Photographic Competition: How Images Are Judged

Michael Timmons M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, F-ASP

Often, the most nerve-wracking part about a competition is not knowing what the judges want. Well, put those worries aside because PPA instructor Michael Timmons is here to tell you exactly how images are judged in print competition. It’s like getting the questions on the test before you take it!

First, you’ll discuss the different ways you can enter and the merits associated with each. Learn about districts and IPC; understand the differences between the photographic and artist open categories. Discover how you earn merits with loan collection and general collection images. Once you know how to enter, Michael walks you through the specifications for print and digital images. Discuss minimum and maximum sizes of your prints; delve into pixels, calibration and digital details. Explore mounting, metering and even how to set up your prints at the competition – Michael even has a chart, showing where to set your easel compared to the judges’ chairs!

Best of all, Michael shares how images are judged. Learn how points are awarded, the scoring categories, the rotation of judges and so much more. You’ll even discuss how challenges and reviews are handled and the processes for each. As each layer of mystique and mystery is revealed, the competition process becomes less and less formidable. This is an info-packed class and as you learn all the details and definitions, feel your confidence in print competition soar!

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Michael Timmons Bio

Michael E. Timmons owns and operates Gallery 143 and the Portrait Gallery in Vassar, Michigan. The Gallery clients includes NASCAR Teams, Hendricks Motor Sports, Drury Inns, and McDonalds Restaurants, in addition to banks, hotels, businesses, doctors' offices, and private collectors. The Portrait Gallery is an all inclusive portrait studio photographing portraits, high school seniors, children, families, commercial and underclass.

Michael Timmons is a published poet, writer, artist, and photographer. He has been involved in the arts for over 38 years. Michael has lectured around the world and at local, state and regional conventions. He has presented programs several times at the Professional Photographers of America International Convention.  Michael is also an approved PPA International Juror and a PPA Jury Chairman.

Michael has received his Master of Photography, Master Artist and Photographic Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America, in addition to receiving the Imaging Excellence award.  Michael also was awarded the Fellowship degree from the American Society of Photographers. He is also a Certified Professional Photographer. 

Michael is a past president of the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association, has served on the Portrait Group for Professional Photographers of America, including Chairman of the committee, and has also served PPA as a member of the Photographic Exhibitions Committee, including Vice Chairman, and several years as a PPA councilor.  Michael is currently serving on the Professional Photographers of America Board of Directors as Vice President for 2014 - 2015. Michael has also served on the board of directors of the Professional Photographers of the Ozarks. Michael has received the Arkansas Distinguished Service Award, the Michigan Service Award, and the American Society of Photographers Service Award. Michael also received the coveted “National Award,” from the Professional Photographers of America.