2015 WPPI 16X20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Rules


SPONSORS
The sponsor of the WPPI 16X20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition is:

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)
Emerald Expositions
85 Broad St. 11th floor
New York, NY 10004

WHEN
Important Dates and Deadlines:

Entry Uploads Open: November 24, 2014
Entry Uploads Close: January 14, 2015
Entry Uploads EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 21, 2015*
(*Incurs a $10 late fee per entry)
Prints and Film DVD's must be received by: January 25, 2015
Judging Takes Place on: February 28 and March 1, 2015
Winners will be announced: March 4, 2015

WHO MAY ENTER
The competition is open to members and non-members of WPPI from anywhere in the world except where prohibited by law. Please note that members receive a substantial discount for their entries.

If you would like to join and enjoy a member discount on the cost of the contest, please go to www.wppionline.com/membership


COST
Prints
WPPI Members: $40 per entry
Non-members: $60 per entry

Quantity discount
Enter 7 prints get an additional entry for free
Enter 10 prints get two additional entries for free
Enter 15 prints get three additional entries for free

In Camera Artistry Awards
WPPI Members: $20 per entry
Non-members: $30 per entry

Albums
WPPI Members: $50 per entry
Non-members: $65 per entry

Quantity discount
Enter 4 albums get an additional entry for free

Filmmaking
WPPI Members: $50 per entry
Non-members: $65 per entry

Quantity discount
Enter 1 film get an additional entry for free

There is no limit to the amount of entries one can submit. Only the top four scoring entries will contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation.

Please note: prices listed above are only valid until January 14. 2015. After that date, the prices for each submission will increase by $10.

HOW TO ENTER
First you must enter electronically. Please visit www.wppiawards.com to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive instructions to upload your images.

Second after completing the upload process, you must print a copy of your entry form, attach it to the back of your print or film media and ship it to WPPI.

Send your prints to:
Emerald Expositions - WPPI
ATTN: Jason Groupp 85 Broad St. 11th floor
New York, NY 10004 USA

If you would like to have your prints returned to you, you may purchase shipping credits during the online submission process. Prices are based on the quantity of prints being returned to you and your geographic location. Prints will be returned via Fed Ex.

GENERAL RULES

Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure within the last 24 months from date of entry deadline. The only exception to this rule is that you may enter a maximum of 1 entry in the annual awards that is older than 24 months.

Entries that have been previously entered in the WPPI Annual 16 x 20 Print, Album and Filmmaking may not be entered again.

No identifying studio signature or photographer name can be visible on the front of the image, as the judging is all done anonymously.

Each image entered may be submitted in only one category with the exception of an entrant also being able to enter one image (maximum) into the In Camera Artistry category that has been entered in another category.

All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering must be done by the entrant or under their direct supervision. You may use a digital artist to retouch and print your work. In other words, you may instruct your digital artist and say something like: "Bring out more details in the shadows and highlights, increase saturation, add a soft vignette, nip tuck the bride's belly and remove the cigarette from the ground," rather than saying, "I'll send you the file and please interpret the image the way you want. Hoping for a Gold."

No two entries shall be of the same subject, in the same location, in the same category or resemble any other of your entries. Each entry shall be unique to your other submissions. For example, you may enter an image of a full length portrait of the bride at a park AND a close up portrait in a different area of the park. You may not however enter a full length portrait of a bride standing near a tree holding her flowers at her waist and then enter an image of the same bride near the same tree with similar cropping with a slightly different pose. A strong entry might lose its appeal with a similar looking entry. Simply choose the strongest image. You may enter an individual photograph in the print competition as well as include it amongst images featured in an album entry.


No images taken at a workshop or seminar or under the guidance of an instructor are eligible to be entered into the competition. Only the images made by the instructor can be entered in the appropriate category.

Entries into the Wedding, Portrait and Photojournalism divisions must have been created from one single capture (with the exception of multiple exposures of the same subject matter to achieve HDR, for example, in the Wedding and Portrait divisions). Composite entries are only allowed in the appropriate category of the Creative division. Head, face or body part swaps, etc. from a different exposure are allowed in the Wedding and Portrait divisions, but not the Photojournalism division.

Each entry must be 100% photographic in origin and captured by the entrant. No stock images such as skies, a tree, a building, illustrations, etc, or any element not created by the entrant are allowed. Texture screens are allowed on images except in the Photojournalism division. Non-photographic filters and actions produced by third parties that enhance characteristics of an image but do not add elements to an image are permitted in all divisions except the Photojournalism division. Non-photographic elements like text, patterns, frames and motifs are only allowed in Album division and all categories in the Creative division.
WPPI has the right to disqualify or recategorize any entry if it does not meet our basic requirements.

Please note: Historical photos or artistic elements not created by the artist that are visible in an entry are allowed if they are used only to provide context to a story or theme without misrepresenting them as the entrant's work. This rule applies to album submissions as well but images as mentioned above cannot exceed 20% of the album submission.

If an entrant is proven to knowingly break the rules for an unfair advantage, the entrant will be banned from entering the competition for 1 year and 10 points will be deducted from their Honors of Excellence designation.

Rules may be changed or modified without notice.


CATEGORIES AND CATEGORY SPECIFIC RULES

WEDDING DIVISION
Images entered in the Wedding category must be made on the day that the ceremony was performed.

All other bridal images not created on the wedding day will need to be entered in another category such as Wedding Couple Together: Non-Wedding Day or Bride or Groom Alone: Non-Wedding Day, both of which are found in the Creative division.

The photographer or photographers must have been officially commissioned by the subjects to record their event. Second shooters who have been contracted by the main photographer and/or the subjects may enter their images as well. A second shooter may not enter an image where the main photographer directed or posed the subjects.

  • Wedding Couple Together: Wedding Day
    Images of a wedding couple created on their wedding day where they are the main focus of the image.
  • Bride or Groom Alone: Wedding Day
    The bride or groom is featured on his or her own.
  • Bridal Party / Family and Friends
    The bridal party, family and/or friends are the main focus.
  • Wedding Details
    Accessories shots of the bride, groom, ceremony or reception are featured as the emphasis in this category.

PORTRAIT DIVISION
Entries into this category may be commissioned or noncommissioned. This category can include portraits both posed and moment-based. These portraits may include corporate, travel, creative and interpretive portraits. The portraits may be studio based or environmental.

  • Individual
    Featuring a single person.
  • Group / Families
    Featuring 2 or more people.
  • Newborn
    Newborn babies from 0 to 1 year old.
  • Children
    Children from 1-12 years old.
  • High School Seniors
    Photographs of students for their high school portrait.
  • Engagement
    Any photographs of an engaged couple taken before their wedding day in non-wedding day attire.
  • Animals / Pets
    Images of pets, animals and insects. The pet's owner or a human may be in the photograph but the animal must be a main feature of the image.
  • Beauty / Boudoir
    Portraits that celebrate the beauty of the human form including nudes, lingerie and stylized images.

    PHOTOJOURNALISM DIVISION
    Images entered in the Photojournalism category NEED to have the original RAW file or original Jpeg file submitted along with the final entry. There can be no post production process applied other than white balance adjustment or slight overall, global changes. Localized dodging and burning is allowed (as per conventional wet darkroom techniques). Altering individual pixels within an image is not allowed (e.g., liquefying, spotting, healing, cloning etc.). Global sharpening is allowed. Localized sharpening is not allowed. Split tones are not allowed. HDR effects are not allowed. No images will be allowed that have filters, textures, actions or overlays applied to it. Cropping is allowed. Removing sensor dust spots is allowed. Images entered in the PJ category cannot be posed or coached by the photographer or assistants. A PJ image is one that needs to be captured with no interference from anyone and should reflect a moment in time that was simply captured but not created. If these guidelines are not met, your image will be moved to another category that fits it best. The decision of the jury chairman will be final and not open to discussion with the maker.

    • Wedding Photojournalism
      Unposed, undirected, limited post processed wedding images.
    • Photojournalism
      Non-Wedding unposed, undirected, limited post processed non wedding images such as travel, street photography, etc.

    CREATIVE DIVISION
    Please note that this is the only division where you may use more than one image capture to create your finished print (with the exception of images for either the Wedding or Portrait where more than one capture is allowed).

    Entries into the commercial category must be paid work. Any entry into the Commercial subcategory of the Creative division must be accompanied by a tear sheet, web link or job invoice of/for the commissioned end user application.

    Non-commissioned, personal work of any nature that does not fit into other categories may be entered into the Illustrative category.

    • Commercial
      Commissioned work that is not Wedding and Portrait (domestic) in nature. Entries into this category must be paid work.
    • Landscape
      Commissioned or self commissioned images of nature or urban landscapes of an area or scene. The human form may be visible but the scene must be the main focus of the image. WPPI has reintroduced the Landscape category. If this category is not well represented in 2015 then it may not be a permanent category.
    • Fashion
      Images where clothes and accessories are the main feature.
    • Illustrative
      Self commissioned work of any kind.

    The Composite category within the Creative Division is now split into 2 new categories where composites are allowed:
    • Wedding Contemporary
      A wedding image that is made up of more than one capture to create the final print and/or more freedom is given to the entrant to enter wedding images beyond the rules of the wedding division. Images entered in this category must be photographed on the day the ceremony was performed.
    • Portrait Contemporary
      A portrait image that is made up of more than one capture to create the final print and/or more freedom is given to the entrant to enter portrait images beyond the rules of the portrait division.

    • Wedding Couple Together: Non-Wedding Day
      Images of a wedding couple (married or to be married) not created on their wedding day where they are the main focus of the image.
    • Bride or Groom Alone: Non-Wedding Day
      The bride or groom on their own not created on their wedding day (married or to be married).

    FILMMAKING DIVISION
    There are 2 subcategories in this division: "Wedding/Engagement Short Film" and "Commercial/Illustrative Short Film." Submissions must be no longer than 5 minutes. NO exceptions.

    The event or the filming of the production must have taken place within 24 months of the entry date. The only exception to this rule is that you may enter a maximum of 1 entry in the annual awards that is older than 24 months.

    Please note that only the camera operator(s) may enter this category, not the director or producer unless the camera operator is also the director and/or the producer, etc.

    You may enter a film that has been filmed by more than one person. An entrant can elect to allocate up to half their points awarded from their multi-maker film award entries to other contributor(s) in 1 or 1/2 point increments by notifying Brad Kuhns (Technical Director) of the allocation. Only the entrant or designee by the entrant can be awarded the Grand Award and its respective 5 points to their Honors of Excellence designation.

    These categories are NOT for self-promotional films of an entrant's studio. Any identifying information such as studio logos, signatures, names or images/video of the entrant(s), end credits etc. will disqualify the entry. Logos are allowed when an entrant has created a film to advertise a product or service other than their own in the Commercial/Illustrative Short Film category.

    Photographic still images may be used in the production of your film entry but motion footage must make up over 50% of the final entry.

    • Wedding/Engagement Short Film
      Entries into this category must be from a wedding/engagement shoot only and be no longer than 5 minutes in duration.
    • Commercial/Illustrative Short Film
      Entries into this category can be of any nature (tasteful) other than a wedding/engagement film and may be no longer than 5 minutes. It may be commissioned or non-commissioned work.

    PREMIERE CATEGORY
    The Premiere category is for first time entrants into a professional print competition, not just first time WPPI entrants. If you have entered any other professional competitions or hold a professional photographic degree from any association or organization, you must enter your work in one of the other categories, NOT Premiere. If you meet this criteria but are a seasoned veteran, in good faith you are encouraged not to enter the Premiere category. Prints entered in the Premiere category can be of any type that would fit into the other divisions and their subcategories, except for albums and filmmaking. All the prints are judged together in the Premiere category. First time entrants are not required to enter in Premiere. They may enter any Category. As with all entrants you may not enter the same image more than once, even in different categories.

    This category will not be eligible for a Grand Award as it is its own independent category with no subcategories.

    IN CAMERA ARTISTRY CATEGORY
    This category promotes in-camera artistry with images (sooc or straight out of camera) with no raw adjustments, retouching, Photoshop, etc. allowed. Members may enter raw files ONLY where the embedded jpeg will be extracted and judged digitally on a calibrated projector and screen to determine the In Camera Artist first, second and third place winners. Entries may be from any genre listed in the subcategories in other divisions.

    * Please note that you may also enter a maximum of 1 raw image per year that you have also entered into another category in the annual awards.

    This category will not be eligible for a Grand Award as it is its own independent category with no subcategories.

    ALBUM DIVISION
    Albums submitted into the Wedding Album categories must be from an actual wedding day.

    Entries are to be completed by an individual photographer or, in the case of the Wedding Category: Multiple Photographers, several photographers submitted under the studio name.

    Photos that are used as part of an album entry can be entered as individual photographic prints, but as with all images may only be entered in one category.

    Album entries will be loaded into a slideshow software program and shown on an LCD projector to the judges. No music or additional graphics may accompany the album presentation. A panel of qualified professionals will judge each album separately. Decisions of the judges are final and binding.

    Albums will be judged with the following criteria in mind.

    • Storytelling qualities
    • Impact
    • Style
    • Technique
    • Lighting
    • Posing
    • Expressions
    • Display quality
    • Composition
    • Salability
    • Design creativity

    - Wedding (single photographer) Category
    Any wedding album in which a single photographer is the sole shooter.  The entrant must have taken all of the images in an album submitted to this category.

    - Wedding (multiple photographers or studio) Category
    Any wedding album that is shot by multiple photographers or in which multiple photographers, or a studio consisting of multiple photographers, should be credited. Up to three names and/or a studio name may be credited.

    - Engagement Category
    For engagement sessions only. A single photographer, multiple photographers or a studio may be credited.

    - Event / Informal Category
    Any non-wedding or engagement album: This includes, but is not limited to, photojournalism, special projects, parties (not wedding receptions), graduations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, etc.

    IMPORTANT NOTICES

    Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
    Applicants agree that any entry, or part thereof, may be used by Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, Rangefinder or After Capture magazines in any part of their publications, affiliated publications, printed materials or electronic media, such as, but not limited to, their websites or their affiliate's websites.

    Mail-in entry is required for all prints and films entered into this contest with costs of shipping to be covered by the participant.

    Each print entry consists of an entry form, an entry fee and the mounted print that will be shipped to WPPI.

    Each film entry consists of an entry form, an entry fee and the CD, DVD or USB Drive that will be shipped to WPPI.

    Each album entry consists of an entry form (submitted online), an entry fee and the uploaded digital files.

    Each in-camera artistry entry consists of an entry form (submitted online), an entry fee and the uploaded digital file.

    Each submitted entry, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant, unless it is an album being entered into the "multiple photographers" category.

    By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted entry is an original work created solely by the entrant (unless it is an album being entered into the "multiple photographers" category), that the entry does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.

    Entries that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud, provided that entrants must be prepared to provide a release form as described below in Third Party Releases/Licenses. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close up of another person's art.

    If the entry includes other people, you must be prepared to provide a signed written personal release from all persons who appear in the entry submitted, authorizing use of the entry as provided below in Third Party Releases/Licenses. If you are unable to provide a personal release, upon request by Sponsor and in the form provided by Sponsor, then your entry may be disqualified. You do not need to send the release with your entry. If you win, we will contact you if a model release is needed.

    The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. The entry must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsors, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Entries deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.

    Online entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. Authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

    Although our crew will take every precaution possible, WPPI is not liable for any damage to the entries incurred during shipping or handling.

    WPPI reserves the right to prejudge entries before the convention to ensure the remaining entires be judged in the allocated time during the convention. All prejudged entries will receive the same respect and consideration.


    ENTRY SPECIFICATIONS


    Print Submissions - Print, Mount and digital file specifications
    1. Images may be submitted in any shape and size on a 16x20 mount board with a minimum image size of 10 inches (25.4cm) on the longest length. A border surrounding the image does not contribute to this length. The image size itself must be a minimum of 10 inches. The shortest length of your print cannot be less than 4 inches (10.1cm). The following sizes are examples of what is an acceptable entry: 8"x10", 7"x10", 4"x10", 11"x14", 4"x16" etc. The following sizes are examples of what is NOT an acceptable entry: 3"x10", 6"x9", 5"x7" etc. The only exception is for original Polaroid prints and Polaroid transfers where the medium dictates the size.
    2. If you have more than one image on the mount, then the combined length of the images must measure no less than 10 inches (25.4 cm) on the longest edge.
    3. Prints that do not meet these requirements will be judged but the score will not receive an award or be eligible for first, second or third place awards or Grand awards. A disqualified print will not hang in the winner's gallery at the convention and will not contribute points towards the Honors of Excellence program.

    4. See the example above for an acceptable 16x20
      mounted print. Click the image to view it larger.
    5. Print entries must be mounted on a standard mount material (double weight mat board, gator board, ¼ foam/6mm, or Sintra). Recommended mounting thickness is ⅛ to ⅜ (3mm to 10 mm). Float mounting is accepted at entrant's risk for damage. Images on metal and mounted to another standard material must have rounded corners and smooth edges. 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.
    6. No material may be added to the front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.
    7. A digital reference file must be submitted with each print entry. This file must match the submitted print entry (image and presentation).

    8. WPPI Competition Director Jerry Ghionis explains the mounting process for prints entered into the WPPI annual print competition.


  • Image file specifications are:
    1920 pixels by the longest dimension
    Resolution: 72 ppi or 300 ppi are acceptable, image is projected at 72ppi
    Mode: RGB color mode (even black-and-white images)
    Format: JPEG file format
    Color profiles: sRGB or Adobe 1998
    Untagged space for color profiles is acceptable.
    Not applicable for raw submissions.

    Download a Photoshop script that resizes your images to 1920pixels at 72ppi
  • If a print is submitted and correctly entered, the print will be judged.

  • VIEWING CONDITIONS FOR IMAGE REVIEW
    There will be a NEW system used to judge prints in 2014. The system is a daylight balanced GTI PDV - 2020E Desktop Viewer. Light intensity is equivalent to an exposure set at 100ISO at 1/125 of a second at f2.8. (2000 LUX, EV10, 5000K)

    SEND YOUR PRINTS TO:
    Emerald Expositions - WPPI
    ATTN: Jason Groupp
    85 Broad St.
    11th floor
    New York, NY 10004 USA

    *****PLEASE NOTE ADDRESS CHANGE! DO NOT SEND YOUR PRINTS TO OUR LOS ANGELES OFFICE! THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED THERE!*****


    ALBUM SUBMISSIONS - File Preparation
    Format for all album categories:
    Each album must be uploaded as JPEG images to the website. The maximum number of image files per album is 50. There is no minimum number of images, but each entry should tell a complete story. JPEG files should be saved at the following dimensions:

    Album image file specifications:
    1920 pixels by the longest dimension
    Resolution: 72 ppi or 300ppi are acceptable, image is projected at 72ppi
    Mode: RGB color mode (even black-and-white images)
    Format: JPEG file format
    Color profiles: sRGB or Adobe 1998
    Untagged space for color profiles is acceptable.
    Download a Photoshop script that resizes your images to 1920pixels at 72ppi.

    Image files may be of individual album pages, double-page spreads, or details of individual pages. All image files must be numbered sequentially, indicating the order in which they should appear (e.g., 001.jpg, 002.jpg, 003.jpg). All entries submitted as image files must be uploaded.

    Please note: Album submissions must be uploaded digitally only. You do not have to send your files to WPPI.

    PREPARING IMAGE FILES Image files may be prepared in either of two ways: The album may be photographed with a digital camera and the files saved to the specifications listed above. Or files may be generated directly from the album page-layout files. For example, if you use Photoshop to design and lay out your album, you could simply save the Photoshop page files as JPEG files to the above size and resolution specifications.

    PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ALBUM If you are photographing your album using a digital camera, consider these tips:
    1) Use a seamless or other photographic background (such as a canvas or hand-painted muslin) to provide a neutral and consistent background for your album.
    2) Use a tripod and align the camera back so you have an even horizontal base for your images.
    3) If you are not used to shooting copy art, shoot a few test frames to fine-tune your exposures and your lighting technique. It is essential that you reveal as much information (shadows, midtones and highlights) in your album images as possible and that the exposures be consistent throughout. Furthermore, it is important that exposure be consistent across the frame, from corner to corner, which means your lighting must be even from corner to corner with no more than a fractional f-stop deviation. Using a handheld incident meter is advised.
    4) You may shoot left and right hand pages together. You may, however, want to make a full-frame vertical image of special photos or details throughout the album. These add visual interest to your entry.
    5) Although you may shoot the album cover as an introductory slide, do not include the photographer's name or studio logo in the image.
    6) Any identifying marks, such as gold foil signatures or studio stamps, will disqualify the album.


    FILMMAKING SUBMISSIONS
    File Preparation
    The files must be saved as a .mov or .mp4 file encoded in HD at 1080P or a minimum of 720P.

    Please send files as electronic media such as a USB stick, CD-ROM or DVD with your receipt attached.

    Deadline for submissions is January 25, 2015—NO EXCEPTIONS.

    PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL BRANDING IS REMOVED! FILMS WITH BRANDING WILL BE DISQUALIFIED WITH NO REFUNDS. (Note: this also includes references to the filmmaker in opening or closing credits).


    Send media to:

    Emerald Expositions—WPPI
    85 Broad St.
    11th floor
    11th floor
    New York, NY 10004 USA
    ATT: Jason Groupp

    Digital media must be marked clearly and will not be returned.

    *****PLEASE NOTE ADDRESS CHANGE! DO NOT SEND YOUR PRINTS TO OUR LOS ANGELES OFFICE! THEY WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED THERE!*****



    JUDGING CRITERIA AND CONSIDERATIONS

    SCORE KEY DEFINITION
    100 Exemplary Best possible use of all skills and creativity: new, fresh and unique
    95-99 Superior Approaching the highest standard in imagination, creativity and technique
    90-94 Outstanding Exhibiting exceptional skills in all areas
    85-89 Excellent Very good use of imagination, skill and technique
    80-84 Above Average Good standard of professional skill, creativity and technique
    76-79 Average Average professional skill and technique
    70-75 Below Average Requires improvement in technique
    60-69 Below Average Not up to Professional Standards

    JUDGING
    • Qualified members of WPPI will judge prints in the competition for photographic artistry and craftsmanship. The decision of the judges is final.
    • Contest consists of a panel of judges reviewing prints on display and an averaged score being determined.
    • Winners will be selected by the judging panel at the end of the individual scoring round.
    • Once an entry has been judged, the score for that entry is final.  An entry can not be brought back to the panel and rejudged.
    • Decisions of the judges are final and binding.
    • Third, Second, First Place and Grand Award winners will be announced at the WPPI Awards of Excellence Ceremony held on Wednesday evening, March 4, 2014 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV. Plan to be present to celebrate with us from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.
    • A judge may not judge an image in which they have been directly involved in the postproduction of the image.
    • A judge may judge an image whose creator is known to them if they are able to submit an unbiased score.
    • A judge should not refrain from judging an entry where they assume they know the creator.  But they may step down if appropriate. An unbiased score must be given.

    LEGAL AND LIABILITY

    ENTRANT LICENSES/RELEASES
    If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.

    By participating, ALL ENTRANTS grant the Sponsors and their designees, licensees or affiliates (the Authorized Parties) a non-exclusive, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, display and post the entries online so that viewers may view all competing entries. All entrants into the Premiere category also agree to permit their print to be videotaped or recorded for educational purposes and/or for presentation online in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest. In addition, each WINNER grants to the Authorized Parties a license for use of his/her winning entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to, print or digital publication in Rangefinder® magazine showcasing the winners; and promotions related to the contest. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.

    THIRD PARTY RELEASES/LICENSES
    Winners authorize The Nielsen Photo Group to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with WPPI 16x20 Print Competition and promotion of WPPI 16x20 Print Competition, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to: publication in Rangefinder® showcasing the winners; exhibit of the work at the WPPI show; The WPPI 16x20 Print Competition live gallery; the WPPI 16x20 Print Competition Web site and on Rangefinderonline.com and wppionline.com; and in exhibits and promotions related to the 16x20 Print Competition.

    LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
    By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Rangefinder®, and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.

    Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Sponsors are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrants' or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.

    CONDITIONS
    This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.

    Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins that Sponsor may use each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law). All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.

    WPPI reserves the right to make changes to the above competition rules at any time without prior notice.

    RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST
    If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsors that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsors elect to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsors will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs and will return the entry fees.

    COMPETITION PRIZES AND AWARDS

    Grand award, first, second and third place winners of all categories will receive custom designed, engraved crystal trophies.

    Prints that score 80+ will receive downloadable, printable certificates that will be available in your member login area.

    An entry that scores:
    80-84 Receives a Silver" award
    85-89 Receives a Silver Distinction award
    90-95 Receives a "Gold" award
    96-99 Receives a "Platinum" award
    100 Receives a "Gold Distinction" award

    Every year, a member's top four scoring entries will contribute to their Honors of Excellence status.

    The top 5 scoring entries of each category will be rejudged to determine the first, second and third place winner.

    First place winners from categories within the Wedding, Photojournalism, Portrait, Creative and Filmmaking Divisions will be eligible to win the Grand Award in their respective divisions.

    Winners of all awards will receive a press release to be used to publicize their efforts and can be found in your member login area.

    Grand Award winners will receive a $2000 USD cash prize, a complimentary full conference pass to the WPPI 2016 Conference and expo and complimentary entry into the 2016s Honors of Excellence Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition (10 entries maximum).

    THE POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE REQUIRED TO EXECUTE THE FOLLOWING: (1) AN AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY AND LIABILITY RELEASE; (2) WARRANTY OF OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE; (3) PUBLICITY RELEASE; AND (4) ANY OTHER AFFIDAVITS AND/OR RELEASES OR ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED BY PRIZE SUPPLIER(S). UNLESS PROHIBITED BY LAW, THE POTENTIAL WINNERS MUST SIGN THESE DOCUMENTS NO LATER THAN 15 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION IN ORDER FOR SPONSORS TO AWARD THE PRIZE. NONCOMPLIANCE OR RETURN OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION AS UNDELIVERABLE MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION AND, AT SPONSORS' DISCRETION, SELECTION OF AN ALTERNATE WINNER.




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