Photo Contest



It’s that time of year again! HONOLULU Magazine is calling for entries for our eighth annual Photo Contest. This year, we challenge you with a theme: Honolulu after dark. The winner will receive a prize and be published in the January 2013 issue of HONOLULU.


We're searching for great photographs capturing Honolulu after dark. Portraits, landscapes, abstracts--it's up to you! Submit your photo by November 21 and it could be featured in the January 2013 issue of HONOLULU and win you $250.



➢    Photos must be the original works of the photographer.

➢    Photos must reflect the theme: Honolulu after dark.

➢    Photos must not have been previously published, HONOLULU retains first-time rights to publish the winning photos.

➢    Photos must be shot in Hawaii between October 2011 and November 2012.

➢    Each photographer may submit no more than 2 entries.

➢    An entry form must accompany all entries. If submitting a hard copy print, the following fields should be included:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • E-mail (if available)
  • Title of Photo
  • Artists Statement (description of photo and why you took it or what it means to you)
  • Type of camera used
  • Location of photo
  • Approx. date photo taken

➢    Digital submissions are highly encouraged, but size limitations may apply (less than 1 MB). All photos should be no larger than 8" x 10".

➢    Print submissions are also welcomed, but should include an entry form on the back of each print. Print submissions should also be limited to 8” x 10”.  Anything larger will be disqualified.  All submissions must fit into an envelope no larger than 9” x 12”.

➢    If sending print submissions, please do not send originals.  Materials will not be returned.

➢    All entries must be received by November 21, 2012 11:59 PM (HST). Mail in entries must be postmarked by November 19, 2012.

➢    Contest is open to everyone, except employees of PacificBasin Communications, aio LLC and its affiliates.

➢    HONOLULU reserves the right to publish all submitted photos in print and on the Web, including Facebook and Twitter.

➢    By submitting a photo, you agree to all of these rules. If there are any questions, please e-mail or call 808-534-7538.


➢  Entries will be judged by the editorial and design staff of HONOLULU Magazine, along with guest judges Elyse Butler and Matt Mallams.

Elyse Butler is a photographer based in Honolulu, Hawaii with a fervor and focus on documenting the complexities of life. Using her camera as a medium for self-discovery, she takes pictures to question and understand the nature of who we are. She is a founding member of the Aevum photo collective and has won numerous awards in the College Photographer of the Year and Women in Photojournalism contests. Her clients and publications include Honolulu Magazine, Hana Hou! The Hawaiian Airlines Magazine, Discover, Men's Journal, the New York Times, the FADER,  and many more.  Her work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Exposure Gallery, the Visions Gallery in Ventura, California, and most recently the Center for New Media and the Arts in Bethel, Connecticut.


Matt Mallams is an editorial and commercial photographer based in Hawaii. He has a passion for exploring the streets, working in response to what is given to him, and creating compositions mixing light, color, subjects, reflections, and interactions between people and their environments. Mallams is a founding member of the Aevum photo collective and his work has been recognized by the College Photographer of the Year contests. His clients include Hana Hou!, Honolulu Magazine, Contour by Getty, the FADER, Revolver, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many more. Recently he exhibited his work at the Center for New Media and the Arts in Bethel, Connecticut, the Ong King Arts Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, and the San Francisco Exposure Gallery.

➢  All entries will be judged anonymously.  The photographer’s name should not appear anywhere on the photo or on the digital file.

➢  Judges will select finalists and the Grand Prize Winner. Finalists will appear on Facebook as a contest to determine a Readers' Choice winner. The Grand Prize winning photo will be published in our January 2013 issue. Grand Prize, Readers' Choice and Finalists will appear on our website in December 2012.


➢    First place: The first place winner receives $250, and the winning photo will be published in the the January 2013 issue of HONOLULU Magazine.

➢    Second place: The second place winner receives a $100 gift certificate to Cactus and a $50 gift certificate to Big City Diner.

➢   Readers' Choice winner: The reader's choice winner receives a $75 gift certificate to Salt.


➢    Entries must have been received via digital submission or delivered to our office no later than 11:59 p.m. on November 21, 2012.

➢    Mailed entries must have been postmarked by November 19, 2012.


Print submissions can be mailed or dropped off to:
Attention: HONOLULU Magazine Photo Contest
PacificBasin Communications, Inc.
1000 Bishop Street, Suite 405
Honolulu, HI 96813

No email entries will be accepted.  

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