Dallas PPA Print Competition Rules:
Amended November 20, 2019
Who may enter print competition
a. Active, Aspiring, or Lifetime Members in good standing with DPPA may enter print competition.
Print Competition Rules
a. Print judging will be conducted at the DPPA general meetings. The competition is scheduled to be held each month at the general DPPA meeting except the months of Little Red Schoolhouse and December.
b. Each entrant is allowed to enter one print or one album in the Photographic Division and may also enter one print in the Artist Division per monthly competition.
c. Images may be submitted in any shape and size on a mount board a minimum of 80 square inches before matting to a maximum of 480 square inches with matting, with the largest dimension no longer than 24 inches. Print entries must be mounted on standard mount materials (double weight mat board, gator board, ¼” foam or Sintra). Recommended mounting thickness is 1/8” to 3/8”. Images on metal and mounted on another standard material must have rounded corners and smooth edges. No mount that could potentially damage other entries or pose a danger to print handlers will be accepted. Masonite, glass, stretcher frames, or conventional frames will not be accepted.
d. Names of individuals or studios may not appear on the front of any print or on the front or inside of any album. (May be covered.)
e. Images may only be entered once, whether they are a single print, an image in an album or an element in a collage or composite. Images begin their journey at DPPA. Images entered into any other competition are ineligible for entry into DPPA (including lateral entrances - other guilds). Once entered into DPPA, that image can only be entered once into DPPA and cannot be reworked and entered again. When you enter an image in another competition, once judging starts there the image is no longer viable in DPPA.
f. No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment.
g. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure(s) in the Photographic Division. (If entering the Artist Division please refer to its rules). All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering must be done by the entrant or under their direct supervision.
h. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property), and agrees to hold DPPA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of DPPA’s display of each image submitted.
i. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of DPPA, violates copyright, trademark, or any other applicable law, that entry shall not be accepted. This includes images that are illegally photographed on train tracks in the United States.
j. A $7.00 fee will be assessed per competition. Entrant may enter both divisions with one fee.
k. It is acceptable for a print to be entered by another party to meet print competition deadline. However, entrants must be present during the announcement of the awards to maintain eligibility.
l. A title is required for each entry.
m. Once a print or album is entered, no changes of any kind may be made by the entrant. Entries are displayed in the order in which they are received.
n. Five Master photographers will judge the entries. Judges must have merited at internationally recognized professional photography competitions including IPC, WPPI, AIPP, and SWPP, within the last two years to be eligible to be on the judging panel. If five Masters are not available, then Craftsmen or qualified persons (as deemed by the Board) will be asked to judge.
o. All entries for the competition must be registered and labeled by the print chair NO LATER THAN 6:45pm. Print judging shall begin when the judges’ clipboards and score sheets are issued by the print chairman.
p. Scoring shall be based upon the following standards: Exceptional 100-95 Superior 94-90 Excellent 89-85 Deserving of a Merit 84-80 Above Average 79-75 Average 74-70 Below Exhibition Standards 69-65
q. Ribbons will be awarded for first and second place in each category. These prints or albums must have a minimum score of 400 to qualify for First or Second place ribbons.
r. In the case of a tie, cumulative scores will be considered. If still a tie, both entrants will be awarded a ribbon, with the exception of the high print or album score for the month (traveling trophy). In the case of a cumulative score tie for the traveling trophy, judges will reconvene to discuss their scores and break the tie. The winner will keep the trophy until the next meeting.
s. When the trophy is returned the following month, the winner will receive a trophy ribbon for the previous month’s high score. In the event the trophy is not returned, the winner holding the trophy will present it to the new winner within 48 hours.
t. Print scores will be accumulated throughout the year and published on the DPPA website.
u. Individual judge’s scores will be kept confidential, but entrants are free to discuss their scores with the judges. Please use good manners when discussing scores or print competition with judges or other competitors.
v. The DPPA Board of Directors will settle any disputes arising from the competition. All decisions by the board are final.
w. Members should only be able to compete as one member type. If a membership status changes, the member must enter four images under the new membership type to qualify for EOY awards. To qualify as Photographer of the Year, a member must have entered 8 times under one specific membership status.
Categories of entries in Photographic Open Division
a. Scenic (nature and landscapes) - Scenes or elements from nature where people are not the dominant feature of the image.
b. Illustrative - Images such as photographic art, photojournalism, architectural, commercial, digital paintings, or any story-telling images that do not fit the criteria of the other categories. Portraits and wedding images are not appropriate for this category.
c. Portrait - Portraits of individuals or groups (exceptions - those that meet the criteria for illustrative or wedding category).
d. Wedding - Any photographic print from a bridal portrait session or wedding event.
e. Wedding Album - All photographs must be of the same wedding assignment. May contain images from an engagement or bridal portrait session. Album cover size must be between 63‐400 square inches (8x8 to 20x20) in size and meet minimum of 20 images. No multiple volume albums are allowed. Each spread may contain as many images as you desire. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 spreads up to 36 spreads. Any studio identification or entrant's name in the album must be covered.
f. General Album - Albums may be of any subject except wedding events (bridal and engagement portrait albums with no images from a wedding event may be entered in this category). For instance, a general album may be a portrait album, commercial album, illustrative album, etc. Album cover size must be between 63‐400 square inches (8x8 to 20x20) in size and meet minimum of 20 images. No multiple volume albums are allowed. Each spread may contain as many images as you desire. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 spreads up to 36 spreads. Any studio identification or entrant's name in the album must be covered.
g. 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.
This division is for composites, paintings, and other elements that extend beyond traditional retouching and changing the entire scope of the finished product. In addition to consideration of the 12 elements, the Artist Division evaluates the skill level of the artwork done to the image as well as creativity demonstrated by the maker.
a. Artist may use an image or images in their entry that were not photographed by them, the scoring in this category is more than judging just the final image.
b. 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. Artist does not need to have taken the photographic elements.
c. All processing, manipulation, artwork, or rendering must be done by the entrant.
d. No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment.
e. Entries in the artist division can include any subject.
f. Guide prints are required for each entry and must be included on the face of the image either below or along the side artwork.
Competition Award Guidelines
a. At the end of the year, the eight highest monthly scores of each Active or Life member in the Photographic Open Division will be tallied to determine the “Photographer of the Year”. The trophies will be awarded at the annual holiday party. The “Photographer of the Year” award is based upon the total points earned from January through November of each year. The EIGHT highest monthly scores will be added together for the participant’s total to compete for “Photographer of the Year”. This is a singular award.
b. The top SIX scores from each entrant in three levels of participation in the Photographic Open Division will be tallied for the Top Score Aspiring Member, Top Score Active Member, and Top Score Master Member awards. These three awards are mutually exclusive, so a master member will not be eligible for the active member award. The participant can enter all the categories over a given year, but must have minimum of 6 entries total to be eligible for the award. These awards are based upon the points earned from January through November of each year. These are singular awards.
c. The FOUR highest scores of each Active or Life member in each category in the Photographic Open Division will be tallied to determine the category winners. The participant can enter all the categories over a given year, but must have minimum of 4 entries in a given category to be eligible for the award. There is a first and second place award. Albums with multi-makers will have the total monthly points given to each of the makers.
d. The “Top Score First Year” award is for Aspiring or Active members entering print competition for the first time in the Photographic Open Division. This award is limited to an individual who has not at any time previously entered the DPPA print competition. It is up to the individual to notify the Skills Director upon delivery of their first entry of their desire to compete for this award. An individual may enter each month in any of the categories. The individual entrant must be the sole maker of an album. (No multi-maker albums for this award.) The “Top Score First Year” award is based upon the points earned from January through November of each year. The FOUR highest monthly scores will be added together for the participant’s total to compete for the award. This is a singular award.
e. Top Score CPP” award is for members who are Certified Professional Photographers. Active or Life members who compete for this award must enter FOUR prints FOLLOWING certification in the Photographic Open Division. Prints entered prior to formal certification will not be eligible. It is the member’s responsibility to update their profile upon earning their CPP designation and notify the Skills Director when entering their first qualifying print. This is a singular award.
f. Special awards (Top Score Color, Top Score B/W, and Judges’ Choice) will be awarded based on single images in the Photographic Open Division throughout the year, and may be given to Active or Life members.
End of the Year Awards
Photographer of the Year – Singular Award
Top Scoring Master Member – Singular Award
Top Scoring Active Member – Singular Award
Top Scoring Aspiring Member – Singular Award
Top Score First Year – Singular Award
Top Score CPP – Singular Award
Top Score Color Image – Singular Award
Top Score Black and White Image – Singular Award
Judges’ Choice – Singular Award
Portrait Category – 1st & 2nd Place
Scenic Category – 1st & 2nd Place
Illustrative Category – 1st & 2nd Place
Wedding Category – 1st & 2nd Place
Creative Open Category – 1st & 2nd Place
Wedding Album – 1st & 2nd Place
General Album – 1st & 2nd Place
Artist Division – 1st & 2nd Place
Print Competition Medals
There are 10 monthly competitions between January and November, and for each score of 400 or more, you will accumulate one point toward a medal. Medals will be awarded separately for Photographic Open and Artist.
8 scores of 400+ = DIAMOND
7 scores of 400+ = PLATINUM
6 scores of 400+ = GOLD
5 scores of 400+ = SILVER
4 scores of 400+ = BRONZE
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