The Deadline for Entries

Friday, February 15, 2019


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 15, 2019. Two (2) Runners-up finalists will also be acknowledged during America’s Beauty Show, March 30 - April 1, 2019. 

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 15, 2019. Two (2) Runners-up team finalists will also be acknowledged during America’s Beauty Show. 

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, March 30 - April 1, 2019
• 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, March 30 - April 1, 2019
• 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, March 30 - April 1, 2019
• The ABS Global Image Award Student trophy from Cosmetologists Chicago
• Swag bag for all contestants
• 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. 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 February 15, 2019.
• Each category (except for student) 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 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 Deadline

Friday, February 15, 2019



The Winners Announced at:

America's Beauty Show

March 30 - April 1, 2019

McCormick Place North | Chicago

 



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