The 50th annual Communication Arts Photography Competition

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Enter the most prestigious competition for creativity in photography, the 50th annual Communication Arts Photography Competition.  Selected by a nationally representative jury of distinguished designers, art directors and photographers, the winning entries will be published in Sept/Oct 2009 issue. Over 70,000 copies of the Photography Annual will be distributed worldwide, assuring important exposure to the creators of this outstanding work. As a service to art directors, designers and art buyers, a comprehensive index will carry telephone numbers, e-mail and Web addresses of the photographers represented.


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The judging process is a two-part system: screening and finals. In screening, the jurors are divided into multiple groups and each category is distributed equally amongst them. Judges are not permitted to vote on work they were directly involved in. In order to move to the final round an entry must get a majority vote of a screening group. Each juror views the entries independently. Print entries are spread out on rows of tables and digital media is projected on a large screen. For the final round the judges are brought back together as one group. Each judge votes "in" or "out" on each entry. After the judges make their selections, their votes are tallied. A simple majority is usually required for a finalist to be selected a winner.

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