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The Photographic Open Rules for the PPW State Image Competition

  1. All entries must be registered at www.printcompetition.com.
  2. Entrants may submit either physical prints, digital files or a combination for judging.
  3. 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.
  4. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.
  5. Entrants do not need to be PPW members to compete in the Photographic Open Competition. Only PPW members can earn merits and trophies.
  6. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.


  1. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure or exposures.
  2. All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering, were done by the entrant or 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 (4) entries may be submitted per entrant. 
  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.
  6. Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different concepts. 
  7. Once an image has been awarded an exhibition merit (PPW score of 76 or higher) it may not be entered again in any other category or PPW competition, at any time, by any entrant, including any image from a merited album.  Any image that has been entered in a PPA Image Competition is allowed to be entered in the PPW Image Competition.
  8. Any entry that has been created from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be judged, accepted or displayed. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of PPW, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall be disqualified.
  9. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold PPW harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of PPW's display, publication and promotion or other use of each image submitted to PPW.
  10. Entry media includes photographic prints, digital files, physical albums, and digital albums. For 2022 PPW will not be accepting physical prints due to the competition is virtual.

Photographic Open Competition Categories

You must designate one of the below categories for each entry:

  • Portrait: Consists of Animal, Child (age up to 16), Group (2 or more people), Woman, Man, Album and Unclassified.
  • Wedding: Consists of Brides, Grooms, Wedding Group, Wedding Candid, Album, Unclassified. 
  • Illustrative: Consists of Landscapes, Architectural/Industrials, Photojournalism, Commercial/Illustrative and Unclassified and Album. Portraits and weddings portraits are not appropriate for this category. 

Definitions of above categories, see Trophy Goals

Types of Submission

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

Print Entries

For 2022 PPW will not be accepting physical prints due to the competition is virtual.


  • 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.

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
  • MULTI‐MAKER ALBUM: Images in the album must be the work of two entrants, with a minimum of 20 images per entrant. Each entrant must individually enter the competition and pay appropriate entry fees. Multi‐maker albums will be judged as one entry. Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.

NOTE: Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of the entry. The decision of the International Photographic Competition Committee is final.

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

  • $90 Entry Fee (1 to 4 entries) registered between January 13, 2022 at 12:00am PST through March 13, 2022 by 11:59pm PST.
  • $149 Entry Fee (1 to 4 entries) registered between March 14, 2022 at 12:00am PST through March 21. 2022 by 11:59pm PST.
  • $40 (4 entries) or $12/Critique. Critiques will be sent to the submitted email address within four weeks of completion of the competition.
  • Entries and Critique requests will not be accepted after March 21, 2022 at 11:59pm PST.
  • $12.00 for base membership to www.printcompetition.com.

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