Learn More: Portrait Masters Awards & Accreditation

September 30, 2022 Portrait Master Awards
Awards & Accreditation Winner
Eleonora Barna, Creative Portrait, 6th Place

It’s time again for The Portrait Masters Awards & Accreditation Competition! Submissions are now open.

We created this program to acknowledge, honor, and celebrate high-quality, professional work and to arm you with the public recognition you deserve in your field. As someone who did not receive a formal education, achieving these standards were among Sue Bryce‘s proudest moments of owning a professional photography business. Winning accolades like these made Sue feel proud and validated as a photographer.

When you enter the Portrait Masters Awards & Accreditation Program, your images are judged by a panel of photography experts who give points to your image based on their technical and artistic skill. Bronze, Silver, and Gold Merits are awarded to images that have achieved a high professional standard, according to this point system. If your photograph receives any of these high honors, you will receive a badge to place on the image that earned it. All points that are awarded on Bronze, Silver, and Gold images are tallied toward achieving accreditation levels. There are three accreditation levels: Associate, Master, and Fellow. When you achieve Associate level, your profile is added to a public member directory, and you can include your achievement of this standing in all your marketing. Additionally, in each category of entry, the top image receives a trophy and an award of $1,000. The Grand Trophy winner of the whole competition receives an additional $1,500.

Every round, things get a little changed up, so be sure to check out all the updated rules (including the recent country/state eligibility updates), FAQs, and all the resources available for the Portrait Masters Awards & Accreditation Program.

We feel deep pride that the portrait industry is getting stronger and more valued all around the world and can’t wait to see what you create next!

Awards & Accreditation Winner
Ashley Kasalis, Contemporary Portrait, 10th Place

Important Dates for 2022

3rd Round
Opens: 9am PST, Thursday, Sept 15th
Closes: 11:59pm PST, Saturday, Oct 15th
Results Announced: Noon, Tuesday, Nov 15th, LIVE
Awards & Accreditation Winner
Liuying Choe, Children’s Portrait, 15th Place

Costs and Fees

NON-MEMBER FEES: $40 per submission
MEMBER FEES: $20 per submission
Awards & Accreditation Winner
Daniela Grundmann, Movement, 19th Place


Visit the Awards page to see what the current categories are for each round.

The Challenge Category, which is unique to each round, will be announced when awards results are given. This event is LIVE and open to the public here.

The Challenge Category for the 3rd Round is DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY

Hear Portrait Masters Judge Tony Carter talk about the documentary category and give tips on what the judges will be looking for here.

3rd Round Results Announced: Noon PST, Tuesday, Nov 15th, LIVE
Awards & Accreditation Winner
Anna Węcel, Children’s Portrait, 20th Place

Category Winner Perks

Once again in this round, winners of each category, as well as the competition Grand Champion, will get their own episode on The Portrait System Podcast.

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Updated competition rules

Previous round category winners

Enter your images HERE