Image Competition

Call For Entries

PPARI 2018 Image Rules Entry Form

Register here and choose to send a check with your cd or pay online. 

Deadline for entries is 2/23/2018 at 12 noon! 

PPARI Annual Convention, Image Competition


Don’t miss your chance to win the highest honors in professional photography at this year’s annual convention.

You can not win if you do not enter.

Compete for top honors among other area pros and you’ll have the opportunity to win in select categories.

(Wedding, Wedding Albums, Portrait, Illustrative, Commercial and Digital).


The Making of a Merit Image

When picking out the image you would like to enter into competition you should know that there are many items as juror looks when rendering there score.

What to look for in a photograph, the most important thing to remember when reviewing the below is that the elements are listed in accordance to their importance.

1. Impact: What you see first – what has the most impact, what creates you first impression – it could be a strong feeling of power, what commands you to look – what holds your eye?, and the impact could be any of the elements list below.

2. Creativity: Using your imagination, being very original or a fresh approach on a subject matter, creative cropping, creative use of subject matter, content could be very abstract, invention, design, feeling and imagination lifts the photograph into the realm of art.

3. Style: The part of the photography that sets your work apart from the rest, a different way of seeing, a different way of approaching, a brand new style, very real and not contrived, experimental, individuality is obtained in many different ways.

4. Composition: Good placement of subject matter, a very successful arrangement, harmonious proportions, using dynamic symmetry to place most important objects, good rhythm is created by repetition, whether it’s color, spaces, moods, or division of a the photograph.

5. Print Presentation: Does the presentation enhance the photograph? Good cropping can add to the composition, good color for the matting or mount can help, daring to be different, using something dynamic or being very traditional, initial impression can be obtained by using creative mounting.

6. Color Balance: A good technique for the photograph a good selection of color for the subject matter or objects, using a very interpretative color (maybe not normal at all), creative use of color – example: complementary colors, dark against light, strong against weak.

7. Center of Interest: Dominance of objects or subject matter, a group of subject and arrangement of objects so one center of interest prevails, subject matter holds the eye with no distractions, moody or misty, strength and definition gives the center of interest; secondary points are very important to the photograph, but you must always be able to come back to the center of interest.

8. Lighting: A good statement of light, good portrait lighting, dynamic lighting, pattern of light can add to the enhancement. Strong mood can be created by the lighting, lighting is the art of reproducing the characteristics of the subjects or objects.

9. Subject Matter: An outstanding interpretation for the subject matter, good camera angle for the subject matter, selection of the photographic model or object is important, contrast here can be very creative in selection; example: old and young, warm and cool. All of these will complement your work.

10. Print Quality: Good strong contrast, using the middle tones, good color balance, expressions and artistic lighting, the simplest statements are the strongest, good angle on the building, backgrounds in key to the subject matter.

11. Technique: Different technique for the subject matter, techniques is the foundation of photography, but a knowledge of the art principles are very necessary, using creative and abstract can help, and design brings abstract ideas into concrete form.

12. Storytelling: A good strong statement, complete story within the photograph, successful presentation, achievement of purpose, first glance has complete meaning, strong mood or emotion, using strong complementary colors next to each other, strong mood with the photograph, builds and emotional response challenging your imagination.

At the Convention be sure to go to the print critique held after the print competition. It is a great way to learn why prints did well, why they did not, and what could have been done to improve the image.

There are an number of Master Photographers that are members of PPARI, they would be happy at anytime to look at your competition work and give you some guidance.