• Studio. A portrait of one person as the main subject inside a studio. May, or may not, include a backdrop. Can use strobes or natural lighting and simple props.
  • Outdoor. A portrait of one person as the subject in an outdoor setting using a simple background.
  • Couples. A portrait of two people as the main subjects capturing their connection.
  • Black &White. A portrait of one person as the main subject where all color has been removed that highlights textures, shapes, and patterns.
  • Photographer’s Choice. A portrait of one person as the main subject whereby the composition is the creative choice of the photographer’s vision.
  • Expression & Connection. Connection between photographer and subject is the most important part of creating a beautiful storytelling image. This includes facial and eye expressions that match the mood and pose with softness throughout the face.
  • Composition. Good composition brings the viewer’s eye right to the subject. Judges will be looking for distractions, leading lines, negative space, use of cropping, depth of field, color, contrast, curves, viewpoint, shapes, and visual tension.
  • Lighting. Lighting will make or break your photograph, and knowing how to use it is essential. Judges will be looking for the use of lighting, detail in shadows, and how the shadow falls on the subject.
  • Posing. Boudoir photography requires intentional posing. Judges will be looking for flattering poses and whether or not the pose matches the mood.
  • Overall Technique. Technique includes everything it takes to make an image: equipment, lighting, location, setting, post-processing, storytelling, and styling.
  • Post-Production. The key in post-production is to enhance the photograph without overdoing it. Judges will be looking at the following to determine whether or not it was overdone or not retouched enough: Skin, the brightness of eyes, hair, color balance, and use of textures, brushes, and filters.

File Type: The image submission file type must be .jpg.

File Size: Digital images should have a long dimension of at least 1920 pixels, saved at 300 dpi, and no larger than 3MB (uncompressed).

File Name: Rename each submission image file to last name-first name-category_001.jpg, For example, Smith-Jane-Studio_001.jpg, Smith-Jane-Outdoor_001.jpg

Color Mode: Submissions must be in sRGB color mode.

Plagiarism: You, the photographer/entrant, must have created all image submissions. You may not submit images created by someone else. Plagiarized images will be disqualified.

Copyright: Entrant/photographer retains ownership of submitted images.

Filters & Textures: You may use filters and textures on submission images. The photographer must photograph all filters or maintain appropriate license permissions.

Post-production can include: Skin retouching, head, face, or body swaps, removing any distracting background elements.

Nudes: Nudes of individuals and couples are acceptable, including semi-nudes and implied nudity.

Textural Brushes: Can be created from a photograph or maintain appropriate license permissions.

Backdrops: May use digital or downloaded backdrops along with appropriate license permissions.

The use of computer-generated graphics—CGI— is not allowed. Must create all images with a camera. Image manipulation in post-processing is allowed.

RAW/Original Files: Please retain RAW/original files if our judges request proof of authorship or date of capture.

The Professional Boudoir Photographers Association LLC awards and accreditation program is an award contest of photographic skill within the boudoir genre. 

By entering this Competition, you grant a royalty-free, non-exclusive right to Professional Boudoir Photographers Association LLC to use, copy, display, and publish your submissions for any commercial or non-commercial purpose in connection with the promotion or advertising of the Professional Boudoir Photographers Association Competition on the website and all social media outlets. 


The PBPA Competition is a global competition open to PBPA members ages 18 and over.


01. Will be invited to join the 2021 HOT 100.

02. The top 100 boudoir photographers worldwide will receive recognition as the Hot 100 Boudoir Photographers in the world.

03. Will be awarded a badge to display on their website and social media.

04. Top 100 images will be featured on our website, social media, and quarterly magazine.

05. The Hot 100 Boudoir Photographers worldwide will earn a spot on our directory of top boudoir photographers in the world.

06. Compete with the best photographers in the world.

07. Safe and supportive community.

08. Inspire and get inspired by your peers to grow your photography skills fast and build a reputable boudoir photography business.

09. A fun and challenging platform to share your photos.

10. Each category winner will get: 

  • $2,000 cash prize.
  • A beautiful trophy.
  • Badge for your website.
  • Be featured as the top photographer for that category on the blog.
  • Featured article in our first quarter magazine.

08. Grand prize winner will receive: 

  • $5,000 cash prize.
  • A beautiful trophy.
  • Badge for your website.
  • Status as the #1 boudoir photographer of 2021.
  • Prize package that includes:


Step 1: Submit images for awards using the available electronic form. 

Step 2: Upload your images. 

Step 3: Payment:

  • Individual Image = $25
  • Five Images = $125 (+ 1 FREE Image; value $25)
  • 10 Images = $250 (+ 3 FREE Images + one year Association Membership; total value $224)

You can enter each of the five categories as many times as you’d like. Make sure your image fits the category description and guidelines during the submission process.

Categories include studio, outdoor, couples, black & white, and photographer’s choice.

PBPA reserves the right to move an entry into another category that is better suited to the image or have it disqualified to protect the Competition’s integrity.


There will be one winner for each of the five categories and one grand prize winner.

The top 100 winners will earn a place in the 2021 HOT 100 and be recognized as the top 100 Professional Boudoir Photographers worldwide.

Winners will be announced December 30, 2021 at 6:00pm EST.


Rules, terms, and conditions are subject to change. Be sure to read through thoroughly before each award and accreditation cycle.

The Hot 100 Contest (the “Competition”) is hosted by the Professional Boudoir Photographers Association, LLC, doing business as Professional Boudoir Photographers Association (“Company”). The Company will conduct its contest as described in these rules (“Rules”), and by participating, each entrant agrees as follows.


Each category winner will get: 

  • $2,000 cash prize.
  • A beautiful trophy.
  • Badge for your website.
  • Be featured as the top photographer for that category on the blog.
  • Featured article in our first quarter magazine.

Grand prize winner will receive: 

  • $5,000 cash prize.
  • A beautiful trophy.
  • Badge for your website.
  • Status as the #1 boudoir photographer of 2021.
  • Prize package that includes:


Company will deliver physical prizes to the Winner within four weeks of the contest end date. All redeemable services obtained by the Winner as part of the prize must be redeemed from the Company and/or participating sponsors within four weeks of the contest end date.


This contest is open to residents worldwide but is subject to U.S. law. You must be eighteen (18) years or older to submit photographs as an entry into this contest.

By submitting content for entry, you agree that the content meets the following eligibility guidelines:

  • Each of the photographs submitted for the Competition is the entrant’s original work of authorship and the entrant holds the copyrights to the photographs. Submission of photographs which the entrant does not hold copyrights to is copyright infringement and will immediately disqualify the entrant from the Competition.
  • Photographs taken as part of a workshop or conference may not be submitted.
  • Photographs taken by associate photographers, although they may be the copyrighted material of the entrant, may not be submitted.
  • Entrant is unaware of any existing licensing agreements with third parties which may restrict a photograph’s use as related to the Competition.
  • Any overlays, stock photography, digital assets, filters, or other non-original compositional elements that are not photographed or owned by the entrant, or the entrant obtained proper licensing for the use of such elements. Photograph composition should be majority original photography. Company may, at their discretion, reject content for the over-use of these elements.
  • Entrant must retain the RAW/original file to prove ownership, date of capture, and camera used for capture.
  • The model(s) displayed in the photographs are at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Entries must include a signed model release between photographer and the subject(s) of the photographs.
  • The submission will not copy the artistic design/composition of another photographer.
  • Studio setup must be entrant’s creation representing their skills in managing and controlling lighting, set design, and working with subjects.
  • Only boudoir photographs will be accepted for the Competition. No other genres are allowed. Boudoir photography is defined as a photographic style featuring intimate, sensual, romantic, and sometimes erotic images of its subjects in a photographic studio, bedroom, or private dressing room environment, primarily intended for the private enjoyment of the subjects and their romantic partners.
  • Pornographic images, which are defined as depictions of sexual activity intended solely to excite lascivious feelings of a particularly blatant and aberrational kind, will not be accepted. The determination regarding the nature of the photograph is left to the sole discretion of the Company.
  • Nudes of individuals and couples are acceptable, limited to semi-nudes and implied nudity, so long as photographer adheres to boudoir-style photography. No portrayal of genitalia, excluding breasts, is permitted. Any images deemed pornographic by Company, as described above, will be rejected, at the Company’s sole discretion.
  • Entrants will refrain from including logos or watermarks on submission images to maintain anonymity as the photographs will be judged anonymously.


Entrants will remit a Competition entrance fee in the amount of: Individual image = $25, Five Images = $125, 10 Images = $250. This amount, once paid, is non-refundable, and is earned immediately upon receipt by the Company in exchange for Company’s administrative time in the organization of the Competition, as well as the Company’s remittance of the prize, as described above, to a winner. Company may, at its discretion, refund the entrance fee remitted should the entry be rejected for not meeting requirements as described within.


This photo contest begins at November 1, 2021 and ends November 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (“Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after this timeframe will not be eligible.


By participating in the Contest, entrants agree to be bound by the decisions of Company personnel. Persons who violate any rule, gain unfair advantage in participating in the Contest, or obtain winner status using fraudulent means will be disqualified. Unsportsmanlike, disruptive, annoying, harassing or threatening behavior is prohibited. The Company will interpret these rules and resolve any disputes, conflicting claims or ambiguities concerning the rules or the Contest and the Company’s decisions concerning such disputes shall be final. If the conduct or outcome of the Contest is affected by human error, any mechanical malfunctions or failures of any kind, intentional interference or any event beyond the control of the Company, the Company reserves the right to terminate this Contest, or make such other decisions regarding the outcome as the Company deems appropriate. All decisions will be made by the Company and are final. The Company may waive any of these rules in its sole discretion. Any attempt by an entrant or any other individual to deliberately circumvent, disrupt, damage or undermine the legitimate operation of this Contest is a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such an attempt be made, the Company reserve the right to seek civil and/or criminal prosecution and/or damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.


Subject to the terms of this Agreement and solely for the limited purposes of advertising the entrant’s participation in the Competition we grant you a limited, revocable, non-transferable, non-sublicensable, non-exclusive, royalty-free license to (a) copy and display the Hot 100 Professional Boudoir Photographers Association badge(s) as provided to you by Company; and (b) use only those of our common law trademarks and logos that we may make available to you. The license set forth in this Section will immediately and automatically terminate if at any time you do not timely comply with any obligation under this Agreement. In addition, Company may terminate the license in whole or in part upon written notice to you. You will promptly remove and delete or otherwise destroy all of the Content with respect to which the license set forth in this Section is terminated or as we may otherwise request from time to time.


These Rules incorporate the entire understanding of the parties and shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia without regard to its choice of law provisions. The state and federal courts for Shenandoah County, Virginia will have jurisdiction over any dispute arising out of this Agreement.  If any entrant or party brings legal action against Company, Company will recover reasonable attorney’s fees and all costs if it prevails. 

Any rule of construction to the effect that ambiguities are to be resolved against the drafting party shall not apply in interpreting these Rules. The language in these Rules shall be interpreted as to its fair meaning and not strictly for or against any party. Should a court or other authority of competent jurisdiction deem any clause in these Rules to be unenforceable, the other provisions will remain and will have full force and effect.


Entrants are required to indicate that they have read, accepted, and agreed to these terms and conditions. As a condition to entry, all entrants agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release Monica Grimes, the Professional Boudoir Photographer Association LLC, and its and their directors, officers, parents, subsidiaries and affiliated companies, contractors, agents, representatives, suppliers, printers, application developers, and advertising, promotional or judging agencies, from and against any liability, claims or actions of any kind whatsoever, including without limitation intellectual property infringement, rights of publicity violations, injuries, damages, or losses to persons or property arising out of or relating to any entry or submission, the terms or conditions of this Competition, or any of your activities related thereto.

Monica Grimes and the Professional Boudoir Photographer Association LLC reserve the right to modify or cancel the awards Competition for any reason, at any time.