WPPI—HONORS OF EXCELLENCE

The program's main goal is to encourage excellence, educate photographers and motivate them to be constantly committed to their craft by entering the competition and to be recognized by their peers for their achievements.

COMPETITION SCORING POINT SYSTEM
Awards are determined by the following scores:

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 "Gold Distinction" award
100 Receives a "Platinum" award

HONORS OF EXCELLENCE POINTS SYSTEM
Every year, a member's four top scoring entries will contribute to their Honors of Excellence status. These entries can be from the 1st and 2nd half online competition or The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition.

Any entry can be entered into both the online competition and the annual competition, but it cannot be counted twice. If an image is entered into both the online and the annual competition then the higher score will count towards your Honors of Excellence title. In most cases, over half of your points must come from the annual competition as detailed in the "Titles/Designations" section below.

As the top 4 scoring prints from the first and second half competition and the annual competition contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation, this is considered a cycle. The cycle will be displayed as 2 years in the "My Points" section of this site. e.g. 2013 - 2014. The reason 2 years are listed is because The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition occurs in the calendar year following the First and Second Half competitions. Because of this NO images entered in the annual competition can be entered again in the following First and Second Half Competitions which occurs in the same calendar year.

Points will be awarded as follows:

For entries that score:
79 or lower No points awarded.
80-84 A member will receive 1 point towards their Honors of Excellence designation/title.
85-89 A member will receive 1.5 points towards their Honors of Excellence designation/title.
90-94 A member will receive 2 points towards their Honors of Excellence designation/title.
95-99 A member will receive 2.5 points towards their Honors of Excellence designation/title.
100 A member will receive 3 points towards their Honors of Excellence designation /title.

A winner of a Grand Award achieved from The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition (past Premiere Grand Awards don't count) receives 5 points towards their Honors of Excellence title. The entry that won the Grand Award will only receive 5 points. For example, if an entry received a silver distinction and then went on to win the Grand Award, then the print receives 5 points, not 6 points. In other words, the points for a particular entry do not accumulate if it also wins the Grand Award.

Please note that the winner of a Grand Award achieved from the first or second half online Members Only Competition does not receive 5 points towards their Honors of Excellence designation.

Grand Awards will only be awarded to categories that have multiple sub categories or whereby WPPI deems it is appropriate.

A multi-maker album entrant can elect to allocate up to half their points awarded from their multi-maker album 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.

TITLES/DESIGNATIONS
General rules:
Every year, a member's four top scoring entries contribute to their Honors of Excellence status. These entries can be from the 1st and 2nd half online competition or The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition.

Any entry can be entered into both the online competition and the annual competition, but it cannot be counted twice. If an image is entered into both the online and the annual competition then the higher score counts towards your Honors of Excellence title.

Titles:
When a member accumulates 5 points, they will receive an Associate of WPPI title. These points must be accumulated during a consecutive 4-year period. NOTE: These points may be accumulated from the 1st or 2nd half online competition, The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition or a combination of both.

When a member accumulates 15 additional points (for a total of 20+ points) the member receives a Master of WPPI title. These 15 additional points must be accumulated within any consecutive 6-year period after receiving their Associate of WPPI title. NOTE: A minimum of 8 points (out of the 15 points required for this title) must be accumulated from The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition.

When a member accumulates 15 additional points (for a total of 35+ points) the member receives a Double Master of WPPI title. These 15 additional points must be received within any consecutive 6-year period afterreceiving their Master of WPPI title. This motivates the veterans in the industry to continuously maintain their skills and expertise and gives them something to work towards. NOTE: A minimum of 8 points (out of the 15 points required for this title) must be accumulated from the 16x20 print, album and filmmaking competition.

When a member accumulates 15 additional points (for a total of 50+ points accumulated), the member receives a Triple Master of WPPI title. These 15 additional points must be received within any consecutive 6-year period after receiving their Double Master of WPPI title. NOTE: A minimum of 8 points (out of the 15 points required for this title) must be accumulated from The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition.

When a member accumulates 15 additional points (for a total of 65+ points accumulated), the membership received the Grand Master of WPPI title. These 15 additional points must be received within any consecutive 5-year period after receiving their Triple Master of WPPI title. NOTE: A minimum of 8 points (out of the 15 points required for this title) must be accumulated from The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition.

NOTE: In order to actually receive the Grand Master of WPPI, the member must have also received 5 gold awards or above and 1 Grand Award from The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition (past Premiere Grand Awards don't count) at some point during their time in the program. If they have not yet received a total of 5 gold awards and 1 grand award, then they retain their 65+ points indefinitely and from that point simply strive to achieve the missing gold or grand award to achieve their Grand Master of WPPI title.

The Grand Master of WPPI title holds a lot of prestige. It will be difficult to obtain because of the amount of skill and longevity that is needed to achieve it. But it is still attainable enough to encourage members to work towards that title. No one who earns this award will be unworthy of it—they will have earned it over a number of years and with consistently highest scoring prints.

NOTE: If a member wins 5 Grand Awards achieved from The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition (past Premiere Grand Awards don't count) during their time in the Honors of Excellence program, they automatically receive their Grand Master of WPPI title. Essentially bypassing all other titles if they have not yet achieved them. Think of it as someone playing basketball who then bounces the ball off two rooftops, then bounces it off the neighbor's fence and then gets into the basket with nothing but net. It's a very difficult achievement and will be an extremely rare occurrence but the rewards would be great, too, because a member bypasses everything and goes straight to Grand Master of WPPI. If a member wins 5 Grand Awards they are the master of the Grand Award, hence a Grand Master. This alternate way of achieving Grand Master status will hold as much prestige as achieving it by accumulating points.

Upon achieving the title of Associate and above, a member will receive a WPPI necklace that will hold each achievement token as it is earned.

The achievement tokens will be color coded and labeled as follows:

- The first token will be yellow and have the word "Associate" written on it. A member receives the yellow token when they receive the Associate of WPPI title.
- The next token will be red and have the word "Master" written on it. A member receives the red token when they receive the Master of WPPI title.
- When a member receives the Double Master of WPPI, they receive a second red token. Similarly, when they receive the Triple Master of WPPI, they receive a third red token.
- The final token will be black and have the words "Grand Master" written on it. A member receives the black token and a trophy when they receive the Grand Master of WPPI title. A Grand Master of WPPI also receives a lifetime membership to WPPI and receives a lifetime pass to attend the WPPI convention (this pass is non-transferable). If present, a Grand Master will be able to give a short speech on the awards night if they wish.


NOTE: You must maintain your WPPI membership for your title to be recognized.



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