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The Artist Rules for the PPW State Competition

 All entries must be registered at www.printcompetition.com.

 Entrants may submit prints, digital files or a combination for judging.

 Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image (print or file) entered. NOTE: For print entries, the digital file submitted MUST match both the image and presentation. If, for example, the submitted print has a mat and the digital file does not show the mat, the entry will be disqualified.

 No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed.

 Entrants do not need to be PPW members to compete, and can enter the Artist Competition. Only PPW members can earn merits.

  No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.


1. Entries may be reproduced from existing photographs, portraits, graphics or any other artwork so long as the entrant is prepared to provide appropriate written documentation indicating permission for usage. This documentation may be requested by PPW before, during or after the competition. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the PPW Photographic Competition Committee, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law and cannot be proven otherwise, that entry shall be disqualified and merits revoked, if issued.

2. All processing, manipulation, artwork or rendering must be done by the entrant. Printing may be done under their direct supervision.

3. The entrant's name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.

4. A maximum of four entries may be submitted per entrant. For only entries with 4 images printed, an additional 2 printed images can be submitted for a fee.

5. No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment. All images submitted must be self-directed. Images created in an educational environment under direct supervision from an instructor are ineligible.

6. No two entries shall be of the same subject.

7. The following entries are not eligible:

a. Any print, digital image or image from an album that scored 76 or above at any PPW state competition.

b. Any print, digital image or image from an album that scored 80 or above at any PPA Western District or international competition, except from this year’s PPA Western District competition on February 22-23, 2018. Please note: All print image cases submitted to PPA will not be returned to the maker in time for re-entry to PPW State Competition. In that case, the image can be submitted digitally or reprinted.

8. Entries in the Artist category shall include any subject and must have guide images.

9. Guide images must be included on the submitted digital canvas or mounted/included on the face of the print.

Artist Competition Categories

You must designate one of the below categories for each entry on PPW Print ID & PPW Print Entry Form:

Portrait: Consists of portraits of Children, Groups, Woman, Man, Couple, Animal, Unclassified

• Wedding: Consists of images of Brides, Grooms, Bride & Groom, Wedding Group, Wedding Candid, Wedding Album, Unclassified

• Commercial: Consists of commercial/industrial images, Scenics, Pictorials, Architectural, Editorial, Advertising/Illustrative, Aerial, Digital paintings and similar subject matter. Portraits and weddings are not appropriate for this category.

Types of Submission

There are two types of submission: Physical Print OR Digital Image

Print Entries

  • Images may submitted in any shape and size on a mount board a minimum of 80 square inches to a maximum of 480 square inches, with the largest dimension no longer than 24".
  • Print entries must be mounted on a standard mount material (double weight mat board, gator board, ¼" foam, or Sintra). Recommended mounting thickness is 1/8" to 3/8". "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 won’t be accepted.
  • No material may be added to the front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.
  • Complete PPW Print ID Form. Tape one ID form to each print on the back. 
  • Complete PPW Print Entry Form, include 2 copies in print case andPPWPrint Entry Form.
  • Upload a digital file to www.printcompetition.com follow Digital Submission instruction below.
  • If a print is submitted and correctly entered, the print will be judged.


  • Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4000 pixels. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. In most cases, total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when necessary so long as they are JPEG/10.
  • Files are to be named, Image Name.jpg with no underscores or special characters.
  • Accounts with www.printcompetition.com are free for the base membership. The base membership is all that is needed for entry to PPW competitions.

Digital Album Entry

  • All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4000 pixels, have an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10.
  • Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
  • An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
  • Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits, i.e. 01.jpg, 02.jpg, 03.jpg, etc.
  • All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named: Album Title.zip (e.g. Summer Wedding.zip).
  • Studio identification or entrant's name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.
  • Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.
  • Go to www.printcompetition.com to submit

Physical Album Entries

  • Album cover size must be between 63‐400 square inches.
  • No multiple volume albums are allowed.
  • Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
  • An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
  • Any studio identification or entrant's name in the album must be covered.
  • Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.
  • Go to www.printcompetition.com to submit

Viewing Conditions for Image Review

Your images must meet the following conditions to be accepted for consideration:

Prints: LED lighting, 3000K, EV8 (ISO 100, f/16@ 1 sec.)

Digital Files: Monitor Settings, D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma

Deadlines and Fees

  • All entered images (digital or print) must be uploaded to www.printcompetition.com  by Feb 27, 2018 by 5pm PST.
  • Digital file name must match print name
  • Print cases with PPW Print Entry Forms and PPW Print ID Forms must be received by Feb. 27, 2018
  • Late Entries received on Mar 1, 2018 will be charged a late fee $50.
  • No entry will be accepted after Mar 1, 2018 after 5pm PST.
  • Image  Entry Fee (4 images): $98
  • Addition 2 Prints to “Print” cases only: $20

Ship Cases To:  

 Julie Fitzpatrick
Salon Chair
116 Villageway Drive
Chehalis, WA 98532 
(Include shipping labels forms if we are shipping case back).


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