to define, but you know it when you see it. We are weird, but weird with purpose. We are weird with story. We are weird with meaning. This category is a place to celebrate our story of diversity and strangeness.)

 

The Craft Awards

The Craft Awards were created to reward excellence in photographic craft and technique. These awards are about the use of a specific photographic tool or principle to create a successful image. 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...
• Framing
• Directed Light  
• In-Camera Time & Motion (Blur or Stop-action)  
• Creative Focus  
• Black & White

We’re not going to forget about our amazing help, we want to encourage them to step out and take some pictures too!
• 3 Volunteers Awards  

On Assignment: Portland Squared 2019

On May 17th, you and 100 photographers will be turned loose in the City of Portland. We will assign 2 people per square this year. We have reduced the number of squares to 50 but have eliminated dead squares from the past. The squares are still spread across 4 different zones around the City. With Portland Squared, you can go out to do documentary photography or you can go out to create something yourself. We have 6 Category Awards and 5 Craft Awards. We created The Craft Awards to reward excellence in photographic craft and technique. These Awards are about the use of a specific photographic tool or principle to create a successful image.

  1. We want you to think of the Categories and Craft Awards as loose assignments. You don’t have to shoot to these, but they may give you more focus. You can, of course, go out and shoot whatever you find and come back to edit and decide where the images fit best. We have found that shooting for a Category gives you direction and may lead to better photographs.

  2. Images may only be entered into a single Category.

  3. All images are judged anonymously.

  4. Images will be judge on their overall impact, and on the 7 areas of photographic practice listed in the rubric.

  5. Images for the Craft Awards will be selected by the Judges Panel.

Live Judging

An exciting benefit for Portland Squared participants is the opportunity to listen and watch the judging in action.  Judges will be candidly reviewing and selecting images with comments on favorable and less than optimal characteristics and quality of the submitted images.  The emphasis will be on picking the best images in each category with the added educational value of constructive criticism from which everyone can benefit.  For all of us, becoming the best photographer that we can be inevitably is a work in progress, so don't miss this outstanding opportunity to learn from your own images and those of others as seen through the eyes of our outstanding panel of judges.  

 

Benefits of participation!

Free Camera Gear Rental

Pro Photo Supply, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Sigma Lenses, Tamron Lenses, X-Rite and more to come, will be on hand to lend out cameras, lenses and much more - FREE for all participants.

Equipment is available on a first come first serve basis on Friday. A credit card deposit may be required as well as a proof of driver’s license. 

 

Sony Early Gear Loaner Event

Sony is loaning out, for FREE, their fabulous cameras and lenses for 3 days to people registered for Portland Squared 2019!  PLUS they will lead a Q & A to get familiar with the equipment and inspire some creative photography.

Register early to secure your spot for this exclusive event on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 6-7:30pm. Limited to 20 people.

Must be registered for PDX Squared 2019 before you can sign up for this exclusive event.

Sigma Early Len Loaner Event

Sony is loaning out, for FREE, their fabulous cameras and lenses for 3 days to people registered for Portland Squared 2019!  PLUS they will lead a Q & A to get familiar with the equipment and inspire some creative photography.

Register early to secure your spot for this exclusive event on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 6-7:30pm. Limited to 20 people.

Must be registered for PDX Squared 2019 before you can sign up for this exclusive event.

On May 17th, you and 100 photographers will be turned loose in the city of Portland. This year we have reduced the number of squares but are doubling up in each. Squares will still be spread across 4 different zones around the City, we just pared it down to the best spots. With Portland Squared, you can go out to do documentary photography or you can go out to create something yourself. We have 6 Category Awards and 5 Craft Awards to create some amazing photography for! 

The Map

This year we are trimming the map to 50 squares (We’ll update the map below soon) with 2 people assigned to each. They still have four sides, and are LARGE! And we have created four distinct areas of greater Portland for you to play in!

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What To Bring

• A camera (or get there early on Friday to rent one for FREE).

•  A laptop with your favorite editing software for the editing session (1-3 p.m. Saturday). If you do not have one, email asmp.events@gmail.com to make alternate arrangements.

• A sense of adventure.

 

FAQ's

You've got questions, we've got answers. Head over to the FAQ page and get all your questions answered.

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