The West Texas Image Competition wIll be held Monday Feb 25th, 2022. Registration is now OPEN!
We are excited to announce that we will have a judging panel consisting of PPA Approved jurors. 2022 Jurors are Dori Arnold, Kari Douma, Larry Lourcey, Chris Paulis, Pete Rezac and Allison Watkins. Cris Duncan is Jury Chair
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 head to head). For every entry, regardless of category or score, is eligible for random drawing of door prizes including a FREE PPA membership, Imaging USA 2023 pass, lab credits and more!
NOTE: For 2022 we will be using PrintCompetition.Com to host the virtual online competition. There is an $11 fee to join this service in addition to your entry fees.
*Only WTP members will be eligible for awards and prizes. All images, regardless of member status, that receive a distinction of West Texas Excellence will receive the WTP Excellence Challenge Coin. 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(merit) or more at a previous WTP or district or IPC competitions are not eligible for entry. It is permissible to enter an image from a previous competition given that the image has been altered or adjusted from its previous state.
3. All entries will submitted digitally. Must be 4000px on the long side, sRGB color space and JPEG 10. File not to exceed 5MB.
4. Naming convention. Please name your files as follows. Image1.jpg You will have a field to enter the Image title when submitting entries.
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 Friday February 25th at Noon CST
6. Any one may enter. You do not have to be a WTP member to participate. However, only WTP 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 following categories:
-Portrait: Image of a person or animal. Sub Categories include Individual Portrait, High School Senior, Animal(s) and Group
-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. Sub Categories include Scenic, FineArt
-Artist: 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.
Scoring: New for 2022
We will be following the PPA model of scoring with 6 Jurors
Images will be judged for Accepted/Not Accepted (Merit/No-Merit)
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.
Allison Watkins - Master Photog., Craftsman, CPP, lives in the mountains of Park City, Utah. She specializes in creating family portraiture to decorate and personalize her clients homes. Allison is an approved IPC juror and currently serves on the PPA board of directors.
Kari Douma - Kari Douma is a certified professional photographer in the West Michigan area and has earned her reputation as one of Michigan’s premiere wedding and portrait photographers. She owns and operates a retail studio in Grandville, Michigan, just outside of the Grand Rapids area. Her works have achieved both local and national recognitions, some of which include “Photographer of the Year” from Professional Photographers of West Michigan and “Imaging Excellence Award” from Professional Photographers of Michigan. Kari has also achieved “Silver Photographer of the year” and “Platinum Photographer of the year” from the Professional Photographers of America. Kari loves to give back to the photographic industry by serving on the PPA council, and also is a PPA juror for photographic competitions.
Pete Rezac -
Chris Paulis - Chris has achieved his Master of Photography, Master Artist, Photographic Craftsman as well as CPP. Specializing in Artist Restoration, Chris is a GIA Finalist 2019, 2020, 2021. GIA Winner, Artist Restoration, 2021. Currently a JIT, Chris has served on juries in a number of states.
Larry Lourcey - PPA Approved Juror since 2009. Member of the Juror Excellence Committee for the past two years. All-around nice guy. Larry currently serves on the PPA Board of Directors.
Dori Arnold - Dori is a Master Craftsman who has served as a PPA approve juror for over 20 years. Dori Operated a studio in Claremore, Ok. photographing children, families, high school seniors and weddings. With a staff of only 3 her volume exceeded $400,000 a year.
West Texas Photographers. WTP is owned and operated by the South Plains Professional Photographers Association.