Print Competition 2019-12-15T11:04:53-05:00

PPSC’s Print Competition will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Lexington, SC.

Digital entries only. Entry deadline is February 13, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Entry Fee is $20 per image. 10 image max per category.

Enter at PrintCompetition.com – you’ll need to sign up for an account in order to enter.

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YOU ONLY HAVE

TO GET YOUR IMAGES SUBMITTED FOR COMPETITION!

PPSC’s Print Competition will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020 in Lexington, SC.

Digital entries only. Entry deadline is February 13, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Entry Fee is $20 per image. 10 image max per category.

Enter at PrintCompetition.com – you’ll need to sign up for an account in order to enter.

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THE JUDGING PROCESS

THE JUDGING PROCESS

At least three judges, all Master Photographers who have completed the PPA Judging School and approved by the PPSC Image Salon Chairperson, will assemble in a controlled environment and examine each accepted entry individually.  For our Annual Print Competition in February, there will be five out-of-state judges consisting of two PPA Approved Jurors and three PPA Jurors-In-Training…plus a PPA Jury Chairman.

Digital images will be displayed on an approved calibrated display. Each judge will give a score and an average score will be announced.  At this point a judge may challenge the score and declare a reason why he/she believes the image should score higher or lower.  The image will be re-scored.  Images receiving a score of 80 or higher are considered “deserving of a merit.”

In some cases, judges may discuss an image and will often point out specific reasons for the scores.

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RULES AND GUIDELINES

THE RULES AND GUIDELINES

PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY

The Professional Photographers of South Carolina (PPSC) holds photographic competitions every year. There are three competition categories available. You can enter one, two or all three competition categories. You can enter up to eight entries in each competition category.

Available Competition Categories

Why Enter?

  • Photographic Open – See page 2
  • Wedding – See page 5
  • Artist – See page 8
  • Explore your creativity!
  • Get feedback and scores on images you plan to enter in other competitions, e.g., PPADistrict and/or PPA International Photographic Competition.
  • Get image critiques from a trained judge to improve your photography and competitiveskills.
  • Compete for awards and recognition.
  • PPSC members are also eligible to achieve PPSC exhibition merits toward the PPSCFellow Designation.QuestionsContact the Image Competition Chairman (John Herrel) or one of the Image Competition Team members.

Please review thoroughly!

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic digital files, and/or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image.

1. All entries must be registered at www.printcompetition.com.

2. Entrants must submit digital files for judging.

3. Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image entered.

4. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.

5. Entrants do not need to be PPSC members to enter.

6. Entries previously merited at any PPSC Annual, PPA District or PPA International Competition are not eligible, including any image from a merited album.

ELIGIBILITY

1. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure or exposures.

2. All processing or manipulation were done by the entrant or under their direct supervision.

3. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold PPSC harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of PPSC’s display, publication and promotion or other use of each image submitted to PPSC.

4. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.

5. A maximum of eight entries may be submitted per entrant in Photographic Open.No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment. All images submitted must be self-directed. Images created in an educational environment under direct supervision from an instructor are ineligible.

6. No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment. All images submitted must be self-directed. Images created in an educational environment under direct supervision from an instructor are ineligible.

7. Any entry that has been created from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be judged, accepted or displayed. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the PPSC Competition Committee, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall not be displayed or published.

8. Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different concepts. (Background, location, clothing, and concept).

9. Entry media includes digital files and digital albums.

10. Once an image has been awarded an exhibition merit in any category of PPSC Annual Competition or PPA competition, it may not be entered again in any other category, at any time, by any entrant. No image that receives a merit may be entered more than once under any condition, including any image from a merited album.

REGISTRATION

Registration opens and closes on the specified Days, Dates and Year listed on the websitewww.printcompetition.com.

PHOTOGRAPHIC OPEN COMPETITION CATEGORIES

You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.

  • PORTRAIT: Consists of portrait or wedding images.
  • ILLUSTRATIVE: Consists of commercial/industrial images, scenics, pictorials, digital paintings and similar subject matter. Portraits and weddings are not appropriate for this category.
  • CREATIVE OPEN: Consists of images that have additional elements not created by the maker. All elements not created by the maker must be shown in a guide image. (All the other PO rules still apply with the exception that you may have addition elements in your image not created by the maker. These elements must be shown in a guide image. The purpose of this new category is to allow makers to enter some of their everyday images that may contain digital background or other elements that were previously not allowed. You will still need to have all releases necessary. The jurors will be instructed to evaluate the entire image but the elements that were created by the maker must still be merit worthy as well as the overall image.)
  • ALBUM: albums consist social events, such bar mitzvahs, etc. or albums of portrait and storytelling albums.
  • MULTI‐MAKER ALBUM: Images in the album must be the work of the entrants (up to 2), with a minimum of 20 images per entrant. Each entrant must individually enter the competition and pay appropriate entry fees. Multi‐maker albums will be judged as one entry.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

  1. Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4000 pixels. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. In most cases, total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when necessary so long are they are JPG/10.
  2. Files are to be named, Image Title.JPG No underscores or special characters.

DIGITAL ALBUM ENTRY

  1. All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4000 pixels, have an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10.
  2. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
  3. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
  4. Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits, i.e. 01 jpg, 02 jpg, 03 jpg, etc.
  5. All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named: Album Title.zip (e.g. Summer Wedding.zip).
  6. Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.
  7. Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

VIEWING CONDITONS FOR IMAGE REVIEW

• Digital Files: Monitor Settings, D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma

For color management help, see Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials DEADLINES & FEES

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  • Registration closes at 5:00pm Eastern Time on the Day, Date and Year specified on the website www.printcompetition.com for the PPSC competition.
  • $20.00 per image
  • $39.00 per entrant for image critiques. Please allow 4-to-6 weeks following thecompletion of the competition.

Please review thoroughly!

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter digital files or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. (For more information, go to PPA.com/IPC.) In addition to the twelve elements, for an image to be merit worthy in the wedding competition, additional evaluation may be considered for the entries that illustrate the personality of the subject or subjects and the story of the wedding as well as the artistic and technical skills of the image maker. Judges will keep in mind that the maker has limited control over many aspects of a wedding. For example: subject matter, environment and time of day. Ultimately, additional consideration may be given to the maker for technically and artistically executing at a merit level in spite of challenges involved at an actual wedding.

Images and all elements of an image in the Wedding competition must be created during the time constraints of the actual event. Images not created during the time constraints of the actual event may be entered in the PPSC’s Photographic Open competition. The entrant or entrants must have captured all elements of the final submission from that wedding. Images in the Wedding competition should reflect the personality or personalities of the subject(s) or the story of the wedding as well as the personality, artistic and technical skills of the image maker. Images should include some kind of visual wedding reference(s). The original captured image (in RAW, jpg or film) must be available if requested by the PPSC Competition committee.

  1. All entries must be registered at www.printcompetition.com.
  2. Entrants may submit either digital files.
  3. Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image entered.
  4. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.
  5. Entrants do not need to be PPSC members to compete in the Wedding Competition.
  6. Entries previously merited at any PPSC Annual, PPA District or PPA International Competition are not eligible, including any image from a merited album.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure or exposures.
  2. All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering, were done by the entrant or under their direct supervision.
  3. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold PPSC harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of PPSC’s display, publication and promotion or other use of each image submitted to PPSC.
  4. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
  5. A maximum of eight entries may be submitted per entrant.
  6. No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment. All images submitted must be self-directed. Images created in an educational environment under direct supervision from an instructor are ineligible.
  7. Any entry that has been created from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be judged, accepted or displayed. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the IPCC, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall not be displayed or published.
  8. Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different concepts.
  9. Entry media includes digital files, and digital albums.
  10. Once an image has been awarded an exhibition merit in any category of PPSC Annual Competition or any PPA competition, it may not be entered again in any PPSC category, at any time, by any entrant. No image that receives a merit may be entered more than once under any condition, including any image from a merited album.

REGISTRATION

Registration opens and closes on the specified Days, Dates and Year listed on the websitewww.printcompetition.com.

WEDDING COMPETITION CATEGORIES

You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.

  • WEDDING OPEN: Images eligible in the Wedding Open category must be created during the time constraints of the actual event.
  • WEDDING ALBUM: All images included in the Wedding Album must be created during the time constraints of the actual wedding event.

You may enter as a single maker or a multi-maker; (2) photographers creating a minimum of twenty images each from the same wedding.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

  1. Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4000 pixels. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. In most cases, total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when necessary so long are they are JPG/10.
  2. Files are to be named, Image Title.JPG No underscores or special characters

DIGITAL ALBUM ENTRY

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials
All albums must be submitted in digital form

  1. All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4000 pixels, have an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10.
  2. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
  3. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
  4. Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits, i.e. 01 jpg, 02 jpg, 03 jpg, etc.
  5. All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named: Album Title.zip (e.g. Summer Wedding.zip).
  6. Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.
  7. Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.

VIEWING CONDITIONS FOR IMAGE REVIEW

For color management help, see Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

• Digital Files: Monitor Settings, D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma DEADLINES AND FEES

  • Registration closes at 5:00pm Eastern Time on the Day, Date and Year specified on the website www.printcompetition.com for the PPSC competition.
  • $20.00 per image
  • $39.00 per entrant for image critiques. Please allow 4-to-6 weeks following thecompletion of the competition.

Please review thoroughly!

The purpose of this competition is to allow the entrant to demonstrate their art skills and expertise. Entries will be judged for digital, artistic and technical proficiency. Entries can be created using digital art.

  1. All entries must be registered at www.printcompetition.com.
  2. Entrants may submit digital files for judging.
  3. Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image (print or file) entered.
  4. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.

REGISTRATION

Registration opens and closes on the specified Days, Dates and Year listed on the websitewww.printcompetition.com.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Entries may be reproduced from existing photographs, portraits, graphics, or any other artwork so long as the entrant is prepared to provide appropriate written documentation indicating permission for usage. This documentation may be requested by PPSC before, during or after the competition. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the PPSC Competition Committee, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law and cannot be proven otherwise, that entry shall be disqualified and merits revoked, if issued.
  2. All processing, manipulation, artwork or rendering must be done by the entrant.
  3. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
  4. A maximum of eight entries may be submitted per entrant in this Artist Category.
  5. No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment. All images submitted must be self-directed. Images created in an educational environment under direct supervision from an instructor are ineligible.
  6. Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different concepts.
  7. Entry media is digital files.
  8. Once an image has been awarded an exhibition merit in any category of the PPSC Annual or any PPA competition, it may not be entered again in any PPSC category, at any time, by any entrant. No image that receives a merit may be entered more than once under any condition, including any image from a merited album.
  9. Entries in the Artist category shall include any subject and must have guide images.
  10. Guide images must be included on the submitted digital canvas.
  11. Entrants do not need to be PPSC members to compete and can enter this Artist Competition.Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different concepts.

ARTIST COMPETITION CATEGORIES

You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.

• Creative
• Artist Restoration

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

  1. Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4000 pixels. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. In most cases, total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when necessary so long are they are JPG/10.
  2. Files are to be named, Image Title.JPG (No underscores or special characters)

VIEWING CONDITIONS FOR IMAGE REVIEW

• Digital Files: Monitor Settings, D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma

For color management help, see Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials DEADLINES & FEES

  • Registration closes at 5:00pm Eastern Time on the Day, Date and Year specified on the website www.printcompetition.com for the PPSC competition.
  • $20.00 per image
  • $39.00 per entrant for image critiques. Please allow 4-to-6 weeks following thecompletion of the competition.
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12 ELEMENTS OF A MERIT PRINT

12 ELEMENTS OF A MERIT PRINT

The Photographic Exhibitions Committee (PEC) of PPA uses the 12 elements below as the “gold standard” to define a merit image. PEC trains judges to be mindful of these elements when judging images to the PPA merit level.

The Photographic Exhibitions Committee (PEC) of PPA uses the 12 elements below as the “gold standard” to define a merit image. PEC trains judges to be mindful of these elements when judging images to the PPA merit level.

Presentation

Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

Creativity

The original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

Subject Matter

Subject matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

Technique

The approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

Center of Interest

The point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

Composition

Important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

Color Balance

Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

Style

Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

Technical excellence

The quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

Impact

The sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

Lighting

The use and control of light, refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

Story Telling

Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.

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