Voting and Judging
Two hundred (200) Finalists will be selected in The Open. There are two ways you can become a Finalist:
100 Finalists are chosen by the public. Creative industry pros, media, other photographers and photo lovers from around the world click the heart to Like your images. The more Likes you receive, the more your images move to the front of the site, and the more people see your work.
The Open closes for submissions on February 28, 2014, but remains open for public voting through March 7, 2014. The twenty (20) images that receive highest accumulated votes in each of the 5 categories will comprise the list of 100 publicly-chosen Finalists.
JUDGES VOTE (Round One)
Separate from the public voting process, a panel of the sharpest eyes in the business will be pouring through all submissions. The Open's judging team will individually select their top 20 images in each of the five categories. The 20 images that receive the highest number of combined votes in each category will comprise the list of 100 judged Finalists. Any ties will go to a second ballot. The judges will not be aware of the photographers who became Finalists through public voting.
FINAL JUDGES VOTE (Round Two)
The 200 SOLO competition Finalists will advance to a new panel of esteemed photographic experts for final judging. To maintain impartiality, all images will be presented to the panel anonymously. Round Two judges will not be informed whether the finalist was advanced by public or judged vote. Round Two judges will vote by electronic closed ballot to determine the Category winners and Photographer of the Year. Judges may individually request access to "About the Photo" information associated with a photograph to assist in their assessment.
The complete Rules and Terms of Service are here.