AAPM “The Mind’s Eye” Photo Competition

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  • The grand prize is $5,000
  • the 2nd prize is $2,000
  • the 3rd prize is $1,500
  • the 4th prize is $1,000
  • the 5th prize is $500

Theme: The Mind’s Eye

Ready to make your mark in the world of photography? Submit your best shots now and join the ranks of those who’ve experienced the unparalleled thrill of international recognition and a chance to claim a share of the impressive prize pool!

Enter up to 57 images. Online submission of digital photographs via the website.

Image requirements: JPEG format; 72 dpi; Grayscale or RGB profile; under 2 MB in file size; longest dimension under 1200 pixels, with a minimum size of 200 pixels; No Watermarks

Judging Criteria: creativity, originality and the visual / emotional impact of the image.


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In photography, shapes are often used to create the illusion of depth and space. The right usage of shapes in a photograph may provide the impression that the subject matter extends over the edges of the picture. This optical illusion may be employed to make a small subject seem bigger, or to highlight an otherwise uninteresting area of a photograph. Incorporating corner-forming elements into a shot may help provide the impression of depth. You may do this by having two sides of the shape meet at a corner and by inserting features that extend to the edge of the frame, such as a person’s arms or legs. Aside from the circle, the triangle is another frequent form that may be used to create the illusion of depth in a picture. The impression of having the scene continue over the edge of the frame may be achieved with the use of a common shape, the triangle. The term “extended frame” is often used to describe this. Shapes, when employed properly, may aid in creating a balanced or even unbalanced composition that draws attention to certain components of an image. While the rule of thirds is useful for arranging elements in a photograph for aesthetic purposes, it’s equally necessary to pay attention to the other geometric shapes present in the frame. By keeping your objects inside the natural lines and forms of the frame, you may guarantee a visually appealing composition, as stated by the law of shapes. To establish a balanced composition, provide equal visual weight to both sides of the frame; to create an imbalanced composition, give greater visual weight to one side of the frame. Oval frames are often used to draw attention to a certain area of a picture. The oval frame is a terrific method to create a simple but aesthetically engaging composition, which is commonly utilised to focus on the subject’s face.