Enter NAHA


Information on Entering

Rules & Regulations

Use the following guidelines to ensure your entries are processed without any delay. You may want to use this as a checklist as you are going through the process.

Release Form

By entering NAHA, the entrant ensures that the photographer(s), make-up artist(s), models and other parties involved in the production of each entry have authorized the entry. All parties must sign the NAHA release form. The entrant will be instructed where to upload the completed, signed form to their online entry. The NAHA release form must be signed by all parties. Entry system requires signed release forms to be uploaded to your entry. You will not be able to complete your entry without uploading signed release forms. Artists will be credited when images are used. NAHA, PBA and CPNA obtain the right to use, edit and modify any submitted images as NAHA, PBA or CPNA determine in their discretion as appropriate in support of NAHA, PBA and CPNA, including advertising, promotion, or publicity associated with NAHA, PBA and CPNA. Any photo used for advertising or additional purposes by PBA will include a photo credit including the entrant’s name.


Requirements

Entrants must be currently licensed cosmetologists and/or barbers.  Exceptions are for Student and Make-Up categories ONLY.  The Student Hairstylist of the Year category is restricted to those students CURRENTLY enrolled in cosmetology school or performing required hours in a salon as of November 3, 2014.  Make-Up Artist of the Year is open to all licensed professionals and makeup artists. Nail Professional of the Year is open to all licensed cosmetologists and nail technicians.


Image Specifications

All images must be submitted online. Mailed in CDs, DVDs, flash drives, slides, photographs, or other ARE NOT ACCEPTED. All image files must be in JPEG( .jpg) format, at a resolution of at least 300DPI (CMPI not accepted) and no smaller than 8” x 10”. TIFFs (.tif, .TIF, .tiff, or .TIFF), Bitmaps (.bmp), and PDFs (.pdf) file types for photos are not accepted. Images larger than 8MBs will NOT be accepted by the system. High-resolution images may be requested if selected as a finalist.


Photo Usage Rules

NAHA submissions may not be entered into any similar national, photography-based award event until the results of 2015 North American Hairstylist Awards are announced at the awards ceremony. This rule will be enforced, and awards will be revoked if broken. We discourage the same look and feel of images that are promoted by other contests. You may use images from the same photo shoot but the exact image must be unique. Images used for commercial purposes (advertisements, posters, packaging, promotion, social media presence, etc.) before July 13, 2015, the day following the NAHA 2015 Awards Ceremony, can hinder the blind judging process and may be disqualified.


Multiple Entries

You may enter the same collection of images into as many categories as you would like, with a few exceptions. Salon Team images cannot be entered into any other category just as any other non-team category cannot be entered into Salon Team. In addition, you may enter any other category up to, but no more than, two (2) times. No entrant can be a multiple finalist in one category in the same year. If you enter the same category twice, the second entry must contain different photos than the first entry. You may use the same models and images for your second entry, however the image submitted must be noticeably different than what was submitted to the first entry. Note: cropping, converting to black and white or sepia tones, or reversing/flipping the image DOES NOT constitute as a noticeably different image.


Photo Manipulation

NAHA is a photographic hairstyling competition that awards artists who create great hair, nails and makeup that has been beautifully captured with photography. As such, use of Photoshop and similar programs is allowed, however please use extreme caution.

  • The use of Photoshop and all other similar programs may be used on the model’s face, skin, background and wardrobe in ALL HAIR categories.
  • Photoshop and all other similar programs may only be used on the hair to remove an errant or flyaway hair, but it CANNOT be used to create hair either in part or in its entirety (i.e. filling in texture, creating volume, adding length, etc.), change the shape of the style, enhance or manipulate a look.  
  • Photoshop may be used in the Make-Up category but is limited to the background, wardrobe and hair but CANNOT be used on the model’s face in any way.
  • Photoshop may be used in the Nail Professional of the Year category but is limited to the mode’s face, skin, background, wardrobe and hair and CANNOT be used on the model’s nails in any way.
  • Please refer to the specific categories for tips and other guidelines on how Photoshop and other similar programs relate to those categories.
  • If you have an image that is being entered into multiple categories, Photoshop rules still apply to the image entered into the specific category (i.e. no use of Photoshop to the model’s face to the image entered into Make-Up Artist of the Year category, no use of Photoshop to the model’s nails to the image entered into Nail Professional of the Year, and no use of Photoshop to the model’s hair except to fix an errant hair to the image entered into any Hair category).
  • Color manipulation of images is NOT PERMITTED in any capacity in the Haircolor category.

Unedited Images

Unedited images should be the same as your "final" images, directly from your photographer, but with no photo retouching, editing, or manipulations. You will be directed to upload your unedited images along with your other images once in the entry system. You will not be able to proceed without uploading your unedited images. Unedited images are used for judging purposes ONLY and will NOT be published or released by PBA in any way.


Hairpieces, Wigs, Extensions, etc.

There is no penalty for the use of wigs, extensions or other such hairpieces however wigs are NOT allowed in the Haircolor category.


Haircolor Before Shots

When submitting "before" shots for the Haircolor category, please use a recent photograph of the model. Old "before" shots thrown in at the last minute to meet the criteria will affect the way your entry is judged. You will be directed to upload your before images along with your other images once in the entry system.


Questions

Contact us at 800.468.2274 (480.281.0424).

Entry Fees

Pricing:

All payments must be made in U.S. funds. All entries must be paid online at the time of submission using a credit card (American Express, Discover, MasterCard or Visa are accepted.)

PBA Member Pricing:

$45.00 per category (Professionals)
$35.00 - Student Hairstylist of the Year
*Students/Apprentices may enter any NAHA category of their choosing, however $35.00 price is for Student Hairstylist of the Year category only.

Non-Member Pricing:

$90.00 per category (Professionals)
$70.00 - Student Hairstylist of the Year
*Students/Apprentices may enter any NAHA category of their choosing, however $70.00 price is for Student Hairstylist of the Year category only.

Judging

Judging Process

A select panel of internationally renowned stylists, photographers and top beauty editors from consumer and trade magazines judge the entries and choose the NAHA finalists and winners.  The judging process is completely blind and is taken very seriously.  In no way do we ever jeopardize the integrity of the process.

Judges take into consideration the following:

  • Concept or overall creative approach
  • Art direction and composition
  • Demonstration of skill in the execution of style, make-up and appropriate wardrobe
  • Harmony between photographer's execution and stylist's creativity
  • Appropriateness of image for concept
  • Technical ability corresponding to category entered
  • Amount of photo manipulation that was used to create the final look
  • Continuity of all images within the entry
  • Understanding of category entered

All finalists will be notified May 6, 2015.


Judging Tips

  • Does the collection meet the category description you are submitting to?
  • Were image manipulation guidelines adhered to?
  • Is the collection of NAHA quality?
  • Choose your model carefully: face first, look for a “striking” element like their bone structure, consider their body type and how it all relates to your vision.
  • Create a ‘story’ for the judges through your images.
  • Get judges to really STOP on your collection; draw them in.
  • Is your collection of images balanced?
  • How much attention is being paid to the smallest of details in each photo?
  • Can each individual photo stand alone as a beautiful and flawless shot? Is the sum of the collection even more powerful than each photo?
  • Be mindful of the order of your photos when submitting “Image 1”, “Image 2”, etc.
  • Try to generate an emotion from your collection of photos.
  • Research all winners and finalists of the past but be unique.
  • Do not overdo it with makeup, jewelry, facial expressions or other distractions.
  • Makeup should enhance the image.
  • Do not forget to emphasize a strong theme throughout your collection of images.
  • Do not include a weak image in your submission. All images should be strong and able to stand on their own.
  • Your background should also speak to your story or theme throughout your images.
  • Be mindful of the model’s gaze.
  • Practice your looks many times before your photo shoot.
  • Do lots of tests of makeup and wardrobe.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is NAHA?

The North American Hairstyling Awards (NAHA) is the industry’s preeminent photographic beauty competition. NAHA honors the professional salon industry’s most talented and cutting-edge artists in 14 distinct categories of excellence. NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week and is owned, operated and managed by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA). PBA Beauty Week is North America’s largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by PBA and hosted by Cosmoprof North America.


When does NAHA take place?

The 2015 NAHA ceremony will take place Sunday, July 12, 2015 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV during PBA Beauty Week.


What kind of looks are the judges looking for?

Please review past winners and finalists to see the look and feel of past winners and finalists. Consider the continuity of the entry as a whole and the creativity of hair, make-up, nails and photography coming together. But remember that your the focus should be on the hair, make-up, or nails.


What is the deadline for NAHA entries?

Entries must be submitted online by 11:00pm EST (8:00pm PST) on February 19, 2015.


Can I use more than one photographer for a category?

Yes, you can use more than one photographer for a category, but each photographer must sign the NAHA release form. (Additional copies can be downloaded from this website under the ‘Forms’ section.  If multiple release forms are used, please ensure all forms are uploaded as one.) While this is allowed, it is not recommended. NAHA judges look for cohesion and full "stories" in each collection. This may be hard to achieve if you are doing several photo shoots with different photographers for one collection.


Can students enter NAHA?

Students may enter any NAHA category of their choosing, however special pricing is for Student Hairstylist of the Year category only. Please see “Entry Fees” for more information on pricing.

Students who are still enrolled in school and have not become licensed as of the February 19, 2015 entry deadline may enter the Student Hairstylist of the Year Category.

If a student receives their professional license on our before the February 19, 2015 entry deadline, they are no longer considered a student and cannot enter the Student category but may enter the Newcomer category.


Model Agency Information for NAHA

Please ensure that any modeling agency you are working with has read the NAHA release form before any model's sign. Please download the proper NAHA release form from the Forms Section above according to which category you are entering.


Can I use the model agency release form?

No. You must use NAHA's release form or you will be disqualified. Please find the appropriate release form in the ‘Forms’ section above.


Can I use male models?

Male models are acceptable in all NAHA categories. However, Men's Hairstylist of the Year requires that ONLY male models to be used.


Can I use a child model?

Yes, but both the parent/guardian and child must sign the NAHA release form.


Can I use the same model in 3 different looks?

Each category has specific image and model requirements. Hairstylist of the Year and Salon Team require five (5) DIFFERENT models. Contemporary Classic, Haircolor, Men's Hairstylist of the Year, and Texture require three (3) DIFFERENT models. For any categories that say, '1-3' or '1-5' models, means that one (1) model may be used for each of that category's images, but in different looks.


Can my photographer use his/her own release form?

No. You must use NAHA's release form or you will be disqualified. Please find the appropriate release form in the ‘Forms’ section above.


What format do I use for the images I submit?

  • All image files must be in JPEG (.jpg) format.
  • Resolution of at least 300DPI (CMPI not accepted)
  • No smaller than 8” x 10”
  • Each image must NOT be larger than 3MBs.
  • TIFFS, Bitmaps, PDFs, photographs and slides will not be accepted.
  • Please consult your photographer in regard to file/image specifications.

What are unedited images?

Unedited images are the “Final” images from your photographer that have had no photo retouching, editing or manipulation. Unedited images should be the exact same photos as those uploaded as your “Final” images only with no editing having been done. Unedited images are used for judging purposes ONLY and will NOT be published or released by PBA in any way.


Can I use other entry images for the Hairstylist of the Year award?

Entries from this category may be used in other categories, except Salon Team.


For the Haircolor category, how recent do the "before" shots need to be?

When submitting "before" shots for the Haircolor category, please use a photograph taken of the model the day of service. Please make sure "Before" photos are uploaded where indicated.  "Unedited" images are not your "Before" images.  Please refer to 'What are unedited images?' question above.


Should I submit a picture of myself (the entrant)?

No. If you are selected as a finalist, PBA will ask you for your headshot. The online entry system will not ask you to upload your headshot.


Can I use the same image for a multiple entries/categories?

You may enter the same collection of images into as many categories as you would like. Hairstylist of the Year entries are the ONLY exception to this rule. Images from this category may be entered into other categories, except Salon Team. Salon Team entries and their images cannot be reused for Hairstylist of the Year. In addition, you may enter any other category up to, but no more than, two (2) times. No entrant can be a multiple finalist in one category in the same year. If you enter the same category twice, the second entry must contain different photos than the first entry. You may use the same model for your second entry, however the image submitted must be noticeably different than what was submitted to the first entry. Note: cropping, converting to black and white or sepia tones, or reversing/flipping the image DOES NOT constitute as a noticeably different image.


Use of Hairpieces, Wigs, Extensions, etc.

There is no penalty for the use of wigs, extensions or other such hairpieces however wigs are NOT allowed in the Haircolor category. Please indicate on the NAHA release form if you used hairpieces, wigs, and/or extensions in your entry.


Will you notify me when you get my entry?

You will receive an e-mail confirmation once your entry has been successfully submitted and paid for. No other confirmation will be sent to you from PBA staff in regard to your entry.


Is photo manipulation allowed?

NAHA is a photographic hairstyling competition that awards artists who create great hair, nails and makeup that has been beautifully captured with photography. As such, use of Photoshop and similar programs is allowed, however please use extreme caution.

  • The use of Photoshop and all other similar programs may be used on the model’s face, skin, background and wardrobe in ALL HAIR categories.
  • Photoshop and all other similar programs may only be used on the hair to remove an errant or flyaway hair, but it CANNOT be used to create hair either in part or in its entirety (i.e. filling in texture, creating volume, adding length, etc.), change the shape of the style, enhance or manipulate a look.
  • Photoshop may be used in the Make-Up category but is limited to the background, wardrobe and hair but CANNOT be used on the model’s face in any way.
  • Photoshop may be used in the Nail Professional of the Year category but is limited to the mode’s face, skin, background, wardrobe and hair and CANNOT be used on the model’s nails in any way.
  • Please refer to the specific categories for tips and other guidelines on how Photoshop and other similar programs relate to those categories.
  • If you have an image that is being entered into multiple categories, Photoshop rules still apply to the image entered into the specific category (i.e. no use of Photoshop to the model’s face to the image entered into Make-Up Artist of the Year category, no use of Photoshop to the model’s nails to the image entered into Nail Professional of the Year, and no use of Photoshop to the model’s hair except to fix an errant hair to the image entered into any Hair category).
  • Color manipulation of images is NOT PERMITTED in any capacity in the Haircolor category.

Unedited images are the “Final” images from your photographer that have had no photo retouching, editing or manipulation. Unedited images should be the exact same images as the images you upload as your “Final” images only with no editing having been done. You will be directed to upload your unedited images along with your other images once in the entry system. You will not be able to proceed without uploading your unedited images.


What is the judging process/procedure?

A select panel of internationally renowned stylists, photographers and top beauty editors from consumer and trade magazines judge the entries and choose the NAHA finalists and winners. The judging process is completely blind and is taken very seriously. In no way do we ever jeopardize the integrity of the process. NAHA judging consists of three (3) different rounds. In the first round, all unedited images are compared to the “Final” images to disqualify any entries that contain excessive photo editing or photo editing that breaks specific category rules. Entries that do not fit category criteria are also disqualified in the first round (i.e. Avant Garde looks submitted to the Contemporary Classic category). All entries not disqualified in round one are then given individual scores. The top 20-30 of each category are then moved onto the third stage of judging. Round three takes place online. Each judge on our panel is assigned specific categories to critique based on that particular judges’ qualifications. Each entry is given a score and the top five (5) within the category are notified as finalists. Winners (i.e. entrants with the top score in their category) are announced at the NAHA ceremony July 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, NV.


What do the NAHA judges take into consideration when judging entries?

The judges take into consideration the following:

  • Concept or overall creative approach
  • Art direction and composition
  • Demonstration of skill in the execution of style, make-up and appropriate wardrobe
  • Harmony between photographer's execution and stylist's creativity
  • Appropriateness of image for concept
  • Technical ability corresponding to category entered
  • Continuity of all images within the entry
  • Appropriate use of lighting highlighting details

Is my entry fee tax deductible?

Entry fees may be deductible as a business expense under applicable state and federal laws. Please consult with a qualified CPA before claiming your entry fee as a tax deductible business expense.


If I am a colorist only and I want to partner with a cutter to produce an entry. Can we use both our names?

Only the Salon Team category accepts two (2) different names for one entry. All other NAHA categories require one name for the entry ONLY and only one award will be given at the ceremony for those categories. Entries in any category other than Salon Team with more than one name will be disqualified.


Do I have to be a professional photographer to enter the Salon Design of the Year category?

You do not have to be a professional photographer to enter the Salon Design category, however it is recommended that you hire one to capture the light, ambiance, and design of your school or salon.


Do I have to be a certified Make-Up artist, or have attended a Make-Up artistry school to enter the Make-Up Category?

No. Because it is not required to be licensed to apply make up in most states, the North American Hairstyling Awards does not require it as a qualifier. However, because NAHA and the Professional Beauty Association represent the Professional Beauty Industry, all products used MUST be professional.


Do I need a hairstylist counterpart to enter Make-Up Artist or Nail Professional of the Year categories?

Not necessarily. Because NAHA is still a photographic, hairstyling competition, your entry must reflect the quality and standards of a typical NAHA finalist entry. The total look is very important. You can team up with a hairstylist on an entry (they enter into one of the hair categories and you enter Make-Up or Nail Professional of the Year) or you can employ a hairstylist to do the hair to best compliment your make-up or nail entry vision. Keep in mind, for the Make-Up and Nail Professional of the Year categories, only one name is allowed per entry and only one award is given out the ceremony. Unless entering the Salon Team category, the hairstylist will not be listed on the final entry for Make-Up or Nail Professional of the Year.


Barbers

NAHA is open to currently licensed cosmetologists and/or barbers.



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NAHA is part of PBA Beauty Week, North America's largest, most inclusive beauty event, offering unlimited networking, education, and professional growth opportunities to all sectors of the beauty industry. PBA Beauty Week is produced by the Professional Beauty Association (PBA) and hosted by Cosmoprof North America.