El Paso Photo Quest
October 18-20, 2019
Participants should arrive in time to make a 2 p.m. meeting at the hotel on Oct. 18 (arrive by 12:30 p.m. or before ideally)
This Pre-Tour allows you to create a new body of imagery of El Paso over a span of 42 hours. You’ll have a dedicated driver/guide with local knowledge to share, ample time to explore and, very attractive prize money for the chosen Portfolios and single images. El Paso is a city that blends two cultures successfully, and is a positive example for our shared border with Mexico. Challenge yourself and join talented SATW photographers in showcasing the best of El Paso to the world.
Limited to 15 Photographers
Each photographer will submit 10 final images, to be judged by 3 well-qualified local PR/Advertising/News professionals, with one Assigned image required in Portfolio.
Photo Quest Awards are generously provided by Destination El Paso. They are:
Gold Portfolio- $600 Silver Portfolio- $475 Bronze Portfolio- $300
Individual photos will also be awarded: Gold- $175 Silver- $125 Bronze- $75
(Categories are Natural Scenic, Action/Adventure, Cultural, People/ Details)
And, in a PD session not to miss, our Judges will review selected images from Photo Quest to give their reasons and impressions of what works and what maybe just missed the mark. Whether or not you do Photo Quest, attend this PD session for valuable insights and tips!
SATW El Paso Photo Quest
October 18-20, 2019
General Rules & Instructions
A note from Photo Quest chair, Kerrick James.
Photo editing such as cropping, exposure, contrast, color balance and adjustment,
saturation and sharpening are allowed. High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging and
panoramic stitching are also allowed.
Not allowed: altering photos by removing or adding objects, compositing, adding
colors not in the original capture, and other major alterations that transform the image
into something significantly different than the original capture.
only the last four digits of the photographer’s telephone number, the photo category,
and the submission number within that category. Add an underscore between the
phone number and category as shown below.
So if the last 4 digits of your phone number are 2144, typical files names would be:
2144_ns1 2144_ns2 2144_peo1 2144_peo2 2144_det1 … etc.
Natural Scenic – ns
Action/Adventure – act
Cultural – cul
People – peo
Details – det
Best overall portfolio-Gold Portfolio Award
Second Best Portfolio-Silver Portfolio Award
Third Best Portfolio-Bronze Portfolio Award
These three portfolios will then be removed from competition and will not be eligible for
The remaining images will then be grouped and judged in the following five categories:
such as a dock on a beach, boats along a coastline, etc. People and animals may be
included as long as they are not the main subject of the picture.
cycling, horseback riding, etc. Setting can be in nature or manmade, i.e., city.
but main subject will be a cultural activity, such as dance, music, farming, nightclubs, shopping, retail, etc.
– People – One or more humans as the principal subject, may include portraits.
land forms, food, textures, flowers, signage, architectural details, etc.
This is our chance to think outside the box. Humor is always welcome.
The judges will then select the Gold, Silver, and Bronze images in each category, as
well as Honorable Mention, when appropriate. The results of the judging will be held
in confidence by the judges and by the Photo Quest Chair until the Photo Quest presentation.
Each Category has three winners
Destination El Paso will make their selections after the Photo Quest Show and notify the
individual photographers. Each photographer will make available a high-resolution version of
those images and send them ASAP after the meeting.