Our judges critiqued 729 images submitted across 5 categories (Boudoir, Child, Newborn, Senior and Wedding) through a numbered system, ensuring no judge was aware of the submitting artist’s name and could judge impartially. Each judge individually scored each image on the following criteria:
Quick, first glance impression of the image.
Evaluation of technical excellence of image. Includes proper exposure, well proportioned composition, and pleasing white balance.
Evaluation on use of light, choice of location, posing, styling and and aesthetically pleasing composition to visually express the subject matter.
Evaluation of editing proficiency to enhance the aesthetic appearance or better express the subject matter.
Each of their scores were tallied to reveal each image’s final score. The Top 25 images in each category, all with an overall score of 70 or higher, were awarded placement within the issue. (The Boudoir Category will be published with 12 images as the balance of images did not meet the score requirement.) In addition, our Editor-in-Chief, Heather Tindall, hand selected 2 images from each category to be awarded in a 6th category aptly named, the Editor’s Choice Award.
Words cannot express the thanks that we have for our judges, Vickie Black of Senior Style Guide Magazine, Brittni Schroeder of Mozi Magazine and Jessica Klaus of Beyond the Wanderlust. These editor’s gave their time and skill to us as judges and we’re so thankful for their time and effort!
The winning images were published in the December 2014 issue of Denim+Grace Magazine released on December 15, 2014. Here are the top awarded images in each category:
HIGHEST OVERALL SCORE
HIGHEST OVERALL SCORE 96
BOUDOIR // FIRST PLACE SCORE 86
BOUDOIR // SECOND PLACE SCORE 84
BOUDOIR // THIRD PLACE SCORE 81
CHILD // FIRST PLACE SCORE 93
CHILD // SECOND PLACE SCORE 91
CHILD // THIRD PLACE SCORE 88
NEWBORN // FIRST PLACE SCORE 91
NEWBORN // SECOND PLACE SCORE 89
NEWBORN // THIRD PLACE SCORE 87
SENIOR // FIRST PLACE SCORE 96
SENIOR // SECOND PLACE SCORE 90
SENIOR // THIRD PLACE SCORE 90
WEDDING // FIRST PLACE SCORE 92
WEDDING // SECOND PLACE SCORE 88
WEDDING // THIRD PLACE SCORE 87
Listed alphabetically by category
TOP OVERALL SCORE
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Jessie NewellKathleen Peachey
Cheyenne Ward Goodman
EDITOR’S CHOICE CATEGORY