NVPPA Image Competition & Evaluation * PPA-Degreed Judges * OPEN HOUSE * Learn!
October 16, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Meet & Greet / Registration / Room Setup: 6:15pm
Meeting Start: 7:00pm
Competition Duration (approx): 2.5 hours
End (approx): 9:45pm
Admission is FREE to NVPPA Gold Members, PPSGW, MDPPA, & BWPAA Members.
Non-Members: OPEN HOUSE! FREE!
Up to 4 Images: $20. Title: Digital Image Competition / Evaluation;
Enter a FREE Selfie (self-portrait)!
NVPPA Digital Image Competition & Evaluation
Rules for Submission - Categories - Judging - Scoring
Submission Deadline: Midnight, Sunday, October 13th, 2013.
"There's no better time than now to experience the benefit that many professionals credit with making them better photographers."
The NVPPA competitions will not only advance your photography expertise and skill to the extreme, but prepares you for gaining merits towards your PPA Master of Photography Degree (M.Photog.) which is recognized throughout the world. The judges scoring will allow you to "test" your images prior to sending to PPA to be judged for degree merits. NVPPA members will also receive points that will be recorded and tracked towards our Photographer of the Year Awards.
Competitions & Evaluations are a benefit of NVPPA Gold Membership.
Digital image files must be received by midnight, Sunday, October 13th, 2013.
Who is Eligible?
NVPPA Gold Members can attend this competition for FREE. BWPAA, MDPPA, and PPSGW official members can attend this competition for FREE as well. For all image entries, the image entry fee of $20 for up to 4 images applies
Non-members can save by joining NVPPA and attending this meeting as a benefit of membership.
We are a non-profit association. The image entry investments only offsetssomeof our expenses. We pay honorarium to our judges and host them for dinner. We invest heavily in specialized display hardware, calibration tools, and projectors -- joining helps us maintain the high quality programming we are known for, respects our profession, and its mentors.
The highest scoring entries may be published on this event post and website with NVPPA Gold Members having priority. By entering, you grant NVPPA the right to publish the images on its website and for use in other marketing materials. We will give you appropriate, visible credit, if published.
Any image entered must have been taken by the entrant. Editing, if performed by someone other than the entrant, must be under their direction. The resulting edited image should be true to the original or it may be re-categorized as an Electronic Imaging entry, and the original, untouched images will be required along with the resultant, final image.
No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment; this includesinstructional workshops, seminars, etc...Images in which another photographer provides assistance in the posing, lighting or composition (other than holding a light or reflector) are also not permitted.
Electronic Imaging is the only category where the source images do not have to be the entrant's but you must receive permission to use the source images and there must be substantial changes to them and/or to the resultant final image. See this document PDF by on Electronic Imaging by PPA:http://www.ppa.com/files/pdfs/articles/eicompetition.pdf.
No more than one entry of the same subject by any photographer will be accepted unless treatment of the subject is such that it produces an entirely different image.If your event is a wedding per se, then only one image of the bride can be entered. The final interpretation of this rule is up to the Competition Chairperson.
Checklist - Disqualification occurs if your image:
doesn't accompany a payment
exceeds the maximum file size
doesn't match the required resolution in any direction
is submitted without an accompanying entry form or if the form is not completed properly
violates the Image Qualification rules
(this section under review...)
Number of Entries, Types of Entries, Image Submission, & Entry Fees:
A maximum of 4 submissions is permitted per entrant. The entries may be distributed across categories as desired. Available categories are Portrait, Wedding, Illustrative, Commercial, and Electronic Imaging. No albums will be accepted for this competition.
To stay current with PPA, and digital photography & imaging, our rules are updated frequently. Even if you have already read the rules from a previous competition, please re-read them (in this event post) prior to submitting your payment. By submitting payment, you have read and agree to the rules.
Click the PayPal button below to remit your entry investment (up to 4 images):
Email each image, separately, to [masked]
Use a subject line beginning with "NVPPA-COMP: "<filename of attached image>. Do not type the quotes or the "<>".
We will award ribbons or certificates as follows:
* "Best in Show" for each specific Category of entry (Portrait, Wedding, Illustrative, and Commercial); this is the "judges choice" award and typically considers scores of 80 or above only. * 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places * Corner (Your image scored above an 80, but did not receive any of the above placings.)
Get Yourself Ready:
I am posting the information in this section as a help guide to direct you to more PPA tools...
For NVPPA competitions, the image criteria, and the judging mirrors the PPA competitions as much as possible. This gives the NVPPA member the background and experience needed to succeed at the PPA national level.
PPA members are eligible to achieve PPA Exhibition Merits toward the Master of Photography Degree. These rules pertain to images entered as prints created by traditional photographic processes as well as those captured electronically with a digital camera or scanner.
All images will be submitted as jpeg ".jpg" files.
No Logos, Copyrights, or Watermarks:
All entries must be anonymous to the judges, so please No Logos, Copyrights, or Watermarks on your images.
Image Size Specifications:
The judges' monitors will be set at a resolution of 1920-pixels-horizontal by 1080- pixels-vertical (16:9 screen ratio). All images should be placed on a square background (canvas) of 3840 x 3840 pixels. Your image can cover the entire surface or be a portion of the "canvas" along with pinstripes, strokes, mats, borders, etc...
The maximum file size is 5 Megabytes. Note that the jpeg image Quality setting (which adjusts the compression) may need to be reduced to bring the file size within the maximum. We recommend a JPEG quality setting of 10 to start:
Please note that pixels-per-inch or "ppi" can be ignored. Due to restrictions on display size, both Master Photographers and Non-Master Photographers must adhere to these same specifications.
First, watch the video above, "Profiles and Calibration". Digital images should be submitted in the sRGB color space. (export the jpeg as sRGB). We used the X-Ritewww.xrite.comi1Display Pro with the I1Profiler Software to calibrate the judges' monitors and the audience's projector.
A screen paste of Photoshop's Save As dialog with the sRGB Color Profile selected:
A screen paste of the I1Profiler Software settings for our monitors:
File Naming Convention:
To facilitate image sorting and identification, files must be named according to the following scheme. The digital image file name will consist of, in the following order, separated by the hyphen character, "-": the CategoryCode, the EntryCode, the photographer's MemberID, EntryNumber and an Image_Title. Individual words of the Title are separated by an "_" underscore character as a replacement for the space. All submissions must have a title. If you're not a member, use your 3-character initials.
All members, will receive, or have received, their MemberID by email. The subject will contain the word, Competition.
Do not put quotes or the plus signs in the filename.There should be no other special characters in the filename other than underscores and hyphens -- no punctuation, no periods, and in our example, no spaces. For Mac users, no ".Dat" or parantheses.
PG-12345-01-Little_Girl_in_Forest.jpg (Portrait, General, MemberID,Entry #01, “Little Girl in Forest”)
(Wedding, Master, Initials, Entry #02, "Under the Stars")
P – Portrait: Consists of Portrait entries.
W – Wedding: Consists of Wedding entries.
I – Illustrative: Consists of landscapes, pictorials, digital paintings and anything else, even people. Studio portraits and weddings are not appropriate for this category.
C – Commercial: Consists of commercial and industrial entries.
The Submission Rules may change as we progress to a formal PPA-sanctioned image and print competition.
We acknowledge our members from MDPPA that lent the framework and advice for the development of these rules. Thank you to Mark Gilvey, Michael George, and Philip Brasch for your contribution. Event, rules, and judge bookings posted and updated by Philip Brasch.
BIO, Ed Buxton, Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, CPP
BIO, Bert Pasquale, CPP
BIO, Roger Hammons, Master Photographer, CPP
BIO, Anthony Marill, Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, President PPSGW, CPP
BIO, James Roy, Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, CPP
BIO, George Singleton, President SEPPA, Master Photographer, Photographic Craftsman, CPP
Singleton Studios promotes the vocal and visual artistry of George Singleton. This website features the visual side of George Singleton's artistry.
A Certified Professional Photographer, George Singleton is President of Maryland Professional Photographers Association, (MDPPA), a member of the Board of Governors of Southeastern Professional Photographers Association, (SEPPA), Treasurer of Professional Photographers Society of Greater Washington, (PPSGW), and a member of Wedding Portrait Photographers International, (WPPI).
Additionally, George Singleton is in his second three-year term as one of two Councilors who represent PPA members living and working in the state of Maryland to the Professional Photographers of America Council. Recent Awards include Small Business of the Year, 2004, from the Greater Silver Spring Chamber of Commerce, (GSSCC); The Fujifilm MASTERPIECE AWARD for Portraiture, 2005; and his wedding album "Olumide and Doris" won a blue ribbon in a MDPPA monthly print competition.
George Singleton's work has been exhibited nationally and locally, including several PPA International Exhibitions, The Spectrum Gallery in Georgetown, Washington, DC and the Billy Graham Center for Sacred Arts in Wheaton, IL. Several of his images have graced US Air Force Band CD recording jackets.
BIO, Gil Jackson, Photographic Craftsman, CPP
Gil Jackson is an award winning photographer, mastering the creative art of photography to capture beautiful, high impact portrait and wedding images. He is fully a Professional Photographer and has been a member of the Professional Photographers of America since 1992 and joined the Maryland Professional Photographers Association that same year.
He began his career in photography in 1984, followed by opening of his studio in August 1987, shortly after photographing his first wedding. He has honed his technical and artistic eye by studying under some of the world’s best known wedding and portrait photographers.
Gil has a Photographic Craftsman degree and is a Certified Professional Photographer. He has chosen to share the knowledge that he worked hard to obtain, with up and coming photographers as well as other professional photographers. In 2006 he founded the F Stop Professional Photographers Association (FSIPPA) and is currently the CEO of that group. FSIPPA is an organization that has mentored many successful photographers in the MD/DC & VA area.
He is also a speaker & print judge who has spoken to & judged for many organizations in Maryland as well as nationally. Some of these organizations include other local PPA organizations.
Gil has emerged as one of the most talented photographers, winning awards both locally and nationally. He was one of the first photographers in the local area to embrace the digital revolution, excelling in graphic design and now owning a complete photographic design laboratory, including artwork for portraiture and custom designed wedding albums. He has merged the two worlds of photographic art and digital technology to present creative images that capture the precious memories and life stories his client’s desire.
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