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The IHA are an international photo contest of images of hairdressing styles, which consist of six categories: Hair Legend, 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 Artistic Team of the Year and International Hairdresser of the Year.

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

Entries don't require participation fees and must be done online at: www.ihawards.com/participate.

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). Photographic collections that do not meet the required quality criteria will not be accepted.
  • Candidates in the categories of International Hairdresser of the Year and International Artistic Team of the Year must have been pre-selected. The pre-nominees come from winning in selected national competitions worldwide and also the selected by the organizing committee with the help of the editors of the international editions of Estetica Magazine. 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 2018 to date.
  • It is not necessary for the collections submitted under any of the categories to be unpublished, but they must be done in the current year.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 order to evaluate 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 panel of judges 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 2018 to date.
  • The organizing committee will make a pre-selection among all the participating collections according to quality criteria and then the jury will evaluate the collections and decide the winners. The organizing committee is led by Mikel Luzea, director and founder of the IHA, and composed of a group of image experts with the support of Estetica Magazine's management.
  • The judges will evaluate the collections anonymously, will evaluate the dossiers submitted for International Hairdresser of the Year and International Artistic Team of the Year and will 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 rounds will be done 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 judges 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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