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You are an artist! Your art deserves recognition and to be seen! You know your fashion shoots are fantastic! The ABS Global Image Awards Photo Competition awards your talent, gives you stage time before hundreds of your peers and so much more!



 


ABS 2020 GLOBAL IMAGE AWARDS
PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETITION
IS NOW OPEN!

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What does winning an
ABS Global Image Award mean to you?

WINNERS & FINALISTS


WINNERS & FINALISTS

The Categories

Each category (except for student) 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 hairstyling 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 Champion
Cosmetology Students - 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. Please provide one (1) before and one (1) after image. Category is open to students currently enrolled in a cosmetology school. You cannot be a licensed cosmetologist as of the entry deadline, February 14, 2020. Two (2) Runners-up finalists will also be acknowledged during America’s Beauty Show, April 18 - 20, 2020. 

NEW! 
School Team Avant Garde - Students 
(Up to four students per team)

Your school student team's rising talent is put to the test on one model. The Avant Garde model images will be judged on new and unusual or experimental ideas and groundbreaking visuals. Show off the talents of your students! 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. Please provide one (1) before and one (1) after image. Category is open to students currently enrolled in a cosmetology school. The category is open to students currently enrolled in a cosmetology school. You cannot be a licensed cosmetologist as of the entry deadline, February 14, 2020. Two (2) Runners-up team finalists will also be acknowledged during America’s Beauty Show. 


Qualifications, Rules & Technical Requirements 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 February 14, 2020.
  • Each category (except for student) must include three (3) separate images of three (3) different models.

Competition Rules

  1. High-resolution photo (300dpi) 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 Haircolorist of the Year category. Partial wigs and 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 FEES - PER CATEGORY

PROFESSIONALS

  • $75 for Cosmetologists Chicago® member
  • $100 for non-members

STUDENTS

  • $25 for Cosmetologists Chicago® member
  • $55 for non-members

The Prizes

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. 


One winner in each of the Professional categories receives:

• Recognition during America’s Beauty Show, April 18 - 20, 2020
• The ABS Global Image Award trophy from Cosmetologists Chicago
• 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:

• Recognition during America’s Beauty Show, April 18 - 20, 2020
• The Leo Passage Gold Trophy
• A lifetime Cosmetologists Chicago membership
• 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 Student category winner receives:

• On stage recognition during America’s Beauty Show, April 18 - 20, 2020
• The ABS Global Image Award Student trophy from Cosmetologists Chicago
• Swag bag for the winner
• 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 Judging & The 2019 Judges

The Judging

A select group of highly esteemed salon industry leaders, influencers and masters will judge this year’s ABS Global Image Awards. 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.


2019 JUDGES

Kris Sorbie

The innovator and creator of Ombré, Kris Sorbie is a world renowned Educator, The Global Artistic Director for Redken 5th Ave NYC and President of Kris Sorbie Inc.
She was born in London, England and, from the age of 7 years old knew she had to be a hairdresser... A decision that ultimately led to her being recognized as the creator of Ombré, the global trend in hair coloring techniques.
Her emergence didn’t come easily she says, “Fortunately for me hairdressing in England during the 1970’s was going through ‘a revolution,’ the ‘Shampoo & Set’ salons were disappearing and being replaced with the Vidal Sassoon inspired ‘Cut & Blow-dry’ salons. This change empowered me to benefit and learn from both eras.
The journey felt long, 2 years full time in beauty school learning techniques I thought I would never use... I was so wrong, had I not known how to set hair, marcel wave, finger wave and do wig work I would never have had the opportunity to work on the New York & LA Fashion Weeks, Photo Shoots or Hair Shows.
I constantly doubted myself, my ability, my creativity, my taste level and had many failures! I stopped doing hair for 4 years, went into Interior Designs of hair salons however, my passion for hair and the Industry was stronger than I’d imagined, I couldn’t stay away but had to re-invent myself. That was the drive that pushed me to color hair in a different way.
In 1996 I created my first Ombré... people said I was crazy, no-one would wear ‘roots’ intentionally, no-one would wear different colors in their hair. These comments just made me even more determined to show the world that, done tastefully it could be a trend... so here we are today and Ombré is much more than a trend, it’s an accepted method of application to create soft, natural effects on hair now seen executed all over the world! 


Vivienne Mackinder

Much like the way her horses transport her to a world where nature inspires the colors and shapes of her hair creations, Vivienne Mackinder’s images transport hairdressers to a world where creative talent is only limited by one’s imagination. Founder of HairDesignerTV.com and seven time winner of the North American Hairdresser Awards (NAHA), Mackinder has worked alongside some of the most respected names in professional beauty.
Upon graduating from the London College of Fashion, Mackinder worked for Vidal Sassoon, eventually becoming his artistic director. In 1990, she left London for the United States to work with Trevor Sorbie as his international creative director. During her time working with both, she learned valuable lessons that she instills in hairdressers as she works to help them advance their skills, either through in-person workshops, industry events and online through her eponymous site and HairDesignerTV.com.
Launched in 2002, HairDesignerTV.com is a fee-based educational platform designed to provide hairdressers with basic and advanced techniques through video step-by-steps and instruction. Mackinder posts collections as well as live workshops. Memberships vary in price and length, allowing hairdressers the freedom of when and how to use the site based on their specifications.
Mackinder’s collections and imagery remain sought-after from editors both domestically and internationally. She has been a frequent contributor to the runway, working as key hairdresser behind the scenes with Vivienne Westwood, VH1, Vogue Fashion awards, showcasing the Oscar winning awards of Edith Head during Paris, London and New York fashion weeks.  Television experience on QVC, Celebrity Signature Infomercials to her work being shown on Lifetime and the Discovery channel. 
She has been a celebrity hairstylist working with people like Katie Couric for NBC today show, Down Town Julie Brown from MTV, Entertainment Tonight, Ricky Martin, Ricky Lake, Boy George, and Princess Cecile Bourbon and many others. 
Vivienne's skills and passion for her craft are continuously recognized in an ever-changing industry despite the rapid turnover of trends. Mackinder was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from NAHA in 2009, the International ICON Award from the Irish Hairdressing Federation in 2011, the Leo Passage Educator of the Year Award from Intercoiffure in 2012, the Visionary Artist Award in 2013 as well as the AIPP Best Commercial Award in 2014.
Through her many years in beauty, Mackinder has remained at the forefront and her name is recognized as often as her work. She is driven by her mission to hone and share her artistry with those working to take their careers to the next level.


Anna Pacitto

Co-owner and artistic director of Montreal’s prestigious Salon Pure and Pure Academy group, global platform artist, and Canadian artistic director for an international brand, Anna Pacitto’s illustrious career firmly places her at the top of her craft. She is the winner of nearly 30 prestigious awards, including Canadian Master Hairstylist of the Year (four times), World NAHA Gold Medalist for Master North American Stylist of the Year, and World NAHA Gold Medalist for North American Stylist of the Year. Under her direction and co-ownership, Salon Pure has won three NAHAs as Salon Team of the Year and collectively among the stylists, the team has won 17 NAHA awards. Anna’s list of accomplishments embodies the aspirations of countless hair professionals and make her one of the most empowering and knowledgeable artists on the Davines Artistic Team. 

Passionate about education and the Davines brand, Anna approaches each course with the goal to encourage enthusiasm “about the endless possibilities in this amazing industry while feeling closer to a responsible company like Davines”. Her creative vision and technical expertise intensified by the Davines philosophy offer an extraordinary classroom experience. 

“When you represent a brand as genuine, as real, as caring about their people and the planet, as Davines, your convictions, beliefs, and passion for the industry, the people you touch, and our environment are multiplied tenfold.” 

IG: @annapacittopure 


Student Categories Only

Mike McGraw

1996 had the opportunity to become a Supercuts educator. As an Artistic Director, he has had many opportunities within Supercuts. Michael has been on stage at conferences, national hair shows, and has shared the stage with American Crew and Paul Mitchell, as well as being on stage at the 2015 Paul Mitchell Caper held in Las Vegas. 
Michael has had the privilege of spear-heading photoshoots and taking part in creating educational videos. He is trained in advanced haircutting and clipper techniques and is certified by Paul Mitchell to deliver Paul Mitchell color classes.
Today, Michael distributes and shares his knowledge with new and current hairstylists and barbers through hair cutting and coloring classes, as well as continued education classes delivered straight to 120+ salons. He also wears the hat as a Supercuts Brand Ambassador, attending 15+ events throughout the year, sharing his industry journey with other stylists and barbers. Currently, Michael resides in Dallas, Texas.

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