A competition exclusively for dance photography
Winners and finalists for the first annual Pas de Deux Photo Dance Photography competition will be announced beginning February 15. Each day on February 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19, we will post the the finalist images from each category on this webpage.
Beginning February 20 through March 6, images taking places 1 to 15 will be announced on our social media - Insta and Facebook . Images in place 15 will be posted on February 21, followed by 14th place photos on February 22 through March 6 when first place winners will be announced.
Thank you to everyone to participated. We are blown away with the depth and beauty of the photos. This is the first and only photography competition exclusively for dance photography. We are so excited to elevate this growing art to a new status!
Submissions were accepted from October 20 through December 31; the late entry period if January 1-15, 2021. Prizes and categories are listed below. Follow us on social media for exciting information about our jurors and upcoming webinars related to the competition.
Winning images will be shared on our social media and published in a new magazine, Pas de Deux Quarterly. The top 15 in each category will be featured there as well. Winners in each category along with the Grand Prize Winner will receive prize packages totalling over $1500 in value thanks to our amazing sponsors.
World-renowned photographer Lois Greenfield has been photographing the dance for over 40 years. Starting out as a photojournalist, Lois worked for the Village Voice capturing the experimental dance scene from 1973 to the mid 90’s. Working in her own studio, Lois developed a unique photographic style not based in capturing choreographed movements, but inspiring the dancers to improvise expressly for the camera. With her split second timing Lois revealed moments beneath the threshold of perception. Radically redefining the dance photography genre, her photographs have been exhibited around the world, and have influenced a generation of young photographers. Lois has created signature images for most of the contemporary dance companies, from Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to American Ballet Theatre. Many of these photos have appeared in her three bestselling books- Breaking Bounds (1992), Airborne (1998), and Lois Greenfield: Moving Still (2015)
Lloyd Knight was born in England and reared in Miami. He has a BFA from the New World School of the Arts under Artistic Director Daniel Lewis. Mr. Knight is a Principal Dancer for The Martha Graham Dance Company. He has had ballets choreographed on him by Nacho Duato twice, Andonis Foniadakis, Larry Keigwin, Doug Varone, Lar Lubovitch, Kyle Abraham, Liz Gerring, Michelle Dorrance, Anne Bogart, Pontus Linberg, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Pam Tanowitz and Mats Ek. Dance Magazine named Mr. Knight as one of the “Top 25 Dancers to Watch” in 2010. He partnered with New York City Ballet Principal Wendy Whelan in Ms. Graham's "Moon Duet" and with American Ballet Theatre's Principal Misty Copeland in a Graham duet from "Letter to the World". He is currently a guest Principal artist for The Royal Ballet of Flanders.
Jacqueline Green (Baltimore, MD) began her dance training at the age of 13 at the Baltimore School for the Arts. She is a 2011 cum laude graduate of the Ailey/Fordham BFA Program under the direction of Denise Jefferson, while also receiving training at the Pennsylvania Regional Ballet, the Chautauqua Institution for Dance, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. In her career, she has performed works by a range of choreographers, including Wayne McGregor, Jiří Kylián, Ronald K. Brown, and Kyle Abraham. In 2016 she performed as a guest artist with The Royal Ballet. Ms. Green is a 2018 Bessie nominee, a 2014 Dance Fellowship recipient of the Princess Grace Foundation-USA, a 2015 Clive Barnes Award nominee, a 2009 recipient of the Martha Hill Fund’s Young Professional Award, and a 2010 recipient of the Dizzy Feet Foundation Scholarship. In 2018 she performed on BET’s Black Girls Rock honoring Judith Jamison. Ms. Green is also a two-time New York Times featured artist. She was a member of Ailey II in 2010 and joined the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 2011, where she is currently a principal dancer. Jacqueline Green on Instagram: @jagreen711
Andrew Eccles is a photographer specializing in editorial portrait and entertainment advertising work. His pictures have appeared on magazine covers including Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and Esquire. He has worked with actors, athletes, musicians, and dancers, most notably of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Company, for over three decades. After spending most of his career living in New York City, Andrew and his wife now reside in Los Angeles, California.
Max Serota is an artist and generally creative person, originally from Los Angeles. He began taking photos in 1999, when he picked up his first film SLR camera. Max joined B&H in 2014 where he started working in the B&H Superstore, helping customers with their photo/video sales needs. In 2019 he came aboard the B&H Marketing team and has been working closely with Pas De Deux Photo on their amazing photography conference in Phoenix and cohosting fun and informative photographer interviews with Luis Pons and Lois Greenfield.
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 automatically considered for the Grand Prize Award.
These 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.
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.
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.
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.
All photographers entering five or more images in any category, or combination of categories,
will automatically be considered for the Grand Prize Award.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Complimentary regular pass to the 2022 Pas De Deux Photo Conference with special Grand Winner name tag
Featured on Pas de Deux Photo webpage and in our social media
- B&H photo - $200 gift card
- Richmond Photo Labs - $100 gift card
- Savage paper - two 107”x 36’ rolls of Seamless Background Paper in the winner’s choice of colors ($120 value)
- GotPhoto - $500 credit to GotPhoto account with Entagged for free ($449 value) for a total value of $949
- 3-page spread and interview article and cover of inaugural issue of Pas De Deux Photo Quarterly (June 2021)
- 2 complimentary copies of Pas de Deux Photo Quarterly (June 2021)
- total value over $1800
Complimentary regular pass to 2022 Pas de Deux Photo Conference
B&H Photo - $100 gift card
Richmond Photo Lab - $50 gift card
GotPhoto : Summer Camp access (with Rose Coleman) (valued $149) & Quick Composition License for 12 months (valued $149) -- Total of $298 per winner
2-page spread of their images submitted to the competition in the inaugural issue of Pas de Deux Photo Quarterly (June 2021)
1 complimentary copy of the magazine (June 2021)
Featured on Pas de Deux webpage and in our social media
total value over $745