Entries for the 2022 cycle are closed.

If you’re looking for information on The TOG Awards, you’re in the right place. This page contains all of the necessary information that you may need to enter the awards for the 2022 cycle.

JudgesMore Info about entries

Key Dates for the 2022 cycle:

  • Entries Open: 1st November 2021
  • Entry Deadline: 23rd January 2022 at 11:59 UK Time
  • Awards announced: 25th March 2022

Entry Information:

Notification of winners will happen in two stages:

  • Stage 1: Merit images, all of which are eligible to go forwards into the final for PhoTOGrapher of the year, will be notified via email and through a specific page on The TOG Awards website.
  • Stage 2: Category and subcategory winners will be revealed on the 25th March 2022 and each winner will be contacted via email to organise prize-giving.

An online team of judges will assess each entry together and allocate a score based on the photographic and post-production skills of the author in line with the following 10 areas:

  1. Impact – This is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion.
  2. Technical Excellence – Judges consider the quality of the image/print itself as presented for viewing.
  3. Lighting – Regardless of whether the light applied to an image is man-made or natural, Judges will look for the effective use of it in order to enhance an image and the purpose of the image.
  4. Creativity – Judges look for the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker to convey an idea, message or purpose.
  5. Story Telling – This refers to the image’s ability to communicate to the viewer and evoke imagination.
  6. Subject Matter – This should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.
  7. Colour Balance – Judges look at the effective use of colours and tones in an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance harmony.
  8. Composition – This is central to the design of an image and should bring all the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image.
  9. Centre of Interest – This is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image.
  10. Style – Judges look for a specific style ie your specific style. This can be defined in a number of ways. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognisable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject.

Each image starts with 100 marks and marks are deducted for errors, issues or lack of continuity in the aforementioned points.

Images that score 80 or more (from 100) will be awarded a Merit. The highest scoring images will be awarded the title of “Finalist” and will be contenders for a Category Win. 

The highest scoring images will proceed to the next stage where the judges will define sub-categories for which the winning images sit. The final winners will be the highest-scoring category images in the entire competition.

Core Categories:

  • Artificial Light – If your image contains artificial light, strobes, speedlights or other lighting sources that are not natural, you would enter it here
  • Natural Light – If your image contains no artificial light, strobes or studio lighting, you would enter it here, regardless of the subject
  • Fine Art – If your image is heavily worked with a mixture of source elements to create gallery-style artwork, it would be entered here.

The judging team will score each image within one of these broad groups, and will then assess the highest scoring images to determine which sub-categories will be awarded. For example, within the ‘Natural Light’ group there may be images of family portraits, location portraits, and landscapes – each of these could be presented with an appropriate trophy if they score highly, so the exact categories awarded by the judges will depend on the quality of the entries.

There is no subject restriction for entries. Submissions can be of any subject, genre, niche and style. We are looking for the best of photography.

At the bottom of this box, there is a link to download a checklist PDF. We would recommend using it if you are unsure about the files you are entering.

    • Digital submissions should be:
      • Industry-standard high-resolution, uncompressed JPEGs
      • In the sRGB colour profile
      • At least 3000 pixels on the longest side but 
      • Not be larger than 20mb
      • Files should be named [CATEGORY]_FIRSTNAMELASTNAME_###.jpg
        • CATEGORY must be a single letter either A, N, or F to indicate Artificial Light, Natural Light or Fine Art
        • ### must be a three-digit unique number. Start at 001 with your first entry and work upwards.
    • Your filename should not contain any spaces, hyphens, or other non-alphanumeric characters. Use only uppercase characters. For example, if Dan McGovern entered a natural light image it would be named N_DANMCGOVERN_001.jpg
    • Your image can be “edge to edge” or borders etc can be incorporated.
    • No identifying logos/names/etc should appear on the image unless they form an integral part of the image. I.e. Product photos may show a brand name or logo but anything which would identify the author of the image is not allowed.
    • There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.

    DOWNLOAD A HANDY CHECKLIST

    • Entry is open to all under the three category titles: Artificial Light, Natural Light, Fine Art
    • Initial entry will be online through the official competition portal. No other entry route will be permitted.
    • Payment is required at the point of entry.
    • Digital submissions should be industry-standard high-resolution, uncompressed JPEG sRGB files of at least 3000 pixels on the longest side. Your image can be “edge to edge” or borders etc can be incorporated.
    • Files should be named [CATEGORY]_FIRSTNAMELASTNAME_###.jpg
    • CATEGORY must be a single letter either A, N, or F to indicate Artificial Light, Natural Light or Fine Art
    • ### must be a three-digit unique number. Start at 001 with your first entry and work upwards.
    • Your filename should not contain any spaces, hyphens, or other non-alphanumeric characters. Use only uppercase characters.
      So, for example, if Dan McGovern entered a natural light image it would be named N_DANMCGOVERN_001.jpg
    • No identifying logos/names/etc should appear on the image unless they form an integral part of the image. I.e. Product photos may show a brand name or logo but anything which would identify the author of the image is not allowed.
    • There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit.
    • Commissioned and Non-Commissioned work is eligible for entry in all categories.
    • Images produced on photographic workshops/seminars are not permitted. (unless you were the tutor running the workshop).
    • Plagiarism will not be tolerated by the judges and will result in disqualification.
    • All images, and all elements of an image if a composite, should have been created/produced within two years of the competition closing date by the photographer entering
    • By entering, the photographer acknowledges that employer, client and/or subject have copyright release or model release giving permission for the image to be published or exhibited in connection with these awards and that he/she is the author of the work as defined in the Design, Copyright and Patents Act 1988.
    • Entrants agree that any entered image may be used by That Photography Spot in any of their printed material, publications or electronic media.
    • Any entries which do not confirm to the rules will be withdrawn from the awards judging and no payments returned
    • The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
    • The judges, if agreed unanimously, may transfer any image into a more appropriate category.
    • That Photography Spot reserves the right to remove from the Competition any images submitted, which in the Organisation’s opinion, contravene legal guidelines on public decency or which would bring the Organisation into disrepute
    • Information correct at time of publication – That Photography Spot reserves the right to amend any of the above without notice.
    • Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of prizes impossible due to reasons beyond the control of That Photography Spot and accordingly That Photography Spot in its absolute discretion may vary or amend the competition and the entrant agrees that no liability shall attach to That Photography Spot as a result thereof.
    • Responsibility cannot be accepted for entries lost or incorrectly submitted. That Photography Spot’s records of entry shall be the definitive record.

    To facilitate the event, prizes, promotion of winners work and the investment into systems, we have placed entry to The TOG Awards at $8 (USD) per entry. Entry fees will be automatically calculated during the entry process and payment can be made by debit or credit card.

    Although submissions can be made up of any number of images, the entry fee remains the same across any number and category of entry.

    January 23rd at midnight

    Entry Deadline

    Entries close at midnight UK time on the 23rd January 2022. This marked the final deadline for entries to the 2022 cycle. No further entries could be made after this point and all of the entered images are anonomysed and placed into the judging program.

    February 2022

    Judging

    Throughout the entire month of February, the judges for the 2022 cycle will spend hours assessing every submitted image. As part of the judging for the 2022 cycle, each image will recieve a score that the creator can review.

    Early March 2022

    Merit Announcements

    Around the start of March every photographer who has recieved a merit for an image will recieve a notification revealing how many merited images they have acheived.

    March 25th 2022

    Winner Announcements

    On the 25th March the winners will be announced in full will a variety of resources and a full gallery for view here on The TOG Awards website.

    April 2022

    Prize Distribution

    Throughout April we will commence the distribution of prize money, physical and digital prizes. Please keep an eye on your entry email address to keep up with any and all prize announcements. 

    What happens next

    Prizes for the 2022 cycle:

    Master Prize

    for: Overall PhoTOGrapher of the Year

    $500 to spend on yourself

    1 x 20×16 Competition Class printed product of your choice from Digitalab

    An engraved overall The TOG Awards Winners Trophy

    Winners Certificate to display in your studio, office or home

    Winners Badge to display on your website, social media, and promotional materials

    Ample press and PR coverage and supplied Press Release for promotional ease

    Category Prize

    for: Category PhoTOGraphers of the Year

    1 x 16×12 Competition Class printed product of your choice from Digitalab

    The TOG Awards Category Winners Trophy

    Category Winners Certificate

    Category Winners Badge

    Supplied Press Release for promotional ease

    Sub Prizes

    for: Sub-Category PhoTOGraphers of the Year 

    Optional The TOG Awards Sub-Category Winners Trophy

    Sub-Category Winners Certificate

    Sub-Category Winners Badge

    Supplied Press Release for promotional ease

    Merited Image Prizes

    for: Merited Entries

    All entries that receive a Merit score or above will receive a Merit Certificate and a Merit Badge.

    Entries are closed.

    Entries for the 2022 cycle are now closed. Entry information for 2023 will be announced in the coming weeks.