Competition Rules

2020 Image Competition Rules 

Image Judging Date: Sunday, November 8, 2020

Time and Location: T.B.D.

Registration Deadline: 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2020

Registration Website: PrintCompetition.com

Entry Fee: $15 per entry

                    All images must be pre-registered and pre-paid at printcompetition.com by 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2020


IMPORTANT

Please read the following print rules carefully.

The competition will be 100% digital. You may only enter digital images.

All images must be pre-registered and pre-paid at PrintCompetition.com by 5 p.m. Friday, November 6, 2020.  Uploaded files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4,000 pixels (20 inches at 200 ppi).  Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. Total file size should not exceed 10 MB.

Judging will be to PPA standards but it should be noted that this is NOT a PPA Affiliated Competition and PPA merits can NOT be earned. The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter digital images to be judged relative to the 12 elements of a Merit Print for the purpose of critique and/or competing for awards. For more information on what judges are looking for, see: tcppa.org/Merit-Print

PrintCompetition.com: You may view live judging through Print Competition Game Day app on your computer, smart phone or tablet that will allow you to watch the judging as it happens. You will see the current image that is being seen by the judges and watch the results come in. The app automatically refreshes so you just sit back and watch. In addition to the current image being judged, you will also see thumbnails of the top 16, a list of the last 20 scores and a list of the next 15 coming up. With an upgrade to a Premium Membership, you get even more features such as past discussions and a database of searchable images.

Additional rules and information follow below and is also available at the printcompetition.com website, TCPPA association website or by contacting printcomp@tcppa.org


ELIGIBILITY

1.    The entrant must have captured and created the original exposure.
2.    Any entry which has been reproduced from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be judged, accepted, or displayed. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the Photographic Competition Committee, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law that entry shall be disqualified.
3.    The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere on the face of the entry.
4.    There is no limit to the number of entries may be submitted per entrant. Each image submitted counts as one entry.
5.    Entrant must have a model release on file for each entry submitted.
6.    No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor, speaker or workshop.
7.    The same subject may be in more than one of the entrant’s submitted images.
8.    Entries previously merited at any TCPPA or PPA International Competition are not eligible, including any image from a merited album.
9.    Entry media includes ONLY digital images.
10. No Late Entries will be accepted - please note the deadlines above.
12. Entry fees will be paid on PrintCompetition.com at the time you register.

NUMBER OF ENTRIES ALLOWED: You may submit any number of images.
DIGITAL ENTRIES: All digital files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4,000 pixels (20 inches at 200 ppi). Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. Total file size should not exceed 10 MB.


AWARDS

Please read carefully as we have added new awards for 2020. 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'.

 1. TCPPA Senior Photographer of the Year* - highest scoring case (case = four images ) of male or female images chosen by our panel of judges. Given to the photographer having the highest scoring case for their senior images. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.

 2. TCPPA Wedding Photographer of the Year* - highest scoring case (case = four images ) in Wedding category. Given to the photographer having the highest scoring case for their images in the bride/groom/couple/wedding ceremony/wedding candid category. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.

 3. TCPPA Beauty/Boudoir Photographer of the Year* - highest scoring case (case = four images ) of male or female images (glamour, pin up, boudoir) chosen by our panel of judges. Given to the photographer having the highest scoring case for their beauty/boudoir images. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.

 4. TCPPA Children's Photographer of the Year* - highest scoring case (case = four images ) of male or female child (age 1 year to 16 years) images chosen by our panel of judges. Given to the photographer having the highest scoring case for their senior images. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.

 5. TCPPA Baby Photographer of the Year* - highest scoring case (case = four images ) of male or female baby images (newborn to 11 months) chosen by our panel of judges. Given to the photographer having the highest scoring case for their newborn images. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.

 6. TCPPA Family Photographer of the Year* - highest scoring case (case = four images ) of family (3 or more people including at least one adult and at least one child) images chosen by our panel of judges. Given to the photographer having the highest scoring case for their family images. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.

 7. TCPPA Illustrative/Commercial Photographer of the Year* - highest scoring case (case = four images ) of iIllustrative or commercial images (fine art, abstract, architectural, creative) chosen by our panel of judges. Given to the photographer having the highest scoring case for their illustrative/commercial images. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.

 8. TCPPA Nature/Landscape Photographer of the Year* - highest scoring case (case = four images ) of nature or landscape images (wild animal in an uncontrolled lighting environment, zoo animals, flowers, seascapes, cityscapes, and sunsets without people) chosen by our panel of judges. Given to the photographer having the highest scoring case for their nature/landscape images. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.

 9. TCPPA Pet Photographer of the Year* - highest scoring case (case = four images ) of domesticated pet images (animal portrait using structured lighting in a studio or outdoor environment where the owner or photographer controlled the animal) chosen by our panel of judges. Given to the photographer having the highest scoring case for their pet images. Both masters and non-masters are eligible.

10. TCPPA Non-Master Photographer of the Year - awarded to the non-master photographer having the highest average image case score (case = four images ) of entries in any category.

11. TCPPA Master Photographer of the Year - awarded to the master photographer having the highest average image case score (case = four images ) of entries in any category.

12. 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.

13. Best Senior Image - highest scoring single image of a male or female high school senior.

14. Best Wedding Image - highest scoring single image of a bride/groom/couple/wedding ceremony/wedding candid.

15. Best Beauty/Boudoir Image - highest scoring single image of a male or female in Beauty/Boudoir category.

16. Best Child Image - highest scoring single image of a male or female child (age 1 year to 16 years).

17. Best Baby Image - highest scoring single image of a domesticated pet images (animal portrait using structured lighting in a studio or outdoor environment where the owner or photographer controlled the animal).

18. Best Family Image - highest scoring single image of a family (3 or more people including at least one adult and at least one child).

19. Best Illustrative/Commercial Image - highest scoring single image of fine art, abstract, architectural, creative in the Illustrative and commercial category.

20. Best Nature/Landscape Image - highest scoring single image of a nature or landscape image (wild animal in an uncontrolled lighting environment, zoo animals, flowers, seascapes, cityscapes, and sunsets without people).

21. Best Pet Image - highest scoring single image of a male or female in BEAUTY category.

22. Best Master Artist Image - highest scoring single image in any category by a Master Artist.

23. Certified Professional Photographer of the Year - highest scoring single image by a Certified Professional Photographer.

24. TCPPA Photographer to Watch - top scoring image from a TCPPA member who has never entered a TCPPA image competition.

25. Judge's Choice - After all judging is completed, each judge will be able to select their favorite entry of choice.

26. TCPPA Top 10 Photographers - This will be given to the ten (10) photographers having the highest average image case score (case =4 images) of entries in any category.

* Minimum of 2 cases submitted by two different photographers in this category for a winner to be declared.
Must be a member of TCPPA to win awards except 'High Scoring Image by a Non-Member'.

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