Rules for 2018 WPPI The Annual Print Competition


SPONSORS
The sponsor of this WPPI Competition is:

Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)
Emerald Expositions
100 Broadway. 14th floor
New York, NY 10005

Important Dates and Deadlines
Entry Uploads Open: November 13th, 2017
Entry Early Bird Ends: December 7th, 2017
Entry Upload First Deadline: December 20, 2017
Entry Upload Final Deadline - EXTENDED DEADLINE RATES APPLY: January 18, 2018*
(* Incurs a $10 late fee per entry)
Final deadline for In-Camera Artistry and Album Categories only - Final upload deadline: February 1st, 2018.

All submissions for print categories must be uploaded by January 18, 2018.
All prints must be received in Las Vegas February 1st, 2018.
All digital media must received in the NYC office by January 18, 2018.

Judging Takes place on: February 24th and February 25th 2018.
Winners will be announced during awards ceremony in Las Vegas on February 28th, 2018.
Winners will be published in Rangefinder® April 2018 issue. Find 2017 winners' issue on rangefinderonline.com or see the online gallery on shutterloveonline.

Need a reminder?
2017-12-15 01:01:01 2017-12-20 23:59:59 America/New_York Deadline: 2018 WPPI 16x20 Print Competition End of the first deadline approaching. Enter now to avoid the late fee. Online WPPI photoplusmembership@emeraldexpo.com

Who May Enter
The 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.
Memberships may be purchased or renewed directly from the "Add submissions" page. For details on the many benefits of membership please visit www.photoplusgroup.com.


COST FOR PRINT ENTRIES
WPPI Members:
Early BirdEnds December 7th, 2017$40 per entry
Normal DeadlineEnds December 20th 2017$50 per entry
Extended DeadlineEnds January 18th, 2018$60 per entry
Non-members:
Early BirdEnds December 7th, 2017$60 per entry
Normal DeadlineEnds December 20th 2017$70 per entry
Extended DeadlineEnds January 18th, 2018$80 per entry
COST FOR IN CAMERA ARTISTRY ENTRIES
WPPI Members:
Early BirdEnds December 7th, 2017$20 per entry
Normal DeadlineEnds December 20th 2017$30 per entry
Extended DeadlineEnds February 1st, 2018$40 per entry
Non-members:
Early BirdEnds December 7th, 2017$30 per entry
Normal DeadlineEnds February 1st 2017$40 per entry
Extended DeadlineEnds February 1st, 2018$50 per entry
COST FOR ALBUM ENTRIES
WPPI Members:
Early BirdEnds December 7th, 2017$60 per entry
Normal DeadlineEnds December 20th 2017$70 per entry
Extended DeadlineEnds February 1st, 2018$80 per entry
Non-members:
Early BirdEnds December 7th, 2017$75 per entry
Normal DeadlineEnds December 20th 2017$85per entry
Extended DeadlineEnds February 1st, 2018$95 per entry
COST FOR FILMMAKING ENTRIES
WPPI Members:
Early BirdEnds December 7th, 2017$60 per entry
Normal DeadlineEnds December 20th 2017$70 per entry
Extended DeadlineEnds January 18th, 2018$80 per entry
Non-members:
Early BirdEnds December 7th, 2017$75 per entry
Normal DeadlineEnds December 20th 2017$85 per entry
Extended DeadlineEnds January 18th, 2018$95 per entry

Quantity discount
Purchase 8 entries and only pay for 7 (get one free)
Purchase 12 entries and only pay for 10 (get two free)
Purchase 18 entries and only pay for 15 (get three free)



*PLEASE NOTE, NEW FOR 2017: 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. 2-4 entries per year entered into the annual competition may contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation.


HOW TO ENTER
First you must enter electronically. Please visit www.wppiawards.com to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive instructions to upload your images.

Second 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.

In Camera Artistry and Album entries are digital only. Once you have paid for your entries, uploaded and submitted them, there is no need to send anything physical.

SEND YOUR PRINTS TO:
Melissa Ghionis
7985 Fairfield Ave
Las Vegas Nevada 89123
USA
Ph: +1 866 505 3064

If you would like to have your prints returned to you, you may purchase shipping credits during the online submission process. If you do not send your prints in a U-line box or hard print case, we will charge you for the cost of a U-Line box and return prints in that box. The prices are based on the number of your entries and your geographic location. Prints will be returned via Fed Ex in a U-Line box or the hard print case you sent your prints in.

Please be advised that a Uline box can fit up to 7 entries. Multiple boxes must be purchased when your print entries exceed multiples of 7. For more information and where to buy a Uline box, click here. You may use an approved hard print case as well such as the Fiberbilt P50.


GENERAL RULES - Must Read


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.

There is no limit to the amount of entries one can submit. Only the top four scoring entries from each contest cycle will contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation.

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.

Entries that have been previously entered in a prior yearly contest cycle may not be entered again. You may however re-enter the same or modified image in the same contest cycle year, however, only your best scoring version of the image will count. An example might be an image entered in First Half, then again in Second Half with some improvements and finally in the Annual as a print. This is allowed however only the best score will count towards your Honors of Excellence Designation.
Entries that have been previously entered in the WPPI Annual 16 x 20 Print, Album and Filmmaking may not be entered again.

No identifying studio signature or photographer name can be visible on the front of the image, as the judging is all done anonymously.

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.

Photographers may enter under a studio name and nominate themselves as the specific photographer who created the entry. If a photographer/studio wishes to do this, they must follow the steps outlined in this paragraph. When entering under a studio name, 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. In order to participate in the competition this way, a studio must nominate their studio, names of their photographers and how many entries they want to contribute for each photographer to WPPI before entering the competition. 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. 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.

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

All 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/or 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 Gold."

No two entries shall be of the same subject, in the same location and in the same category. 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 an 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. You may enter an individual photograph in the print competition as well as include it amongst images featured in an album entry.

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.

No images 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, Pre-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 or focus stacking, for example, in the Wedding, Pre-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, Pre-Wedding and Portrait divisions, but not the Photojournalism division. Using 2 exposures of the same scene to remove an assistant is allowed in the Wedding, Pre-Wedding and Portrait 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 and Portrait divisions. Stitching or combining two or more images together to form a panorama is considered a composite and must be entered into the appropriate category in the Creative Division

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, Pre-Wedding, Portrait 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.

Each entry must be 100% photographic in origin and captured by the entrant. No stock images such as skies, clouds, props, a tree, a building, illustrations, etc, or any element not created by the entrant are allowed. Global 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 elements like text, patterns, frames and motifs are only allowed in the Album division and 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.

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.

Photographs that have been knowingly or sub consciously plagiarized will be disqualified. Copying or emulating a pose, style or a concept is not considered plagiarism. Copying a photograph where ALL or a majority of the elements are exactly the same (i.e., same subject matter, pose, location, concept, crop, finishing etc.) may be considered plagiarism if not enough elements are considered different. According to WPPI, achieving elements from a painting in a photograph is not considered plagiarism as the execution to achieve the desired result is of a different artistic discipline.

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.

WPPI has the right to disqualify or re-categorize any entry if it does not meet our basic requirements and is better suited to another category to keep all entries in similar genres.

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.

Rules may be changed or modified without notice.


CATEGORIES AND CATEGORY SPECIFIC RULES


WEDDING DIVISION
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 3 day Indian wedding for example).

All other bridal images not created on the wedding day will need to be entered in another category like the Pre-Wedding 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.

Entries into the 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). 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 Wedding division.

COMPOSITES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE WEDDING DIVISION. Head, face or body part swaps, etc. from a different exposure are allowed. Wedding images made of composites must be entered in the Wedding Contemporary category in the Creative Division.

  • 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 Alone: Wedding Day
    Featuring the bride on her own.
  • Groom Alone: Wedding Day
    Featuring the groom on his own.
  • Bridal Party / Family and Friends
    The bridal party, family and/or friends are the main focus.
  • Wedding Details
    Accessories shots of the bride, groom, ceremony or reception are featured as the emphasis in this category.

PRE-WEDDING DIVISION
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.

  • 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.

PORTRAIT DIVISION
Entries into 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.

Entries into the Portrait 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 Portrait division.

COMPOSITES ARE NOT ALLOWED IN THE PORTRAIT DIVISION. Portrait images made of composites must be entered in the Portrait Contemporary category in the Creative Division.

  • Newborn
    Newborn babies from 0 to 1 year old. You may include multiple babies in this category such as twins or triplets for example. Photographs of newborns which include siblings and parents are allowed in this category as long as the newborn is a prominent subject in the photograph. Non posed birth photography must be entered into the Photojournalism category in the Photojournalism Division.
  • Children
    Children from 1-12 years old. You may include multiple children in this category where at at least one of the children are 1-12 years old and the other children are older but cannot be older than 19 years of age. Portraits of children from 1-12 years old which include siblings older than 19 years of age and/or parents must be entered into the Group/Family category.
  • 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.
  • Individual
    Featuring one subject that is 20+ years old or older.
  • Group / Families
    Featuring 2 or more people.
  • Maternity
    Featuring portraits of pregnant women. This category may also include portraits that include a pregnant woman’s partner and/or their children..
  • 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.
  • Animals / Pets
    Images of pets, animals and insects. The pet's owner or a human may be in the photograph but the animal must be a main feature of the image.

PHOTOJOURNALISM DIVISION
Images entered in the Photojournalism category must 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). For example, you may not lighten or brighten an area to remove an unwanted dark spot in your subject matter and vice versa. Altering individual pixels within an image is not allowed (e.g., liquefying, spotting, healing, cloning etc.). Global vignetting is allowed. Global sharpening for printing purposes 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. Removing blemishes on a face or any unwanted matter within a subject is not allowed. Lens correction, straightening, perspective control, warping or skewing is not 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 the photographer and/or an assistant and should reflect a moment in time that was simply captured but not created or manipulated in any way by the photographer and/or the assistant. 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. The decision of the jury chairman will be final and not open to discussion with the maker.

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.

  • Wedding Photojournalism
    Unposed, undirected, limited post processed wedding images.
  • Photojournalism
    Non-Wedding unposed, undirected, limited post processed non wedding images such as travel, street photography, sports, birth etc.

CREATIVE DIVISION
Please note that this is the only division where you may use more than one image capture to create your finished print.

Entries into the commercial category must be paid work. Any entry into the Commercial subcategory of the Creative division must be accompanied by a tear sheet, web link or job invoice of/for the commissioned end user application.

Non-commissioned, personal work of any nature that does not fit into other categories may be entered into the Illustrative category.


  • Commercial
    Commissioned work that is not Wedding and Portrait (domestic) in nature. Entries into this category must be paid work. 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)..
  • Landscape
    Commissioned or self commissioned images of nature or urban landscapes of an area or scene. The human form may be visible but the scene must be the main focus of the image.
  • 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.
  • Illustrative
    Non-commissioned, personal work of any nature that does not fit specifically into other categories within the Creative Division may be entered into the Illustrative category. Images entered into this category must be pictorial, fine art, digital art, abstract, conceptual or fictitious in nature.
  • Wedding Contemporary (Composite)
    Images in this category must be composites. Entries must be a wedding image that is made up of more than one capture to create the final print where 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. To reiterate, iImages entered into this category must be made of more than one image, not just a contemporary looking wedding photograph.
  • Portrait Contemporary (Composite)
    Images in this category must be composites. A portrait image that is made up of more than one capture to create the final print where more freedom is given to the entrant to enter portrait images beyond the rules of the portrait division. Images entered into this category must be made of more than one image, not just a contemporary looking portrait photograph.
  • Pre Wedding Contemporary (Composite)
    Images in this category must be composites. A pre-wedding image that is made up of more than one capture to create the final print where more freedom is given to the entrant to enter pre-wedding images beyond the rules of the pre-wedding division. Images entered into this category must be made of more than one image, not just a contemporary looking pre-wedding photograph. Images entered into this category can include real couples, models and single subjects in bridal attire consistent with the pre-wedding genre.


FILMMAKING DIVISION
There are 2 subcategories in this division: "Wedding/Engagement Short Film" and "Commercial/Illustrative Short Film." Submissions must be no longer than 5 minutes. NO exceptions.
Entrants may now enter films that are older than 24 months. Your entries must still be unique and not resemble any other of your previous entries.
Please note that only the main camera operator may enter this category, not the director or producer unless the camera operator is also the director and/or the producer, etc.

The second camera operators and editor must be nominated in the submission process to credit the co-creators of your entry.

You may enter a film that has been filmed by more than one person. An entrant can elect to allocate up to half their points awarded from their multi-maker film 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.

These categories are 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), end credits etc. will disqualify the entry. Logos are allowed when an entrant has created a film to advertise a product or service other than their own in the Commercial/Illustrative Short Film category.

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.

By entering films into this division, entrants acknowledge that they have paid and secured the royalty for the music that is featured in the films.

  • 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
    Entries into 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.

PREMIERE CATEGORY
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. If you meet this criteria but are a seasoned veteran, you are not eligible to enter the Premiere category. 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 (other than the In Camera Artistry categories).

This category will not be eligible for a Grand Award as it is its own independent category with no subcategories.

IN CAMERA ARTISTRY DIVISION
This category promotes in-camera artistry with images (sooc or straight out of camera) with no raw adjustments, retouching, Photoshop, etc. allowed. Entrants may enter raw files ONLY where the embedded jpeg will be extracted and judged digitally on a calibrated projector and screen. Entries may be from any genre listed in the subcategories of the other print entry divisions. 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 categories.

  • Wedding In Camera Artistry
    Images entered in the Wedding In Camera Artistry Category must have been created on the day the ceremony was performed.
  • In Camera Artistry
    Featuring non-wedding images including, pre-wedding, portrait, and commercial images, etc.

ALBUM DIVISION
Albums 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, the main photographer.

Photos that are used as part of an album entry can be entered as individual photographic prints as well.

Album entries 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.

  1. Storytelling qualities
  2. Impact
  3. Style
  4. Technique
  5. Lighting
  6. Posing
  7. Expressions
  8. Display quality
  9. Composition
  10. Salability
  11. Design creativity

  • Wedding (single photographer) Category
    Any wedding 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
    Any wedding album that is shot by multiple photographers.
  • Engagement Category
    For engagement sessions and pre-wedding or post-wedding couple sessions only. A single photographer, multiple photographers or a studio may be credited.
  • Event / Informal Category
    Any non-wedding or engagement album: This includes, but is not limited to, photojournalism, special projects, parties (not wedding receptions), graduations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, etc. Any wedding album that is shot by multiple photographers.

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.


IMPORTANT NOTICES

Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Applicants agree that any entry, or part thereof, may be used by Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, Rangefinder® 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 websites.
Mail-in entry is required for all prints and films entered into this contest with costs of shipping to be covered by the participant.
Each print 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, DVD or USB Drive that will be shipped to WPPI.

Each album entry consists of an entry form (submitted online), an entry fee and the uploaded digital files.

Each in-camera artistry entry consists of an entry form (submitted online), an entry fee and the uploaded digital file.

Each submitted entry, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant.

By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted entry is an original work created solely by the entrant, 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.

Entries that 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.

The entries 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.

Online entries 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.
(Applies to the Annual only) Although our crew will take every precaution possible, WPPI is not liable for any damage to the entries incurred during shipping or handling.

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.


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.

ENTRY SPECIFICATIONS

Print Submissions - Print, Mount and digital file specifications
First you must enter electronically. Please visit www.wppiawards.com to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive instructions to upload your images.

Second 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.

In Camera Artistry and Album entries are digital only. Once you have paid for your entries, uploaded and submitted them, there is no need to send anything physical.

  1. 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. A border surrounding the image does not contribute to this length. The image size itself must be a minimum of 10 inches. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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 accepted.

  5. No material may be added to the front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.

  6. A submission form must be submitted with each print entry which is available once you complete the upload and submission process. The file you submit must match the submitted print entry. You DO NOT have to show how the image is matted and presented.

  7. WPPI Competition Director Jerry Ghionis explains the mounting process for prints entered into the WPPI annual print competition.

  8. See the example below for an acceptable 16x20 mounted print. Click the image to view it larger.





Image file specifications - Applies to all WPPI competitions

  1. Size

    At least 1920 pixels on the longest dimension

  2. Resolution

    72 ppi or 300 ppi are acceptable, image is projected at 72ppi

  3. Mode

    RGB color mode (even black-and-white images)

  4. Format

    JPEG file format unless directed to also upload RAW

  5. Color Profile

    sRGB or Adobe 1998 - Untagged space for color profiles is also acceptable.

  6. File Naming

    The file names of the images you upload don’t have to be anything specific for the print categories. The naming is irrelevant.



Download a Photoshop script that resizes your images to 1920 pixels at 72ppi
If a submission is submitted and correctly entered, the submission will be judged.




ALBUM SUBMISSIONS - File Preparation
Format for all album categories:
Each album must be uploaded as JPEG images to the website. The maximum number of image files per album is 50. There is no minimum number of images, but each entry should tell a complete story. JPEG files should be saved at the following dimensions:

Album image file specifications:
  1. Size

    1920 pixels by the longest dimension

  2. Resolution

    72 ppi or 300 ppi are acceptable, image is projected at 72ppi

  3. Mode

    RGB color mode (even black-and-white images)

  4. Format

    JPEG file format

  5. Color Profile

    sRGB or Adobe 1998 - Untagged space for color profiles is also acceptable.

  6. File Naming

    Image files may be of individual album pages, double-page spreads, or details of individual pages. All image files must be numbered sequentially, indicating the order in which they should appear (e.g., 001.jpg, 002.jpg, 003.jpg). All entries submitted as image files must be uploaded.



Download a Photoshop script that resizes your images to 1920pixels at 72ppi.


Please note: Album submissions must be uploaded digitally only. You do not have to send your files to WPPI.

PREPARING IMAGE FILES
Image files may be prepared in either of two ways: Files may be generated directly from the album page-layout files. For example, if you use Photoshop to design and lay out your album, you could simply save the Photoshop page files as JPEG files to the above size and resolution specifications. Alternatively, the album may be photographed with a digital camera and the files saved to the specifications listed above.

PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR ALBUM
If you are photographing your album using a digital camera, consider these tips:
  1. 1.

    Use a seamless or other photographic background (such as a canvas or hand-painted muslin) to provide a neutral and consistent background for your album.

  2. 2.

    Use a tripod and align the camera back so you have an even horizontal base for your images.

  3. 3.

    If you are not used to shooting copy art, shoot a few test frames to fine-tune your exposures and your lighting technique. It is essential that you reveal as much information (shadows, midtones and highlights) in your album images as possible and that the exposures be consistent throughout. Furthermore, it is important that exposure be consistent across the frame, from corner to corner, which means your lighting must be even from corner to corner with no more than a fractional f-stop deviation. Using a handheld incident meter is advised.

  4. 4.

    You may shoot left and right hand pages together. You may, however, want to make a full-frame vertical image of special photos or details throughout the album. These add visual interest to your entry.

  5. 5.

    Although you may shoot the album cover as an introductory slide, do not include the photographer's name or studio logo in the image.

  6. 6.

    Any identifying marks, such as gold foil signatures or studio stamps, will disqualify the album.



FILMMAKING SUBMISSIONS
File Preparation
The files must be saved as a .mov or .mp4 file encoded in HD at 1080P or a minimum of 720P.

Please send files as electronic media such as a USB stick, CD-ROM or DVD with your receipt attached.

Deadline for submissions is January 18, 2018 — NO EXCEPTIONS.

PLEASE MAKE SURE ALL BRANDING IS REMOVED! FILMS WITH BRANDING WILL BE DISQUALIFIED WITH NO REFUNDS. (Note: this also includes references to the filmmaker in opening or closing credits).


Send filmmaking media separate from print submissions to the following address:

Emerald Expositions—WPPI
ATTN: Lavonne Hall
100 Broadway
14th Floor
New York, NY 10005 USA

Digital media must be marked clearly and will not be returned.




JUDGING CRITERIA AND CONSIDERATIONS

SCORE KEY DEFINITION
100 Supreme Platinum award. A benchmark that exhibits the best possible use of all skills, creativity and uniqueness.
95-99 Exceptional Gold Distinction. Approaching the highest level of imagination, creativity and technique.
90-94 Outstanding Gold Award. Exhibiting outstanding skills in all areas and originality.
85-89 Excellent Silver Distinction. Excellent use of imagination, skill and technique.
80-84 Above Average Silver Award. Above average skill and technique in most areas.
75-79 Standard Practice No award. Good salable work consistent with standard professional practice.
70-74 Below Standard No award. Requires improvement in technique.
60-69 Below Professional No award. Not up to professional standards.

JUDGING
Qualified judges of WPPI will judge prints in the competition for photographic artistry and craftsmanship. The decision of the judges is final. Contest consists of a panel of judges reviewing prints on display and an averaged score being determined. Winners will be selected by the judging panel at the end of the individual scoring round. Once an entry has been judged, the score for that entry is final. An entry can not be brought back to the panel and re-judged. Decisions of the judges are final and binding. Third, Second, First Place and Grand Award winners will be announced at the WPPI Awards of Excellence Ceremony held on Wednesday evening, February 28, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. Plan to be present to celebrate with us from 6:00 PM until 10:00PM.
A judge may not judge an image in which they have been directly involved in the postproduction of the image.
A judge may judge an image whose creator is known to them if they are able to submit an unbiased score.

A judge should not refrain from judging an entry where they assume they know the creator but they may step down if appropriate. An unbiased score must be given.
  • 3 or more qualified members of WPPI will judge each entry in the competition for photographic artistry and craftsmanship. The decision of the judges is final.
  • Comments from judges on what they like or what they feel could be improved will be provided.
  • Contest consists of a panel of judges reviewing images on a digital display and an averaged score being determined.
  • Winners will be selected by the judging panel at the end of the individual scoring round.
  • Once an entry has been judged, the score for that entry is final.  An entry can not be brought back to the panel and rejudged.
  • Decisions of the judges are final and binding.
  • Third, Second, and First Place will be announced online and in Print in Rangefinder® Magazine
  • A judge may not judge an image in which they have been directly involved in the postproduction of the image.
  • A judge may judge an image whose creator is known to them if they are able to submit an unbiased score.
  • A judge should not refrain from judging an entry where they assume they know the creator.  But they may step down if appropriate. An unbiased score must be given.



LEGAL AND LIABILITY


WHO MAY NOT ENTER
Employees of Emerald Expositions and each of their affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and their immediate family members (spouse or children), or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related are eligible to enter competitions held by WPPI and Rangefinder and be part of the Honors of Excellence program but are not eligible to win a first, second or third place award or a Division Grand Award.

ENTRANT LICENSES/RELEASES
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.

By 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.

THIRD PARTY RELEASES/LICENSES
Winners authorize Emerald Expositions' Photo Group to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with WPPI 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition and promotion of WPPI 16x20 Print , Album and Filmmaking Competition, 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 WPPI 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition live gallery; the WPPI 16x20 Print Competition Web site and on Rangefinderonline.com, wppionline.com or related Photo+ Group websites; and in exhibits and promotions related to the 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition.

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 entrant's or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.

CONDITIONS
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.

COMPETITION PRIZES AND AWARDS

Grand award, first, second and third place winners of all categories will receive custom designed, engraved crystal trophies.
Entries that score 80+ will receive downloadable, printable certificates that will be available in your member login area.
Prints that score 80+ will receive downloadable, printable certificates that will be available in your member login area.


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

Every year, a member's top four scoring entries will contribute to their Honors of Excellence status.

The top 5 entries of each category will be rejudged to determine the first, second and third place winner.

First place winners from categories within the Wedding, Pre-Wedding, Photojournalism, Portrait, In Camera Artistry, Creative and Filmmaking Divisions will be eligible to win the First and Second Half Grand Award.
the Grand Award in their respective divisions.


Winners of all awards will receive a press release to be used to publicize their efforts and can be found in your member login area.

Grand Award winners will also receive a $1500 USD cash prize, a complimentary full conference pass to the WPPI 2019 Conference and expo and complimentary entry into the 2019 WPPI Annual Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition (10 entries maximum).


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.




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