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Frequently Asked Questions:

Who can enter The TOG Awards?

Anyone, regardless of professional status, location, gender or niche. We aim to celebrate photography and nothing else at all.

My work doesn't look like the work on your website. Is there any point in me entering?

Absolutely! The work featured on this website is purely a sample of Jessica’s [one of the 2022 judges] portfolio. Next year we’d love to feature your work on this site, but we’ll be dressing the website from successful entries so you have to be in it to win it!

Can I enter one image into multiple categories?

No, you can only enter one image per category and the categories are set up in a way that it would be difficult to enter in any other way. 

What is the definition of natural light and artifical light?

Natural light covers photographs captured in daylight or indoors in locations that you cannot control the light in any way.

Artificial light is light that you specifically controlled and added to the situation to get the photograph.

What should sit in fine art?

If you’re used to awards, think of fine art as the open category, digital manipulation category or conceptual category. Where an image does not fit easily and simply into natural light, or artificial light (which includes mixed light), it should sit in fine art. You’ll know if you have one, don’t worry!

Can I enter an image that includes overlays or digital assets?

No, if you enter an image that contains any purchased asset, the image is intelligible. Entering an image with purchased assets such as skies, digital backdrops, stock photography or overlays is against the Awards rules. At times, the organisers may request the original files to check this point to ensure everyone is competing on a level playing field.

How do I enter The TOG Awards?

Simply head to this page here and complete the entry slip for each image you want to enter. Before that though, please ensure you have read the submission information and, if you want to, you can download the submission checklist to check each entry before you submit!

I don't understand my score - help!

There are three judging rounds in The TOG Awards: 

  1. All entries to The TOG Awards go through the first round of judging (Round 1). This we call “Pre-Screening” and it occurs in almost all photographic competitions. This round splits apart images of a “professional standard“ from those that either are not at the required standard or contain rule-breaking elements (like incorrect file formats, sizes, file names, or the inclusion of watermarks or identifiable text/logos).
  2. All viable images then move through to the second round (Round 2). This round, the “4-point” round, does what it says on the tin. Each image is scored out of 25 by one judge on 4 aspects: Impact/Emotion, Technical, Composition and Editing. The result of this round is a score out of 100. Any image that scores 80+ in this round receives an International Merit as standard. Images that scored between 80 and 84 remain in this round and do not move into the final round.
  3. Any image which scores 85 and above in the 4-point round moves forwards into the third round of judging (Round 3 – Final Round) where each of the judges allocates a single final score out of 100 to the images. These scores are then averaged to give the final image score. This score then decides where the Round 3 images sat in the final rankings. If your image made it through to Round 3, the Final Round Score is the accurate score for your entry.

When looking at your scores, you may see a number of things: 

  1. If you do not receive a score at all: Check to see if your image is in one of the galleries in the Results section, check also to see if you have had an email, but it has gone to your spam folder. If you cannot find anything, it is likely that your entry did not make it into Round 2. 
  2. If you have “N/A” in the Final Round Score box: This means that your image was scored in Round 2 but did not make it into Round 3 (see point 2 above).
  3. If you have a different score in the Round 2 box to the Final Round box: This means that when all of the judges viewed the work, the average score differed from the score given in round 2. The final round score is the accurate score for your image.

Often, the 4-point score gives clues as to what you did well on, and what may be good to work on. Where there is a large drop in a score in one part of the 4-point score, it is a sign that there was an error or flaw seen in the piece. For example, if you scored high until retouching and then scored very low, there will be a retouching issue in the piece.


Can I get feedback on my image?

It is not possible to give feedback to every entrant for every image, unfortunately. 

Jessica does Award Review sessions inside the Premium Membership of That Photography Spot, and also offers one-off online portfolio review one-to-ones which may be suitable.