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|
|90-94||Receives a "Gold" award|
|95-99||Receives a "Gold Distinction" award|
|100||Receives a "Platinum" award|
HONORS OF EXCELLENCE POINTS SYSTEM
An entrant’s four top scoring entries from each yearly contest cycle will contribute to their Honors of Excellence designation. The 2020-2021 cycle commences with the 1st and 2nd Half online competitions and concludes with the 16x20 Annual Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition, with live judging at the 2021 WPPI show. You may only submit entries from this year’s 1st or 2nd Half into The Annual competition. Entries from past competition cycles may not be re-entered.
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.
A maximum of 2 entries per year entered into the first half or second half online competitions may contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation and 2-4 entries per year entered into the annual competition may contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation.
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.|
THE ANNUAL GRAND AWARD WINNERS POINTS
A winner of a Grand Award achieved from The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition (past Premiere Grand Awards not eligible) receives 5 points towards their Honors of Excellence title.
The entry that wins 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.
A entrant from the multiple person album category can allocate up to half their points awarded from their award entries to other contributor(s) in 1 or 1/2 point increments by notifying WPPI. Only the entrant or contributor selected by the entrant can be awarded the Grand Award and 5 points towards their Honors of Excellence designation.
THE FIRST AND SECOND HALF GRAND AWARD WINNERS POINTS
A Grand Award received from the first and second half online competitions will not contribute towards the necessary Grand Award to achieve a Grand Master designation.
Grand Awards are only awarded to divisions that have more than one category or if WPPI determines it’s appropriate.
Associate of WPPI
Master of WPPI
Double Master of WPPI
Triple Master of WPPI
Grand Master of WPPI (Three Options)
65+ points and wins 5 or more gold awards and at least 1 Grand Award from The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition or
80+ points or
Win 5 Grand Awards achieved from The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition (past Premiere Grand Awards aren’t eligible)
The Grand Master of WPPI title holds a lot of prestige and honors years of dedication to the entrants craft and committed to growth. No one who earns this award will be unworthy of it—they will have earned it over a number of years and with consistently high scoring prints.
If a member wins 5 Grand Awards they are the master of the Grand Award, hence a Grand Master. This path towards Grand Master status holds as much prestige as achieving it by accumulating points.
Double Grand Master of WPPI
130+ points in total, the entrant receives a Double Grand Master of WPPI
(title including a trophy and a second Grand Master of WPPI token.)
Triple Grand Master of WPPI
(they receive a title and a trophy.)
Upon achieving a title an entrant will receive a WPPI lanyard and medallion on which they can place their earned tokens.
Titles and Token Colors
Double Master of WPPI: Red
Triple Master of WPPI: Red
Grand Master: Black
Double Grand Master: Black
Triple Grand Master: Black