Competition Guidelines

Judging Guidelines for PPAC 2017 1st Half ONLINE Competition


The PPAC 2017 1st Half ONLINE Competition is open to all photographers including PPAC members/ non-members Worldwide. PPAC offers discount rate for “5 online submissions, free the 6th submission”. For PPAC Gold member, free the 1st& 2ndonline submissions. Submission costs USD16 each. 

Entries category 
Entries are divided into four (10) categories:

1.Pre-wedding/Creative Pre-wedding photography: Bride & Groom together on Non-Wedding Day or Bride or Groom Alone on Non-Wedding Day  

2.Wedding photography: Images of Bride & Groom together created on their wedding day; Bride or Groom Alone: Wedding Day(The bride or groom is featured on his or her own.) Bridal Party / Family and Friends (The bridal party are the main theme including images of family and friends.)Wedding Details: Accessories of the bride, groom, ceremony or reception are featured as the emphasis in this category.  

Participating photos can only be based on natural brightness, contrast, color saturation of moderate adjustment. Too much computer system or special technology processing is not allowed.

Please keep the original non-edited image that is taken with smartphone and we reserved the rights to ask the original picture for checking process.  

3.Portraits: single or multi image works. Portraits may include creative and commercial photo shooting.   

4.  Children/Composite Children: children portrait: a single or more than one child photo, creative composite photo is accepted; but family photographs will not be accepted. 

5.Creative-Portrait Contemporary:  single or multi image works. Portraits needs to be creative. This will mean different things to different judges. Your job is to impress the judges.   

6.Landscape: Image must be photographic in origin (taken with a camera), but there are no restrictions on post-production except that any post-production must be the work of the entrant. You cannot have someone else edit or work on the image for you. We consider this part of the art of landscape photography.   

7.  Smart phone portrait: single or multi image works. Image must be taken with smartphone, and post-production could be edited by smartphone or computer. You cannot have someone else edit or work on the image for you. Please keep the original non-edited image that is taken with smartphone and we reserved the rights to ask the original picture for checking process. 

8.Smart phone Landscape: Image must be taken with smartphone, and post-production could be either edited by smartphone or computer. You cannot have someone else edit or work on the image for you. Please keep the original non-edited picture that is taken with smartphone and we reserved the rights to ask the original image for checking process.  

9. New Category: Humanities: There is no time limit as to when the photos were taken. They can be taken on one occasion or over a period of time. Only the necessary retouching which will not change the original appearance of the photo is allowed. All photos are prohibited from synthesis, addition, deletion or major changes in color. Images converted to black and white is allowed. Photos with frames, special backgrounds or other decorative effects will not be accepted.

10. New Category: Pregnancy: single or multi image works with at least one is pregnant. Portraits may include creative photo shooting.   

The PPAC 2017 1st Half ONLINE Competition; the entry deadline is on Apr 21, 2017. 

Entry form 
You cannot have someone else edit or work on the image for you. 

The image except the Humanities category should be taken within 2-3 years, from Jan1, 2015 till now. 

The longest dimension of the preliminary network photos should be larger than 1200 pixels. The size of each picture is less than 2 m. The resolution is 300 dpi. The format is JPG with color mode SRGB. Watermark, texture decoration and art frame are not accepted. The organizers shall have the right without notice the author be disqualified. Participants can submit more than one photo, but same photo submitted more than one category shall not be accepted. Any participants are found not in strict accordance with the above rules will be disqualified.

Marks: 
100              Gold Level(Distinction)- Excellence 
90-99           Gold Level-Very good 
85-89           Silver Level-Good 
80-84           Bronze Level-Good 
70-79           Above Standard 
69 or below   Average

Scrolling Standard : 
Composition(Creativity) 20% 
Technical Competence 20% 
Post Production 20% 
Lighting 20% 
Presentation (Story Telling) 20% 

Competition prizes and Awards
Each group respectively has:  
1st, 2nd & 3rd prize with the badge, free for 1year gold membership extension   and printed certificate will be courier to your provided address. 

And each photography with gold level, silver level and bronze level will be received a certificate particular download link honoring his or her achievement and ready for printing by yourself.

The best pictures with particular points or above in the 1st half competition and the 2nd half will be entered in the final round to join the final print competition.  The particular points will be announced or or before October, 2017. All finalist will be invited to join the PPAC 2018 International Award (Stay tuned for the Detail)   

Notice 

PPAC reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify and/or remove any Entry that does not comply with the Rules. 

You warrant and represent, in respect of each Entry submitted by You, as follows:
• You are the sole owner and author of each Entry; 
• You have the right to make Your Entry available to the Competition; 
• Your Entry(s) does not contain any infringing, threatening, false, misleading, abusive, harassing, libelous, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, scandalous, inflammatory, pornographic, profane or illegal content; 
• Each entry does not infringe upon the copyrights, trademarks, contract rights, or any other intellectual property rights of any third person or entity, or violate any person's rights of privacy or publicity or photos from learning workshop. Entrants agree to participate in related publicity and to the use of their name and likeness for the purposes of advertising, promotion and publicity without additional compensation.