Tips for Entering a Creative Award

The Industry Awards is the perfect platform for you to showcase your skills and make a mark in the industry, but if you’ve never created an entry before, it can be scary and daunting. Here are some tips on how you can create an award-winning entry and become a winner at The Industry Awards 2023!

Be creative

The judges are seeking fashion-forward shots that not only showcase stunning hairstyles but also forecast trends for the future. So, let your imagination soar and think outside the box. This is your opportunity to make a bold statement and leave a lasting impression on New Zealand’s creative hair and barbering industry!

Hannah Culpan (Editorial Stylist of the Year - Hot Shot New Talent 2022)
Hannah Culpan (Editorial Stylist of the Year - Hot Shot New Talent 2022)

Follow the brief

To stand out among the sea of talented stylists, it's crucial to carefully read and follow the entry criteria. Pay attention to the rules on your entry form, as they will help ensure your submission aligns with the competition's requirements. For example, make sure not to submit a black and white image for the colour concept of Editorial Stylist. Additionally, be sure to review any instructions provided by Patrick Cameron if you are entering his Instagram Challenge!

"Winning gave me a lot more confidence in my abilities and was such an amazing experience overall. I would definitely encourage others to enter as it allowed me to learn new techniques and skills and I really enjoyed the creativity involved in producing the final image."

- Hannah Culpan, winner of Editorial Stylist of the Year - Hot Shot New Talent 2022

Editorial vs. Instagram photography

When it comes to capturing your masterpiece, make sure you understand what the judges are looking for by reviewing the entry form. For example, if you are submitting an entry for the Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge, your image must be taken on a digital device. However, for the Editorial Stylist categories, we recommend working with a professional photographer to ensure your images are magazine-worthy. Remember, the quality of your photographs can make a significant difference in how your work is perceived by the judges.

Angela Enoka (Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge – Senior 2022)
Angela Enoka (Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge – Senior 2022)

Practice makes perfect

To capture the essence of your vision, don't shy away from taking multiple shots of your image. Attention to detail is crucial; sometimes what may seem like a minor detail or error can have a significant impact upon closer inspection. By giving yourself options and taking the time to evaluate your shots, you'll have a better chance of selecting the most compelling image to submit.

"I would advise stylists to definitely enter and give it a go. I recommend reading the rules carefully and create a mood board before you jump in."

- Angela Enoka, winner of Patrick Cameron Instagram Challenge – Senior 2022

The Industry Awards is taking a break in 2024

HITO, Kitomba Salon and Spa Software and Hair & Barber New Zealand have announced that The Industry Awards will be taking a break in 2024.

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