Enter East Tennessee’s Annual Professional Photography Competition
Each year, PPETN holds one professional photography image competition that supersedes them all. The equivalent of the Super Bowl for professional photographers in East Tennessee, PPETN’s Annual Image Salon Photography Competition strives to show off the best work of every professional photographer and determine which image is the best overall image in East Tennessee in the last year. PPETN uses professional PPA judges to score and award all the images for this competition.
In addition, the best images in each category are also awarded coveted “Best in Show” titles. In total, many awards will be given to the best images of the year in an attempt to display and recognize excellence in photography in East Tennessee.
Do you have candidates for the best images of the year in East Tennessee? You may be able to claim a prized “Best in Show” award (among the many others given out). Don’t be afraid to enter—you can’t win if you don’t compete!
Submitting your images online for the Annual Image Salon Photography Competition is easy:
- Understand the participant eligibility requirements (middle of page), image eligibility requirements (bottom of page), submission requirements (bottom of page), and submission deadlines (middle of page).
- Submit your entry fee payment.
- Continue to the entry submission page after paying.
- Read the submission requirements, then double check your digital files to make sure they meet EVERY specification and guideline required.
- Upload your entries.
It’s that simple! Make sure you follow the submission guidelines, or your entry will not be accepted.
PPETN competition volunteers donate their time to facilitating and rewarding members in PPETN’s competitions—please don’t expect them to donate additional time to tediously correct simple submission guideline mistakes. Thank you!
Amy Greener2013 Best of Show - Commercial
I joined PPETN in March 2013 and learned about the annual Print Salon competition at that meeting. I had never heard of a salon outside women's hair styling. I was pretty nervous about putting my images before a group of judges but since I was still a pretty green photographer and new to the area, I figured I didn't have much to lose.
I was out of town for the night of the Print Salon but much to my surprise when I went online to the PPETN web site, there was one of my images with a yellow "Best in Show-Commercial" banner across the corner. Now I only wish I could have been to the meeting to learn what the judges said and to see all the other images being reviewed. Don't pass up this once-a-year-opportunity!
Colby McLemoreTop Ten International Commercial Photographer (PPA - 2013), Tennessee Professional Photographer of the Year (2011-2012)
I've heard it said again and again, that print competitions don't help professional photographers. I love when I hear my competition say this! For me it has been a great way to distinguish myself from the millions of "professional" photographers out there. When you can say that your professional peers have acknowledged the quality of your photography, I think it means something or at least I believe it and therefore I am able to sell it.
Not just from a marketing standpoint has it helped me, but it has constantly been an inspiration to creates images beyond my present skill set and I'm given feedback on what works and doesn't. It is like taking photography classes while at the same time getting a marketing angle from it. So, if you don't believe in them...GREAT, it just helps my business's marketing and me to become a better photographer.
Genna SellersTennessee Professional Photographer of the Year (2013-2014)
We only see what we know, and no one is truly self-taught. Besides taking formal photography classes, there are few opportunities to receive objective commentary to show us what we do not know when it comes to photography. The best part of participating in competitions held by PPA and their affiliates is that the judges are master photographers who have been trained in the process of judging.
Whenever I compete I make a point to listen to the feedback given by the judges, either in person or later via video critique. And by incorporating the recommended changes my work has improved and scored higher at the next level of competition. Learning to see what the judges see has made me a better photographer. I am looking forward to continuing to learn from them in the future.
J. Wade TiptonM.Photog., Cr., CPP, TCD, TSD, F-PPMO, F-PPO
Print competition has become very dear to me while at the same time it is educational. It is a great way to get unbiased opinions of my work/art from a qualified panel of judges. Sure you need to have a thick skin as sometimes the critiques are tough to hear, but I feel they must be heard! Positive feedback is easy to listen to and take in. Once you hear a less than favorable review of your work/art, you have a decision.....use the critique to your advantage OR continue to give excuses why your work/art doesn’t measure up!
Now, if all you want is praises, post your images on Facebook. I have never heard any constructive criticisms on Facebook. My images through the years have continued to improve due to entering print competition! I still have much to learn and I find that competition has provided me and will provide me with information I need to improve while at the same time giving me an outlet I so enjoy.
Other benefits of print competition include: “proving” your credibility to your clients as they do not have to use me as their photographer....this can provide your clients with a “peace of mind”! Also, it provides me with an edge on my competition and with so much competition out there these days, credibility is a necessity. One of the things I like to do is enter my everyday work in print competition to see how it stacks up! I have to say when an image of mine that was done for an assignment scores well I am most proud of that! This means that I am giving my clients my best!
I tended to shy away from print competitions because I was comfortable with what I was doing as a photographer/artist. I was probably photographing eight years before somebody convinced me to submit for print competitions, and I have never looked back. My growth as a photographer and as an artist has increased in leaps and bounds because I was willing to learn from judges offering constructive criticisms as a result of entering competitions.
Print competitions has encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone, and try new approaches. If things never change, they never change. Things have changed for me in a positive way because although, at first I was uncomfortable, I finally left my comfort zone and took steps that to me were edgier and bolder. Is it always successful.....no, but I am moving forward, and not remaining stagnant.
Our print salons and PPA print competitions has helped my grow as a photographer AND helped my photography business. Yes, I fall in love with much of my work AND it does pinch a bit when someone says it is less than perfect. However, with a bit of thick skin I have learned so much about how to create better portraits and with these improved images I have better sales.
Further, the competitions have helped me become an artist. Having already had a vision in my work, due to participation in the competitions I now have more insight as to how to achieve my vision for my guests. NOTE: There is a difference between what a client will purchase and a competition standard. However, working for competition has shown me how to be a better photographer and artist.
Step 1 of 2: Annual Image Salon Photography Competition Entry Fee Payment
After payment, you will be redirected to upload your submissions. Please be prepared to do so immediately after payment. If you have any technical issues during your submission process, please contact the PPETN Web Editor with a description of the issue.
Preparing Your Image Case For Submission
Entry Requirements for the Annual Image Salon Photography Competition
Required Guidelines for Image Eligibility:
- Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure.
- If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the Jury Chairperson, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, then that entry shall be disqualified.
- The entrant’s name or studio name shall not appear anywhere in the file name or on any image entered.
- No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment. Entries created at a class or workshop completely independent of instruction or input, and not as a class assignment, are eligible.
- No two entries in the same case shall be of the same subject.
- Entry media is for digital files only. Images and album pages will only be accepted as digital files.
- A total of six (6) entries are allowed.
- The Jury Chairperson will have the authority to decide on any image’s category classification or question not specifically covered by these rules and the Chairperson’s decision will be final. Any entries not following these rules may be disqualified.
- An entry in the Master Artist category may be reproduced from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person as long as the maker is willing and able to provide appropriate written permission for use at any time before, during or after the competition.
You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.
- Child (Individual): P1
- Male (Individual): P2
- Female (Individual): P3
- Pets: P4
- Couples: G1
- More Than Two: G2
- Abstract: I1
- Editorial: I2
- Photojournalism (sports, news, etc.): I3
- City/Landscape: I4
- Commercial/Architectural: I5
- Wildlife: I6
- Bridal Portrait: W1
- Event: W2
- Open: A1
- Wedding: A2
- Master Artist
- All Master Artist: M1
Image Display Conditions
Digital files are judged with calibration settings of D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma.