entry guidelines & rules creative colorist of the year

who can enter?

Qualified* stylists who are active Goldwell customers or work in a Goldwell salon.

stylist guidelines
  1. Color and styling creations must be created with Goldwell products only.
  2. The haircut, hairstyle and color must be in focus and easy to identify on the photo.
  3. No extensions, hairpieces or wigs are allowed.
model requirements
  1. Models (male or female) must be 18 years or older.
  2. Signed model release form.
image requirements

1 model: 1 beauty image + 1 before image 
Only color images are allowed. 
All images must be in JPEG (.jpg) format. No B&W.  
No Polaroids. Only the digital format will be accepted. 
Images must be A4 size (A4 = 210 × 297 mm) with a resolution of 300 dpi. 
One final image (no larger than 10 MB). 
One unedited, unretouched “before” image (no larger than 10 MB). 
Excessive retouching of the hair’s shape, texture or color is not allowed. 

how to enter
  1. All entries must be submitted via www.goldwellcreativeawards.com, national entries will be transferred to local organization for judging.
  2. Submit a completed, legible and signed entry form and description of your color formulae, placement and color products used.
  3. National gold winners will advance to the international competition.

* Must have completed an apprenticeship or fulfilled local licensing or accreditation which certifies you as a fully qualified professional hairdresser. 

color guidelines
  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.
styling guidelines
  1. 1. Styling creations must be created with Goldwell products only, e.g. StyleSign and Kerasilk products.
  2. The haircut, hairstyle and color must be in focus and easy to identify on the photo.
  3. Extensions, hairpieces or wigs are not allowed with the exception of the Avant Garde category. 
retouching guidelines
  1. Your photographic entry is what will be judged most critically. If you decide to retouch your photo, please consider the following: retouching minor skin or hair imperfections is certainly standard practice and allowed. Extreme retouching work to skin or hair will be taken into account by the judges and reflected in your score.
  2. Keep in mind that your live result must look the same as your entry photo.
  3. Excessively retouched images are very difficult to recreate in a live setting. You will be scored accordingly. 
  4. No retouching permitted on the model in the “before” image. 
  5. At the international live competition you will have to color, cut and style a model to recreate the look on your entry photograph.  
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Take the chance to show the world what a true creative does: Imagine, Create and Inspire.