Amateur Photographer of the Year 2010

How to enter APOY 2010 by email

Welcome to Amateur Photographer of the Year 2010 in association with Canon. Last year?s contest was one of our closest and best yet, and we have no doubt that this year?s competition will be just as thrilling. As you can see below, we have set out a list of all ten themes for the 2010 contest to help you better plan your APOY year. In the first issue of each month we will publish a brief, such as this one, describing the criteria we are looking for in the current round. We have also listed the closing dates for each round and the dates when the results will be published. As per last year, we will only accept entries in the form of prints, slides or emailed digital files that conform to the specifications set out at the web link listed below. We look forward to seeing your entries and wish you all the best of luck.

The way our scoring works is simple. All your images will be carefully reviewed by our judges in terms of fulfilling the brief, creativity and technical excellence. eventually, our five judges will narrow down your hundreds of images to a final pool of 50 pictures. our judges then revisit the final 50 with fresh eyes and score them on a scale from 0 to 10. All scores are then added up and the top three totals win the top three prizes for that round.

The top 30 highest-scoring images will be printed in AP at the end of the month and their scores will be added to our running league table. The person at the end of the year with the highest tally of points will be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2010 and win £5,000 worth of kit from canon. Every photographer whose image makes it into the final 50 will have his or her points added to the league table. Each month we will post the names and points totals of our top 50 finalists in the APOY section of our website.

Image size

Your image must be at least 2,700 pixels along its longest dimension, to be printed in the magazine. The file name of your image must be your first and surnames, for example Elizabeth Windsor.jpg. The subject line of your email message must state the round name and your name once again ? eg Islands in the stream: Elizabeth Windsor. Finally, in the body of your email, include the camera model, lens and exposure details, if known, such as Canon EOS 40D, 18-55mm, 1/45sec at f/4, as well as a sentence describing what the image is. If your email does not meet these requirements, we will unfortunately not be able to enter it into the competition.

  • Entrants should submit only ONE image per round.
  • Only entries sent to the correct email address will be entered into the competition.
  • The image should be at least 2,700 pixels along its longest edge.
  • It must be a JPEG file, preferably sRGB.
  • The file name must be your first name and surname.
  • The subject line of your email must state the round name and your name once again.
  • Include your postal address and daytime telephone number in the body of your email.
  • List your camera model, lens, exposure details and any other information in the body of your email.
  • Note the following and send your email to the address below.

    Please mark “X” in brackets below where applicable, then copy and paste the following into the body of your email:

    I earn no more than 10% of my total annual income or £5,000 annually from photography (tick to confirm) This entry has not previously been published in a national UK photography magazine [ ] (tick to confirm). Amateur Photographer, published by IPC Media Ltd (?IPC?), will collect your personal information to process your entry. If you would like to receive emails from Amateur Photographer and IPC containing news, special offers and product and service information and take part in our magazine research via email, please tick here [ ] Amateur Photographer and IPC would like to contact you by post or telephone to promote and ask your opinion on our magazines and services. Please tick here if you prefer not to hear from us [ ] IPC may occasionally pass your details to carefully selected organisations so they can contact you by telephone or post with regard to promoting and researching their products and services. Please tick here if you prefer not to be contacted [ ] If my entry is not successful, I would like Damien Demolder to critique my image in the Appraisal column [ ]

    Plan your APOY year

    Round Synopsis Round Announced Closes      Results Published
    Islands in the Stream Landscapes and water 6 Feb Closed 27 March
    Have you seen the rain? Rain/bad weather 6 March Closed 24 April

    Everyday people People in their everyday environment 3 April Closed 29 May
    In Bloom Flowers and plants 1 May Closed 21 Aug
    Here comes the sun Sunrises, sunsets and sunny days 5 June Closed 31 July
    Close to you Macro and close-up 3 July Closed 28 Aug
    Wish you were here Travel 7 Aug Closed> 25 Sept
    Walk on the wild side Wildlife and domestic animals 4 Sept Closed 30 Oct
    Black or White Black & White monochrome 2 Oct Closed 27 Nov
    Take on me Portraits and self-portraits 6 Nov Closed 18-25 Dec


    1. Entrants may submit only one photograph per month, as an SRGB JPEG file that is AT LEAST 2,700 pixels along its longest dimension, an unmounted print (max size 210x297mm) or slide (no glass mounts please), in colour or black & white.

    2. The entrant?s name, address and daytime phone number must be attached to the slide mount or the back of the print.

    3. You may only submit digital files by email (no cds/dvds). When submitting a digital file, the file name of your image must be your first name and surname, the subject line of your email message must state the round name and your name once again, and the body copy of your email must include your name, address, daytime telephone number, the camera model, lens and exposure details.

    4. Photos submitted must be your own work, must not be copied, must not contain any third party materials and/or content that you do not have permission to use and must not otherwise be obscene, defamatory or in breach of any applicable legislation or regulations. If IPC has reason to believe your entry is not your own work or otherwise breaches this rule, then your photos will NOT BE considered.

    5. Photos must not previously have been published in a national UK photography magazine.

    6. Copyright of all entries remains with the photographer, but IPC and Canon (UK) Limited and their associated group companies reserve the right to use, publish and republish entries in connection with the competition, without payment.

    7. By entering this competition you grant permission to IPC and Canon (UK) Limited and their associated group companies to reproduce your photos in electronic format and hard copy including for display at an exhibition, in IPC?s amateur photographer magazine and on IPC?s and Canon (UK) Limited?s website should they be selected to promote the competition.

    8. You grant IPC and Canon (UK) Limited the right to use your name and town or city of residence for the sole purpose of identifying you as the author of your photos and/or as a winner or runner-up of the APOY competition.

    9. Each postal entry must be accompanied by the correct entry form with all sections completed. A photocopy of the entry form will be accepted. All submissions must be well packaged in a stiffened envelope (no tubes, please) bearing sufficient postage, and entrants wanting their picture back must include a stiffened SAE stamped of sufficient value for their return.

    10. This competition is open to bona fide amateur photographers and students only. That is, entrants should not earn more than 10% of their total annual income OR £5,000 annually from photography.

    11. Employees of IPC Media and Canon, and their families, may not enter this competition. Entries are judged by AP and Canon staff.

    12. There is no age limit for entering, and international entries will be accepted.

    13. Prizes are as stated and no cash or other alternative can be offered to the monthly prizes or overall prize.

    14. Prize value correct at time of going to press. Canon has the right to substitute the prize for a similar item of equal or higher value if the stated prize is not available. No money can be added to the overall prize. The overall prize for the APOY 2010 competition will be to win Canon products available on the Canon December 2010 RRP price list up to the value of £5,000 rrp as at the date of notification.

    15. Prizes are subject to Canon (UK) Limited standard terms and conditions for its Canon products. Acceptance of a prize is deemed to be acceptance of those terms and conditions.

    16. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted and joint submissions are not allowed.

    17. No responsibility is taken for lost, delayed, misdirected or incomplete entries. Proof of delivery of the entry is not proof of receipt.

    18. No purchase is necessary.

    19. The overall winner must choose his or her prize within six weeks of being notified. In the event of a tied score, the Editor will choose a winner. The Editor?s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. By entering this competition you grant permission to AP and Canon to reproduce your photos for display at an exhibition, and on the AP and Canon websites, should they be selected.

    20. By submitting photos you are accepting these rules.

    21. IPC or Canon (UK) Limited or their associated group companies shall not be liable for any loss, damage or injury of any nature howsoever caused, sustained by any entrant under this promotion. However, nothing in these rules shall have the effect of excluding or restricting liability for personal injury, death, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation caused by the proven negligence of employees or agents of IPC or Canon (UK) Limited or their associated group companies.

    22. Canon (UK) Limited shall not be liable for any failure to supply the prizes where such failure is caused by any supervening circumstances outside its control which amount to force majeure and which without the fault of either party renders performance impossible or incapable of satisfactory execution.

    23. These rules are governed by the laws of England and Wales and any dispute in relation to them shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

    (amended 12/2/10)

    Email your entry to

    For the latest scores don’t forget to see the APOY 2010 Leader Board

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