A competition exclusively for dance photography

Welcome to the first annual Pas de Deux Photo Dance Photography competition. The first and only photography competition exclusively for dance photography. We are so excited to elevate this growing art to a new status! 

Submissions are being 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.

SPONSORS

2020-21 JURY

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Photographer Lois Greenfield

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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.

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Jacqueline Green, member of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Photographer Andrew Eccles

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Max Serota of B&H Photo.

Categories

Studio Portraits 

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

PRIZES

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

  • Complimentary regular pass to the 2022 Pas De Deux Photo Conference with special Grand Winner lab​

  • 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”x36’ 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

CATEGORY WINNERS

  • 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

Submissions accepted October 18-December 31, 2020 online

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