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Rules for participation

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The iha is an international photo contest of images of hairdressing styles, which consists of six categories: Best International Women's Commercial Collection, Best International Men's Commercial Collection, Best International Avant-Garde Collection (this can be feminine and/or masculine), International Hairdresser of the Year, International Artistic Team of the Year and Honorary Award.

The competition is open to hairdressers and hairdressing firms from anywhere in the world. The minimum age to participate is 18 years.

Enrolments for the awards are free and are open from 15 June to 10 September 2018 through the website www.ihawards.com.

Requirements for participation

  • To compete in the categories of Best International Women's Commercial Collection, Best International Men's Commercial Collection and Best International Avant-Garde Collection, participating hairdressers or firms must submit a collection of four photographs with four different styles. The photographs must be professional, paying careful attention to all aspects of the picture (hair, photography, make-up, styling, model, staging). Those not meeting the required quality standards will not be accepted.
  • Candidates in the categories of International Hairdresser of the Year and International Artistic Team of the Year are pre-selected by the organising committee. Once pre-selected, each hairdresser or participating team will submit a collection of four photographs with four different styles. The photographs must be professional, paying careful attention to all aspects of the picture (hair, photography, make-up, styling, model, staging). Those not meeting the required quality standards will not be accepted. They will also have to fill in a form that will be provided to them, indicating their professional activities (events, training, press appearances, awards and recognitions, etc.) from July 2017 to date.
  • It is not necessary for the collections submitted under any of the categories to be unpublished, but they must be of the current year. Any submitted collections found to have already been published (in magazines, internet or social networks...) during the previous year will be automatically disqualified.

Evaluation system

  • For each edition, the organizing committee will appoint a jury panel of 5 hairdressers of international renown in charge of the evaluation of the dossiers presented for International Hairdresser of the Year and International Artistic Team of the Year and the collections submitted under the rest of the categories: The jury panel will change each year.
  • In the categories of Best International Women's Commercial Collection, Best International Men's Commercial Collection and Best International Avant-Garde Collection (men’s and/or women’s), the jury panel will evaluate the submitted picture collections.
  • For the categories of International Hairdresser of the Year and International Artistic Team of the Year, the jury panel will evaluate, in addition to the collections submitted, a report compiling the professional activity (events, training, press appearances, awards and recognitions, etc.) from July 2017 to date.
  • The Honorary Award category is a reward for a whole career and the winner is decided exclusively by the organising committee.
  • The international jury panel selected for this year year will view the collections anonymously, evaluate the dossiers submitted for International Hairdresser of the Year and International Artistic Team of the Year and choose their three favourites from each category in order of preference. The first will be awarded 15 points, the second 10 points and the third 5 points. Voting will be carried out online, independently.
  • The three finalists in each category will be the collections that score the most points with the votes of the five members of the jury. If there is a tie, the panel members will be asked to break it.
  • The winner in each category will be the collection that gets the most points from the three finalists: If there is a tie the jury will be the tiebreaker.

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