ABS Global Image Awards Rules & Regulations



The Deadline


 Friday, March 9, 2018


The Categories

Each category (except for Students and Nail Technicians) must include three (3) separate images of three (3) different models.



Haircutting - Professional
Haircutting is the hallmark of our industry and puts technical merit in the spotlight. Images should be relevant and demonstrate professional haircutting and styling skills.


ColorAmerica® Colorist of the Year - Professional
Submit your very best hair color creation. Images will be judged on the application and placement of hair color techniques and complimentary finishing. Wigs may NOT be used in the color competition category and no Photoshop or other software may be used on the hair color.    


Avant Garde - Professional
Your progressive talent is put to the test on three different models. Avant Garde images will be judged on new and unusual or experimental ideas and groundbreaking visuals.


Texture - Professional

Showcase your best texture techniques—either taking straight hair to curly or demonstrating the possibilities with naturally wavy, kinky or curly hair. Images will be judged on cutting and styling of curly, textured, interwoven and/or multicultural hair. Techniques can include innovative perming, straightening, texturizing and heat styling. Must include a before shot.


Editorial - Professional

Let your imagination run wild with the freedom editorial styling offers you. Think ahead to what’s next in fashion and beauty. Create with your styling reputation in mind. Images to be judged on how inspirational and fashion-forward the hair designs are as well as demonstrating professional hair and make-up application.     


Men’s Cutting - Professional
These days, a man’s hair cut and finish reinforces his overall fashion style—be it rugged, modern, active or innovative. Images will be judged on your interpretation of the modern and fashionable men’s looks. Barbers are eligible for this award, as well as licensed cosmetologists.  


Salon Team - Professional

Show off the talents of your salon team! Submit a trend collection that best exemplifies your team’s vision. Your images will be judged on shared ideas and achieving your goals together. Collaborative work, plus innovation and interpretation is essential for success in this category.   


Student

Whether you’re a beginner or ready to take your exams, show off your best work in your strongest category – cutting, color, texture or hair styling. Category is open to students currently enrolled in a cosmetology school. You cannot be a licensed cosmetologist as of the entry deadline, January 15, 2018. Two (2) Runners-up finalists will also be acknowledged during America’s Beauty Show. 


NEW! International Nail Technician of the Year - Professional

The fusion of nails and fashion - the nail category of the Global Image Awards celebrates the technical prowess and artistic ability of nail technicians worldwide. Entrants should complete two images for entry. Create one image featuring only the model’s hands, and integrate hair, makeup, and fashion styling for a second beauty image. Entries should demonstrate harmony between styling, props, and the artistry of nails themselves.




The Grand Prize - Leo Passage Trophy




In addition to winners in each separate category, one entrant in the ABS Global Image Awards will be presented the Leo Passage Gold Trophy, honoring the late founder of Pivot Point International. This special trophy will be presented to the cosmetology professional with entries in two or more of the ABS Global Image Award categories. The scores earned in each entry will be combined to determine the overall Gold Trophy winner. 


The Prizes

One winner in each of the Professional categories including the New INTA Nail Technician Award receives:
• The ABS Global Image Award trophy will be presented during the Beauty Changes Lives event on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Art Institute 
• Recognition by their peers on Cosmetologists Chicago’s social media and blog 
• Images featured on americasbeautyshow.com
• Media support through Cosmetologists Chicago public relations

The Leo Passage Trophy winner receives:
• The Leo Passage Gold Trophy will be presented during the Beauty Changes Lives event on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Art Institute
• A LIFETIME Cosmetologists Chicago membership including admission to ABS 2018 and beyond
• Recognition by their peers on Cosmetologists Chicago’s social media and blog 
• Media support through Cosmetologists Chicago public relations
• Images featured on americasbeautyshow.com

The Student category winner receives:
• The ABS Global Image Award trophy during during the Beauty Changes Lives event on Sunday, April 29, 2018 at the Art Institute and the ABS Student Conference on Monday, April 30th at 8:30 am
• Recognition by their peers on Cosmetologists Chicago’s social media and blog 
• Images featured on americasbeautyshow.com
• Media support through Cosmetologists Chicago public relations


The Fees - per category

Professionals
$75 for Cosmetologists Chicago® member
$100 for Non-members

Students
$25 for Cosmetologists Chicago® member
$55 for Non-members



The Judging

A select group of highly esteemed salon industry leaders, influencers and masters will judge this year’s ABS Global Image Awards. They will not be revealed until after the judging is final and the nominees are selected. The INTA Nail Technician entrants will be judged by a panel of esteemed nail techs.

In addition to the concepts outlined in “The Categories” descriptions, images will be judged on:
• Technical merit, execution and suitability of the styles for each category
• Concept and overall approach
• Stylist Entrant’s creativity
• Art direction and photo composition
All winners and finalists may request feedback from the judges on their individual entries.



Qualification for Entry

•  ABS Global Image Award categories are open to all licensed salon professionals and barbers or the business equivalent where licensure is not required.
•  The Student Champion category is open to students currently enrolled in a cosmetology school or the equivalent as of the entry deadline of March 9, 2018.
•  Each category (except for student and nail techs) must include three (3) separate images of three (3) different models.


Competition Rules


1.  High-resolution photo of the artist/s must accompany every entry. (No larger than 8MB each image and no less than 8’X10”)
2.  A short bio statement of the artist/s must accompany every entry.
3.  Review each category description for details on specific images to submit as they differ by category.
4.  Entry forms must be completed in full and can include a brief artist statement for each category entered, though it is not required.
5.  Each model photographed, photographer and team must upload a model release form or the entry will be disqualified
6.  Entries submitted that have been photographed for or used in an advertising campaign will be disqualified.
7.  Images may be in color or black & white (except ColorAmerica Colorist of the Year which must be in color)
8.  A salon team can enter the salon team category only. Team submissions cannot be entered in any individual categories.
9.  Full wigs CANNOT be used. Wigs are NOT permitted in the ColorAmerica Colorist of the Year category. Partial wigs/extensions are permitted in all other categories.



Image Technical Requirements

•  Submit ONLY electronic files, saved as jpg at 300dpi or higher and as large as 8 x 10”.
•  Entry materials will NOT be returned and become the property of Cosmetologists Chicago®.
•  A release form must accompany images of every participant, including models submitted.
•  Image manipulation of content is only acceptable in the Avant Garde category.
•  An un-retouched image must accompany each of the finished image entries.


The Deadline


The deadline for entries is Friday, March 9, 2018


The Winners Announced


During America's Beauty Show Weekend  |  
April 28-30, 2018  |  McCormick Place North | Chicago


The Announcements of the nominees and final winners of each category including the Leo Passage Trophy Winner will be made at the Beauty Changes Lives event on Sunday, April 29, 2018, during the presentation which starts at 6:00 pm. We will provide all the nominees more information after judging.


2017 ABS Global Image Awards Winner's Gallery


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