Print Competition Boot Camp


Mark McCall, M. Photog. M. Artist Cr.CPP

Sunday, June 25 – 10:00AM – Noon, 1:30PM – 5:30PM

“What are the Judges looking for”?  Sounds familiar, right? Follow Mark’s journey into the often scary world of PPA Print Competition.  Learn the tricks that have brought him success in TPPA and PPA Print Competition.

We’ll turn the 12 Elements on its head and give you Mark’s version of the 12 Elements that will shake up everything you’ve been taught. This is real life, not just words on paper.

You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence to get those print merits…and get them regularly.

You’ll learn:
*One type of image almost always merits. Find out what it is and how to create it.
*Two subjects are usually better than one, find out why.
*See Mark’s SECRET WEAPON he uses in almost every competition piece he enters.
*One thing will drive down the score of any competition print. Find out what it is and how to avoid it.
*Learn how to squeeze an extra point or two by paying close attention to an overlooked area…the mat!!!
*Different Levels of Competition
*See the Juror’s Charge, the video every Juror must watch before sitting on a panel.
*Storytelling goes a long way. Learn to tell or create a story within your image that can make a less-than-perfect image score much higher. PPA ranks Story Telling as #12 on the list of 12 Elements, but Mark has it ranked #2!!!   See the completely new 12 Element List!
*Find out what type of paper to use with what type of image.
*What mounting material?…yes, it makes a difference.
*Learn about printing, subject matter, where to find inspiration and most importantly, learn what the judges are looking for and what they’ll ding you for.
*Learn to use PPA’s own rulebook in your favor to earn the coveted Photographer of the Year Award.
*Entering client work vs shooting for Competition. Which is better? The answer will surprise you.
*Printing your work vs entering digitally, which is better? Another shocking answer!
*Hear a few of Mark’s funny print competition stories….real things that have happened in Print Competition.

Listen to Mark talk about Image Competition on “The Photo Tellers” radio show.

We will also take a peek behind the curtain to see what goes on those back rooms during an Image competition as well as watching some of the LIVE competition taking place as photographers from across the state vie for honors in the actual TPPA State Competition.

We want to take away the fear you may have of entering images and get you prepared for competition and to see you earning those trophies and awards. You will learn you’re capable of so much more than you imagined. TPPA believes that participating in the image competition process and earning those PPA degrees help improve your chances for success and sets you apart from the crowd. We want to see you succeed!

Image Competition Boot Camp runs Sunday, June 25 from 10 AM – Noon and continues from 2 PM – 5:30 PM.

Image Competition Boot Camp is FREE with your registration to Summerfest. Space is limited so register early!

Print Competition Boot Camp
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