Print Competition Rules 2017 for GCPPA 
I. Responsibilities of Print Competition Chairperson:
  • A. Print competition chairperson will maintain print judging equipment and insure that all necessary supplies (corners, score sheets, entry forms lights, easel, etc.) are available for judging at each meeting where there is to be a print competition.
  • B. Print competition chairperson will be cognizant of print competition rules and will insure that a set of rules is available during judging to settle disputes.
  • C. Program chairman will secure qualified judges.
II. General Competition Rules:
  • A. Classification of entries – color, black and white, hand-colored or any photographically derived print is eligible in the following classifications: (The definitions below are to assist you in placing your image in a category, they are not absolute. Think carefully before you designate a category for your image.)
  • Family: Any image with more than one subject.
  • Children: Image with one or more subjects under the age of 16.
  • Commercial: Commercial, industrial, aerial, tabletop, advertising or images used for stock. Tear sheets should be attached to the rear of the image for use by the judges .
  • Architecture: Images of exterior and/or interior structures.
  • Animal: Images of domestic animals and/or animals in a manmade environment.
  • Nature: Images of flora and fauna without the “hand of man” showing in the image. This category is for wildlife, trees, flowers etc.
  • Open-Illustrative: Any image that does not fit in any other category. An illustration.
  • Landscape: Images of vistas depicting expanses of land, sea and cityscapes.
  • Portrait (Studio): Images created in a studio environment with controlled lighting.
  • Portrait (Environmental): Images created in a non-studio environment.
  • Portrait (HS Senior): Images of high school seniors, environmental or studio.
  • Photojournalism: Image captured on the spur of the moment that tells a story as it happens. No studio-produced or digitally manipulated images (including use of digital capture effects or computer software manipulation, plug-ins, filters, retouching or image altering lenses), no altering the scene. Dodging/burning, levels/curve adjustments are acceptable.
  • Wedding-Non Album: Wedding event with a posed and/or a candid image of the wedding day.
  • Wedding-Wedding Album: Use this category for time-sensitive social events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc. Submitted as an album or on CD. We will follow the instructions in the PPA rules and the tutorial on the PPA website for creating CD’s.
  • Non-event Album: Use this category for portrait and storytelling albums, submitted as an album or on CD. We will follow the instructions in the PPA rules and the tutorial on the PPA website for creating CD’s.
  • Which classification a print competes in is up to the maker.
  • B. Entrant’s certification of responsibility – entrants must be prepared to certify that they have created, composed and made the original image and that the processing, printing and any special effects were made by them or under their direction. No photograph will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor, nor previously merited in a higher level of competition. (WPPI, PPC, PPA)
  • C. Entries allowed – total number of entries allowed per print competition per member shall be six (6) with no more than two (2) images in one category. No two (2) photographs shall be of the same subject unless the treatment is such as to produce entirely different photographs.
  • D. Identification – all entries must be titled. The title, classification and name of maker must appear on the entry form. This form must be taped to the back of the print. Titles, ribbons, seals, studio name or name of maker must be removed or covered if they appear on the face of the print.
  • E. Size and Format Images shall be JPG format.  All images shall not exceed 4000 pixels on the longest side. (File size should be approximately 3.5 MB per image)  Files will be named as follows:  CategoryName_TitleOfImage.extension  (example: PortraitEnvironmental_SeeJaneRun.jpg)  If an image exceeds the stated parameters, it may be disqualified.  All images must be submitted by the advertised Print Comp Deadline (Normally four days prior to the competition) to the following address:
  • F. Member eligibility – all active members may enter print competitions. Nonmembers or associate members are not eligible. Member maker need not be present to enter photographs in competition, but needs to pay meeting fees. Associate and nonmembers may ask for print critiques. After all categories have been judged.
  • G. Deadline –  Digital entries should be submitted no later than 5:00pm on the Friday prior to the meeting. 
  • H. Awards – corners of merit will be awarded to prints scoring 78 and above. The top print in each class scoring 80 and above will be awarded first place (blue ribbon). The judges shall decide, from the first place in each class by a process of elimination, the Best of Show. In case of a tie for the Best of Show, duplicate corners will be awarded.
  • I. Judging criteria – prints will be scored on a range 0-100. To receive a ribbon of merit, a print must score 78 or higher. All prints that receive an average score 10 points higher or lower than any judges score will automatically be challenged. A judge or the print chairperson may challenge any print at any time. The maker of a photograph is given the option of having a critique of their print. Critique of each print is not mandatory. Judges may discuss or critique prints only after all scores have been recorded.

Addendum February 2011
  • Each entry to the Print Competition will be assessed a fee of five dollars per image($5) after the first image for Premium Members and ten dollars per image ($10) for others.

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