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Photography Contest

Enter your Doll in the Doll North 2017 Photography Contest, this year's theme is Enchanting Story!

Date: Friday, May 26 - Sunday, May 28, 2017

Online Pre-Registration Period:

From Wednesday, March 8, 2017 @ 12:00 AM (EST) to Sunday, May 21, 2017 @ 11:59 PM (EST)
Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/W8t1Qk8iCf9d1XNR2

On Site Registration and Photo Drop Off:

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST)
Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM (EST)
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EST)

Photo Pick Up:

Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM (EST)

Theme: Enchanting Story

Ah, the magic of a good story! Fantasy characters and magical elements mixed with ordinary life often make up the best fairy tales. Whether it’s a modern day setting or a period piece, we want to see your doll tell us a truly enchanting story in one photograph. The story can be a classic or an original, but it must reflect some kind of narrative. Using a mix of practical effects (props), and digital post-processing, show us your story-telling skills.


  1. Participants may enter ONE photograph only.
  2. Photographs must be 8x10" or 8x12" mounted on firm card or card-stock. No frames will be accepted.
  3. Each entrant must have a valid Anime North badge; valid badges include General Day and Weekend Admissions, Doll North Admissions, Exhibitor, and Dealer passes.
  4. Entrants are not required to be present during judging.
  5. Entrants are required to drop off their photos for display in the Masquerade area during drop off hours on Friday (times listed above). Photos will be displayed in a Masquerade display area. NO late submissions will be accepted.
  6. Participants may not reuse photos previously entered in a Doll North competition or in any other judged competition, this includes but is not limited to conventions, online competitions, and company hosted competitions.
  7. In the interest of fairness Participants are not permitted to share their photos online or with others until after the competition.
  8. The Doll North Masquerade Reps reserve the right to eliminate anyone from competition on the basis of taste, danger to the audience or other entries, or for any other reason deemed sufficient. Flagrant or repeat violations of the rules may result in a ban from future competitions at the Doll North Masquerade Reps discretion.

Valid Doll Types

The following doll types are valid as the subjects of your photo:

  • Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls (Resin and Vinyl)
  • Non-Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls
  • Pullip Dolls
  • Blythe Dolls
  • Monster High Dolls/Even After High
  • Momoko Dolls
  • Dollfie Dream Dolls
  • Obitsu Dolls
  • Azone Dolls

Please note: Out of respect for doll artisans, distributors, and sculptors that support Doll North we ask that recasts are not entered in the Photography Contest. Recast dolls will be disqualified and the entrant will no longer be eligible to enter Doll North competitions.

Guide Rubric

Please use this rubric as a guide when creating your photo:

NOTE: Post-processing, while not required, should be strongly considered before submitting your photo. Photos will be judged not only for their content but also their visual appeal. Unintentionally dark, blurry, or grainy images may result in a lower score from the judges.


Entries will be judged by 1-2 guest judges. In addition, there will also be a voting box for guests of the event to submit their votes for Fan Favourite.


Doll NOrth will be awarding 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons. In partnerships with generous 2017 sponsors Doll North may award prizes to the winners based on availability.

For updates on 2017 Official Sponsors and the various prizes up for grabs, please follow us on Facebook or on our Doll North Sponsor Page

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