NOTABLE CHANGES TO THE COMPETITION for 2018

There are many new rules for the 2018 WPPI Annual Print, Album and Filmmaking competition.

Below you will find out what’s new but PLEASE READ EVERY WORD on the main rules page before you begin preparing your entries.

Apart from some revisions and additions to the rules, there are 2 new divisions, 5 new categories and a brand new Studio of the Year award!

The new divisions are:

In Camera Artistry Division
There will be a wedding category and a non-wedding category.

Pre-Wedding Division
With this genre exploding in popularity, it now has its own home. There is a separate category for real couples and for models with no composites allowed in the Pre-Wedding Division but a separate category in the Creative Division for Pre-Wedding composites.

We now have a maternity category added to the portrait division and the High School Senior category has been renamed as “Teenager” and expanded to include teenagers ages 13-19.

THESE ARE NOT ALL THE RULES BUT ONLY WHAT’S NEW FOR 2018.


All entries now require that you also upload the original RAW or unedited JPG file. This allows us to verify that your entry is in the appropriate category and doesn’t break any rules.

Entrants may now enter photographs, albums or films that are older than 24 months. Your entries must still be unique and not resemble any other of your previous entries.

Images entered into the print categories may also be entered into the In Camera Artistry category. There is no limit on the amount of entries that can be entered into both a print category and the In Camera Artistry category.

In the submission process, an entrant MUST nominate the retoucher of their entry. Nominate yourself if you actually did the post processing.

No entry shall resemble any other of your entries within the same year of entry and/or look similar to an entry in previous years. Each entry shall be unique to your other submissions.

Using 2 exposures of the same scene to remove an assistant is allowed in the Wedding, Portrait and Pre-Wedding divisions, but not the Photojournalism division. Mirroring part or half of an image, cloning people or multiplying objects is not allowed in the Wedding, Pre-Wedding, Portrait or Photojournalism divisions.

If an entry consists of a series of images or a collage, then each image must be matted or framed separately and may be entered into the Wedding, Portrait, Pre-Wedding and Photojournalism divisions. This type of entry is not considered to be a composite. If you have more than one image on the mount, then the combined length of the images must measure no less than 10 inches (25.4cm) on the longest edge.

People/subjects that are featured in an image that has placed first, second or third in a previous 16x20 annual, print, album and filmmaking competition may be used and entered again by the same photographer but are not eligible to win a first place, second place, third place or Grand Award. The points that the entry scores will still contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation. This is to encourage entrants to photograph a diversity of subjects for continued growth. This rule does not apply to subjects that have won first, second or third place in the album categories.

Imagery that is deemed pornographic in nature by WPPI will not be allowed to be entered into the competition.

Entries must score a minimum of 80 to be eligible to win first, second or third place.

WPPI is not obliged to nominate a first, second or third place in every category if the entries are not deemed strong enough to represent the category.

Pre-Wedding Division rules:
Entries into the Pre-Wedding division must have been created from one single capture (with the exception of multiple exposures of the same subject matter to achieve HDR or focus stacking for example). Head, face or body part swaps, etc. from a different exposure are allowed. Using 2 exposures of the same scene to remove an assistant is allowed. Mirroring part or half of an image, cloning people or multiplying objects is not allowed in the Pre-Wedding division. COMPOSITES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE PRE-WEDDING DIVISION. Pre-Wedding images made of composites must be entered in the Pre-Wedding Contemporary category in the Creative Division.

The new categories are:

Pre Wedding Couple Together: Non-Wedding Day
Any photographs of an engaged couple taken before their wedding day or a married couple within one month after their wedding day in wedding, formal or casual attire. THIS CATEGORY IS FOR REAL COUPLES ONLY, NOT MODELS. Composites are not allowed into this category but may be entered into the Pre-Wedding Contemporary category within the Creative Division.

Bridal Couple/Models Together: Non-Wedding Day
Images of models that are consistent with the pre wedding genre in wedding or formal attire. Composites are not allowed into this category but may be entered into the Pre-Wedding Contemporary category within the Creative Division.

Bride Alone: Non-Wedding Day
A bride in bridal wear on her own not created on their wedding day or within one month after their wedding day. This category may include bridal fashion photography where models are your subjects. Bridal detail shots not created on the wedding day may be entered into this category. Composites are not allowed into this category but may be entered into the Pre-Wedding Contemporary category within the Creative Division.

Groom Alone: Non-Wedding Day
A groom on his own not created on their wedding day or within one month after their wedding day. This category may include bridal fashion photography where models are your subjects. Groom/masculine style detail shots not created on the wedding day may be entered into this category. Composites are not allowed into this category but may be entered into the Pre-Wedding Contemporary category within the Creative Division.

Teenager
Photographs of children from 13-19 years old. This category may include high school senior portraits, quinceanera and mitzvah portraits. 20+ year old subjects must be entered into the Portrait- Individual category. You may include multiple children ages 13-19 in this category where at at least one of the children is between 13-19 years old and the other children are younger but cannot be older than 19 years of age. Portraits of children from 13-19 years old which include siblings older than 19 years old and/or parents must be entered into the Group/Family category.

Here are the maternity category rules:

Maternity
Featuring portraits of pregnant women. This category may also include portraits that include a pregnant woman’s partner and/or their children..


Here are some refinements to the Boudoir category rules:


Boudoir
This category may include the exposed form including nudes, semi-nudes, implied nudes, subjects in lingerie and photographs that are consistent with the Boudoir genre including women in a robe, wearing her partner’s shirt, etc. Images entered into this category should be of a subject that keeps their partner in mind as the intended viewer to allure, be sexy, provocative and playful, etc. This category may include images featuring the exposed male form as well. NOTE: Studio fashion portraits, subjects wearing body paint and stylized portraits must be entered into the Fashion/Beauty category or another appropriate category. Couple boudoir may be entered into this category but must not show simulated sex. Maternity style boudoir must be entered into the Maternity category in the Portrait Division.

Some further clarifications to the Photojournalism rules:
Lens correction, straightening, perspective control, warping or skewing is not allowed.

Posing a subject and then something spontaneous happens does not qualify as a PJ shot. Asking a bride to walk down the stairs and then photographing her with no direction doesn’t qualify as a PJ shot. Setting up bridesmaids in pretty light and shooting with no more direction doesn’t qualify as a PJ shot. If these guidelines are not met, your image will be moved to another category that fits it best.

You may add a caption to a Photojournalism entry (wedding or non-wedding) to accompany your entry in the upload process to give your image context. The caption cannot exceed 200 characters and must not use any emotional words. The caption should typically answer the who, why, what, when, where, why and/or how questions. The caption should not state the obvious but provide information that the image cannot like explaining a cultural ceremony ritual for example. This will be read out prior to the entry being judged.

Creative Division changes:
Commercial category
Caption now required. You MUST add a caption to your Commercial entries to give your image context. The caption cannot exceed 200 characters and must not use any emotional words. The caption should typically answer who the client was and what the brief was and where the image was seen (like in a magazine, used for a website, for a band’s album cover, etc).. Refinements to the Fashion/Beauty category:

Fashion/Beauty
Images where clothes, hair, make up, accessories and the beauty of your subject etc. are the main feature of your entry. Please note that bridal fashion photography MUST be entered into the appropriate category of the Pre-Wedding Division and will not be allowed in the Fashion category. Studio portraits that feature the nude form, implied nudes, stylized nudes and subjects wearing body paint are allowed in the Fashion/Beauty category. Boudoir images consistent with the boudoir genre must be entered into the Boudoir category in the Portrait Division.

STUDIO OF THE YEAR AWARD
To qualify and be eligible for the Studio of Year Award, a studio must have contacted WPPI before submitting their entries so that WPPI can set up their credentials and follow the participating photographers’ progress. To qualify, a minimum of 5 photographers from the same studio must enter a minimum of 4 entries each. The studio of the year award is only awarded when a minimum of 5 studios have 5 of their photographers enter a minimum of 4 entries each. If this happens then WPPI will work out the highest cumulative score of the top 5 photographers from each studio and the studio whose photographers received the highest collective score will be awarded the Studio of the Year. The owner of the studio receives the award, not the individual photographers. There will also be a second and third place.

If you are a studio owner and wish to enter your image makers entries and be eligible for the Studio of the Year Award, please email Brad at Brad.Kuhns@emeraldexpo.com.

Photographers may enter under a studio name and nominate themselves as the specific photographer who created the entry. By doing so, if the entry gets awarded, the studio and the photographer will be given credit as the award winner. The photographer also receives points to their Honors of Excellence designation. If the studio pays for the entrant’s membership and their entry fees and the photographer ends up leaving the studio, the studio and the photographer and both allowed to promote the awards received. The photographer who leaves keeps their Honors of Excellence designation. Logistically, a studio must nominate their studio, names of their photographers and how many entries they want to contribute for each photographer to WPPI. WPPI will set everyone up and supply the photographers with their credentials. If the entrant pays for their own entry fees and ends up leaving the studio then only the photographer is allowed to promote the awards received.

Although WPPI has made every effort to list and explain the rules, it would be impossible to include every possible scenario that clears up any gray areas. As such, if an entrant breaks the spirit of the existing rules, WPPI reserves the right to move an entry into another category or have it disqualified to protect the integrity of the competition.

THE ABOVE TEXT ONLY PERTAINS TO WHATS NEW FOR 2018 so PLEASE READ EVERY WORD on the main rules page before you begin preparing your entries.

BEWARE: Prints must be shipped to a new address this year.

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