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

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

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.)

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.)

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.

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.

• Framing
• Directed Light  
• In-Camera Time & Motion (Blur or Stop-action)  
• Creative Focus  
• Black & White
• Volunteers Award  

On Assignment: Portland Squared 2018

On May 18th, 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 7 Categories Awards and 6 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.