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

Contestant WAITLIST
SOLD OUT!
Click above to get on the waitlist!
$55 - ASMP or OPPA Members
$75 - Non-Member
$35 - Students
 

Non-Contestant REGISTRATION
$20 - Dinner & live judging ONLY
 

Contest fee includes:

  • Contest entry
  • Free gear rental
  • Dinner Saturday night
  • Beer & wine
  • Live judging
  • Prizes for each category winner and craft awards

WHAT

72 Photographers

72 Randomly assigned locations

4 Geographical areas 

24 Hours of available shooting time

3 Hours of editing

1 Catered dinner

4 Judges

8 Categories awards

9 Craft awards

14 Prizes packages!

1 Gallery Show Exhibit

WHEN

MAY 19-20, 2017

Friday 5pm - 7pm Receive your random square, be assigned an editing pod and get gear from our fabulous sponsors.

Friday 5pm - Saturday 5pm Shoot and explore your square!

Saturday 2pm - Group editing begins.

Saturday 4pm - 6pm - Gear Return.

Saturday 5pm - Contest submissions are due.

Saturday 5pm-6pm Tap the keg and food arrives. Mingle.

Saturday 6pm-9:30pm  Live judging.

Saturday 9:30pm That's a wrap!

WHERE

Splash Worldwide
419 NE 8th Avenue
Portland OR 97232

 

Categories 

• MODEL PORTRAIT: 
A photograph of a person or persons, who you bring to photograph. (What we mean: A model is anyone you bring along to photograph, or that you photograph out of context. For example, if you dress someone up as a fisherman to take their picture it belongs here. If you find a real fisherman and take their picture it belongs in REAL PORTRAIT.)

• CREATIVE STORYTELLING:
A photograph of a created scene or tableaux.
(What we mean: In this scenario you might be bringing models, props, or other elements into a location to create a fictional story.)

• REAL PORTRAIT: 
A documentary photograph of a person or persons in their environment.
(What we mean: The person you photograph is found in the environment, and you are photographing them as part of that environment. For example, if you find a butcher shop and take the portrait of the butcher the picture belongs here. If you photograph
that butcher as an awesome looking fisherman it belongs in
CREATIVE PORTRAIT.
)

• DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY: 
A photograph that truthfully portrays people, places or things. 
(What we mean: 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 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.)

 

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.  


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
• Judges Mulligan Awards (3)  
• Volunteers Award  


On Assignment: Portland Squared 2017

On May 19th, you and 72 photographers will be turned loose in the City of Portland. This year, you will have larger squares to work in and 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 8 Categories Awards and 9 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.
 

Free Camera Gear Rental

Pro Photo Supply, Canon, Lensbaby, Nikon, Olympus, Sigma Lenses and Sony (see workshop for early gear loan) 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 drivers license. 

Sony Early Gear Loan

Sony is loaning out, for FREE, their fabulous cameras and lenses for 3 days to people registered for Portland Squared 2017!  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 Wednesday, May 17th from
6-7:30pm. Limited to 20 people.

On May 19th, you and 72 photographers will be turned loose in the City of Portland. This year, you will have larger squares to work in and 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 8 Categories Awards and 5 Craft Awards. 

    The Map

    This year we are sticking with the expanded squares we set up last year. They still have four sides, and are LARGE! And we have created four distinct areas of greater Portland for you to play in!

    click for larger view

    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 (2-5 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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