Entries will be judged by a panel of qualified photographic experts. Submissions are judged against a standard of excellence using PPA’s 12 elements of a merit image. The 12 elements are Impact, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Style, Composition, Presentation, Color Balance, Center of Interest, Lighting, Subject Matter, Technique, and Story Telling.
The point system is used with scores ranging from 100 to 0 as follows: Exceptional 100-95, superior 94-90, Excellent 89-85, Deserving of Merit 84-80, Above Average 79-76, Average 75-74, Acceptable 73-70, and Unacceptable 69-0. The final score shall be the official score on these and on any challenged Image.
Entries will be disqualified if the photographer’s name, studio name or title appears on the image entry. No two images shall be of the same subject (i.e., same model, models, subject, etc.) Each entry must be distinctly different. This includes the same model in different clothing or in separate sittings. All entries must be titled to be eligible.
General and Masters Exhibitions will be judged at the same time, but will be separated for awards and trophies. Work done under the supervision of an instructor or mentor is not eligible. Entries previously entered in an INPPA Exhibition are not eligible. Judges may discuss any Image entered; however there will be a two (2) minute time limit placed on each print. If a score is challenged, the print will be given an additional two (2) minutes. Judges may leave the judging table to view the image closer. Members and guests may attend the judging but must remain silent. If for any reason a judge disqualifies himself, an alternate judge will sit in for the judging of that image only. The print chairman will have final ruling in the interpretation of the competition rules.
To see the full list of rules click here (you must be logged into the INPPA website and have dues current).