2018 SYNC Print Competition & Awards


The SYNC Awards is a celebration of photography through print competition. All SYNC attendees are encouraged to enter so you may grow as an artist through the print competition. Below you will find quick information about the 2018 SYNC Print Competition. The complete rules and policies can be accessed through the download button below. 

Two Ways To Watch The Print Competition Judging

The SYNC Portrait Photography Conference Print Competition open judging is scheduled for Thursday, February 22nd beginning at 9:00 a.m. in the upper level of the Baytowne Conference Center. Open judging is encouraged for all SYNC attendees to listen in as the judges critique and share comments about the entries. Print entry is not required to attend open judging. At SYNC 2018, you have two ways to enjoy the print judging.  


LIVE JUDGING ROOM - This is the traditional way to watch your prints being scored live with the judges in the room. Live judging is a quiet room. Conversations are not allowed and mobile devices should be muted.  


CLUB EXCELLENCE - Next door to live judging room will be a lively area to watch the print judging live on a screen. This fun environment welcomes comments, clapping and even jeers. Club Excellence is where you can chat it up and have a discussion about the print entries. 


The 2018 Judges:
Carl Caylor -
Michael Mowbray - 
Kira Derryberry - 
Linda Long -   

Print Chairman: Adrian Henson -  

Stay Connected With Print Judging

New for 2018 ~ Stay connected with your scores as they are being judged with For those who have never experienced the great features of this system, you are in for a treat. allows for entrants to watch a live stream of judging in Cub Excellence, live stream of scores, text alerts, and more, all from a computer or mobile device. 


2018 Print Competition Categories 

Non-Senior Portrait Category - This category is OPEN to any image that is NOT considered a senior portrait. 

Break Out Photographer - Senior portrait by a photographer who has been in business 3 years or less.  

High School Seniors - See the official rules for complete descriptions of the sub-categories below.  

Note: To win the prestigious Photographer Of The Year trophy, you must enter a minimum of 5 entries from any combination of the categories below.   

                High School Senior Boy Studio 

                High School Senior Girl Studio 

                High School Senior Boy Location 

                High School Senior Girl Location   

                High School Senior Theme, Sport or Hobby   

                High School Senior Composite 

                High School Senior Avante Garde 

                High School Senior Album 

                High School Senior Breakout 


2018 Awards and Trophies 


All prints that score an 80 or higher will receive an Award Of Excellence that will proudly be displayed on your print during the event.  

The following trophies and awards will be presented on Monday, February 26th at the SYNC Awards and Party. Everyone is welcomed to join us at this fun-filled event. The SYNC Awards and party are included in your registration fee. 

Non-Senior Portrait Awards - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies    

High School Senior Awards (9 categories) - 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place trophies   

Break Out Award - One 1st place overall winner 

Best Of Show - All 1st place winners from ALL High School Senior categories/subcategories will go head to head for Best Of Show

Judges Choice - Each judge will select their favorite image and present them with a special award  

Photographer Of The Year - This is the most elite trophy of the event. This trophy is presented to the entrant who entered at least 5 entries in the High School Senior Category. The POTY winner is chosen by the judges by going head to head with the top 10 scores. 




2018 Print Rules

All entries and fees will be uploaded through for the 2018 event. The SYNC Print competition is a hard copy competition however, you will need digital images to upload into


Download the 2018 SYNC Print Competition Rules for complete information. 




SYNC wants to help give the industry and more. The Hearts of Fire Award Program was created in January 2013 as a way for the staff of SYNC to be able to give fairly and to many. The goal of this program is to acknowledge an individual or company who makes a difference through their good works, efforts or charity involvement and help bring awareness to their cause, effort or charity.


We honor people/companies who help their neighbors...bring awareness to causes big and small...make us strive to be better...lift our spirits...make our communities a better place...represent the best of our photography industry. These are people/companies who go above and beyond with Hearts of Fire! Help SYNC find these individuals or companies to share their story by submitting a nomination. SYNC wants to help tell their stories of the good, the hopeful and the inspirational.


Nominate an individual or company you know that is making a difference by going above and beyond with a Heart of Fire today!


Nominations will be accepted through December 15, 2017. Click the button below to make your nomination.


Hearts of Fire Recipients

2013 ~  Travis Gugelman ~ Dando Amor

2014 ~  Matt Hodgman ~ Braddock

2015 ~  Tomayia Colvin ~ Senior Study Hall

2016 ~  Gianella Simon ~ The Dress Project 

2017 ~  Karen Goforth ~ Focus On A Cure 

2018 ~