CPP Image Submission Overview and Resources

Image Submission Information and Application

To assist you in correctly completing the image upload process, please follow these simple steps and guidelines:

  • Complete the Application for Image Submission
  • Enter ALL the required information.Image Submission Video 2
  • Upon submission of this application, an automated response is generated containing a link for where to upload your images. (Please check your spam/junk folder if you did not receive this email into your inbox.)
  • Upload each image separately.
  • Select the "SUBMIT" icon after successfully uploading your last image.
  • Fifteen (15) photographic images are required.
  • The first six (6) images uploaded must fit within the new compulsory guidelines showing a standardized technical proficiency that all professional photographers, regardless of specialty, should know. (These images may come directly from client files or may be set up to demonstrate the technique that is required.)
  • The remaining nine (9) images must be representative of your purchased work from nine (9) unique photographic assignments in the last 24 months.
  • No two assignments entered may be of the same subject, even if they were commissioned at the same time from different clients.
  • The image submissions should reflect in proportion the types of photography work/services you provide.
  • Images must not have any identification (name/studio/logo) on them. Images with identifying marks of this kind will result in an immediate disqualification for the entire portfolio.
  • Images should be prepared as they are for a client, (as opposed to competition/salon images).

It is suggested that you use Adobe Photoshop or Elements to edit your images. Your largest side, vertical or horizontal, should be 650 PIXELS. JPG images should be saved in sRGB mode medium quality (5 or 6). File names should contain no spaces or special characters.

Individuals will be notified of their results once all portfolios have been judged.

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Image Submission Compulsory Videos

Check out these amazing videos that will help you understand what the CPP Image Submission Judges' are looking for in the compulsory section of your portfolio.

The first video will look at the three mandatory compulsory images and the second video will review your options for the three elective compulsory images.

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Image Submission Requirements and Sample Images

As you start to prepare your portfolio of 15 images we suggest you review the Image Submission Requirements found in this document. Remember your portfolio must be comprised of 6 Compulsory images (3 required and 3 elective) as well as your additional 9 "purchased images".

Your client images should represent what you do in a normal course of business. That may be small product work, weddings, pets, portraits, headshots, sports, or other subjects. Keep in mind that images should represent actual client work from paying jobs, not self-assignments.

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Image Submission Dates

The Professional Photographic Certification Committee is pleased to announce the following Image Submission Dates. The Image Submission will be open during the following time periods:

  • Friday, February 13, 2015 12PM (noon) ET - Friday, February 27, 2015 12PM (noon) ET
  • Friday, April 10, 2015 12PM (noon) ET - Friday, April 24, 2015 12PM (noon) ET
  • Friday, June 12, 2015 12PM (noon) ET - Friday, June 26, 2015 12PM (noon) ET
  • Friday, August 14, 2015 12PM (noon) ET - Friday, August 28, 2015 12PM (noon) ET
  • Friday, October 9, 2015 12PM (noon) ET - Friday, October 23, 2015 12PM (noon) ET

Candidates may submit images for the selected judging period by registering online using the Image Submission Application. The link to upload images electronically will be sent after registering. Registration will open approximately two weeks before the deadline. Candidates may upload images at any time during the two week window, but must upload all images before the deadline to be eligible for judging.

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The Secrets to CPP Image Submission

Watch this webinar to learn what it takes to create a passing portfolio and what makes a successful CPP image. You will also learn the dos and don'ts of image submission, what makes a strong compulsory image, which elective images are the best to submit and detailed explanation of each type of image.

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Analyzing Image Submissions Before Your Submission

This article by Dr. Glenn M. Cope, Cr.Photog., API, CPP, EA-ASP, offers reminders and thoughts on reviewing your image submission portfolio before you upload your submission.

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CPP Image Submission Definitions

Read through the CPP Image Submission Judging Definitions to make sure your images meet the CPP Judging standard. If your Image Submission portfolio doesn't pass you can use this guide to supplement the Judges' comments!

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Image Submission Portfolio Article

Read this article, Winning for Losing: Lessons learned from the CPP Quest,  published in Professional Photographer magazine about one candidate's journey through the image submission process. You will see first-hand what it takes to build a successful portfolio.

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