RA Beauty Retouching Contest

Terms & Conditions

Nature of The Contest:

Retouching Academy, along with the Contest sponsors Wacom and Capture One, is excited to invite you to take part in our first RA Beauty Retouching Contest. Participants will compete for the prizes described below by submitting their best retouch of the official Contest RAW Image for their chosen skill level.

Contest Overview:

  1. Register as a Beginner or Experienced Enthusiast to receive the skill-level-specific Contest RAW Image for retouching (follow the detailed steps described in the registration email);
  2. Retouch the received image, demonstrating your understanding of the Beauty photography genre and your technical skills;
  3. Submit the retouched image for the RA, Wacom and Capture One teams to select the winners;
  4. BONUS PRIZE: Enter to win a portfolio review by the creators of the official Contest RAW Images, Michael Woloszynowicz and Julia Kuzmenko McKim. Simply share your retouched image on your Facebook and/or Instagram account with hashtag #RAretouchingcontest.

Terms & Conditions

Who May Enter

This contest is open to retouching artists of the Beginner and Experienced Enthusiast level only, as defined below.

Individuals affiliated with Retouching Academy or its sponsors, including employees, contractors, interns, volunteers, and their immediate families (children, siblings and spouses), and others living in their households, are not eligible for any prize.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A purchase of a product or service from Retouching Academy, Wacom or Capture One or any of their affiliated companies will not improve the chance of winning.

Participation requires Internet access.

Contest Skill Levels

The Contest will be judged based on the following skill levels by Retouching Academy and the Contest sponsors, Wacom and Capture One, in their sole discretion:

  1. Beginner – a hobbyist retouching artist who is still learning the basic beauty, portrait and fashion retouching techniques;
  2. Experienced Enthusiast – a retouching artist who has a good understanding of the key beauty, portrait and fashion retouching techniques and at least two years of experience in performing them for their own portfolio or as a hobby;

How To Enter

Register to participate here.

After submitting your registration form, you will be provided with the RA Beauty Retouching Contest RAW file along with the submission instructions.

You may submit only one retouch. You can crop the image according to your artistic vision, as long as it does not significantly eliminate the areas which require retouching.

The retouched image must be submitted in JPEG format, at 2,000 pixels along the long edge and no larger than 10 MB.

We do not accept images submitted through any means other than as set forth in the submission instructions.

When submitting your Contest entry, you must provide your artist name, your Instagram tag and city of residence. We will only use this information in relation to the Contest and will not use it for any other purposes. We will not keep this information for longer than is necessary for the operation of the Contest.

Contest Images

The Contest RAW files provided by Retouching Academy to entrants may not be used for any purposes, other than participation in the Contest.

When the RAW Contest Image and/or the participant’s retouched version are shared on social media, the copyright ownership must be clearly stated ©Retouching Academy.


Prizes will be awarded as follows:


ENTHUSIAST: Intuos Pro, Medium size

BEGINNER: Intuos Photo Creative Pen & Touch Tablet


ENTHUSIAST: a license to Capture One Pro 11 and the RA Retouching Panels for Adobe® Photoshop®

BEGINNER: a choice of RA Color Grade or RA Master D&B Course, and the RA Retouching Panels for Adobe® Photoshop®


For a chance to win our Bonus prize, share your retouched image with hashtag #RAretouchingcontest on your Facebook and/or Instagram page and include proper copyright credit as mentioned above;

The winning artist will have his or her portfolio reviewed by the creators of the Contest RAW images, Michael Woloszynowicz and Julia Kuzmenko McKim.


The winning entries will be published by Retouching Academy and the Contest sponsors in a blog post and shared on their respective social media.

Winners must sign a release and a declaration of eligibility, and will be responsible for paying any taxes they may owe on a prize.

Copyright and Other Legal Rights

The copyright of the Contest images belongs to Retouching Academy, owned by Queenscliff Global LLC, California.

You will be granted the right to post your completed retouch to your own website and/or social media, provided proper copyright is clearly stated ©Retouching Academy.

By submitting an entry to the Contest, you grant Retouching Academy and the Contest sponsors permission:

a) For your entry to be published within the RA, Wacom and Capture One websites, newsletters and social media, and grant them a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide license to republish your Contest entry in electronic format and hard copy for purposes connected with the Contest; and

b) The right to use your name, city of residence and the tools used to create your work for the sole purpose of identifying You as the author of your entry.

Retouching Academy or the Contest sponsors will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses.

Subject to all federal, state, and local laws.

Submission Notes & Deadline

We must receive your entry to the Contest by 11:59 pm Pacific Time on April 1, 2018.

By submitting an entry, you agree to the following rules of the Contest and affirm that you are at least 18 years old. Entries on behalf of another person will not be accepted.

Picking The Winners

Retouching Academy, along with Wacom and Capture One, will select a First and Second Prize winner for each skill level. Public announcement of the winners will occur no later than May 15, 2018.
The winning entries will be those that Retouching Academy, Wacom and Capture One consider to be the best retouched. Quality retouch is all about preserving skin texture, while achieving a pleasing skin tone and removing or minimizing distracting, unflattering elements commonly acceptable for the genre.

Retouching Academy will notify winners via the contact information provided at the time of entry; Retouching Academy may disqualify anyone who fails to respond to the notification within 3 (three) days.

Please do not contact Retouching Academy about the status of entries.

Conditions of Entry

All entrants hold Retouching Academy and the Contest sponsors and their respective agents, directors, officers, employees, contractors, interns, and volunteers (the “Indemnified Parties”) harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in the contest and acceptance or use of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not liable for any costs, damages, injuries, or other claims incurred as a result of entrants’ participation in the Contest or winner’s acceptance and usage of a prize. The Indemnified Parties are not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions or failures, or causes beyond their control. Entrants are solely responsible for their entries.

Entrants may not submit materials that introduce any software viruses, worms or other programs designed to damage software, hardware or telecommunications equipment or are off-topic, partisan-political, contain advertising, nudity, personal attacks or expletives, or is otherwise abusive, threatening, unlawful, harassing, discriminatory, libelous, obscene, false, sexually explicit, or that infringes on the rights of any third party.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Retouching Academy reserves the right to cancel the Contest or modify these rules at its discretion, with or without prior notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). In the event of a dispute regarding the winners, Retouching Academy reserves the right to award or not award the prizes in its sole discretion.

Retouching Academy reserves the right to disqualify any entrant whose entry or conduct appears in any way to: tamper with the Contest; violate these rules or other applicable law or regulation; infringe on the rights of third parties; or act in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. Decisions of Retouching Academy are final.

Retouching Academy will determine winners’ eligibility in its sole discretion. Retouching Academy or the Contest sponsors may select images for highlight on their websites or display in a publicly accessible Contest archive; such selections will be made in Retouching Academy’s or the Contest sponsors’ sole discretion.


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