Competition Awards

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.

Overall Awards:
  • Judge’s Choice – After all judging is completed, each judge will be able to select their favorite entry of choice.
  • Certified Professional Photographer of the Year - high print case score of 4 entries (top 4 scores in the case if more than 4 are entered) for a Certified Professional Photographer. One will be awarded to a TCPPA CPP, and one to an MNPPA CPP. The same person cannot win both awards.
  • Lexjet Sunset Award – presented to an inkjet-printed entry. See rules below.
  • Fuji Masterpiece Award - presented to one printed portrait entry and one printed wedding entry. Entries must be printed on Fuji paper and score >80+. Judges will select the winners.
  • ASP State Elite Award - Presented to a member of ASP who also belongs to MNPPA.

MNPPA Awards - must be a current MNPPA member to qualify

  • Any entry receiving a final score of 70 or above will be awarded an MNPPA photographic credit. Entries scoring 80 or above will qualify for the MNPPA loan collection and will receive an additional MNPPA print credit.
  • MNPPA Portrait Photographer of the Year – Given annually to the photographer having the highest score for their top three prints in the portrait category. Their fourth entry may or may not be in the por- trait category, but only their top three portrait scores will count towards this award. A minimum of 240 for the three prints is required. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.
  • MNPPA Wedding Photographer of the Year – Given annually to the photographer having the highest score for their top three prints in the wedding category. Their fourth entry may or may not be in the wedding category, but only their top three portrait scores will count towards this award. A minimum of 240 for the three prints is required. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.
  • MNPPA Illustrative Photographer of the Year - Given annually to the photographer having the highest score for their top three prints in the illustrative category. Their fourth entry may or may not be in the illustrative category, but only their top three portrait scores will count towards this award. A minimum of 240 for the three prints is required. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.
  • MNPPA Court of Honor – The Court of Honor will include the Portrait, Wedding, and Illustrative Photographer of the Year. Additionally, the Court of Honor will include six more photographers: three masters and three non-masters. These six will be selected on the basis of the next highest print scores for all four entries. Each recipient will receive a Court of Honor plaque.
  • Dworshak Award: This special award, sponsored by the late Louis Dworshak of Duluth, is awarded to the finest portrait of the exhibit and is selected by the judges on the basis of overall quality. It may or may not be the highest scoring print.
  • Ellertson Award: This award will be presented to the best illustrative or commercial/industrial print of the show.
  • Haga Wedding Award: This award, named after photographer Gordon Haga, is given to the top scoring wedding album or print.
  • MNPPA Distinguished Album Event Award: The MNPPA distinguished album event award is given annually to the highest scoring album for time-sensitive social events. In the event of a tie, the judges will select the award winner.
  • MNPPA Distingusihed Album Non-Event Award: The MNPPA distinguished album non-event award is given annually to the highest scoring album for portrait and storytelling albums. In the event of a tie, the judges will select the award winner.
  • MNPPA Student Award: This award is given to the highest total points for entries in the student category.

TCPPA Awards - must be an active TCPPA member to qualify

  • TCPPA Senior Photographer of the Year- highest scoring combination of male and female folios chosen by a panel of judges. Given annually to the photographer having the highest combined score for their senior folios. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.
  • TCPPA Portrait Photographer of the Year- top scoring print case in Portrait category (top 3 of 4 scores) Given annually to the photographer having the highest score for their top three prints in the portrait category. Their fourth entry may or may not be in the portrait category, but only their top three portrait scores will count towards this award. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.
  • TCPPA Wedding Photographer of the Year- top scoring print case in Wedding category (top 3 of 4 scores) Given annually to the photographer having the highest score for their top three prints in the wedding/candid category. Their fourth entry may or may not be in the wedding/candid category, but only their top three wedding/candid scores will count towards this award. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.
  • TCPPA Illustrative Photographer of the Year – top scoring print case in the Illustrative Category (top 3 of 4 scores) Given annually to the photographer having the highest score for their top three prints in the illustrative category. Their fourth entry may or may not be in the illustrative category, but only their top three illustrative scores will count towards this award. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.
  • TCPPA Top Album Photographer – top scoring album entry. The TCPPA top album award is given annually to the highest scoring album. In the event of a tie, the judges will select the award winner.
  • TCPPA Photographer of the year- high total print case score of 4 entries. This will be a non-master. Given annually to the non-master photographer having the highest cumulative score for all four prints in any category.
  • TCPPA Master Photographer of the Year - high print case score of 4 entries for a Master Photographer. Given annually to the master photographer having the highest cumulative score for all four prints in any category.
  • TCPPA Best of Awards – top scoring print in each category.
  • TCPPA Student Photographer of the Year – top scoring print case submitted by a eligible student member (top 3 of 4 scores). Given annually to the student photographer having the highest cumulative score for top three prints in any category.
  • TCPPA First Time Case Entry – top scoring print case (top 3 of 4 scores) from a TCPPA member who as never entered at TCPPA print competition.

ADDITIONAL RULES FOR VENDOR AWARDS

Lexjet Sunset Award: The official Lexjet label must be printed and and adhered to the back of your print. All inkjet-printed entries are eligible to win the "Best Print in Exhibition" Sunset award

  • Entries need not be printed on Sunset inkjet media to win, but must be inkjet-printed
  • An image must be submitted and be judged as a print
  • The image must score >80 points during the PPA-style judging
  • The image must be chosen from the 10 highest scoring prints in the competition
  • The image cannot have won a Sunset award previously
  • The image must adhere to all rules and qualifications of the host print competition
  • The entrant must have all releases and permission of all subjects appearing in the image

ASP State Elite Award: Mark your labels with "ASP" if you qualify

The State Elite Award is to be presented to the ASP member in good standing for the highest scoring entry at his or her State Print Competition. This means that he or she is a member in good standing with PPA as per our Bylaws and that he or she must be current with their ASP dues PRIOR to the competition.

In the event of a tie, total case score will be the first tiebreaker. In the unlikely event that a tie still exists, the second highest scoring entry in the case will break the tie. In the really unlikely event that a tie still exists, the third highest scoring entry will break the tie. If by the remotest chance a tie still exists, ASP will declare co-winners of the award and provide an additional trophy. Both recipients should be duly recognized at the awards ceremony for their accomplishments.

An ASP member is eligible for the State Elite Award in only one state and that state is determined by the mailing address on record with ASP. An ASP member who wishes to compete for the ASP State Elite Award in a different state other than their home state, must petition the ASP Board of Governors for the right to compete for the ASP State Elite Award prior to January 1 of the competition year in which they wish to compete in the different state. Board petition form shall be available on the ASP website. ASP State Representatives shall be notified of all petitions granted by the ASP Board of Governors.

Fuji Masterpiece Awards The official Fuji label must be printed and and adhered to the back of your print.

  • Only prints or printed albums will be considered for Fujifilm Masterpiece Awards.
  • The image must be printed on Fujicolor Paper.
  • The image must receive a score of 80 or more points during PPA affiliate judging to be eligible for a Fujifilm Masterpiece Award.
  • One award will be presented to a portrait entry, one other to a wedding entry.
  • Judges will select the winners.

(Kodak Gallery Award: Kodak will now be selected their winners at the PPA Distric Competition. No Kodak Awards will be given at state or local competitions.)

Any questions pertaining to the rules or the competition may be directed to Lisa Asp:  news@lisaasp.com | 952-303-3619

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