The sponsor of
the Members Only First and Second 1/2 Competitions is:
Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)
85 Broad St. 11th floor
New York, NY
Dates and Deadlines:
Deadline: September 24, 2015
Extended Deadline: October 6, 2015*
(*Incurs a $10 late fee per entry)
competition is open to members of WPPI
only from anywhere in the world
except where prohibited by law.
If you would
like to join and enjoy a member discount on the cost of the contest, please go
$18 per entry
Enter 7 images get an additional entry for free
Enter 10 images get two additional entries for free
Enter 15 images get three additional entries for free
There is no
limit to the amount of entries one can submit. Only the top four scoring
entries from 1st and 2nd Half Online Competition or The Annual: 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition will contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation.
Please register at www.wppiawards.com with the same email address on file with your WPPI membership account. If you do not remember which email address is registered with WPPI, you can look up your account by entering various email addresses until you verify your membership is current. This is a members-only competition.
Note: If you have registered for The Annual: WPPI 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking competition or if you have registered to view your scores, you do not need register. You can simply log in with your WPPI email address and password.
Once you log in to www.wppiawards.com, you must pay to enter the competition. You will receive instructions to upload your images after purchase.
have captured and created the original exposure within the last 24 months from
date of entry deadline.
Entries that have been previously entered in Members Only First and Second 1/2 Competitions, as well as The Annnual 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking competition may not be entered again.
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.
processing, manipulation or rendering, must be done by the entrant
or under their direct supervision. You may use a digital artist to retouch. 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. 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 and 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.
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 and submitted by the instructor
can be entered in the appropriate category.
Entries into the Wedding and Portrait 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. 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 all categories in the Creative division.
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.
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.
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 entries 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. 2012 - 2013
. The reason 2 years are listed is because the 16 x 20 annual 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.
For more information, visit Honors of Excellence
CATEGORIES AND CATEGORY SPECIFIC RULES
Images entered in the Wedding Category must be made of a real couple on the day their ceremony was performed. The only exception to this rule is for cultural differences where the wedding runs over consecutive days (such as a 5 day Indian wedding for example).
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
party are the main focus including images of family and friends.
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.
- Group / Families
or more people.
Newborn babies from 0 to 1 year old.
Children from 1-12 years old.
- High School Seniors
students for their high school portrait.
Any photographs of a couple taken before their wedding day in non-wedding day attire.
- 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
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.
- Wedding Photojournalism
Unposed, undirected, limited post processed wedding images.
that this is the only division where you may use more than one image capture to
create your finished entry.
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.
*Please note that bridal fashion photography MUST be entered into the Wedding Couple Together: Non-Wedding Day or Bride or Groom Alone: Non-Wedding Day categories. Bridal fashion photography will not be allowed in the traditional Fashion category.
commissioned work of any kind including landscapes, etc.
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 couple not created on their wedding day where they are the main focus of the image. This category
may include bridal fashion imagery where models are used who are not a real couple.
- 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). This category
may include bridal fashion photography where models are your subjects.
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 and Rangefinder
magazine 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
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. 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.
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 an image is submitted and
correctly entered, the image will be judged.
CRITERIA AND CONSIDERATIONS
||Best possible use of all skills and
creativity: new, fresh and unique
||Approaching the highest standard in
imagination, creativity and technique
||Exhibiting exceptional skills in
||Very good use of imagination, skill
||Good standard of professional
skill, creativity and technique
||Average professional skill and
||Requires improvement in technique
||Not up to Professional Standards
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.
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. 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.
Winners authorize The Photo Group/Emerald Expositions to reproduce,
distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in
connection with Members Only First and Second 1/2 Competitions and promotion of Members Only First and Second 1/2 Competitions, 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 Members Only First and Second 1/2 Competitions live gallery; the Members Only First and Second 1/2 Competitions Web site and on Rangefinderonline.com and wppionline.com; and
in exhibits and promotions related to the Members Only First and Second 1/2 Competitions.
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
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.
PRIZES AND AWARDS
score 80+ will receive downloadable, printable certificates that will be
available in your member login area.
An entry that
a Silver" award
a Silver Distinction award
a "Gold" award
a "Gold Distinction" award
||Receives a "Platinum"
Every year, a
member's top four scoring entries will contribute to their Honors of Excellence
The top 5
scoring entries of each category will be rejudged to determine the first,
second and third place winner.
First, second and third place
winners from categories within the Wedding, Portrait and Creative
Divisions will be eligible to win the Grand Award in their respective
divisions to be announced at the 2016 WPPI Awards ceremony.
Grand-Prize and First-Place Winners
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.
All 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winning images
- Full Conference Pass to WPPI 2016
- Images will be published in the December 2015 Rangefinder magazine
- Images from the 2015 First Half and Second Half competitions will advance to compete for the Grand Award in each category. Grand Awards will be presented at the 2016 WPPI Conference + Expo in Las Vegas.
will be featured in the WPPI online winners' gallery, gain publicity on Rangefinder
and WPPI social media pages and received Accolades of Excellence points.