Environmental Portraiture Photo Contest Sponsored by Phottix and Ilford Paper: Environmental Portraiture

Environmental Portraiture Photo Contest

sponsored by 



Ilford Galerie

Environmental portraiture is intended to give  information about the subject by the context and surroundings of the subject inside the frame.

Photo by Spencer Lookabaugh.
Photo by Spencer Lookabaugh.

From Wikipedia:

An environmental portrait is a portrait executed in the subject’s usual environment, such as in their home or workplace, and typically illuminates the subject’s life and surroundings. The term is most frequently used of a genre of photography.

By photographing a person in their natural surroundings, it is thought that you will be able to better illuminate their character, and therefore portray the essence of their personality, rather than merely a likeness of their physical features. It is also thought that by photographing a person in their natural surroundings, the subject will be more at ease, and so be more conducive to expressing themselves, as opposed to in a studio, which can be a rather intimidating and artificial experience.

Photo by Mat Marrash.
Photo by Mat Marrash.

We want to see your best environmental portraits and how you use the information in the frame to inform the viewer about the subject. Send us your most creative portraits of subjects in their natural environment, or in an un-natural environment if that tells the story that you want to tell!

Click Here For Official Contest Page

The master of his domain.
Photo by TJ Hansen.

The Grand Prize: The powerful and versatile Phottix Mitros+ speedlight. A $400 value!

PHX1048 Phottix Mitros +
The Phottix Mitros+ flash has a built in Odin transmitter and receiver. With full TTL control, power can be adjusted automatically and manually, all without moving from the camera position.

Second Prize: An Ilford Galerie prize pack with some of the best Ilford has to offer! $300 value!


Third Prize: A $50 Midwest Photo Exchange Gift Card!

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Great for great gear online or in the store!

Attention Columbus Area Photographers:

All photos tagged #cbusportrait will be eligible to be printed and displayed in the Learning Studio on Friday night of the Midwest Photo Feature Fair, December 11th from 5-7:30pm. Photographers can see their photo in high quality print on Ilford Galerie paper. Photographers can meet one another and enjoy some refreshments and conversation!

There will be an Ilford Galerie Prize pack for Best in Show, worth $200 given to the best #cbusportrait print, so be sure to come to the gallery!

Click Here For Official Contest Page

*Midwest Photo Exchange will vote for the winning entries from a pool of selected finalists. All entries will remain anonymous during the selection period.
*Winners of previous contests during the same calendar year are not eligible to win.

*Winning Photographers will be required to provide a model release for use of the image for promotional purposes. Photographer will retain all copyrights to images.

*The submission period opens November 1 2015 Submissions will close on November 30  at 11:59 PM EST.
*Use the entry form to submit your photo. Include your name, email and the title of the photograph.
*Entries are limited to one per person per contest.
*Entries must be the photographer’s own work.
*Images must have a direct correlation to this month’s theme in order to be approved for entry.
*Photos must be approved, and Midwest Photo Exchange reserves the right to disqualify a submission at any time, for any reason.
*Please note that submission approval can take at least 1 business day, and an entry will only appear in the contest module once it has been approved.
*If you have questions about the submission process, please do not call. Instead, submit any questions to michelle@mpex.com

*By submitting a photo, participants agree to the use of credited images in Midwest Photo Exchange’s social media and online content marketing outlets, including the winning images, photo of the day, staff favorites, and honorable mentions.
*Midwest Photo Exchange may use participants’ email addresses to correspond about competition entries.
*By submitting a photo to our contest you agree to be added to our mailing list.
*No substitutions allowed for prizes awarded

TJ Hansen

Photographer at MPEX.com

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