PPANM Photographic Competition Rules
Entry Deadline Feb. 20, 1:00 am MST

Congratulations on making the decision to enter into the Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico photographic competition. This is a fantastic opportunity to put your skills to the test and to grow as an artist.

Our rules for competition are the same as the International Print Competition (IPC) rules with a few exceptions.
1. There is only one competition with the photographic open entries and artist entries in the same competition. However, there are different categories and different regulations for each. They can be reviewed below.
2. Currently, we are only taking digital submissions, no physical print entries.

There are plenty of resources to prepare you to submit your best possible entry. And the rules are explained extensively below because we want you to excel! There are several layers of rules, and you’ll even find some handy instructions. Don’t rush through this page, because failure to comply with PPANM rules could result in your disqualification! We don’t want that!

Where to start? Pick the category you’re planning on competing in and read away:

Photographic Open

Please review thoroughly!
The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter digital files and/or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image (for more information, go to PPA.com/IPC). Through this competition, PPANM members are also eligible to achieve PPANM print fellow merits. However, exhibition merits toward the Master of Photography degree are only available through PPA Districts and IPC, your next level of competition.

These rules pertain to images entered as digital files created by traditional photographic processes as well as those captured electronically with a digital camera or scanner:
1. All entries must be registered at PrintCompetition.com.
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. Entrants do not need to be PPANM or PPA members to compete in the Photographic Open Competition.
6. Entries previously merited at any PPA International Competition are not eligible, including any image from a merited album.
7. Images are not restricted to the previous 16”x20” non‐master format. See size requirements below.

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 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 in any combination of Photographic Open, Artist or Album entries may be submitted into the competition.
6. 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.
7. 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 the PPANM print committee, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall not be displayed or published.
8. 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 digital files and digital albums.
10. Once an image has been awarded an exhibition merit in any category of PPA competition, it may not be entered again in any other category, at any time, by any entrant. No image that receives a merit may be entered more than once under any condition, including any image from a merited album.

Registration opens January 14, 2020. Register at PrintCompetition.com.


You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.
PORTRAIT: Consists of portrait or wedding images.
ILLUSTRATIVE: Consists of commercial/industrial images, scenics, pictorials, digital paintings and similar subject matter. Portraits and weddings are not appropriate for this category.
CREATIVE OPEN: Consists of images that have additional elements not created by the maker. All elements not created by the maker must be shown in a guide image.
• ALBUM: albums consist social events, such bar mitzvahs, etc. or albums of portrait and storytelling albums.

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials
1. 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.
2. Files are to be named, Image 1.JPG No underscores or special characters.

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials
1. 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.
2. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
3. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
4. Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits, i.e. 01 jpg, 02 jpg, 03 jpg, etc.
5. All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named: Album Title.zip (e.g. Summer Wedding.zip).
6. Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.
7. Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.

For color management help, see Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials
• Digital Files: Monitor Settings, D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma

• $10.00 per image for PPANM members registered by Feb. 20, 1:00 am MST.
Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of your entry.
The decision of the PPANM Photographic Competition Committee is final.

Images can portray a subject or subjects from all walks of life and should reflect the personality of the subject(s).
• Children – This sub-category must contain a child or children from birth to age 16.
• High School Senior – This sub-category portrays a male or female age 16 to 18.
• Animal – This sub-category captures an animal(s) portrait using structured lighting in a studio or outdoor environment, where the animal is controlled by the owner or photographer.
• General Portrait – This sub-category includes families, groups, couples and adults (18 and older), relationships, models and fashion portraits, in addition to tastefully artistic figure studies.

Capturing the beauty of nature, wildlife, industry and architectural areas is considered illustrative.
• Landscape/Nature – This sub-category shares joy and adventures while expressing a sense of place. Wild animals in an uncontrolled lighting environment, flowers, seascapes, cityscapes, urban landscapes, and sunsets with or without people can be placed here.
• Illustrative/Commercial – This sub-category is used when images are created for a commercial client to advertise a product and promote a brand or company. This can be an interior or exterior of a structure or within an industrial environment. Illustrative can also be conceptual images that tell a story.

Images created at or in connection with a wedding.

Multiple images combined into a collection exclusively showcasing a specific event.
Event – This sub-category is a collection of images highlighting one or more individuals, associated with a social event, and held at a destination other than a studio.
Non-Event – This sub-category contains a group or selection of images used to express people, places, or things, not specifically in a social setting.

A conceptual image altered or manipulated from its original condition. Creations can be a subtle application using post processing techniques, or a dramatic combination of details to suggest a larger story. The artist is responsible for the idea behind the image and the work done to create the finished art piece.

Creative Open
Consists of images that have additional elements not created by the maker. All elements not created by the maker must be shown in a guide image.