Each year we have an annual Salon Competition. 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.
TWELVE ELEMENTS TO MERIT AN IMAGE
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 printcompetition.com.
ENTRIES: A total, not to exceed twelve images, may be entered by one photographer per salon judging. However, only eight images can count for merits. For any additional entries past the first eight, select the "Score Only" category in the dropdown menu on printcompetition.com when creating these particular entries. Pay the additional entry fee for those images to obtain scores and critiques only. It is VERY important that you place them in this "score only" category. However, for the "score only" images, include the photography category at the end of the title name so judges will know what category you want your images to be judged. For example, "Little Boy Blue_ portrait".
Images previously entered in BPPA Salon Competitions that have merited are not to 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 version of the same image.
IMAGE SUBMISSION: Go to printcompetition.com and 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 a slew of added benefits. After creating the account click the BPPA logo. Click the CREATE NEW ENTRY button. Here it will ask you if you are a member or non-member, so select accordingly. If you are a member and wish to enter additional images to be judged, please start a new session and select non-member for those additional images.
MEMBERSHIP FEE AND ENTRY FEE: The standard membership fee is $12 per year, and the premium membership fee is $16 per quarter. In addition to the membership fee, the entry fee is $3.50 per image. Compute the total based on the amount of entries submitted. Payment for both the membership fee and entry fee is made online at printcompetition.com through PayPal. Payment can be made through your PayPal account or with your credit card.
ENTRY DEADLINES: The deadline for entering your images is always the day of salon at 6:00 am. When you click on BPPA, the deadline date will be posted on printcompetition.com.
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 maker in one of the seven categories listed on the entry form. They may be listed in a different 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: Image file must be 4000 pixels on the long side. Any ratio/dimension is acceptable. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB 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 of 4,000 pixels (20 inches at 200 dpi), have an embedded color profile of either sRGB 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