PPWM Print Competition

This past Monday night, we had our annual PPWM (Professional Photographers of West Michigan) print competition. We had some very qualified judges this year and it was awesome to hear their professional opinions and feedback. This competition is also a big way for each member of PPWM to earn points towards the photographer of the year, and awards for top 10 photographers and to also prep for PPA (Professional Photographers of America) print competitions. 

Below was the criteria that was used for the competition: 

1. To be eligible to enter, you must be a member in good standing, and you must have paid your membership dues prior to the annual January print competition.
2. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure.
3. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere on the face of the entry.
4. The following items must not appear on the front of the entry: Title, name of maker, tape covering the title or name, awards, seal or ribbons. However, titles that are an integral part of the photographic image are permitted.
4. You may enter up to four prints.
5. Only fresh images please. You may not re-enter images from PPWM ANNUAL print competitions.
6. No two images of the same person or subject allowed.
7. No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment.
8. Print entries must be mounted on a standard mount material (double weight mat board, gator board, ¼” foam, or Sintra). Images on metal and mounted to another standard mount material, must have rounded corners. No mount that could potentially damage other entries or pose a danger to print handlers will be accepted. Masonite, glass, stretcher frames or conventional frames will not be accepted. Images of any shape and size are allowed but must be mounted on a mount board a minimum of 80 square inches to a maximum of 480 square inches, with the largest dimension no longer than 24". (Recommended mounting thickness is 1/8" to 3/8") 9. All entries must be titled. Not doing so will disqualify the entry.
10. No material may be added to the front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.

PPA rules and scoring will be used. Ribbons will be awarded as follows:
Prints scoring 80 and above will receive a blue ribbon
Prints scoring 76-79 will receive a red ribbon
Prints scoring 74-74 will receive a yellow ribbon
Prints scoring 70-73 will receive a white ribbon
A “Best of Show” ribbon may be awarded in the following categories:
(1) Portrait;
(2)Candid;
(3) Commercial
(4) Illustrative.
“Best of Show” is worth 20 points. If there is no blue ribbon print in a given category, a “Best of Show” ribbon may not be awarded for the category. The Board of 2004 decided NOT to award and “Overall Best of Show”.
Prints will be judged under the required 75-foot candles of light. (ISO 100, F16, 1 second) 

Below are the images that we entered. On all of our images, we scored in the above average category receiving challenges as well. One of our images ("My Final Resting Place") also received a merit in the Illustrative category which was quite an honor for us to receive. Please take a look at our images below. We had a wonderful time and truly value the time we shared there, as a great learning experience. 

Commercial Category: "A Quite Knowing Expression"

Commercial Category: "A Slice in Time"

Portrait Category: "Contemplation"

Portrait Category: "Under My Umbrella" 

Candid Category: "The Farewell"

Candid Category: "Made in USA"

Illustrative Category: "Dreams of Possibility"

Illustrative Category: "My Final Resting Place"


 

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