Photographic Competition Rules

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GENERAL

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographs and albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Through this competition, DPPA members are also eligible to achieve DPPA Awards at the Awards Ceremony. These rules pertain to images entered as digital files created by any photographic processes. All entries must be registered at www.printcompetition.com.

Entrants can enter a portfolio of up to 6 images, of which the top four scores of those 6 images will be used to determine DPPA awards. However, you may enter additional images for judging, but those scores will not be used for DPPA awards.

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

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

Judging Procedures – Professional Photographers of America procedures and scoring will be used in this exhibit, except for changes covered within these rules.


ELIGIBILITY

Any DPPA member in good standing may enter. Out of State and Non-Member guests are welcome to enter, but those scores will not be used for DPPA awards.

To be eligible for awards, DPPA Membership dues must be paid and received by the DPPA Treasurer no later than one week prior to the competition event.

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

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

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.

The entrant must obtain and have access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agree to hold DPPA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of DPPA's display, publication, and promotion or other use of each image submitted to DPPA.

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

Once an image has been awarded a merit in prior PPA International Print Competition (IPC), it may not be entered again in any other category of a DPPA competition. Also, once an image has scored 80 or above in a DPPA competition, it may not be entered again a DPPA competition. No image that receives a merit may be entered more than once under any condition, including any image from a merited album.

Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different concepts.

REGISTRATION & SPECIFICATIONS

Registration fees and competition dates can be found at the Detroit Professional Photographers Association entry on printcompetition.com.

Members of DPPA, MAPP, TPPA, & PPofM must register as DPPA members.

Early registration receives a lower per image fee as indicated on printcompetition.com.

Files must be sized so that the longest dimension is 4000 pixels. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRBG or Adobe1998 and be saved at the JPEG quality setting of 10. In most cases, the total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when neccessary, so long as they are JPG/10.

Files are to be named by their title. No underscores or special characters. Makers name may not appear in the title or on the image itself.

CATEGORIES

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

PORTRAIT

Images can portray a subject or subjects from all walks of life and should reflect the personality of the subject(s).

ILLUSTRATIVE

Capturing the beauty of nature, wildlife, industry, and architectural areas are considered illustrative.


Landscape/Nature: This description shares joy and adventures while expressing a sense of place. Wild animals in an uncontrolled lighting environment, zoo animals, flowers, seascapes, cityscapes, urban landscapes, and sunsets with or without people can be placed here.

Illustrative/Commercial: This is used when images are created for a commercial client to advertise a product and promote a brand or company. This can be an interior or exterior of a structure or within an industrial environment. Illustrative can also be conceptual images that tell a story.

WEDDING

Images can portray a subject or subjects from all aspects of a wedding including traditional portraits, candids, or detailed work.

CREATIVE OPEN

This category consists of images that have additional photographic elements not created by the maker. All the other PO rules still apply with the exception that an entrant may choose to use photographic elements in the image not created by the maker. These photographic elements must be shown in a guide image. The purpose of this category is to allow makers to enter everyday images that may contain digital backgrounds or other photographic elements not created by the entrant. All necessary releases are required. The jurors will evaluate the entire image, but the photographic elements that were created by the maker must still be merit worthy as well as the overall image.


AWARDS (Available to DPPA Members Only)

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - RED RIBBON

A red-ribbon Award of Excellence is awarded to any image that achieves a score of 75-79.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE - BLUE RIBBON

A blue-ribbon Award of Excellence is awarded to any image achieving a score of 80 or greater and is considered a Merit award.

HIGHEST SCORE FIRST TIME ENTRANT

The highest score from a first-time entrant will receive this award.

BEST OF CATEGORY

For each category that attains a minimum of 3 merit awards, a best of category will be selected by the judges. The award is not necessarily given to the highest scoring image. The four categories eligible for the award are Portrait, Illustrative, Wedding and Creative Open.

BEST OF SHOW 

This award is given to the best image of the competition as determined by the judges. The award is not necessarily given to the highest scoring image.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

This is determined by sum of the top four scores of the maker’s portfolio. The highest total score will be awarded Photographer of the Year.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 2ND PLACE

This is determined by sum of the top four scores of the maker’s portfolio. The second highest total score will be awarded Photographic Competition – Award of Merit - 2nd Place.

PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION 3RD PLACE

This is determined by sum of the top four scores of the maker’s portfolio. The third highest total score will be awarded Photographic Competition – Award of Merit -  3rd Place.

All awards will be announced and handed out at the DPPA Annual Awards Ceremony in June.