THE XP RULES -  THE MASTERS#1

MASTER OF MASTERS

In the end of the year, the day after the last GAME of the year, the 8 photographers who have accumulated the most points during the current year are qualified for THE MASTER OF MASTERS alias "THE MASTERS". If a GAME winner's photographer (Master in the current year) is between ninth and twentieth place in the XP RANKING, he takes the place of the qualified photographer in eighth position.

STORY CONTEST

 (All WEDDING PHOTOS OF ANY YEARS = OK !)

 

 

 

By participating in THE EXCEPTION PHOTOGRAPHERS awards selection process, THE XP MEMBERS agree to THE XP RULES and the decisions of the Admin, Julien Laurent-Georges.

 

1/ Only the "8 Best" Photographers of 2020 can play.

2/ Only Real Weddings, engagement shoot images, day-after wedding images can be submitted.

3/ THE MASTERS#1 = PHOTOS OF ANY YEARS

4/ You are the photographer of each image and you must hold full copyright to submitted images.

5/ The photographer’s name must be included in the filename. Send your images by Wetransfer, from friday November 20, to:  thexceptioncontact@gmail.com with this message: "I agree with THE XP RULES".

All photos sent can be used on THE XP website, on THE XP Instagram and on THE XP Facebook with the name of the photographer.

6/ If you want to check if your images have been submitted, only one possibility: confirmation by Wetransfer.

7/ The "8 Best" send 5 stories (it's free) 

5 Stories / photographer is sent numbered (Story#1 for Round#1, Story#2 for Round#2, Story#3 for Round#3, Story#4 for the semi-final, Story#5 for the final)

Again, the photographer’s name must be included in the filename.

The name of each photo of the Story#1 will be:

1-julien_laurent-georges-1

1-julien_laurent_georges-2

etc...

 

Story#2 the same with 

2-julien_laurent_georges-1

etc... 

 

 

Story#1, Story#2 and Story#3 will be for the qualifying rounds for the semi-finals.  

 

Story#4 will be for the semi-final and Story#5 for the final.  

8/ This Event is a Story contest, a story is between 17 and 23 photos* of the same wedding: 

Engagement+D Day of Wedding+Day After or Engagement+D Day of Wedding or D Day of Wedding+Day After or just the D Day of the Wedding.

* color or black and white photos or mix - all possibilities is accepted for THE XP Stories

9/ There are only 2 sizes allowed. Entries that are not the correct size may be disqualified by the Admin. Allowed sizes are:

2400 pixels X 1600 pixels (+/- 4 pixels)

1600 pixels X 2400 pixels (+/- 4 pixels)

 

Your entries must be JPG photographs

With the name of the Photographer: 1-julien_laurent_georges-1.jpg, j1-ulien_laurent_georges-2.jpg, ...

Entries that are not the correct name may be disqualified by the Admin. 

Maximum Image Size : 4 Megabytes

 

No logos, no text, no Watermarks, no borders on any images submitted.

If you don't respect this rules, your photos will be disqualified by the Admin without being notified.

 

10/ No double-exposure photos are allowed (post-production and on camera).

11/ Image manipulation that changes the original direction of the image is not allowed. It is only allowed, small interventions in the image. The curators will be vigilant. Keep the RAW or unprocessed JPG file.

12/ There are only 8 photographers in THE MASTERS#1, so for fairness, so that the photographer's notoriety doesn't allow recognition of his stories only, it's decided there will be no anonymous story. Each judge of THE MASTERS JURY#1 will know which photographer the story comes from. 

13/ The 8 best photographers are divided (according to their ranking) into two groups of four photographers for 3 "Rounds" / photographer in this groups.

A "Round" is a Story VS a Story (each judge will have only one choice between 2 stories).

The first two in each group qualify for the semi-finals.*

Reminder: 5 Stories / photographer is sent numbered (Story#1 for Round#1, Story#2 for Round#2, Story#3 for Round#3, Story#4 for the semi-final, Story#5 for the final)

* the first photographer in the Group 1 vs the second photographer of the Group 2 and the reverse. In the case of a tie between 2 photographers, it's the photographer who won the duel between them who is qualified for the semi-final. And if the duel was a draw, it's the best photographer in the XP Ranking who is qualified.

14/ Only one shipment is possible. Once sent, the images received can't be modified.

So … Send when everything is 100% OK.

15/ Deadline : 11:59 pm (Paris Time) on Tuesday November 24

After the Deadline, the photographer ranked 9th in the XP RANKING will substitute the photographer who didn't send his stories. And the photographer ranked 10th if there are two photographers who didn't send their stories. Etc...

16/ As the photographer of the sent images, you agree and allow all sent images to be posted on THE XP website, Facebook and Instagram of THE XP, other media, and also in releases made by THE XP, at any time. You will of course be credited if any images are used.

17/ You assume full responsibility for images submitted regarding content, releasing THE XP from any third party claim.

18/ WORLD NUMBER ONE 2020 (WNO 2020), THE MASTER OF THE MASTERS, points and rewards:

 

It's possible to win 3000 points during THE MASTERS: 400+400+400+800+1000

WINNER is named THE MASTER OF THE MASTERS 2020: +1000 points +500€ cash prize +316€ XP credits*

 Finalists: +800 points +236€ XP credits*

Semi-Finalist: Each Victory / "Round" = +400 points +156€ XP credits*

Qualified in "THE 8 BEST": Each Victory / "Round" = +400 points +76€ XP credits*

Score draw: +200 points 

  

*316€ XP credits = 40 additional entries / GAME for the 4 GAMES of 2021, 236€ XP credits = 30 additional entries / GAME, 156€ XP credits = 20 additional entries / GAME, 76€ XP credits = 10 additional entries / GAME 

The photographer receiving the most total points in the end of the year (after 4 GAMES & THE MASTERS#1) will be the WINNER of THE XP RANKING 2020 and win the most prestigious name of

 

WORLD NUMBER ONE 2020 (WNO 2020) and win 500€ cash prize too (= 1000€ if the Master of the Master is the World Number One 2020) + 316€ XP credits 

19/ The selection process : The XP JURY will have 6 curators. Any curators will see all Rounds. A "Round" is a Story VS a Story: each judge will have only one choice between 2 stories and gives one point to the chosen photographer. Score draw is possible (except in the Semi-Finals and the Final, my vote will not count in a case of a tie).

 

Groups stage: A victory = 400 points, score draw = 200 points. The first two in each group qualify for the semi-finals.*

* the first photographer on the Group 1 Vs the second photographer of the Group 2 and the reverse.

20/ Reminder: the XP RANKING is a Slinding ranking

 

The XP RANKING counts the results of the last 4 Grand Slams. (named " GAMES ")

So when there are the results of the GAME#5 (in January 2021) : any photographers lose the points collected in the GAME#1. When there are the results of the GAME#6: any photographers lose the points collected in the GAME#2, etc ...

So in January 1, 2021, all XP Members will always have their points accumulated in 2020 until the results of the  GAME#5.

21/ An award-winning photo can included in a story.

22/ No point for the World Cup Challenge during THE MASTERS.

 

 

 

 

POINTS DISTRIBUTION BY GRAND SLAM

4 Grand Slam tournaments (called "GAME")  / year

Ranking #1: 2000 points and the title of MASTER

Ranking #2: 1200 points

Top 5: 720 points

Top 10: 360 points

Top 20: 180 points

Top 30: 90 points

Top 50: 45 points

Top 100: 10 points

 

1 Masters tournament (named "The Masters") / year

POINTS DISTRIBUTION IN "THE MASTERS" FOR

THE 8 BEST WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS IN THE XP RANKING AFTER 4 GRAND SLAMS

THE MASTER OF THE MASTERS: +1000 points

Finalist: +800 points

Each Victory: +400 points

Score draw: +200 points

EXTRAS

Judge: 1000 points

Participation in each Grand Slam: 100 points

Top Ten Awards: #1 - 100 points #2 - 90 points (...) #10 - 10 points

The "Next Time" Awards: (no XP Ranking points)

+ the points of each Award /100 points

ARE YOU READY TO PLAY ? 

GO TO THE "PLAYGROUND"

 

Good luck PLAYERS

JLG

 

 

 

 

By participating in THE EXCEPTION PHOTOGRAPHERS awards selection process, THE XP MEMBERS agree to THE XP RULES and the decisions of the Admin, Julien Laurent-Georges.

 

1/ Only members of THE EXCEPTION PHOTOGRAPHERS (THE XP MEMBERS) can play (except the Jury).

(1 photographer = 1 registration).

If you are not a member yet join us HERE

2/ Only Real Weddings, engagement shoot images, day-after wedding images can be submitted.

3/ GAME#4 = ONLY PHOTOS OF 2020

4/ You are the photographer of each image and you must hold full copyright to submitted images.

5/ The photographer’s name must be included in the filename. Send your images by Wetransfer, from thursday October 1st, to:  thexceptioncontact@gmail.com with this message: "I agree with THE XP RULES and my photos are from 2020".

All photos sent can be used on THE XP website, on THE XP Instagram and on THE XP Facebook with the name of the photographer.

6/ If you want to check if your images have been submitted, only one possibility: confirmation by Wetransfer.

7/ THE XP MEMBERS can send 10 free entries (5 color images & 5 B&W images) or 40 (20 color images & 20 B&W images): 39€ (via THE "PLAYGROUND" Page)

8/ All additional entries will be paid to the jury's remuneration (to have collections of EXCEPTION, we need jury of EXCEPTION...).

9/ There are only 2 sizes allowed. Entries that are not the correct size may be disqualified by the Admin. Allowed sizes are:

2400 pixels X 1600 pixels (+/- 4 pixels)

1600 pixels X 2400 pixels (+/- 4 pixels)

 

Your entries must be JPG photographs

With the name of the Photographer: julien_laurent_georges-1.jpg, julien_laurent_georges-2.jpg, ...

Entries that are not the correct name may be disqualified by the Admin. 

Maximum Image Size : 4 Megabytes

 

No logos, no text, no Watermarks, no borders on any images submitted.

If you don't respect this rules, your photos will be disqualified by the Admin without being notified.

 

10/ No double-exposure photos are allowed (post-production and on camera).

11/ Image manipulation that changes the original direction of the image is not allowed. It is only allowed, small interventions in the image. The curators will be vigilant. Keep the RAW or unprocessed JPG file.

12/ The curators are responsible for highlighting an approximate amount of color images and B&W images.

13/ Entries must be named with the name of the Photographer: julien_laurent_georges-1.jpg, julien_laurent_georges-2.jpg, etc… All images will be made anonymous by the admin and judged anonymously by the curators.

14/ Only one shipment is possible. Once sent, the images received can't be modified.

So … Send when everything is 100% OK.

15/ Deadline : For the 10 free entries (5 color, 5 B&W), 11:59 pm (GMT+2) on Thursday October 1st

For 40 entries (10 free+ 30 additional entries), 11:59 pm (GMT+2) on Thursday October 1st: 39€

16/ As the photographer of the sent images, you agree and allow all sent images to be posted on THE XP website, Facebook and Instagram of THE XP, other media, and also in releases made by THE XP, at any time. You will of course be credited if any images are used.

17/ You assume full responsibility for images submitted regarding content, releasing THE XP from any third party claim.

18/ The objectives of THE XP is to promote and value wedding photography and its XP MEMBERS. To value the curators and the work of the XP JURY. To value the Color images as much as the Black and White images. Highlight both "Artistic Portrait" images and "Documentary" images. Highlight the best photographers in the world by the permanent XP RANKING, the name of MASTER, the name of MASTER OF THE MASTERS and the most prestigious name of WORLD NUMBER ONE OF THE YEAR

19/ The selection process : The XP JURY will have 4 curators. Any curators will see all images

(anonymous images).

 

Two steps :

1/ Selection of Finalists (Need to be selected by 2, 3 or 4 curators to be finalist) 2/ Notation of Finalist images. All 4 curators will score each Finalist image from 0-5 points. (The total is converted to 100). 

There will always* be 200 Awards: 100 Color Awards, 100 B&W Awards. (*in 2020)

20/ There are NO “Honorable Mentions”. There are NO "Finalist Photos" (coming soon in 2021).

21/ Any Awards will be transformed out of 100 points in the end to the XP RANKING. Any XP AWARDS will have points to make THE XP RANKING after each GRAND SLAM (details in the XP RANKING page)

22/ The photographer receiving the most total points will be the WORLD NUMBER ONE immediately after each GAME until the results of the next competition. He will also receive the name of MASTER.

The XP RANKING will be published few days after the results (max.)

23/ After the Master of Masters, we will know who is the WORLD NUMBER ONE OF THE YEAR.

In addition to the WORLD NUMBER ONE OF THE YEAR, the 8 best XP Photographers after the 4th Grand Slam of the year will have a competition to determine the MASTER OF THE MASTERS. This competition, at the end of the year, will named: "THE MASTERS"

24/ The "TOP TEN Awards" is a Editor's choice (in ALL ENTRIES) with XP Ranking points: #1: 100 points, #2: 90 points, (...), #10: 10 points. The Top Ten Winners can send these Top Ten photos to future GAMES to win THE XP Award.

 

The "NEXT TIME Awards" is a Editor's choice (in FINALIST PHOTOS) (no XP Ranking points).

25/ Reminder: the XP RANKING is a Slinding ranking

 

The XP RANKING counts the results of the last 4 Grand Slams. (named " GAMES ")

So when there are the results of the GAME#5 (in january 2021) : any photographers lose the points collected in the GAME#1. When there are the results of the GAME#6: any photographers lose the points collected in the GAME#2, etc ...

So in January 1, 2021, all XP Members will always have their points accumulated in 2020 until the results of the  GAME#5.

26/ An award-winning photo can't participate. If you send an award-winning photo in your entries, you lose the 100 participation points. (Soon: each photographer's profil will have his awards-winning to help you)

 

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