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Out of Chicago Photo Competition

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Out of Chicago is excited to announce its first photo competition of 2017! Although the winners will be announced at the 2017 Winter Conference, you do not need to attend in order to submit images to the competition.

Submit your images into any of our five categories: Street, Cityscape/Architecture, Landscape/Nature, Macro and Portrait. You are more than welcome to submit the same image into any of the categories that it fits into.

Please read below for the details regarding the competition.

Submitting images

The first two images you submit are $20 each, and each additional image is $10. Submit your payment via PayPal here. The Out of Chicago team will match the payment received to the number of images emailed. Please note that if the total is not correct, or if there is no payment submitted, the image(s) will not be considered.

You can submit your images via email to photos@outofchicago.com. Please name your images FirstName_LastName_Category. Images should be cropped for a 16×20 print size using either the sRGB or Adobe RGB color space, and 240 or 300 dpi.

Images must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CST on February 10, 2017.

How we select the winners

The top 25 images (the top five in each category) will be determined by the Out of Chicago team, and will be printed by f/32 on 16×20 gator board, and displayed at the Out of Chicago Winter Conference.

The images eligible for prizes will be decided by the Winter Conference attendees. The top 25 printed images decided by Out of Chicago will be on display for the voting, and the top five favorites will win the prizes below:


Each category winner will receive a $25 gift card from Hunt’s Photo, a $75 credit towards any future Out of Chicago event, and your image printed by f/32 for you to take with you after the event. If the winner is not present at the Winter Conference, we will make arrangements to get your image to you.

The top 25 images will be displayed at the Winter Conference. Attendees will then vote on their favorite images, and the top five from this voting will receive the following prizes:

  • 1st Place: Panasonic Lumix GX85 Camera Kit, including a 12-35mm lens. Retail value of $799.99.
  • 2nd Place: Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD, model A005 in Canon, Nikon or Sony A mount. Retail value of $449.
  • 3rd Place: $150 credit towards a future Out of Chicago event
  • 4th Place: $100 Hunt’s Photo gift card
  • 5th Place: Spyder Lenscal lens calibrator from DataColor

Terms and conditions

Photographers submitting images to do not need to attend the Winter Conference. The same image may be submitted into multiple categories. Copyright of the images will remain at all times with the photographer.

Winners will receive prize within 30 days of the end of the Winter Conference if the winner is not present. Category winners will be announced at the opening session of the Winter Conference, and voting will be completed at 4:00 p.m. CST. Final winners will be announced after the closing session.

To announce the winners, Out of Chicago reserves the right to post the images on our social media platforms (such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) and outofchicago.com with photo credit. Out of Chicago will not use the image without written consent of the photographer other than previously stated.

Get Started and Enter Now!

To get started, email your images to photos@outofchicago.com. Then select the number of photos you submitted and checkout via PayPal below.

During checkout, you will be asked for the email address that you submitted photos with. Please make sure to fill this out, so we can match your payment with your photos!

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