Southwest Artist District Rules

Please review thoroughly!

The purpose of this 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, PPA members are also eligible to achieve PPA Artist Exhibition Merits toward the PPA Master Artist degree.

1. All entries must be registered at

2. Entrants may submit prints, digital files or a combination for judging.

3. Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image (print or file) entered. NOTE: For print entries, the digital file submitted MUST match both the image and presentation. If, for example, the submitted print has a mat and the digital file does not show the mat, the entry will be disqualified.

4. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.


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 PPA before, during or after the competition. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the International Photographic Competition Committee, 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. Printing may be done under their direct supervision.

3. The entrant's name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.

4. A maximum of four entries may be submitted per entrant.

5. 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.

6. No two entries shall be of the same subject.

7. Entries bearing the PPA Affiliated Exhibition Seal of Approval and submitted according to the rules of entry will be automatically accepted for exhibition only when submitted to the next PPA International Competition immediately following the District competition where awarded. (Entries submitted from within the maker's assigned District are eligible for Seals of Approval and will be validated at registration).

8. Entry media includes photographic prints or digital files.

9. Once an image has been awarded an exhibition merit in any category of PPA competition, it may not be entered again in any other category, at any time, by any entrant. No image that receives a merit may be entered more than once under any condition, including any image from a merited album.

10. Makers may choose to have their Artist entries judged digitally or with physical prints.

11. Entries in the Artist category shall include any subject and must have guide images.

12. Guide images, must be included on the submitted digital canvas or mounted/included on the face of the print.

13. A maximum of four entries may be submitted per entrant.

14. Entrants do not need to be PPA members to compete, and can enter this Artist Competition. Only PPA members can earn merits when PPA Seal of Approval images are entered in the PPA International Photographic Competition.


Registration opens Feb 10, 2017. Register at


  • Images may be submitted in any shape and size on a mount board a minimum of 80 square inches to a maximum of 480 square inches, with the largest dimension no longer than 24".
  • Print entries must be mounted on a standard mount material (double weight mat board, gator board, ¼" foam, or Sintra). Recommended mounting thickness is 1/8" to 3/8". "Float" mounting is accepted at entrant's risk for damage. Images on metal and mounted to another standard material must have rounded corners and smooth edges. No mount that could potentially damage other entries or pose a danger to print handlers will be accepted. Masonite, glass, stretcher frames or conventional frames will not be accepted.
  • No material may be added to the front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.
  • A digital reference file must be submitted with each print entry. This file must match the submitted print entry, both image and presentation (if a real mat is used on the print, a reasonable facsimile must be used in the digital file). File specifications are the same as under the Digital Submission categories.
  • If a print is submitted and correctly entered, the print will be judged.


See Video Tutorial:

  • 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 JPEG/10.
  • Files are to be named, Image 1.JPEG  No underscores or special characters


For color management help, see Video Tutorial:

  • Prints: LED lighting, 3000K, EV8 (ISO 100, f/16@ 1 sec.)
  • Digital Files: Monitor Settings, D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma


  • $129.00 for PPA members registered by 5:00pm est., Mar. 10, 2017. (non‐members: $65 additional)
  • Please note, effect in 2017  any PPA member that entered a 2017 district competition will pay a reduced case fee for IPC of $50.00 for PPA members registered by 5:00pm est., June 20, 2017
  • $164.00 for PPA members registering  March 10, 2017 after 5:00pm est., through March 16, 2017 at 5:00pm. No registrations accepted after March 16, 2017 at 5:00 pm est.
  • $39.00 per case for image critiques. Please allow 4 to 6 week following the completion of the competition.  Critiques will be posted in your “My PPA” account
  • Physical print entry cases must be received by Mar. 16, 2017


For print entries to be returned, they must be shipped in an approved print case.

Ship to:

PPA SW District Photographic Competition
Attn: Michael Scalf Sr  
617 N Main Ave  #1779  
Blanchard, OK 73010
PPA assumes no responsibility for damage to entries or print cases.

The pre-registered case hand delivery time is Mar. 23, 2017 between 2 PM and 7 PM at the  

Tower Hotel, Grand Ballroom Salon C
3233 Northwest Expressway  
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73112

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



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