IPC Rules

Congratulations on making the decision to enter into the IPC! This is a fantastic opportunity to put your skills to the test and to grow as an artist.

And whether you’re entering the Photographic Open Competition category or the Artist Competition category (have you made your pick yet?), we recommend you take some time to go over the rules and regulations for each.

There are plenty of resources to prepare you to submit your best possible entry. And the rules are explained extensively below because we want you to excel! There are several layers of rules, and you’ll even find some handy instructions. Don’t rush through this page, because failure to comply with IPC’s rules could result in your disqualification! We don’t want that!

Where to start? Pick the category you’re planning on competing in and read away:

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Please review thoroughly!

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic prints, digital files, physical albums, and/or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image (for more information, go to PPA.com/IPC). Through this competition, PPA members are also eligible to achieve PPA exhibition merits toward the Master of Photography degree.

These rules pertain to images entered as prints or digital files created by traditional photographic processes as well as those captured electronically with a digital camera or scanner:

  1. All entries must be registered at PPA.com.
  2. Entrants may submit either 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.
  5. Entrants do not need to be PPA members to compete in the Photographic Open Competition. Only PPA members who are entering within their home District are eligible to receive PPA Seals of Approval. Only PPA members can earn merits when PPA Seal of Approval images are entered in the PPA International Photographic Competition
  6. Entries previously merited at any PPA International Competition are not eligible, including any image from a merited album.
  7. Images and prints are not restricted to the previous 16”x20” non‐master format. See size requirements below.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure or exposures.
  2. All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering, were done by the entrant or under their direct supervision.
  3. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold PPA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of PPA’s display, publication and promotion or other use of each image submitted to PPA.
  4. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
  5. A maximum of four entries may be submitted per entrant.
  6. 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.
  7. Any entry that has been created from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be judged, accepted or displayed. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the IPCC, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall not be displayed or published.
  8. Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different.  (Background, location, clothing, and concept). 
  9. 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 Photographic 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.)
  10. Entry media includes photographic prints, digital files, physical albums, and digital albums.
  11. 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.

REGISTRATION

Registration opens June 14, 2019. Register at PPA.com/IPC.

PHOTOGRAPHIC OPEN COMPETITION CATEGORIES

You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.

  • PORTRAIT: Consists of portrait or wedding images.
  • ILLUSTRATIVE: Consists of commercial/industrial images, scenics, pictorials, digital paintings and similar subject matter. Portraits and weddings are not appropriate for this category.
  • Creative Open:  Consists of images that have additional elements not created by the maker. All elements not created by the maker must be shown in a guide image.
  • ALBUM: albums consist social events, such bar mitzvahs, etc. or albums of portrait and storytelling albums.
  • MULTI‐MAKER ALBUM: Images in the album must be the work of the entrants (up to 2), with a minimum of 20 images per entrant. Each entrant must individually enter the competition and pay appropriate entry fees. Multi‐maker albums will be judged as one entry.

PRINT ENTRIES

  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. 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.
  3. No material may be added to the front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.
  4. 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.
  5. If a print is submitted and correctly entered, the print will be judged.

PHYSICAL ALBUM ENTRIES

  1. Album cover size must be between 63‐400 square inches.
  2. No multiple volume albums are allowed.
  3. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
  4. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
  5. Any studio identification or entrant’s name in the album must be covered.
  6. Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

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

DIGITAL ALBUM ENTRY

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

  1. All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4000 pixels, have an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10.
  2. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
  3. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
  4. Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits, i.e. 01 jpg, 02 jpg, 03 jpg, etc.
  5. All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named: Album Title.zip (e.g. Summer Wedding.zip).
  6. Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.
  7. Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.

VIEWING CONDITONS FOR IMAGE REVIEW

For color management help, see Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

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

DEADLINES & FEES

  • $99.00 for PPA members registered by 5:00pm EST., July18, 2019. (non‐members: $65 additional) if you didn’t enter a district competition.
  • $50.00 for PPA members registered by 5:00pm EST., July18, 2019 that entered images in the 2018 district competition
  • $130.00 for PPA members registering July18, 2019 through 5:00pm EST., Aug.1, 2019. No registrations accepted after Aug. 1. (non‐members: $90 additional)
  • $85.00 for PPA members that entered images in the 2019 district competition and are registering July18, 2019 through Aug.1, 2019 at 5:00pm EST. No registrations accepted after Aug.1, 2019.
  • $39.00 per case for image critiques. Please allow 4-to-6 weeks following the completion of the competition. Critiques will be posted in your “My PPA” account.
  • Physical print entry cases must be received within 7 days of entry deadline.

SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For print entries to be returned, they must be shipped in an approved print case. Entries may be shipped in any serviceable box, but they will not be returned. For more information go to: PPA.com/IPC
  2. Ship to: PPA Photographic Competition, 229 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30303
  3. PPA assumes no responsibility for damage to entries or print cases.
  4. Images shipped in an approved print case will be returned within 30 days of the conclusion of Imaging USA.
  5. Entries accepted into the Loan Collection will not be returned.

 

Notes:

Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of your entry.

The decision of the International Photographic Competition Committee is final.

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 PPA.com.
  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.

REGISTRATION

Registration opens June 14, 2019. Register at: PPA.com/IPC

ELIGIBILITY

  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. Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different.  (Background, location, clothing, and concept). 
  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.

PRINT ENTRIES

  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. 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.
  3. No material may be added to the front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.
  4. 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.
  5. If a print is submitted and correctly entered, the print will be judged.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

  1. 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 JPG/10.
  2. Files are to be named, Image 1.JPG (No underscores or special characters).

VIEWING CONDITONS FOR IMAGE REVIEW

For color management help, see Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

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

DEADLINES & FEES

  • $99.00 for PPA members registered by 5:00pm EST., July 18, 2019. (non‐members: $65 additional) if you didn’t enter a district competition.
  • $50.00 for PPA members registered by 5:00pm EST., July 18, 2019 that entered images in the 2019 district competition
  • $130.00 for PPA members registering July 18, 2019 through 5:00pm EST., Aug.1, 2019. No registrations accepted after Aug. 1. (non‐members: $90 additional)
  • $85.00 for PPA members that entered images in the 2019 district competition and are registering July 18, 2019 through Aug.1, 2019 at 5:00pm EST. No registrations accepted after Aug.1, 2019.
  • $39.00 per case for image critiques. Please allow 4-to-6 weeks following the completion of the competition. Critiques will be posted in your “My PPA” account.
  • Physical print entry cases must be received within 7 days of entry deadline.

SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For print entries to be returned, they must be shipped in an approved print case. Entries may be shipped in any serviceable box, but they will not be returned. For more information go to: PPA.com/IPC
  2. Ship to: PPA Photographic Competition, 229 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30303
  3. PPA assumes no responsibility for damage to entries or print cases.
  4. Images shipped in an approved print case will be returned within 30 days of the conclusion of Imaging USA.
  5. Entries accepted into the Loan Collection will not be returned.

 

Notes:

Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of entry.

The decision of the International Photographic Competition Committee is final.
 

Please review thoroughly!

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic prints, digital files, physical albums, and/or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. (For more information, go to PPA.com/IPC.) In addition to the twelve elements, for an image to be merit worthy in the wedding competition, additional evaluation will be considered for the entries that illustrate the personality of the subject or subjects and the story of the wedding as well as the artistic and technical skills of the image maker. Judges will keep in mind that the maker has limited control over many aspects of a wedding.  For example: subject matter, environment and time of day. Ultimately, additional consideration will be given to the maker for technically and artistically executing at a merit level in spite of challenges involved at a typical wedding.

Through this competition, PPA members are also eligible to achieve The PPA Master of Wedding Photography degree.

Images and all elements of an image in the Wedding competition must be created in connection with an actual wedding. The entrant or entrants must have captured all elements of the final submission from that wedding. Images in the Wedding competition should reflect the personality or personalities of the subject(s) or the story of the wedding as well as the personality, artistic and technical skills of the image-maker. Images should include some kind of visual wedding reference(s). The original captured image (in RAW or jpg) must be available if requested by the IPC committee.

These rules pertain to images entered as prints or digital files created by traditional photographic processes as well as those captured electronically with a digital camera or scanner:

  1. All entries must be registered at PPA.com.
  2. Entrants may submit either 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.
  5. Entrants do not need to be PPA members to compete in the Photographic Open Competition. Only PPA members who are entering within their home District are eligible to receive PPA Seals of Approval. Only PPA members can earn merits when PPA Seal of Approval images are entered in the PPA International Photographic Competition
  6. Entries previously merited at any PPA International Competition are not eligible, including any image from a merited album.
  7. Images and prints are not restricted to the previous 16”x20” non‐master format. See size requirements below.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure or exposures.
  2. All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering, were done by the entrant or under their direct supervision.
  3. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold PPA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of PPA’s display, publication and promotion or other use of each image submitted to PPA.
  4. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
  5. A maximum of four entries may be submitted per entrant.
  6. 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.
  7. Any entry that has been created from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be judged, accepted or displayed. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the IPCC, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall not be displayed or published.
  8. Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different.  (background, location, clothing, and concept). 
  9. 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 Photographic 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.)
  10. Entry media includes photographic prints, digital files, physical albums, and digital albums.
  11. 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.

REGISTRATION

Registration opens June 14, 2019. Register at PPA.com/IPC.

WEDDING COMPETITION CATEGORIES

You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.

  • WEDDING: Images can portray a subject or subjects from all aspects of a  wedding including traditional portraits, candids or detail work.
  • SINGLE MAKER WEDDING ALBUM: Multiple images combined into a digital album collection exclusively showcasing a specific wedding.
  • MULTI‐MAKER WEDDNG ALBUM: Images in the album must be the work of the entrants (2), with a minimum of 20 images per entrant.  Each entrant must individually enter the competition and pay appropriate entry fees. Multi‐maker Wedding albums will be judged as one entry.

PRINT ENTRIES

  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. 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.
  3. No material may be added to the front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.
  4. 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.
  5. If a print is submitted and correctly entered, the print will be judged.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

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

DIGITAL ALBUM ENTRY

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

All albums must be submitted in digital form

  1. All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4000 pixels, have an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10.
  2. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
  3. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
  4. Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits, i.e. 01 jpg, 02 jpg, 03 jpg, etc.
  5. All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named: Album Title.zip (e.g. Summer Wedding.zip).
  6. Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.
  7. Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.

VIEWING CONDITONS FOR IMAGE REVIEW

For color management help, see Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

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

DEADLINES AND FEES

  • $99.00 for PPA members registered by 5:00pm EST., July18, 2019. (non‐members: $65 additional) if you didn’t enter a district competition.
  • $50.00 for PPA members registered by 5:00pm EST., July18, 2019 that entered images in the 2018 district competition
  • $130.00 for PPA members registering July18, 2019 through 5:00pm EST., Aug.1, 2019. No registrations accepted after Aug. 1. (non‐members: $90 additional)
  • $85.00 for PPA members that entered images in the 2019 district competition and are registering July18, 2019 through Aug.1, 2019 at 5:00pm EST. No registrations accepted after Aug.1, 2019.
  • $39.00 per case for image critiques. Please allow 4-to-6 weeks following the completion of the competition. Critiques will be posted in your “My PPA” account.
  • Physical print entry cases must be received within 7 days of entry deadline.

SHIPPING INSTRUCTIONS

  1. For print entries to be returned, they must be shipped in an approved print case. Entries may be shipped in any serviceable box, but they will not be returned. For more information go to: PPA.com/IPC
  2. Ship to: PPA Photographic Competition, 229 Peachtree St. NE, Suite 2300, Atlanta, GA 30303
  3. PPA assumes no responsibility for damage to entries or print cases.
  4. Images shipped in an approved print case will be returned within 30 days of the conclusion of Imaging USA.
  5. Entries accepted into the Loan Collection will not be returned.

 

Notes:

Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of entry.

The decision of the International Photographic Competition Committee is final.

Portrait

Images can portray a subject or subjects from all walks of life and should reflect the personality of the subject(s).

  • Children - This sub-category must contain a child or children from birth to age 16.
  • High School Senior - This sub-category portrays a male or female age 16 to 18.
  • Animal - This sub-category captures an animal(s) portrait using structured lighting in a studio or outdoor environment, where the animal is controlled by the owner or photographer.
  • Genral Portrait - This sub-category includes families, groups, couples and adults (18 and older), relationships, models and fashion portraits, in addition to tastefully artistic figure studies.

Illustrative

Capturing the beauty of nature, wildlife, industry and architectural areas is considered illustrative.

  • Landscape/Nature - This sub-category shares joy and adventures while expressing a sense of place. Wild animals in an uncontrolled lighting environment, flowers, seascapes, cityscapes, urban landscapes, and sunsets with or without people can be placed here.
  • Illustrative/Commercial - This sub-category is used when images are created for a commercial client to advertise a product and promote a brand or company. This can be an interior or exterior of a structure or within an industrial environment. Illustrative can also be conceptual images that tell a story.

Wedding

Images created at or in connection with a wedding.

Albums

Multiple images combined into a collection exclusively showcasing a specific event.

  • Event - This sub-category is a collection of images highlighting one or more individuals, associated with a social event, and held at a destination other than a studio.
  • Non-Event - This sub-category contains a group or selection of images used to express people, places, or things, not specifically in a social setting.

Artist

A conceptual image altered or manipulated from its original condition. Creations can be a subtle application using post processing techniques, or a dramatic combination of details to suggest a larger story. The artist is responsible for the idea behind the image and the work done to create the finished art piece.

Creative Open

Consists of images that have additional elements not created by the maker. All elements not created by the maker must be shown in a guide image.