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JohnHeckler
11-30-2010, 10:10 PM
So, before the District organizational changes, most (all?) State competitions did not seal their merit awarded prints however Regional's (all?) did, correct?

In any event, am I correct in understanding that ALL District level print comps will seal merit prints for Nationals?

Rick_Massarini
11-30-2010, 10:57 PM
State level competitions have never been able to grant seals of approval unless they were held in conjunction with a PPA Regional Judging that was supervised by the PPA PEC. Some states hosted the regional judgings along with their annual conventions, so their state judging became a combination state and regional judging. This is the relationship of Texas PPA and Southwest PPA - they alternate years with Texas PPA organizing the convention one year and SWPPA organizing the convention the next - but the judging is always run by the Southwest PPA under the supervision of the PPA-PEC. The five district judgings are the only places that can grant PPA Seals of Approval which will automatically become merits when submitted to the PPA International Judging in June.

Jeff_Dachowski
11-30-2010, 11:04 PM
State level competitions have never been able to grant seals of approval unless they were held in conjunction with a PPA Regional Judging that was run by the PPA PEC. Some states hosted the regional judgings, so their state judging was a combination state and regional judging. The five district judgings are the only places that can grant PPA Seals of Approval which will automatically become merits when submitted to the PPA International Judging in June.

RIck,
I want to point out that although you are correct, recently states such as Illinois were in fact their own regional. Indiana joined with them a few years back, and states started swapping in and out of regional....Iowa out than in HOA, Rocky mountain region in SW, just for the judging etc.


Jeff

Rick_Massarini
11-30-2010, 11:15 PM
RIck,
I want to point out that although you are correct, recently states such as Illinois were in fact their own regional. Indiana joined with them a few years back, and states started swapping in and out of regional....Iowa out than in HOA, Rocky mountain region in SW, just for the judging etc.


Jeff

In any case, if the state had enough participants that it grew large enough to become it's own regional, then it was, in fact, a regional judging, and not really a state judging. It had to be supervised and blessed by PPA-PEC in order for them to grant seals of approval. When some regionals had issues, PEC allowed the state members to send their prints to other regionals for the judging. We had some other states (non SWPPA member states) send their images to Southwest for the last couple of years due to various issues within their regional associations.

The main point here is that state judgings run under their own rules and regulations and are not under the supervision of the PPA-PEC. PPA cannot write rules that specify the qualifications necessary to be a judge for a state judging, since the states are all independent associations - so no "state run" judging can grant PPA Seals of approval - only PPA-PEC approved supervised judgings that have a panel of PEC approved jurors and approved jury chairmen and are run in strict compliance with PPA-PEC rules can grant seals of approval - and those are usually regionals - (Now the Five Districts).

One drawback is that if your state judging is a regional judging, you get only one chance to test your images before sending them to the International Judging since you can enter only one regional per year (the exception being EI and Commercial which are judged only at the SEPPA regional).