1. Color creations must be created with Goldwell products only, e.g. Topchic, Colorance, Nectaya, @Pure Pigments and/or Elumen/Elumen Play. In all categories, hair can be lightened and bleached with Goldwell products, e.g. Topchic HiBlondes Control, SilkLift and Oxycur Platin.
2. The haircut, hairstyle and color must be in focus and easy to identify on the photo.
The ultimate in technical competition
Creativity starts with a photo shoot and ends with a live technical competition. For years, the Color Zoom Challenge has inspired thousands of stylists to compete – and now it continues in an exciting new way.
Compete first at the national level in your country. Gold winners move on to the international live competition.
new talent colorist of the year
Show the world that age is not a prerequisite for creative excellence. Show your talent and technical ability in this category designed for stylists with less than five years of experience.view details
creative colorist of the year
The ultimate color competition. Create your vision with a stunning photograph and then recreate it in the international live competition. Open to all stylists with the passion and drive to compete in the world of color.view details
NEW creative haircutter of the year
Show the world your work is a cut above with this precision cutting competition. Open to all passionate haircutters. Show us your image and then compete live at the international level.view details
These are the categories you’ve been waiting for!
Four exciting new categories of photo-only global competition that celebrate the ultimate in editorial creativity. The more creative, the better!
Compete globally in this photo-only international competition.
NEW men’s hairstylist of the year
Show your mastery and expertise in men’s styling, barbering and grooming by creating a collection of cutting-edge men’s looks.view details
NEW salon team of the year
Channel the creativity of your entire salon team. Create a collection that represents your shared vision and show the power of your team.view details
NEW avant garde stylist of the year
Pure unbridled creativity. Push the boundaries of conventional hairstyling and dare to inspire with your collection of visionary work.view details
NEW editorial colorist of the year
Express your vision in color. Create an editorial color collection that showcases color creativity, precision and vision.view details
entry guidelines & rules
Take the chance to show the world what a true creative does: Imagine, Create and Inspire.