Artist Competition Rules

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Please Note: The PPANM Annual Photographic Competition is open to all photographers, however, only PPANM Members are eligible for trophies and awards. Please log in to our PPANM Member Services site and confirm your membership in PPANM.

The purpose of the Artist Competition is to allow the entrant to demonstrate their art skills and expertise in pursuit of the PPA Master Artist degree (previously known as Master of Electronic Imaging degree). Entries will be judged for digital, artistic and technical proficiency. Entries can be created using digital or traditional art (such as painting and airbrush) or a combination of both. Through this competition, PPANM members are also eligible to earn trophies dedicated to Master Artist entries and PPANM Fellowship Points.

1. All entries must be registered at
2. Entrants may only submit digital files for judging.
3. Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image entered.
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. Once an image has been awarded a score of 80 or above in PPA District or IPC competition, or any previous PPANM Annual Photographic Competition, it may not be entered into the PPANM Annual Competition. This includes any image from an album scoring 80 or higher.
6. Entrants do not need to be PPANM members to compete in the Photographic Open Competition, however, only PPANM members are eligible for trophies and awards.


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 PPANM before, during or after the competition. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the PPANM Photographic Competition Chairman, 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.
3. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold PPANM harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of PPANM’s display, publication and promotion or other use of each image submitted to PPANM.
4. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
5. A maximum of eight entries is allowed in the Artist Competition.
6. A minimum of 4 entries is required to be considered for the Top Artist Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the Artist Competition).
7. 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.
8. NEW: Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different. (Background, location, clothing, and concept).
9. Entry media includes only digital files.
10. Guide images, must be included on the submitted digital canvas.

Registration opens in January. All registration takes place at:

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

Creative Open (Artist)


– 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 are they are JPG/10.
– Files are to be named, Image 1.JPG (No underscores or special characters)


– Entry Deadline is Feb. 16, 6:00 pm MST..

-PPANM is holding three competitions: Photographic Open Competition, Artist Competition and Wedding Competition. Entrants may enter up to eight entries in each competition.

-Entry Fee is $10 per image.

-Entries include digital entries only.

– $10.00 per image for image critiques. Please allow 4 weeks following the completion of the competition.

Check out the entire list of awards from the PPANM Annual Photographic Competition.

Note: Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of entry. The decision of the PPANM Photographic Competition Chairman is final.