2022 Competition Results

2022 Pas de Deux Dance Photo Competition

Pas de Deux Photo is committed to elevating the art of dance photography.  We are excited to announce the finalist and winners of the 2022 Pas de Deux Dance Photography Competition. The competition is a fun and exciting celebration of dance photography. It is open to photographers from around the world.

Entries can be from any year. Only images that placed in the Top 15 of any category of the 2021 competition were not eligible. Submissions must include at least 5 individual images (a Series entry counts as one image toward the Grand Prize qualification) to qualify for the Grand Prize. There was no additional cost to qualify for the Grand Prize.  

Images were reviewed and selected by a unique jury of professional dancers and dance photographers featuring Ashley Bouder, Melanie Mennite-Walsh, David Cooper, Levente Szabo and Phil Livingston.

Winners of the photo competition were announced at the Pas de Deux Dance Photography Conference at The Lost Pines Resort and Spa east of Austin, TX, on Feb. 24-27.

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2022 Studio Portrait Winner

Jingzi Zhao

  

Thank you to our sponsors for making the competition possible!

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2022 Grand Prize Winner

Jennifer Curry Wingrove  

2022 On Location Portraits Winner

Susan Gietka

  

2022 Fine Arts Portraits Winner

Brad Winegar  

2022 Performance Portrait Winner

Scott Serio

  

2022 Teen Dance Portraits Winner

Andrew Bowen  

2022 Portrait Series Winner

Susan Gietka

  

2022 Children and Preteen Dance Winner

Melina McGrew

  

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2022 Jurors

Categories

 

Studio Portraits.  Studio portraits are defined by images created in a photography studio using natural light or strobes or any other type of lighting.  Images photographed in a dance studio with studio lighting and a backdrop in a way that resembles a photo studio session.

 

Performance Photos.  These would be shots from rehearsals or live performances using stage lighting.  Any performance shots where the photographer supplements the lighting with their own lighting should be in the On-Location Portraits or Fine Art.  

 

On-Location Portraits.  These portraits can be photographed at any location indoors or outdoors that is not a photography studio.  Lighting can be used in these images, or it may be natural lighting.

 

Fine Art Portraits.  These portraits may have been shot in a studio, on location, or at a performance or rehearsal.  These may be composites.  These images may also be eligible for the other categories, and yet submitted to the fine art category.

Teen Dance Portraits.  These portraits may be studio portraits or on-location portraits, but they may not be portraits that would be classified as Fine Art.  These should be taken of a dancer (or dancers) aged 13-19 years old at the time of the shoot.

Children & Preteen Dance Portraits.  These portraits may be studio portraits or on-location portraits, but they may not be portraits that would be classified as Fine Art.  These should be taken of a dancer (or dancers) aged 12 years old or younger at the time of the shoot.

Dance Photo Series.  This should be a series of 4-7 images that share a theme or concept.  

 

Grand Prize Winner.  The Grand Prize Winner is evaluated based on their body of work submitted to the competition, regardless of the category or categories.  Must submit 5 or more images to be considered for the Grand Prize Award.

Prizes

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

 

Precision Camera: $200 Gift Card

Savage Paper: Free Canvas or Muslin backdrop

Rebooku:  $100 Gift Card

Bay Photo:  24x36 Metal Print ($255)

Light & Motion: CLx10 Imaging Kit ($1699)

H+H Color Lab:  24x36 Edge Block Print

CATEGORY WINNERS

 

Precision Camera: $100 Gift Card

Savage Paper: Free Canvas or Muslin backdrop

Rebooku:  $75 Gift Card

Bay Photo:  16x24 Metal Print ($104)

H+H Color Lab:  8x12 Acrylic Print with Aluminum DiBond Backing

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Check out this interview with 2022 Competition winner Jingzi Zhao. Jingzi shares her approach to dance photography.

We're always fascinated by the creative process.  Watch this video to hear from 2022 two-category winner Susan Gietka on how these winning images were created .

Hear from the Competition Winners!