IPC FAQs

>Competitions Home    >IPC Home     >IPC Results     >PPA Approved Print Cases     >IPC Video Tutorials     >IPC Resources & Downloads     >12 Elements of a Merit Image     >Mentor Booths at Imaging USA     >IPC Judges Workshop     >PPAedu IPC Classes

If I am entering a multi-maker album, does each maker have to be a PPA member? Does each maker have to pay a case fee?

Yes, both makers will need to register and pay the entry fee. Both makers to do not have to be a PPA member, but they would have to pay the non-member rate.

Back to Top


What is an approved print case?

Approved shipping cases are defined as those intended for reusable shipping of photographs or artwork. These would generally include straps, zippers, or twist type clasps and a space to attach shipping labels. Cases should not be shipped to us inside another box. A list of vendors can be found on the PPA website in the competition section.

Back to Top


Are images displayed individually?

Each separate image that is uploaded will be shown individually in slideshow form. 

Back to Top


What is the difference in PO and Artist categories?

In addition to consideration of the 12 elements of a merit image; for an image to be Merit worthy in the Master Artist Competition, additional evaluation is given to the skill level of the art work done to the image as well as creativity demonstrated by the maker. Ultimately the primary difference is the additional value or bias given to ability, technique and the quality of the process to achieve the final result. 

Back to Top


Can I mix a case of PO and Artist entries?

No. The Photographic Open (PO) and Artist competitions are separate competitions and degrees. You will need to register for both.

Back to Top


Where do sports photographs fall?

Sports images would be entered in the Illustrive category and reportage would be the subcategory.

Back to Top


Are portraits of brides or grooms entered in the portrait or wedding category?

Portraits of brides and grooms should be entered in the wedding subcategory.

Back to Top


How do I access my critique?

Critiques will be accessible in your "My PPA" page on the PPA website 3 to 5 weeks after the competition.

Back to Top


Can I include text in my entry?

Yes, text is acceptable on your image but you are not permitted to have your name or studio logo on the images.

Back to Top


What's the difference between a seal and a merit?

A "seal" is earned at PPA District competitions. This is not a merit until it is sent to the IPC. Images at the district that score 80 or higher will be given a seal. All sealed images that are sent into IPC will be given a merit and judged for the Loan Collection. 

Back to Top


Can I enter the same subject in PO and Art cases?

No. The same subject rules apply to both competitions.

Back to Top


Can I enter the same subject if they are treated differently and are unrecognizable?

No. There is no provision in the rule that allows for same subject to be used even if they are unrecognizable.

Back to Top


Do I have to enter District before I can enter IPC?

No, you can enter directly to IPC without entering the district competiton. The advantage to entering the district first, is that it gives you a chance to get feedback and make changes to your images prior to the IPC.

Back to Top


Can I enter Districts other than my own?

Yes, you can enter a distict other than your own, but you can only receive a "seal" from your own district.

Back to Top


What if my file size is larger than the suggested minimum after compression?

If your file is too big the system will not acccept it. We would like you to make your image as close to the accepted size as possible.

Back to Top


Can I change a sealed image?

Once an image has a "seal," you cannot make any changes to the image or title or you will lose your seal. If you make changes, the image would be rejudged for merit.

Back to Top


Do I have to be a CPP to enter IPC?

No, everyone is welcome to enter IPC. The CPP program is a great program but not a requirement for IPC.

Back to Top


Can I enter the same image again if it didn't seal or merit?

Yes. You can enter an images as many times as you want until it merits. Once an images merits you will not be permitted to enter it again in either PO or the Artist competition.

Back to Top


I forgot to send in my sealed image from a previous year, what are my options?

You can enter your image in the current year's competition but the seal would not be valid, or you can pay the previous year's IPC entry fee and the merit would be added to your record. Your images would not be judged for the Loan Collection.

Back to Top


I did not request a critique. Can I still get one?

Unfortunatly you can't. All critiques need to be ordered at the time of the competition.

Back to Top


Can I change an image or title after registering and uploading?

Yes, you will need to contact PPA customer service at 800.786.6277 and they will assist you.

Back to Top


Can I send my artist and PO prints in the same print case?

No. The PO and Artist competitions are separate and the return cases are given separate tracking numbers. To insure your images are returned,  you will need to send them in different cases.

Back to Top


What can I do if my sealed print is damaged from shipping when I get it back from the district competition?

You will need to contact Rich Newell, IPC manager at PPA (Rnewell@ppa.com) and inform him that your image has been damaged. You will need to send the damaged print with the "seal" and the new print. The new print should match the old print exactly.

Back to Top


What is the difference between local, state and district competitions?

State and local competitions are a great place to get feedback on your images. These competitions are not run by PPA but, most follow the PPA guidelines for image competitions. PPA district competitions and the IPC are organized by PPA and overseen by the Photographic Exhibition Committee (PEC). Seals and merits can only be earned at a PPA district competition or the IPC.

Back to Top


Do I have to send my prints to districts and IPC in an approved print case?

If you enter physical prints at the district level you will need to send your images in an approved print case. At the IPC, you have the option of sending your images in a box. If you choose to use a box, your images will not be returned to you.

Back to Top


Live Chat is closed