The Great Scratch Shoot Out

By Kat Hill | 01 June 2018 | Events, News

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Do you have a flair for nail designs and a creative eye capable of capturing a stunning image? Put your skills to the test with The Great Scratch Shoot Out, Scratch’s annual photographic competition for nail professionals.

Offering the push you need to collaborate with a creative team, style and snap your way to success in this year’s competition – and see if you could get your hands on a coveted trophy and cash prize.

The 2017 winning entry by Hannah Missen

Why enter The Great Scratch Shoot Out?

This is your chance to step out from behind your nail desk and test your ability to create a stunning image that combines a creative concept, camera skills and a striking nail design.

Organising and working on your own photo shoot will give you an insight into a world away from daily tekking, and bringing a concept to life through planning and execution will see you challenge yourself in a variety of areas.

The photos you produce can help build your portfolio; ideal for attracting new clients and career opportunities and brightening up your website, social media or salon space.

What is the theme?

As always, the theme is open! We at Scratch want to see your originality and skills shine. Simply keep the nails as the focus of your final image and let your creativity flow.

Who are the judges?

The Great Scratch Shoot Out is judged by Scratch’s editor-in-chief – Alex Fox, editor – Helena Biggs, assistant editor – Kat Hill, news and features writer – Sophie Nutt and art editor – Jess Wilkie.

What are the judges looking for?

  • Instant impact
  • Originality of concept
  • Execution of concept
  • Clarity of photograph and nails
  • Use of colour and lighting
  • Nail finish
  • Nail design
  • Model, pose and positioning
  • Overall styling
  • Cover worthiness

How can I create the image?

It’s time to open your little black book of creative contacts! Try teaming up with a photographer, model, hair stylist and make-up artist – depending on your concept – for a winning collaboration. It’s a great way to forge new creative contacts and find new opportunities.

You’ll be required to upload your 300dpi image in its 10×8 format. Entry costs £25.

The prizes

Each entrant receives

  • A certificate of entrance
  • A glossy print of their entry
  • A FREE digital subscription to Scratch Magazine

The coveted 1st place receives all the above, as well as a trophy, special cash prize and a winner’s feature in Scratch Magazine. Two runners up will receive a cash prize each and all of the above.