Photographic Open Rules

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Photographic Open Rules2018-08-29T21:07:02+00:00

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

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic prints, digital files, physical albums, and/or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Through this competition, TPPA members are also eligible for trophies, ribbons, and TPPA Fellowship Points.

These rules pertain to images entered as prints or 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
2.    Entrants may submit either 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.    Once an image has been awarded a score of 80 or above in any category of PPA competition or the TPPA Annual Photographic Competition, it may not be entered again in any other category.  This includes any image from an album scoring 80 or higher.


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 TPPA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of TPPA’s display, publication and promotion or other use of each image submitted to TPPA.
4.    The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
5.    Entrants may enter more than one case.
6.    A maximum of eight entries in any combination of Photographic Open, Artist or Album entries may be submitted into the competition in a single case.
7.    Only print cases with a minimum of 4 entries will be considered for Top 10 Print Case Awards and the High Print Case Awards.  Album scores are included in overall case scores.
8.    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.
9.    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 TPPA Photographic Competition Chairman, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall be disqualified.
10.    No two entries shall be of the same subject.
11.  Entry media includes photographic prints, digital files, physical albums, and digital albums.


Registration opens in May. All registration takes place at:

Members may enter one case with any combination or Photographic Open, Artist and Album entries.


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.
EVENT ALBUM: EVENT albums consist of time‐sensitive social events, such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, etc.
MULTI‐MAKER EVENT ALBUM: Images in the album must be the work of the entrants (up to three), 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.
NON‐EVENT ALBUM:  NON-EVENT albums consist of portrait and storytelling albums.

– Images may be 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 will not be accepted.
– No material may be added to the front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.
– A digital reference file must be submitted with each print entry. This file must match the submitted print entry, both image and presentation (if a real mat is used on the print, a reasonable facsimile must be used in the digital file). File specifications are the same as under the Digital Submission categories.
– If a print is submitted and correctly entered, the print will be judged.


– 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.
– Multi-Maker Album Entries:
– Each entrant must have a separate print case entry registered.
– Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.


– 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


– 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 (e.g. Summer
– Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.
– Multi-Maker Album Entries:
– Each entrant must have a separate print case entry registered.
– Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.


– $59.00 Case Fee Deadline is 9:00pm CST., June 23, 2018. Case Fee includes up to 4 image entries in any combination of physical and digital entries and album entries – either physical or digital.  Photographic Open, Artist and Album entries may all be entered as a single case.
– $10.00 for each additional image entry added to the case with a maximum of 8 entries per case.
– $10.00 per image for image critiques. Please allow 4-to-6 weeks following the completion of the competition.

All physical print cases must be delivered by Sunday June 24th, 11:00 am

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

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