The Twin Cities Professional Photographers Association awards have changed over the years to keep up with the trends in imaging. The awards are achieved by entering our print competition. The images are judged by PPA Master Photographers using the Twelve Elements of a Merit Print. View our Competition Rules if you would like to enter. Only printed entries submitted by current members are eligible for awards, but you may like to enter to see how your images compare.
It is a wonderful learning experience as the judges discuss what they like about an image or improvements to make the image a merit print.
Please read carefully as we have updated the awards for 2021. To be eligible for the following awards, you must be an active TCPPA member, with the exception of High Scoring Image by a Non-Member.
Category Awards: We will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. An Image Maker is only eligible to win one award per category.
TCPPA Grand Photographer of the Year - Judged from 1st place entries
TCPPA Non-Master Photographer of the Year - This will be a non-master. Given to the non-master photographer having the highest average image case score (case = four images) of entries in any category.
TCPPA Master Photographer of the Year - This will be a master photographer. Given to the master photographer having the highest average image case score (case = four images) of entries in any category.
TCPPA Photographer to Watch – top scoring image from a TCPPA member who has never entered a TCPPA image competition.
Certified Professional Photographer of the Year - highest image score by Certified Professional Photographer.
ASP member Award
Judge’s Choice – After all judging is completed, each judge will be able to select their favorite entry of choice.
High Scoring Image by a Non-Member. Given to the image having the highest score in any genre and is not a member of TCPPA.