International Portrait Photographer of the Year Awards

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International Portrait Photographer of the Year AwardsPrizes:

  • The overall winner – US $3,000
  • First Prize – US $1,000
  • Second Prize – US $500
  • Third Prize – US $250

The main aim of our Award is to be one of the Top 101 portrait photographs of the year. This gives you a place in our exclusive book which is published online and can be purchased as a ‘real’ hard-cover paper publication as well (it’s proudly printed by Momento Pro).


  • The Character Study
  • The Portrait Story
  • The Family Sitting
  • The Environmental Portrait

Image requirements: between 4000 and 5000 pixels on the longest side, 300 dpi, JPEG format (recommended setting 9 or 10), in AdobeRGB colour space. Square and panorama, horizontal and vertical images – all are permitted.

Online submission of digital images via the website.


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Aperture is often described as one of the three pillars of photography alongside shutter speed and ISO. Together they form the three sides of the exposure triangle. Basically, the aperture is the size of the opening in the lens which determines how much light will enter the camera, which in turn affects the depth of field. A wide aperture (sometimes called a large aperture) lets more light source reach the camera’s sensor, leading to a brighter exposure. Because of this, wide apertures are used in low light conditions. You can change the aperture camera settings by altering the f-stop value. A lower f-stop value means you have a wider aperture, and a higher f-stop value equals a smaller aperture. Any f-stop value lower than f/2.8 is considered wide, but it does depend on lens choice since some lens don’t go down as low as f/2.8. For portrait photography, it’s usual to use a low f-stop value of between f/2.8 and f/5.6. Many professional photographers use f/1.4 as their standard, but could push it out to f/8 if they’re shooting environmental portraits. The other thing using a large aperture affects is creating a shallow depth of field. This is where your subject is in focus while everything else in the background and foreground blurs out. With a really wide aperture like f/2.8 this also introduces ‘bokeh‘ into your photo, which is where items and light tend to look more like round shapes, helping the subject stand out against their background.