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Doing a 360 for fun and profit

The 360° Photo Awards, another new international photo competition initiated in Australia, opens for entries on March 1, with a deep prize pool and sponsorship from Epson, Nikon and a range of other photographic brands.

Entry fee for the for-profit competition is US$12 until June 30 and US$20 from then until October 31.  In this case, the organiser is multi award-winning photographer and AIPP Master of Photography Ignacio Palacios. Every entrant will receive a downloadable eBook How to Win Photography Competitions, written by by Ignacio.

(This is a little embarrassing, but we aren’t entirely sure what the criteria for the 360° Photo Awards is. We assume the organisers are looking for 360° panoramas, but having pored over the entry rules we can’t find any reference to a requirement for super-wide imagery, or what makes the cut and what doesn’t. For instance, is a 180° field of view acceptable? Maybe, like the old gag about 1 Hour Dry Cleaning, ‘it’s just the name of the shop’! We have asked for clarification.)

Prizes are awarded for Australian 360° Photographer of the Year and International 360° Photographer of the Year. There are nine categories (landscape, wildlife, people aerial, etc) and the top prizes will go to the highest scoring entries in the various categories.

The 360º Photo Awards Australian Photographer of the Year Winner will be the highest scoring image or portfolio out of the 9 categories and and will receive a Nikon Z7 camera and a Nikkor 14-30 mm F4Z lens. The 360º Photo Awards International Photographer of the Year Winner will be the highest scoring image or portfolio out of the 9 categories and will receive an EIZO ColordEdge CG2730 monitor and an Epson SureColor P906. All high-scoring entires will receive an award.

Judges include some leading names in Australian and international photography, including Ken Duncan, Marsel Van Oosten, Hans Strand, Richard I’Anson, Mieke Boynton, Adam Williams, Ricardo da Cunha, Douwe Dijkstra, Luke Austin and Ignacio himself.

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