The sponsor of
the WPPI 16X20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition is:
Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)
85 Broad St. 11th floor
New York, NY
Dates and Deadlines:
Open: November 18, 2013
January 8, 2014
EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 15, 2014
Film DVD's must be received by: January 25, 2014
Place on: March 1 and 2, 2014
be announced: March 5, 2014
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
$40 per entry
$60 per entry
Enter 7 prints
get an additional entry for free
Camera Artistry Awards
Enter 10 prints
get two additional entries for free
prints get three additional entries for free
$20 per entry
$30 per entry
$50 per entry
$65 per entry
Enter 4 albums
get an additional entry for free
$50 per entry
$65 per entry
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.
you must enter
electronically. Please visit www.wppiawards.com
to register. Once the
registration process has been completed, you will receive instructions to upload
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.
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.
have captured and created the original exposure within the last 24 months from
date of entry deadline, with the exception of the In Camera Artistry category.
Entries into the In Camera Artistry category must have been captured
within the last 5 years.
have been previously entered in WPPI 16 x 20 Print Competition and Album
Competition may not be entered again, with the exception of entries into the In
Camera Artistry category. Entrants may enter a maximum of 1 raw image per
year that has also been entered into another category.
studio signature or photographer name can be visible on the front of the image,
as the judging is all done anonymously.
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.
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
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. You may enter an individual photograph in the print competition as
well as include it amongst images featured in an album entry.
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 graphic 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
Rules may be
changed or modified without notice.
CATEGORIES AND CATEGORY SPECIFIC RULES
in the Wedding category must be made on the day that the
ceremony was performed.
bridal images not created on the wedding day will need to be entered in another
category such as Bride and Groom 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.
- Bride and Groom Together: Wedding day
Images of a
bride and groom created on their wedding day where they are the main focus of
- Bride or Groom Alone: Wedding Day
The bride or
groom is featured on his or her own.
- Bridal Party / Family and Friends
party are the main focus including images of family and friends.
photographs of a couple taken before their wedding day in non-wedding day attire.
- Wedding Details
the bride, groom, ceremony or reception are featured as the emphasis in this
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.
or more people.
- Children / Babies
to small children.
- High School Seniors
students for their high school portrait.
- Animals / Pets
pets and animals. 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
celebrate the beauty of the human form including nudes, lingerie and stylized
in the Photojournalism category NEED to have the original RAW file submitted
along with the entry. There can be no post production process applied other
than white balance adjustment or slight overall, global
No images will be allowed that have textures, actions or overlays applied to
it. 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
undirected, limited post processed wedding images.
- Non-Wedding Photojournalism
undirected, limited post processed non wedding images such as travel, street
that this is the only division where you may use more than one image capture to
create your finished print.
Any entry into
the Commercial subcategory of the Creative division must be accompanied by a
tear sheet or a web link to the commissioned end user application. Entries into
the commercial category must be paid work.
personal work of any nature (including Landscape, Nature, etc.) that does not
fit into other categories may be entered into the Illustrative category.
Commissioned work that is not Wedding and Portrait (domestic) in nature. Entries into this category must be paid work.
clothes, accessories, etc. are the main feature.
commissioned work of any kind including landscapes, etc.
An image that
is made up more than one capture to create the final print.
- Bride and Groom Together: Non-Wedding Day
Images of a
bride and groom 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.
subcategory of the album competition previously known as "Videography" is now
named Filmmaking and be eligible for a Grand Award. There are 2
subcategories to this division: "Wedding/Engagement Short Film" and
"Commercial/Illustrative Short Film." Submissions must be no longer than 5
The event or
the filming of the production must have taken place within 24 months of the
that only the camera operator may enter this category, not the director or
producer unless the camera operator is also the director and/or the producer,
This category is 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) will disqualify the entry. Logos are allowed when an entrant has created a film to advertise a product or service other than their own.
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
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.
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. 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.
Please note that there will no longer be a Grand Award for
the Premiere category.
– IN CAMERA ARTISTRY CATEGORY
in-camera artistry (sooc or straight out of camera) there will now be a
category for the purist photographer with no raw adjustments, retouching,
Photoshop, etc. allowed. Members may enter raw files where the embedded jpeg
will be stripped 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. This
category will not be eligible for a Grand Award as it is its own independent
category with no subcategories.
The In Camera
Artistry category allows entries that have been captured within the last 5 years
from date of entry deadline.
that for all other entries in all other categories, an entrant must have
captured and created the original exposure within the last 24
from date of entry deadline.
Please note that you may also enter a maximum of 1 raw image per year that you
have also entered into another category.
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
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.
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.
- Wedding (single photographer) Category
- Storytelling qualities
- Display quality
- Design creativity
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
album that is the result of the work of 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
sessions only. Single, multiple photographers or a studio may be credited.
- Event / Informal Category
non-wedding or engagement album: This includes, but is not limited to,
photojournalism, special projects, parties (not wedding receptions),
graduations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, etc.
be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE
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
is required for all prints and films entered into this contest with costs of
shipping to be covered by the participant.
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 or DVD that will be shipped to WPPI.
entry consists of an entry form (submitted online), an entry fee and the
uploaded digital files.
artistry entry consists of an entry form (submitted online), an entry fee and
the uploaded digital file.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Submissions - Print, Mount and digital file specifications
Image file specifications are:
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
See the example above for an acceptable 16x20
mounted print. Click the image to view it larger.
- 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
- No material may be added to the
front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.
- A digital reference file must be
submitted with each print entry. This file must match the submitted print
entry (image and presentation).
Jerry Ghionis explains the mounting process for prints entered into the WPPI annual print competition.
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.