Print Competition 2021-01-05T11:03:55-05:00

PPSC’s Print Competition will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 12 pm.

Digital entries only. Entry deadline is March 4, 2021 at 5 pm.

Entry Fee is $20 per image. 8 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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PPSC’s Print Competition will be held on Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 12 pm.

Digital entries only. Entry deadline is March 4, 2021 at 5 pm.

Entry Fee is $20 per image. 8 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

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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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