2018 APNPI Image Competition Rules & Guidelines

 

  • All entries must be submitted in digital format, jpg only, electronically through our submission platform.
  • Images must be given a suitable title.  Name your files in the following format: Month and year being entered, category, your last name, your first name, your city, country, followed by the image title.
    • For example: May2018_NewbornPosed_Smith_Jane_Toronto_Canada_SleepingBeauty.jpg
  • Images must be sized to 2800px on the long side.  Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 12.
  • All images must have been taken within the previous 24 months prior to competition entry.
  • All entries must be submitted anonymously.  No studio signature, photographer name or watermarks can be visible on the image or in the image title.  File names will not be seen by judges, but the titles may be read out loud.  Entries that are identifiable will be disqualified.
  • No changes to your entry are permitted once they have been submitted. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.
  • Model releases must be available for all individuals in all entries.  The entrant must obtain and have access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold APNPI harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of APNPI’s display, publication and promotion or other use of each image entered in the APNPI competition.
  • If an entry violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall be disqualified.
  • Any image that has been previously accepted and awarded with APNPI may not be used again in any category, class, or anywhere in competition with the APNPI.
  • All post-processing of the image must be completed by the entrant.  Third party presets and actions may be used.
  • Each entry must be from different sessions and settings, and must not resemble any other submission.
  • Images taken under the guidance of a mentor/instructor, or at a workshop or seminar are not eligible for competition submission.
  • Images may not contain elements of stock images such as skies, trees, buildings, animals etc, or of purchased digital backgrounds.  The images must be 100% photographic in origin and captured by the entrant.
  • APNPI has the right to disqualify or recategorize any entry if it does not meet the basic requirements.
  • Photographs may not be plagiarized.  Overall concept, pose, composition must not be identical to other images.
  • APNPI uses print competition standards and levels in keeping with PPA, PPOC, and WPPI style print competition levels.
  • All judges decisions are final.
  • NOTE: All entrants agree to allow APNPI to post entered images in our social media, website, and any other media and/or publications, printed and/or electronic, that we choose.
  • APNPI reserves the right to use any and all winning entries for promotion of any type of APNPI and/or the APNPI competition at any point in time.  Photographers retain all copyright of the images.

 

Judging Criteria and Considerations

APNPI Competition Images are judged in keeping with PPA, PPOC, and WPPI competition standards.

Scoring Categories

100 – 96 Exceptional
95 – 90 Superior
89 – 85 Excellent
84 – 80 Deserving of a merit
79 – 75 Above Average
74 – 70 Below Exhibition Standard

Awards

79 or lower No Award
80-84 Receives a “Silver” award
85-89 Receives a “Silver Distinction” award
90-95 Receives a “Gold” award
96-99 Receives a “Gold Distinction” award
100 Receives a “Platinum” award

Awards and Categories explained:

Platinum award. Exhibits the best possible use of all skills, creativity and uniqueness.
95-99 Exceptional – Gold Distinction. Approaching the highest level of imagination, creativity and technique.
90-94 Outstanding – Gold Award. Exhibiting outstanding skills in all areas and originality.
85-89 Excellent – Silver Distinction. Excellent use of imagination, skill and technique.
80-84 Above Average – Silver Award. Above average skill and technique in most areas.
75-79 Standard Practice – No award. Good salable work consistent with standard professional practice.
70-74 Below Standard – No award. Requires improvement in technique.
60-69 Below Professional – No award. Not up to professional standards.

 

JUDGING

  • A panel of three APNPI trained judges reviewing images on a digital display will evaluate the images and an averaged score will be determined.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • Judges will give commentary on what they like or feel could be improved.
  • Winners will be selected by the judging panel at the end of the individual scoring round.
  • Once an entry has been judged, the score for that entry is final.  An entry can not be brought back to the panel and rejudged.
  • Third, Second, and First Place will be announced online.
  • A judge may not judge an image in which they have been directly involved in the postproduction of the image.
  • A judge may judge an image whose creator is known to them if they are able to submit an unbiased score.
  • A judge may decline judging an entry where they assume they know the creator.  However, they may judge that image if they feel it is appropriate and are able to give an unbiased score.

 

Legal Disclaimer

APNPI reserves the right to disqualify any image for any reason and also to terminate the Image Competition at any time, based on it’s sole discretion.

  • NOTE: All entrants agree to allow APNPI to post entered images in our social media, website, and any other media and/or publications, printed and/or electronic, that we choose.
  • APNPI reserves the right to use any and all winning entries for promotion of any type of APNPI and/or the APNPI competition at any point in time.  Photographers retain all copyright of the images.
  • Rules and Guidelines are subject to change.