The West Texas Image Competition will be on Feb 25th, 2019. Event is open to anyone and you do not need to be a WTP member to participate.
Once again, we are an approved PPA judging site which means that we follow the same rules and guidelines set forth by PPA. What this means for you is that the jurors have met certain criteria and you will receive valuable feedback on your images moving forward to state, district and IPC. Our panel will consist of 5 jurors and a Jury Chairman who are either IPC approved jurors or those who in the training process through PPA's judging course. *Awards will be given to the top 3 in each category and each entrant will be eligible for great door prizes from our vendors and sponsors. The competition will be recorded and posted following the conclusion of the West Texas Photo Fest event. Please read all the rules and criteria below.
RULES AND SCORING
Thank you for entering print competition. This is a great resource to expand your skills as an artist.
*Awards will be given for the top three images in each category along with a Best of show trophy for the Overall Best entry. (Judges will choose awards). For every entry, regardless of category or score, is eligible for random drawing of door prizes including a FREE PPA membership, Imaging USA 2020 pass, lab credits and more!
*Only WTP members will be eligible for awards and prizes. There is also an award for Best Image by a non-member. Join WTP here.
1. Entries submitted must be entrants own work.
2. Entries that have previously scored 80 or more at any other state or higher competition are not eligible for entry.
3. All entries will submitted digitally. Must be 4000px on the long side, sRGB color space and JPEG format. File not to exceed 5MB
3. For wedding, commercial, illustrative and portrait categories, all elements must be created by the entrant. Artwork and digital post-production are permissible in theses categories, including compositing, as long as all photographic elements used were created by the entrant.
4. Entries in the Electronic category may use any source image, even if the entrant did not create it and guide/reference images are mandatory and shall be visible on the entry presentation.
5. Deadline to enter is Thursday, Feb 21st, 2019 8pm CST
6. Any one may enter. You do not have to be a WTP member to participate. However, only SPPPA members will be eligible for awards and prizes. An award for Best Image by a Non-Member will be awarded.
7. Entrant may enter up to 10 images and each entry can be in any of the 6 categories:
-Portrait: Image of a person or animal.
-Wedding: Any image of a wedding party member, wedding couple or wedding event. Wedding images are to be captured during a commissioned wedding event. Engagement images need to be entered in the portrait category.
-Commercial: Image used for advertising purposes. Maybe food, product, architectural, aerial, editorial.
-Illustrative: Still life, pictorials and abstracts.
-Electronic: Composites, restorations, digital paintings. Guide/Reference images required on the entry.
-In Camera Artistry: Entries of any subject matter that have little or minimal post-processing applied. Exposure, Contrast, Cropping, Monochrome conversions, dodging, burning and color correction adjustments are allowed. No filters, extensive retouching, composites, stitches, HDR, pixel replacement or the like is permitted within this category.
80-84 MERIT (ACCEPTED)
75-79 ABOVE AVERAGE
65-69 BELOW STANDARDS
12 ELEMENTS - JUDGING CRITERIA.
1.) Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.
2.) Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.
3.) Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.
4.) Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.
5.) Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.
6.) Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The digital mats, key lines and borders used, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.
7.) Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.
8.) Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.
9.) Lighting —the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.
10.) Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.
11.) Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and digital artwork are part of the technique applied to an image.
12.) Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.
Carl is a down-to-earth, portrait photographer and photographic instructor. He is a Kodak-Alaris mentor and has been involved with professional photography for over 25 years. He is PPA certified, a master photographer, a craftsman with Professional Photographers of America and an international judge. He has won numerous national awards for his photography, including 29 PPA Loan Collections and several Kodak Gallery and Fuji Masterpiece Awards. Carl is the author of the book “Portraiture Unplugged” a guide to Natural Light Portraits and is one of the most sought-after instructors in the country because of his "hands-on" coaching approach. Carl prides himself on working hard to be prepared. He keeps up to date on new concepts but is not afraid to look back to the old. He diligently studies photography and art to give his guests and his students the best service he can.
Suzanne Deaton specializes in fashion inspired portraits of Kentucky Seniors, with a luxurious, model-like experience clients say is a highlight of their senior year! If she can do it in a small town, so can you! Suzanne contributes her growing business and client demand to image competition. An avid participant, Suzanne has been awarded the Kodak Gallery as well as Fuji Masterpiece award. Along with numerous POTY medalist years, Suzanne is also a 3 time GIA candidate and was the 2018 ASP State Elite award recipient.
Don Dickson Photography opened in December of 1977. For the last 40 years, Don and his staff have been providing outstanding photography to clients all over Texas. Don has a Master of Photography and a Photographic Craftsman Degree from the Professional Photographers of America. Don and his staff continue to provide the best in Wedding and Portrait Photography. Don has been asked to teach other professional photographers across the United States and Canada. He leads the largest PPA affiliated Photographic School in the world: Texas School of Professional Photography. Don is honored to also be Past President of the Professional Photographers ofAmerica
Lisa Dillon is a Master Craftsman Photographer and CPP from Portland Oregon. She is also a Fellow of Photography in Oregon. She is in her 15th year of business and specializes in family and personal branding photography. She is a past president of the Professional Photographers of Oregon and currently serves as the president of the Oregon Professional Photographers of Oregon and as a PPA Councilor for the state of Oregon. Lisa mentors several young photographers and teaches classes on Image Competition and on Developing a Healthy Small Business Mindset . In her spare time, she likes travel the world, hike in the beautiful Oregon forests, read as many books as possible and cook (and eat!) delicious food, preferably for a crowd of friends and family. As a child, Lisa watched her father develop black and white images in his basement darkroom and watched her own fascination with photography develop as well. Lisa continues to stretch herself in photography learning new skills and taking on new challenges. She uses Image Competition as a way to explore new ideas and build on personal projects.
Michael is the author of the popular speedlight photography books Shoot to Thrill and The Speedlight Studio (Amherst Media). Since 2001, Michael Mowbray has gone on to win many awards for his portraiture and was named a medalist in the PPA International Photographic Competition in 2011, 2012 , 2013, 2015, and 2018. He has had the highest scoring wedding portrait in Wisconsin eight times in the past decade, including Wisconsin Best of Show-Wedding 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He has won the prestigious Kodak Gallery Award five times, and the Fuji Masterpiece Award for Outstanding Wedding Portraiture three times. Michael has also been named one of the Top 10 photographers in Wisconsin multiple times and “Best of Madison” by the readers of Madison Magazine. www.michaelmowbray.com.
Melissa started her photography career at the age of 13 as the yearbook photographer. She worked at a portrait studio through high school and attended NWC in Powell, WY earning her degree in photography in 1998. Prior to opening her own studio, she went to work at a premier studio in Rapid City, SD. Shortly after becoming a CPP, Melissa set a four year goal to earn her Master of Photography degree on client portrait work and met that goal in 2015. During that time, she has won numerous state awards, 1st Place Senior Portrait for Western District, been in the Top Ten for Western District and has one ASP, six Top CPP, and five LexJet awards. She has also been photographer of the Year in Wyoming and Montana a combined seven times and up for Grand Imaging Awards twice. Her love for print competition landed her in the Judges Workshop this past August to start her journey of becoming a juror. She is excited to sit on panels among her peers and score beautiful imagery and make many new friends along the way.
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