How do I enter?
Keep an eye on the PPSCV Calendar for Image Competition dates as they are scheduled.
Competitions and deadlines for entry will also be announced to our email subscribers, and through the PPSCV Meetup.com group and PPSCV Facebook Group pages.
PPSCV Image Competitions meets PrintCompetition.com
For 2022 PPSCV Image Competition is switching to the award winning PrintCompetition.com platform used by over 80 PPA affiliates. The platform has been refined over 10 years to provide numerous benefits to entrants and organizers alike, with multi-platform GameDay viewing, convenient image upload, high quality viewing and convenient scoring for judges, plus an reviewable archive of over 80,000 images and scores many with audio commentary (an excellent training tool to tune your eye to a competition quality image.)
Select the images you want to enter.
The competition announcement will detail how many images an entrant may submit, typically 3-5 images per entrant. Images don’t have to be perfect, but be prepared to be alerted to flaws by the judges, so check your image against the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Maybe there is some cropping or other enhancement that you can improve on for some of the elements.
If you think the image itself is ready to submit, consider improving the image presentation. For print images this is done by matting, for digital images presentation can be improved by adding a border to create a digital mat effect.
For information on adding borders, see these tutorials [Link 1, Link 2.]
Remember to maintain the final image dimensions within the competition requirements for Image File Formatting.
Select the Category for each image.
Refer to the Image Competition Categories for the possible categories for an image, including portraits, landscapes, events, and artistic imaging.
Pick the category that best matches your subject and preparation.
Save your images in the required digital image format
PPSCV Image Competition requires a specific digital image format for submitted files.
Save each image file with the following image format:
- File Type: JPEG - File types of .jpg or .jpeg are acceptable, capitalization not important.
- File Quality JPEG highest quality (save using the maximum quality value for best viewing, e.g. 10/10, or 100/100), this can reduce compression artifacts.
- Color space: Each file should contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998.
- Dimensions: Save at 4000 pixels on the longest dimension, including any presentation border.
- DPI: This is a print related setting, and is not relevant to digital image competitions, you can ignore it.
- File name: File name is at your discretion. The image title will be entered separately. Avoid special characters, such as: ’ “ + \ / ?
- File size: The final file size in MB is not limited at this time.
Watch Image Competitions for free
When you visit PrintCompetition.com you can view any competition for free just using their GameDay App, which lists the competitions available that day. Pick your competition and click Go to view the entries, scores, leaders and progress.
To submit entries to a competition you first need to create an account.
Create your PrintCompetition.com account
Go to PrintCompetition.com, select New Artist Registration and sign up with your email and password. You can also select PPSCV from the list as your "home" organization.
Note: the PrintCompetition,com platform is supported by annual or quarterly subscriptions.
You can subscribe to the minimum $13/year level.
Logging-in to Your PrintCompetition.com account will show you the upcoming competitions for state and local affiliates across the country, alphabetically.
Look for the PPSCV logo, and click to see the next PPSCV competition.
The PPSCV competition page will show you the requirements and rules.
Use the Create New Image Entry button to start building your entries.
Enter Image Title
The image title will be read out to the judges. It is considered a thirteenth element of a merit image by some, as the title creates a context for your entry and can help get the judges thinking aligned with your ideas. Titles can be fun, descriptive, or creative. Capitalization of words in the caption is at the maker’s discretion. Avoid special characters, such as: ’ “ + \ / ?
Pro-tip: Keep it short, do not use foreign words or associations the judges may not recognize.
Select Image Category
This is where you assign the category to your image so it is judged amongst similar images.
Pick your category and sub-category from the available list.
Upload your image
Clicking the Create New Entry button will allow you to upload your image file.
Image resolution will be checked, but all image parameters are your responsibility.
Repeat for each entry in your "case"
The images you upload become part of your "case" - think the shipping container in which you would send in prints to a physical print competition.
Note: you can return to your account for any upcoming competition and review all your entries. You can also delete or change entries until the competition deadline.
Case Fees - Not for PPSCV Members
PPSCV provides a Member Benefit allowing PPSCV members to enter image competitions at no charge, in which case you can ignore the pay case fee button.
Non-members can use this to pay their entry fees. Unpaid images will not be included in the competition.
Awards and Prizes
PPSCV Member Benefits also include eligibility for Image Competition awards and metal print prizes thanks to our sponsor BayPhoto Labs
It's Game Day!
To view the online competition progress visit PrintCompetition.com at the scheduled day/time and click on the Game Day App.
Note: PrintCompetition Apps are web pages, and do not need to be installed. Just visit the PrintCompetition.com web page on your computer, tablet or phone, select the competition from the list and watch the show.
You can register for the Image Competition event at PPSCV.com to receive the Zoom link and join us follow the audio from the scorekeeper and judges.