Print Competition Image FAQs

Image Competition FAQs

1. Do I have to be a PPC or PPA member to enter image competition?
a. No, but the non-member entry fees are customarily higher.

2. How many images can I enter?

a. 4 into the Open category and 4 into the Artist category


3. Should I enter 6 images? Can I just enter 2, for example?
a. You may enter 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 images into each category (Open & Artist). However, the entry fee is the same regardless of how many images you enter. More importantly, many awards are based on total case score so entering 6 images is the smartest way to go.

4. What is the difference in the Open and Artist categories?
a. The Open category is for photographic imagery. The Artist category is for composited imagery including photographic and graphic elements. You must have created or purchased the elements used in your image. In addition to consideration of the 12 elements of a merit image; for an image to be Merit worthy in the Master Artist Competition, additional evaluation is given to the skill level of the art work done to the image as well as creativity demonstrated by the maker. Ultimately the primary difference is the additional value or bias given to ability, technique and the quality of the process to achieve the final result.

5. Can I mix my 6 entries with Open and Artist images?
a. Yes, but only at this level of PPC. At the District and IPC competitions you can only enter up to 4 images per Open and 4 per Master Artist

6. What size should my file be to upload for entry?
a. It should be sRGB color space, a jpg and sized at 4000 pixels at the widest side of your image at 200DPI. On saving the file the compression should be at 10 to begin with. If your file is still above 3.5MB reduce the compression number to 9 or 8 . . .

7. What if my file size is larger than the suggested minimum after compression?
a. Refer to the last part of #3, please!

8. Should I give a title to my image?
a. Yes. A title helps tell the story and can enhance the impact of your image during the actual judging.

9. How do I name my files for upload?
a. For PPC competition please use the following format: i. image#_imagetitle_lastname_firstname_year.jpg 1. example – 01_See_Spot_Run_Zetner_Cory_2017.jpg b. For PPA competition please use this format: i. Image01.jpg, image02.jpg, image03.jpg, image04.jpg

10.Can I enter PPC image competition if my image(s) has Merited at the PPA IPC, (International Photographic Competition)?

a. Yes, if the image has NOT scored 80 or higher at a PPC competition. But c’mon . . . if it has Merited at PPA, time to move on, right???

11.Can I enter the same subject in another image if it is treated differently and is unrecognizable?

a. No. Each image needs to be a unique subject matter from your other image entries. If a subject is thought to be in another image, the Jury Chairman will make sure that it’s not from another photographer first. If you enter more than one image with the same subject, regardless of the pose, clothing, location, etc., your image will be DQ’d after the judging.

12.Do I need to add a background and keystroke(s)?

a. Presentation is one of the 12 Elements of Design so it will be looked at for this kind of presentation. As to how large or small your borders, keystrokes and the position of the image on the presentation, these are up to you.

13.Should I have my name or logo on the front of the image?

a. Absolutely not! If any of your identification is on the front of an image it will be DQ’d.

14.Can I have text on my image?

a. Yes, if it helps tell a story and is NOT your name or logo.

15.Can I enter a physical photograph?

a. For our PPC competition, no. We use only a digital judging format. b. For PPA competition, yes you may.

16.Can I enter a self-portrait?

a. Yes, you may. Remember, the judges DO NOT know the maker of the images they are judging.

17.Can I enter an image I created at a photography workshop? a. No. Grey area here . . . but the official rule is NO.

18.Can I use added elements to a photograph for competition? a. For the Open category, any added elements MUST be ones that YOU have created, not from a plug-in. action or someone else’s creation. b. For the Artist category, you may add photographic or graphical elements if YOU have created or purchased them.

19. How can I get feedback on my images?

a. Before a competition you can come to this program!! Or, seek out a PPA Master of Photography and ask if they would look at your images for feedback and critique. b. After a PPA competition, you can request a critique for an additional fee for each of your images. This takes place after the competition, however!

20.If I and another photographer have photographed an event together, can we both enter an album?

a. Yes, but each would have to register and pay the image submission fee.

21.Can I change an image or title after registering and uploading

a. Yes. Please call Jeff Johnson at 303-921-4454. But you’re gonna owe me . . . !