Competition Rules

2017 TCPPA - MNPPA Print Competition Rules

A Joint Image Judging Competition of the Minnesota Professional Photographers Association and the Twin Cities Professional Photographers Association

Print Judging Date: 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 30, 2017

Century College - 3300 Century Ave N White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Registration Deadline: 5 pm Friday January 27, 2017 @

Delivery/Ship in start date: January 12, 2017 (All entries being physically delivered, shipped or mailed need to be sent so as to arrive at the address below no later than 4 pm Friday, January 27, 2017.)

Entry Fee:

  • $10 per entry (TCPPA/MNPPA Members) | $15 per entry (Nonmembers)
  • $20 senior folio competition – see rules below
  • All images, whether prints or digital, must be pre-registered and pre-paid at by 5 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017.

IMPORTANT Please read the following print rules carefully.

Your may enter either prints or digital images. For this year, only print entries will be eligible for TCPPA, MNPPA, Student and Vendor awards. All images, whether prints or digital, must be pre-registered and pre-paid at by 5 p.m. Friday, Friday, January 27, 2017. 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.

Shipping Information: If you are shipping your cases, they must be dropped off or shipped to arrive at the following address by 4 pm Friday, January 27, 2017.

     Lisa Asp – Print Chair
     Tangerine House of Design
     6129 France Avenue South
     Edina, MN 55410

Additional rules and information follow below and is also available at the website, association websites or by contacting Print Chair Lisa Asp at or 952-303-3619

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic or digital prints, CD albums, and/or traditional albums 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, see:

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. These rules pertain to images created by traditional photographic processes as well as those captured electronically with a digital camera or scanner.

This competition is open to anyone. Awards will only be given for physical (print) entries, with the exception of album entries per association rules. Digital entries will be scored but are not eligible for awards. Only current members of TCPPA or MNPPA are eligible for Association and Vendor awards. Senior folios may be entered either digitally or physically by anyone, but only TCPPA members will be eligible for folio awards. As mentioned earlier, ALL entries must be pre-registered and the entry fee pre-paid at by 5 pm Friday, January 27, 2017. You may view live judging through the Print Competition Game Day app on your computer, smart phone or tablet that will allow you to watch the judging as it happens (audio is not available). You will see 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 up. For an additional fee, you can upgrade to apps that give you even more features. Note: there is no audio with the online judging, so we recommend you attend live judging if possible to hear the judge’s remarks.

Questions: Contact Print Chair Lisa Asp at or 952-303-3619.

Student Entrants: In order to qualify for the student awards, the entrant must be enrolled in a college or post-secondary school within the confines of Minnesota region. A full time student must carry 12 semester hours. Students are eligible to qualify for student awards provided that they are also: a) a member of MNPPA and/or TCPPA, and b) have complied with official rules. Student entrants are not eligible for Vendor awards or for any other MNPPA or TCPPA awards but qualify for the Student of the Year Award.


  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 art work 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. These may be a combination of prints and albums. Each print and/or album submitted counts as one entry. You must enter at least three prints/albums in order to be eligible for photographer of the year awards.
  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, MNPPA or PPA International Competition are not eligible, including any image from a merited album.
  9. Entry media includes photographic prints, folios, albums, digital albums or digital images.
  10. The print committee is not responsible for possible handling damage to entered submissions.
  11. No Late Entries will be accepted - please note the deadlines above.
  12. Entry fees will be paid on at the time you register. Labels should be printed directly through and adhered to the back of each print.


  • Portrait: Portrait photographs of any person or group of people. Bridal and Wedding portraits are not eligible.
  • Wedding/Candid: All photographs pertaining to brides, weddings or social events.
  • Illustrative/Unclassified: Pictorials, scenic, graphic art, pets or any subject matter with a creative theme should be entered in this category. Images that have been highly retouched or enhanced, including images of people, using digital methods or images that have been creatively altered using digital filters should also be entered in this category. Commercial or industrial entries should also be entered under this category.
  • Event Album: Albums containing any subject matter from time-sensitive events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc.
  • Non-Event Album: Albums containing any non-event subject such as portraits and storytelling albums.
  • Senior Folio: High school senior portraits showcasing at least 8 images from a single session. See additional information below. This category is open to anyone, but only TCPPA members are eligible for awards.

The print chairperson and/or board have the right to question the category of any entry. The judges have the option to change the classification and their decision is final.

NUMBER OF ENTRIES ALLOWED: You may submit any combination of albums or individual images. Seniors Folios is an additional category and does not count as a print case entry for awards. There is an additional entry fee the senior folio category.


  1. Sizes: Entrants may submit printed images of any shape and size on a mount board with a minimum of 80 square inches (8x10) to a maximum of 480 square inches (20x24) with the largest dimension no longer than 24 inches. Traditional competition size has been 16x20, but non-traditional sizes are now acceptable within the dimensions stated above.
  2. Mounting: Print entries must be mounted on standard mount material (double weight mat board, gator board, ΒΌ" foam, or Sintra). "Float" mounting is accepted at the entrant’s risk for damage.
  3. An identical jpeg copy of the printed image must be uploaded to at the time you register your competition entries.
  4. Images on metal and mounted to another standard material must have rounded corners and smooth edges. No mount that could potentially damage other entries or pose a danger to print handlers will be accepted. No material may be added to the front or back of any entry that may damage another entry.
  5. Masonite, glass, stretcher frames or conventional frames will not be accepted.
  6. Use the official entry form and affix the official print label to the back of each print.
  7. Adhere vendor award eligibility labels to the back of your print.


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.


  1. Album entries may be submitted in the form of a Traditional Album or a Digital Format Album.
  2. There are 2 album entry categories - events and nonevents.
  3. Events: Use this category for time-sensitive events such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc.
  4. Non-events: Use this category for portraits and storytelling albums.
  5. NOTE: Multi maker and single maker albums will be judged as one category.


  1. Album covers must be between 63-400 square inches.
  2. No multiple volume albums are allowed.
  3. Any studio identification or entrant’s name in the traditional album must be covered.
  4. Include the album label with your entry.
  5. Even if you are entering a traditional, printed album, you must upload a digital file to at the time you register your entry. This is for the purposes of watching the competition as it happens on the Game Day app from See the specs below for digital album entries.


  1. Digital album entries must be uploaded to the site as a single ZIP file.
  2. All files must contain color space sRGB JPEG at quality setting 10.
  3. Each canvas/file may be a single album side or a spread with as many images as you desire.
  4. Any album may contain up to 36 "Canvas Files" and should be named in the appropriate order as follows: Johnson_file01.jpg, Johnson_file02.jpg, etc.
  5. Canvas/file01.jpg MUST be blank – filled with BLACK.
  6. Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.


  1. To quality for TCPPA’s Senior Photographer of the Year award, you must enter one male and one female senior folio. Anyone may enter this judging, but only TCPPA members are eligible for awards.
  2. Folios may be traditional or collage style design, with a minimum of 8 images. Size of folios is up to 12x24, including the outer edges of the cover, no larger.
  3. Folios will be judged under the competition lighting standards and by the same panel of selected print judges. They will be judged relative to the 12 Elements of a Merit Print & under the same scoring system as print or album entries.
  4. Seniors Folios is an additional category and does not count as a print case entry. There is an additional entry fee of $10 per folio for the senior folio category.

Only printed entries are eligible for awards as per rules defined above. View the awards to be presented here - 

Any questions pertaining to the rules or the competition may be directed to Lisa Asp: | 952-303-3619

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