Palo Duro Canyon

TPPA Social:  Palo Duro Canyon and the Texas Outdoor Musical!

When: June 13
Time:  Sunday

Where:  Palo Duro Canyon near Canyon, Texas

TPPA hits the road for a trip to Palo Duro Canyon.  Bring a friend or the entire family!

Know as, “The Grand Canyon of Texas”, Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the country.  Experience the canyon’s rugged beauty and enjoy its colorful history.

Things to Do

Explore the canyon by foot, mountain bike, horse or car. The park has more than 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.  Camp, geocache, study nature or bird watch.

Explore the area on your own way.  While we are not organizing activities on an “official” level, we do know that there will be folks camping on Saturday and Sunday Night, some plan to do some night sky photography,  and some will get up early to capture a sunrise over the canyon.  Still, others will do some serious hiking while some will enjoy a leisurely drive through the park.

Choose from campsites with water and electricity, tent sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas. Stay in one of three cabins on the canyon’s rim or four Cow Camp cabins on the canyon floor.  You can also stay in a hotel in nearby Canyon or Amarillo.

New to Palo Duro Canyon: Glamping (luxury camping)! Each glamping site is fully furnished with air conditioning, luxury rustic furnishings, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, games, bicycles, gas grills and gas fire pits, covered porches with rockers, porch swings, and much more. More information on glamping at Palo Duro Canyon.

Then, cap off the night with a chuck wagon dinner and a ticket to the musical, Texas.

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOW set against an authentic tapestry of history, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800’s. Song and dance abound – and a generous helping of good ol’ Texas humor too – with spellbinding lighting, special effects and fireworks.

Our group will also enjoy a backstage tour before the show.

TPPA is securing tickets for the dinner, back stage tour, and the show so that we can sit together.  Order your tickets below.

Dinner and Ticket Price (Must be ordered by June 1)
Adult Dinner and Show Ticket – $53.00
Child 12 and under Dinner/Show – $40.00

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The “Texas 10” Workshops

The “Texas 10” is a series of photographic workshops that will be held throughout the state between late February and late March.

Workshops are taught by volunteer TPPA Members who are willing to share and promote the success of all photographers throughout Texas (and beyond).

These one-day workshops are offered locally to photographers of all skill levels. You do not have to be a member of TPPA to register for Texas 10 workshops.

Because many of the workshops are hosted in the photographer’s own studio, most of the workshops have a very limited capacity which also ensures everyone has an opportunity to work with the instructor and to ask questions.

Take one workshop or take them all! Secure your spot today in any of the Texas 10 workshops.

The “Texas 10” workshops are proud to be a part of the PPA Continuing Education System. PPA Members attending “Texas 10” workshops will earn one education merit for each workshop completed. PPA members earn merits to apply towards various degrees from PPA including the PPA Masters Degree and the PPA Craftsman Degree. To learn more about all of the benefits of PPA including the merits and degrees program, visit PPA.com.

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Artist Competition Rules

Please review thoroughly!
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 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, TPPA members are also eligible to earn trophies dedicated to Master Artist entries and TPPA Fellowship Points.

1. All entries must be registered at Printcompetition.com.
2. Entrants may only submit digital files for judging.
3. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.
4. Images which are entered into PPA’s District Competition are also eligible for the TPPA Annual Competition provided the images are submitted to TPPA’s competition prior to the start of the District Competition.
5. Once an image has been awarded a Merit vote in PPA District, IPC, or any previous TPPA Annual Photographic Competition, it may not be entered into the TPPA Annual Competition again. This includes any image from an album that has received a Merit vote.
6. Entrants do not need to be TPPA members to compete in the Artist Competition; however, only TPPA members are eligible for trophies and awards.

ELIGIBILITY

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 TPPA before, during, or after the competition. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the TPPA 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 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. 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 and the Top 10 in Texas Award.
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. 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. Guide images must be included on the submitted digital canvas

REGISTRATION
Registration opens March 1, 2021. All registration takes place at: printcompetition.com

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

Creative Open (Artist)
Restoration

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

– 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)

DEADLINES AND FEES

– Entry Deadline is 7:00pm CDT., March 24, 2021.

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

-Entry Fee is $15 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 TPPA Annual Photographic Competition.

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

 

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Wedding Competition Rules

Please review thoroughly!

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. Through this competition, TPPA members are also eligible for trophies, ribbons, and TPPA Fellowship Points.

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter digital photographic images 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.) In addition to the twelve elements, for an image to be merit-worthy in the wedding competition, additional evaluation may be considered for the entries that illustrate the personality of the subject or subjects and the story of the wedding as well as the artistic and technical skills of the image maker. Judges will keep in mind that the maker has limited control over many aspects of a wedding. For example: subject matter, environment and time of day. Ultimately, additional consideration may be given to the maker for technically and artistically executing at a merit level in spite of challenges involved at an actual wedding.

Images and all elements of an image in the Wedding Competition Images not created during the time constraints of the actual event may be entered in the TPPA’s Photographic Open competition. The entrant or entrants must have captured all elements of the final submission from that wedding. Images in the Wedding Competition should reflect the personality or personalities of the subject(s) or the story of the wedding as well as the personality, artistic, and technical skills of the image maker. Images should include some kind of visual wedding reference(s). The original captured image (in RAW, jpg, or film) must be available if requested by the TPPA Photographic Competition Committee.

    1. All entries must be registered at www.printcompetition.com.
    2. Entrants may only submit digital files for judging.
    3. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.
    4. Entrants do not need to be TPPA members to compete in the Wedding Competition, however, only TPPA members are eligible for trophies and awards.
    5. Images which are entered into PPA’s District Competition are also eligible for the TPPA Annual Competition provided the images are submitted to TPPA’s competition prior to the start of the District Competition.
    6. Once an image has been awarded a Merit vote in PPA District or IPC competition, or any previous TPPA Annual Photographic Competition, it may not be entered into the TPPA Annual Competition again. This includes any image from an album that has received a Merit vote.

ELIGIBILITY

  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. A maximum of eight entries is allowed in the Wedding Competition.
  6. A minimum of 4 entries is required to be considered for the Top Wedding Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the Wedding Competition) and the Top 10 in Texas Award (Top 10 scoring averages from the overall competition). Each album counts as one entry and album scores are included in overall case scores.
  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. 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 not be displayed or published.
  9. Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different concepts.
  10. Entry media includes digital files, and digital albums.

REGISTRATION

Registration opens March 1, 2021. All registration takes place at: www.printcompetition.com.

WEDDING COMPETITION CATEGORIES

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

  • WEDDING OPEN: Images eligible in the Wedding Open category must be created during the time constraints of the actual event.
  • WEDDING ALBUM: All images included in the Wedding Album must be created during the time constraints of the actual wedding event. You may enter as a single maker or a multi-maker; (2) photographers creating a minimum of twenty images each from the same wedding.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

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

DIGITAL ALBUM ENTRY

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

All albums must be submitted in digital form

  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.

VIEWING CONDITIONS FOR IMAGE REVIEW

For color management help, see Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

  • Digital Files: Monitor Settings, D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma

DEADLINES AND FEES

– Entry Deadline is 7:00pm CDT., March 24, 2021.

-TPPA 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 $15 per image.

-Entries include any combination of digital entries and digital album entries.

– $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 TPPA Annual Photographic Competition.

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

 

 

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Big Changes for 2021

TPPA has three competitions which include the Photographic Open Competition, the Artist Competition and the Wedding Competition. Entrants may now enter a maximum of eight entries in each of the Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding competitions.

The Photographic Open Competition serves those who compete with digital images created by traditional photographic processes as well as those captured electronically with a digital camera or scanner.

The Master Artist Competition serves those who compete with their skills in the PPA Master Artist Category using digital files.

The Wedding Competition allows photographers to enter digital files or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Images and all elements of an image in the Wedding Competition must be created during the time constraints of the actual event.

The 2021 edition of the Annual TPPA Photographic Competition has undergone some changes in the rules and awards. Here are the important highlights:

  • Digital Entries only for 2021: The Annual TPPA Photographic Competition will not be judging physical prints for 2021. Only digital entries will be accepted for this year’s judging.
  • The TPPA Annual Photographic Competition will adapt the same judging procedures that PPA uses: The TPPA Executive Council is committed to creating excellence for TPPA members. Our goal is to see our members overwhelmingly succeed at District Competition and IPC.  That is why we strive to make our Annual Competition as close to the caliber of the PPA competitions as possible.
  • All accepted images reviewed for awards:  TPPA uses two judging panels, so by eliminating scores from our judging, all jurors will now evaluate all images that were judged into the merit category for consideration of awards instead of relying on a high score where half of the judges did not have a voice in the outcome.
  • Participants will be able to watch the judging take place live: TPPA will live stream the judging so that you can watch the judging take place as it happen on your computer, tablet or phone.
  •  The TPPA Annual Awards Presentation will take place at 8:30PM on Saturday, April 24 at the Renaissance Hotel in Addison. Admission is free and all are welcome.

TPPA believes in the value of photographic competition to help build stronger artists and more profitable members. We take pride in using only Approved Jurors from IPCC and those who have attended the judging school at IPC who are working to become approved jurors. This makes the TPPA Photographic Competition a tough competition. Yet, it gives you the best feedback we can deliver on your images before you submit them to district and IPC competitions.

COMPETITION AWARD PINS
We offer Competition Award pins to recognize photographers who have entries scoring 80 or above based on the following:
♦ Bronze – 4 entries earning a Merit vote in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Silver – 5 entries earning a Merit vote in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Gold – 6 entries earning a Merit vote in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Platinum – 7 entries earning a Merit vote in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Diamond – 8 entries earning a Merit vote in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)

Three new Competition Awards have been added
Top Photographic Open Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the PO Competition)
Top Artist Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the Artist Competition)
Top Wedding Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the Wedding Competition)

New “Top 10” Awards
♦ Top 10 in Texas Award (Top 10 scoring averages from the overall competition. Requires a minimum of 4 entries in at least one of the three competitions: Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)

Entering the Competitions

– Entry Deadline is 7:00pm CDT., March 24, 2021.

-Entry Fee is $15 per entry. (Entries include any combination of digital entries and digital album entries.)

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

Recorded Critiques
You can now order a recorded judge’s critique for $10 per image requested. This is a great way to get personal feedback for your images.

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EDUCATION: Pet Photography

Practical Tips for Successful Pet Photography
Hosted by Margaret Bryant

EDUCATION: Pet Photography2019-09-19T16:05:06-05:00

EDUCATION: The Secrets to Success When Turning Pro

Merely owning a camera does not make one a photographer any more than owning a pencil makes one a poet. A successful career in professional photography is built upon a foundation of lighting, posing and sound business practices. Simply put, Steve Kozak teaches photographers how to become successful!

What would it mean to you and your family if you could get your photography business operating at a high level of success? If you are new to professional photography, or if you are considering portrait or wedding photography as a career, then this class is where it all begins. If you have been in business for a while but you are finding it hard to make it all work, do not miss this class! If you are self-taught, chances are good that you really don’t know what it is you don’t know. This class will open your eyes, heart and mind to building your career by design rather than by default.

EDUCATION: The Secrets to Success When Turning Pro2019-09-19T16:07:35-05:00

EDUCATION: Lighting for Sales

Join Cris and Deana Duncan at Texas School

 

Photography is a beautiful blend of art and science.  It is taking a vision in your head and then knowing the recipe to create it in the camera.

EDUCATION: Lighting for Sales2019-09-19T16:08:53-05:00

EVENT: Photographing Whooping Cranes

Port Aransas – February 17

Join us in February as we photograph Whooping Cranes in their winter nesting grounds near Port Aransas.

EVENT: Photographing Whooping Cranes2019-09-19T16:11:28-05:00
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