Each year we have two Juried Image Competitions, or Salons. This is where the real learning comes in. Your images are judged by Photographers with years of experience. During the process, you find out what it takes to create better photographs. If your image scores 80 and above, it receives a merit. All merited prints are then entered again for the judges to deem for First, Second and Third Place in each category. An award will go to Best in Show.
There are twelve elements that determine a merited image. Each image will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior image will reveal obvious consideration of each one.
The Twelve elements the judges look for are listed below are in accordance to their importance.
COMPETITION RULES AND PROCEDURES
Please study and follow carefully. Not doing so will prevent judging of your entry. All entries must be completed online at http://PrintCompetition.com.
ELIGIBILITY: Any member of BPPA in good standing.
ENTRIES: A total, not to exceed twelve images, may be entered by one photographer per salon judging; only six images can count for merits and any additional images must be placed into the non-member category and those images are not eligible towards merits or awards. Images previously entered in BPPA Salon Competitions that have merited may not be entered again in Salon. No two images shall be of the same subject in a similar background, nor can you enter a color image and a black and white image of the same image.
IMAGE SUBMISSION: Go to http://PrintCompetition.com. If you are a first time user, you must register an account and buy a membership either standard $10/per year or $14 per quarter for a premium membership, which comes with many added benefits. After creating the account, click the BPPA logo. Click the CREATE NEW ENTRY button. For Additional images to be placed in the non-member category, please start the image name with “ NM_your title”
ENTRY FEE: Entry fee is made online at http://PrintCompetition.com through PayPal. Payment can be made either through your PayPal account or with your credit card. The entry fee is $3.50 each. You manually add up the total and submit that amount to be charged.
ENTRY DEADLINES: The deadline for entering your images is the day of salon at 6:00 am. The deadline date will be posted on http://PrintCompetition.com when you click on BPPA.
FILE NAMING: When submitting your entry, the title of your entry is your file name. Do not add your name, category or any underscores or put "?" in the entry title. Always SAVE a copy of your competition file to your computer.
CLASSIFICATION OF ENTRIES: Entries must be designated by the entrant in one of the eight (8) categories listed on the entry form (they may be listed in a different order order). If the chairman feels the entry is placed in an incorrect category, he/she or the judges may change the entry's category. Color and Black/White images will be judged together in all categories.
IMAGE PREPARATION: Create a new file in Photoshop with a black background that is 4000 x 4000 PIXELS (20 inches wide at 200 PPI). Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. The total file size should not exceed 7 MB.
ALBUM FILE PREPARATION: All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4,000 pixels (20 inches at 200 DPI), have an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire. An entry may contain up to 36 page/spread files. Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits (i.e., 01 jpg, 02 jpg, 03 jpg, etc.)
JUDGING PROCEDURES: Each salon will be judged by a panel of three qualified judges using FPP and PPA guidelines including point scoring procedures. The score of the three judges will be totaled and averaged for the final score. When a judge’s score varies 10 points or more from the average score, it becomes an automatic challenge and the photograph must be discussed and re-scored. A judge may initiate a challenge at any time.
SCORING: Prints are scored from 0 to 100 as follows:
100 to 95 – EXCEPTIONAL
94 to 90 – SUPERIOR
89 to 85 – EXCELLENT
84 to 80 – VERY GOOD
79 to 76 – GOOD
75 to 74 – AVERAGE
73 to 70 – FAIR
69 to 0 - UNACCEPTABLE