• Detroit Professional Photographers Association Print Exhibition Rules

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic prints to be judged against a standard of excellence using the "12 Elements of a Merit Image". (more information) All paid members of DPPA are eligible to participate and collect points toward DPPA Photographer of the Year award. Dues need to be current by November 1st. Entry fee of $5.00 per print entered paid at time of print submission.

Photographic Competition Categories

All entries must be designated by the maker in the following classifications:

  1. Weddings
  2. Portrait: Consists of portraits
  3. Illustrative: Consists of scenics, pictorials, digital paintings and similar subject matter. (Portraits and weddings are not appropriate for this category.)
  4. Commercial: Consists of commercial and industrial entries.

General Entry Rules.

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  • Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure.
  • Any entry that has been reproduced from an existing photography, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules.
  • The entrant's name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
  • Maker may enter unlimited number of images. The top four scores will be tabulated towards the annual awards. Maker must pick top four images on registration form.
  • No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor, or in a class, or as a class assignment.
  • Entries previously entered at the DPPA Print Competition are not eligible.
  • A signed entry form must be turned in competition night. Entries without your signature will not be judged. 
  • All entries must be titled. Not doing so will disqualify your entry.
  • All images must be submitted by 5:00PM November 8th. 
  • Professional Photographers of America procedures and scoring will be used in this exhibit, except for changes covered within these rules.  A maximum of five (5) and a minimum of three (3) judges will sit on a jury. Three of the judges must have attained the Master of Photography Degree. The rest must have at least (5) Exhibition merits from PPA.
  • Each juror has the privilege of challenging a photograph. A challenge may raise or lower score. The final score will be tabulated. Circumstances may make it necessary to ask questions or give information. In such cases the chairperson will rule on the questioned situation. There must be at least two (2) Blue Ribbon photographs in a category to select Best of Category Winner. If a single print is in any category then that print is eligible for Best of Show. The Best of Show winner will be selected from all The best of Categories.

  • The Print Chairperson will decide any problem arising prior to , or during the judging not specifically covered by these rules. That decision will be final.
  • Any entries not in compliance with these rules will be automatically disqualified. No Exceptions.

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