Emerging Pro Still and Motion Competition

Q: How do I enter?
A: On the competition portal nav bar, click “Enter Contest” to go to the entry page. Then click “Enter Stills” to enter still photographs or “Enter Motion” to submit a motion short. You will need to be logged in to your Digital Photo Pro account or your HD Video Pro account to enter. If you do not have an account, click here to register for your free account.

Q: How many photos or motion shorts can I enter?
A: For this contest, we allow two (2) photo submissions (each up to five photos each) and two (2) motion shorts submissions for a total of four (4) entries per person.

Q: When is the entry deadline?
A: All entries must be received by August 15, 2013.

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for this competition?
A: The Emerging Pro Still And Motion Competition is open to students who are currently enrolled at an accredited college or university and enrolled in a photography or filmmaking course, or to professional photographers or filmmakers with up to five years of professional experience. See Official Rules for complete details.

Q: I am not a resident of the United States. Can I enter this competition?
A: Unfortunately, this competition is only open to U.S. residents age 18 or older.

Q: What if I do not meet the eligibility requirements for this competition or do not otherwise qualify to enter?
A: We have various other photo contests across our sites that are open to all U.S. residents. Sign up for the DPP eNewsletter and the HDVP eNewsletter to stay updated on all the latest photo contests.

Q: I have lots of really good photos and motion shorts. Can I enter more than 2 photo submissions and more than 2 motion shorts?
A: No. Please limit submissions to 2 photo submissions and/or 2 motion shorts. Failure to follow the rules will disqualify you from the contest.

Q: Do I have to print or mail in my submissions on disc?
A: No. Please upload entries using the online entry form. Mailed submissions will not be accepted.

Q: Can I process my photos and motions shorts using Photoshop, Premiere or other software?
A: Yes.

Q: What are the prizes?
A: The First Prize Package includes:

Four Zeiss CP.2 lenses and transport case
Publication in the December 2013 issues of Digital Photo Pro and HD Video Pro magazines
Publication in the Digital Photo Pro Emerging Pro and HD Video Pro online galleries

Ten (10) Finalists will receive:

A one (1) year membership to the Adobe Creative Cloud
Publication in the December 2013 issues of Digital Photo Pro and HD Video Pro magazines
Publication in the Digital Photo Pro Emerging Pro and HD Video Pro online galleries

One People’s Choice Winner from each category will receive

Online publication of the winning photo or motion short in the Winners Gallery

Q: When will the finalists/winners be notified?
A: Potential finalists will be notified on or about August 22, 2013.

Q: When will the winners be announced?
A: The First Prize winner and finalists will be announced in late September 2013 and published in the December 2013 issues of Digital Photo Pro and HD Video Pro magazines.

Q: Can I pass the word on this competition to my friends, classmates, Facebook/Twitter followers, etc.?
A: Yes, please! The link to the competition portal is and

Q: I am an educational professional and would like promotional materials to distribute to my students. From whom can I request more information?
A: Please send an e-mail to and one of our marketing staff will get in touch with you right away.

Q: Not all of the photos and/or motion shorts I submitted are appearing in the gallery. Is there a reason why?
A: To avoid upload errors we recommend using alphanumeric characters to title your images. Please do not use apostrophes, ampersands or any other character symbol, as doing so may cause errors during uploading.

Additionally, each person’s submissions are subject to the approval of our editors. Photos and motion shorts may be removed due to objectionable content for other reasons at the sole discretion of our editors.

Q: When can I vote for the People’s Choice Awards?
A: The voting period for the People’s Choice Awards is August 21, 2013, through September 21, 2013.

Q: How do I vote during the People’s Choice Award Voting Period?
Step 1: Log in to your DPP or HDVP account or, if you don’t yet have an account, register for free.
Step 2: Check out the Finalists Gallery to see which images and/or motion shorts are eligible for your vote. The Finalists Gallery will be available online starting August 21, 2013.
Step 3: Vote! Simply click on any photo or motion short and rate it using the 5-star scale. Vote for as many as you’d like!

Q: When I try to enter online, I get an error message. What’s going on?
A: Double-check that the sizes of your images meet our upload requirements (for photos)or that the Vimeo link or video ID is correct (for motion shorts).

Often, if your first attempt at entering online isn’t successful, our system won’t let you enter again—it’s a way to prevent duplicate submissions. Try clearing your browser’s cache, cookies and even restarting your computer, and then go to the online entry page again.

Q: I’ve tried clearing my cache and cookies, and I even bought a new computer. The online entry form just isn’t working for me.
A: If all else fails, send us an e-mail at and in your e-mail, please indicate:

The name of the contest
Your username
The image ID # (if applicable)
The exact nature of your problem

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