The District Rules Are Now Online! Take this Opportunity to Read Over Exactly What You Need to do to Qualify for the Photo Competitions

2/05/2020

District Competition Rules 

Before you can compete, you need to understand the ground rules and regulations for the competitions you wish to enter. 

Here is a sneak peek of what you should know for every category:

District Photographic Open Competition Rules

  1. 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”.
  2. For digital album entries, all individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named: Album Title.zip (e.g., Summer Wedding.zip).
  3. 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.

District Artist Competition Rules 

  1. Entrants need to be PPA members to compete in the Artist Competition.
  2. For physical print entries, 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”.
  3. For digital image entries, 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, the total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when necessary, so long as they are JPG/10.

District Wedding Competition Rules

  1. For digital album entries, studio identification or entrant's name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.
  2. For physical print entries, a digital reference file must be submitted with each 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.
  3. For digital image entries, 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, the total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when necessary, so long as they are JPG/10.

The following rules just scratch the surface of what you need to do to be eligible for each competition. To find out more of what you need to know, head over to the district rules! 

District competition registration will open on March 5th. The early deadline is May 7th and the final deadline is May 21st. Don’t miss out for a chance to have your artwork critiqued by some of the best PPA- approved jurors. We can’t wait to see you there! 


While you’re preparing to create artwork for the district competitions, head over to the vast collection of articles that PPA has to offer so that you can learn crucial techniques to stand apart from the competition. Don’t forget to join PPA today to receive all of our other resources to further your photography journey.