The West Texas Photographers Image competition is a PPA approved competition meaning that we follow all the rules and guidelines set forth by PPA and that our judges meet certain criteria to serve as jurors. This is a great resource to expand your skills as an artist. Cost is $40 for up to 4 entries and $5 for each additional entry with a max of 10. This year we are also offering critiques of your images for a flat fee of $35 per case.
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 2021 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. 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 format. File not to exceed 5MB.
4. Naming convention. Please name your entries as follows. firstname_lastname_imagetitle.jpg (ie, Jane_Doe_See_Spot_Run.jpg)
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 Thursday Feb 6th at 10pm 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 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.
Allison English Watkins- Master Photographer, Craftman & CPP has been creating portraits for more then 25 years. My family portraits have been published in Professional Photographer Magazine as well as the prestigious Loan Collection books. Some of my proudest awards are; PPA's Diamond Photographer of the Year, Intermountain Professional Photographer Master Photographer of the Year, as well as my Bachelor of Arts in Organization Communication. Serving as a judge for the International Photographic Competition constantly inspires me to reach new artistic heights. Receiving the National Award in 2018 was a career highlight because I truly treasure serving my photographic family and helping others along there own journey. When I am not creating portraits for my great clients you can find me adventuring with my husband and 3 awesome kids. We can be found exploring the red rocks of southern Utah, canyoneering, mountain biking, paddle boarding, hiking, going to concerts, traveling the world, or listening to the family play great music. If you call me in the early morning you'll most likely find me curled up in front of the fire place, tea in hand, and my best cat S'mores on my lap enjoying the mountain views of Park City, Utah.
Linda Long - Master Photographer, Craftsman & CPP. Fifteen years ago Linda started a photography business on a whim. Her hobby quickly grew into a full time endeavor and has grown into the premier Tallahassee portrait and wedding studio. Linda is the FPP Competition Manager and an IPC juror in training. She has earned: 2017 FPP Photographer of the Year, The Becker Award, five time Florida Top Ten Photographer, six time Tallahassee Photographer of the Year, and lots of other accolades for her work.
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
Teri Whittaker- Master Photographer, Craftsman & CPP. Teri is an award winning photographer. She is a 4 time medalist in IPC, havi achieved Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum medal standing. She is a CPP and has received both her Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from the Professional Photographers of America.
Additionally, she has served on the Professional Photographers Guild of Houston (PPGH) board since 2012 and currently serves as PPGH’s Executive Director. Teri also served as a Councilor-at-Large for the Texas Professional Photographers Association 2019.
Teri is a wife, a mom, and a mia (her grandmother name as she did not want to be called grandma). She and her family have had the opportunity live in places such as Alaska and Africa, and to travel much of the United States.
These days Teri primarily does general portraiture (people and pets), …….and…..photographs a whole lot of flowers….
….and she loves, loves, loves Thai food.
Steve Kozak- Master Photographer.
West Texas Photographers. WTP is owned and operated by the South Plains Professional Photographers Association.