New Retouching Academy Beauty Retouching Contest

New Retouching Academy Beauty Retouching Contest

The Retouching Academy has announced a new contest, open to beginner and experienced enthusiast skill levels. Download the contest image file and submit your best retouch by May 15, 2018 for a chance to win some great prizes from Wacom, Capture One, and Retouching Academy.

The Retouching Academy offers high-quality commercial retouching education in the form of free and premium educational tutorials and articles. Fstoppers offers two of their premium tutorials, masterclasses in Dodge and Burn and Color Grading techniques for retouching portrait images. Both courses are taught by Michael Woloszynowicz, who takes a step-by-step approach in teaching his retouching workflow utilizing these two vital techniques.

Woloszynowicz and Julia Kuzmenko McKim have photographed beauty images for the contest, which can be downloaded upon registering. Each entrant must submit their best retouched edit following the official contest rules and submission instructions. All entries must be submitted by 7:00 PM EST on May 15, 2018. First prize in the enthusiast category will receive a Wacom Intuos Pro graphics tablet. First prize in the beginner category will receive a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet. Other prizes include a Phase One Capture One Pro license, Retouching Academy Retouching Panels, and Retouching Academy premium tutorials.

You can share your retouched image on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtag #RAretouchingcontest for a chance to have your portfolio reviewed by Woloszynowicz and McKim.

Click here to enter the contest.

All images used with permission of Retouching Academy.

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19 Comments

Blake Aghili's picture

Buried in editing three weddings :( hope they extend the deadline a week or two...

Julia Kuzmenko McKim's picture

So understandable :) We won't extend this one, but we will have more for sure!
Join when you can!

Can one use any tools one wants? For instance may I use tools not of RA (Like NBP FreqSep Control)?

Julia Kuzmenko McKim's picture

Of course! Anything you are comfortable with, we will only judge the resulting retouch :)

Anonymous's picture

I'll give it a shot! Wish me luck 😂

Julia Kuzmenko McKim's picture

Good luck! :)

Robert Nurse's picture

Hah! I'm definitely a beginner! But, I'll give it a whirl!

Julia Kuzmenko McKim's picture

Good luck Robert! :)

Pawel Paoro Witkowski's picture

That's so nice, definitely I will give it a try :)

Julia Kuzmenko McKim's picture

That's the spirit! Good luck Pawel :)

Rob Davis's picture

I love the bottom image and it's a bit heartbreaking that people will mostly be removing all of the little nuances of her skin that make her unique. She'll end up just another carbon copy plastic illustration among thousands of others.

Julia Kuzmenko McKim's picture

Rob, unfortunately the majority of people will, but we have been receiving some good results too! I'm totally with you on this and the winner will have the mindset like ours, not the "plastic illustration" for sure :)

Julia Kuzmenko McKim's picture

Thanks so much Aneesh!

Aneesh Kothari's picture

Absolutely - best of luck with the contest and I look forward to seeing the winning edits!

Jason Lorette's picture

What classifies the difference between beginner and enthusiast?

Darryn Adams's picture

It's on the contest page, but enthusiasts are ones who have been retouching for at least two years.

Darryn Adams's picture

I am hoping to just get an update for my Capture One! Now that school is over for me I am able to do the contest!!

Jason Lorette's picture

Ahh I haven't looked at it yet as I'm at my day job, thanks for that. :)

Jason Lorette's picture

Quick question #1, do we receive any kind of confirmation that our entry was received?

Quick question #2, in the rules it is a bit unclear but if we wish to post this on say 'instagram', taking credit for the edit not the photo...a) are we allowed to do so b) what do we have to put on it to make it kosher with the artists involved?