Rules for 2019 WPPI The Annual
Sponsors
The sponsor of this WPPI Competition is:
Wedding & Portrait Photographers International (WPPI)
Emerald Expositions
100 Broadway. 14th floor
New York, NY 10005
Important Dates and Deadlines
Entry Uploads Open: December 3rd, 2018
Entry Upload First Deadline: January 2nd, 2019
Entry Upload Final Deadline - EXTENDED DEADLINE RATES APPLY: January 24th, 2019*
(* Incurs a $10 late fee per entry)
Who May Enter
The competition is open to members of WPPI from anywhere in the world except where prohibited by law. For details on the many benefits of membership please visit www.photoplusgroup.com.
Entry Fees:
COST FOR PRINT ENTRIES
WPPI Members
Early Bird
Ends December 17, 2018
$40 per entry
Normal Deadline
Ends January 2, 2019
$50 per entry
Extended Deadline
Ends January 24, 2019
$60 per entry
Non-Members
Early Bird
Ends December 17, 2018
$60 per entry
Normal Deadline
Ends January 2, 2019
$70 per entry
Extended Deadline
Ends January 24, 2019
$80 per entry
COST FOR IN CAMERA ARTISTRY ENTRIES
WPPI Members
Early Bird
Ends December 17, 2018
$20 per entry
Normal Deadline
Ends January 2, 2019
$30 per entry
Extended Deadline
Ends January 24, 2019
$40 per entry
Non-Members
Early Bird
Ends December 17, 2018
$30 per entry
Normal Deadline
Ends January 2, 2019
$40 per entry
Extended Deadline
Ends January 24, 2019
$50 per entry
COST FOR ALBUM ENTRIES
WPPI Members
Early Bird
Ends December 17, 2018
$60 per entry
Normal Deadline
Ends January 2, 2019
$70 per entry
Extended Deadline
Ends January 24, 2019
$80 per entry
Non-Members
Early Bird
Ends December 17, 2018
$75 per entry
Normal Deadline
Ends January 2, 2019
$85 per entry
Extended Deadline
Ends January 24, 2019
$95 per entry
COST FOR FILMMAKING ENTRIES
WPPI Members
Early Bird
Ends December 17, 2018
$60 per entry
Normal Deadline
Ends January 2, 2019
$70 per entry
Extended Deadline
Ends January 24, 2019
$80 per entry
Non-Members
Early Bird
Ends December 17, 2018
$75 per entry
Normal Deadline
Ends January 2, 2019
$85 per entry
Extended Deadline
Ends January 24, 2019
$95 per entry
How to Enter
First you must enter electronically. Please visit www.wppiawards.com to register. Once the registration process has been completed, you will receive instructions to upload your images.
GENERAL RULES - Must Read
There is no limit to the amount of entries one can submit. PLEASE NOTE: Only the top four scores from each contest cycle will contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation.
There is no term limit on your entries. Your entries must be unique and not resemble any other of your previous entries.
Entries that have been previously entered in the WPPI Annual: 16 x 20 Print, Album and Filmmaking may not be entered again.
All judging is anonymous: no identifying studio signature or photographer name should be visible on the front of the image.
Photographers may enter under a studio name, and specify themselves as the photographer who created the entry. When entering under a studio name, if the entry gets awarded, the studio and photographer will be given credit as the award recipient. The photographer also receives points toward their Honors of Excellence designation. If the studio pays for the entrant's membership and entry fees, and the photographer leaves the studio, both the studio and the photographer are allowed to promote the awards received. The photographer who leaves keeps their Honors of Excellence designation. If the entrant pays for their own entry fees and leaves the studio, only the photographer is allowed to promote the awards received.
All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering must be done by the entrant or under their direct supervision. You may use a digital artist to retouch and/or print your work.
In the submission process, entrants must mention the retoucher of their entry including yourself if you handled the post production.
Choose the strongest image; no two entries shall be of the same subject, in the same location and in the same category. You may enter an individual photograph in the print competition and include it with an album entry
No images taken at a workshop or seminar, under the guidance of an instructor are eligible to be entered into the competition.
All entries require you to upload the original RAW or unedited JPG file. This allows us to verify that your entry is in the appropriate category and follows category rules.
Composites allowed: Head, face or body part swaps, etc. from a different exposure are allowed. Two exposures of the same scene to remove an assistant is allowed. If an entry consists of a series of images or a collage, then each image must be matted or framed separately.
  • Composites are NOT allowed in the Photojournalism or In-Camera Artistry division
  • Only allowed in the Creative Division, composites including mirrioring part or half an image, cloning people or multiplying objects and stitching or combining two or more images together to form a panorama.
Each entry must be 100% photographic in origin and captured by the entrant.

Allowed (All Categories Except Photojournalism)
  • Global texture screens are allowed on images.
  • Non-photographic filters and actions produced by third parties that enhance characteristics of an image but do not add elements.
  • Historical photos or artistic elements not created by the artist that are visible in an entry are allowed but cannot exceed 20% of the album submission.
Allowed (Album and Creative Only)
  • Non-photographic elements like text, patterns, frames and motifs.
Not Allowed
  • No stock images or any element not created by the entrant are allowed.
Subjects that are featured in an image that has previously placed first, second or third in The Annual: 16x20 Print and Filmmaking Competition may be used and entered again by the same photographer, but are not eligible to win first place, second place, third place or Grand Award in current competition. The points that the entry scores will only contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation. This is to encourage entrants to photograph a diversity of subjects for continued growth. This rule does not apply to album categories.
Disqualifications can include:
  • Plagiarism (knowingly or subconsciously): Copying a photograph where ALL or a majority of the elements are exactly the same (i.e., same subject matter, pose, location, concept, crop, finishing, etc.) may be considered plagiarism if not enough elements are considered different.
  • Images pornographic in nature will not be allowed.
  • If an entrant is proven to knowingly break the rules for an unfair advantage, the entrant will be banned from entering the cometition for one year and 10 points will be deducted from their Honors of Excellence designation.
      This does not include:
    1. Copying or emulating a pose, style or concept.
    2. Emulating elements from a painting in a photograph.
Entries must score a minimum of 80 to be eligible to win first, second or third place.
WPPI is not obliged to nominate a first, second or third place in every category if the entries are not deemed strong enough to represent the category.
WPPI reserves the right to prejudge entries before the convention to ensure the remaining entries be judged in the allocated time during the convention. All prejudged entries will receive the same respect and consideration.
CATEGORIES AND CATEGORY SPECIFIC RULES
WEDDING DIVISION
Images must be of a real couple during their ceremony, inclusive of cultural differences.
The photographer or photographers must have been officially commissioned by the subjects to record their event. Second shooters who have been contracted by the main photographer and/or the subjects may enter their images as well. A second shooter may not enter an image where the main photographer directed or posed the subjects.
  1. Bride Alone: Wedding Day
    Real bride featured on her wedding day by herself.
  2. Groom Alone: Wedding Day
    Real groom featured on his wedding day by himself.
  3. Wedding Couple Together: Wedding Day
    Real wedding couples featured on their wedding day.
  4. Bridal Party / Family & Friends
    Real bridal parties, families, and friends captured on the wedding day.
  5. Wedding Details
    Real wedding accessories, details & decor that showcase the wedding day.
PRE-WEDDING DIVISION
The Pre-Wedding Division is for styled photos taken before or after the wedding day, including but not limited to Engagement, Destination or Styled Shoots with the use of Models. They may be commissioned or self-commissioned and include a collaboration with a creative team.
  1. Pre-Wedding Couple Together: Non-Wedding Day
    Photos of an engaged or married couple wearing wedding, formal or casual attire created before their marriage or within one month afterward.
  2. Bride Alone : Non-Wedding Day
    Photos featuring a real bride by themselves captured before the wedding or within one month afterward.
  3. Groom Alone : Non-Wedding Day
    Photos featuring a real groom by themselves captured before the wedding or within one month afterward.
  4. Bridal Models Couple Together: Non-Wedding Day
    Models portrayed wearing bridalwear during a Fashion, Editorial or Promotional photoshoot.
  5. Model Bride or Groom Alone: Non-Wedding Day
    An individual model portrayed wearing bridalwear for Fashion, Editorial or Promotional purposes.
PORTRAIT DIVISION
The Portrait Division is broadly defined to include all types of portraiture including traditional, corporate, travel, creative and interpretive. They may be commissioned or self-commissioned and include a collaboration with a creative team.
  1. Animals & Pets
    Pictures featuring domesticated or wild animals and insects with the flexibility to show the owner or human form in whole or part.
  2. Boudoir
    Photos that highlight real people and showcase the beauty, intimacy, romance, or suggestive subject matter for an individual’s personal satisfaction or the private enjoyment of a romantic partner. It may include the exposed male or female forms in full or partial undress that stimulates aesthetic or emotional feelings. It may not display or depict the eroticism of sexual organs or activity.
    While couple's boudoir is allowed, enter maternity, body painting and stylized nudes in their respective categories.
  3. Children
    Featuring children from 1 to 12 years old including group shots with multiple children 19 and younger.
  4. Group/Families
    Honoring relationships between 2 or more people where one of the subjects is 20 years or older.
  5. Teenager
    Photographs of children from 13-19 years old.
  6. Fine Art Nude
    Body painting and stylized portraits of nude and semi-nude subjects.
  7. Individual
    Starring a single subject 20 years or older.
  8. Maternity
    Celebrating pregnancy including women alone or with members of their family and partners.
  9. Newborn
    Highlighting portraits of infants up to 1-year-old, with or without family members. Note: Enter birth photography in the Photojournalism division.
PHOTOJOURNALISM DIVISION
Photos that are taken and not made or created under any form of influence or manipulation by the photographer and/or assistants. You must provide a caption to give your entry context.
  1. Wedding Photojournalism
    Unposed, undirected, limited post processed wedding images.
  2. Photojournalism
    Unposed, undirected, limited post processed non-wedding images such as travel, street photography, sports, birth, etc.
CREATIVE DIVISION
The Creative Division is an artistic realm with a full license to illustrate subjects and ideas for personal or business applications. Successful concepts may be Representative, Impressionistic or Abstract in nature with a common thread being that they invoke feelings or convey a message.
Celebrating the long history of Photo Montage, in the Creative Division, we encourage compositing and panoramic stitching as well as the use of non-photographic elements like text, patterns, frames, and motifs.
There are no limitations to where your ideas may take you.
  1. Commercial
    Exclusively for compelling visual images that facilitate business transactions such as selling, promoting or advertising. You must confirm the end usage by including a tear sheet or something similar, as well as a caption to give the entry context.
  2. Fashion/Beauty
    Images where highly styled clothing and accessories are on display or that amplifies the beauty of the model and and their makeup resulting in the subject becoming secondary.
  3. Illustrative
    Pictorial, photo montage or fine art conceptual photography that immediately conveys a message or imagines an idea.
  4. Landscape
    Interpretations of outdoor spaces that are representative, impressionistic or abstract including utilizing the human form as a subordinate visual element of the design.
  5. Portrait Contemporary (Composite)
    Pictorial and photo montage portraits created with a full artistic license.
  6. Pre-Wedding Contemporary (Composite)
    Pictorial and photo montage pre-wedding portraits created with a full artistic license.
  7. Wedding Contemporary (Composite)
    Pictorial and photo montage wedding photos and portraits created with a full artistic license.
FILMMAKING DIVISION
The Filmmaking Division is an opportunity to showcase the art of motion, sound and editing, and presentation by weaving technical and artistic artistry with compelling narrative.
Photos used as part of an album entry can be entered as individual photographic prints as well. All images must represent the work of the entrant except for the inclusion of historical photos for up to 20% of the overall content. You may submit an individual image(s) from an album as a print in the appropriate category.
Films entries are viewed using a calibrated LCD projector during judging and may be pre-judged prior to the live competition.
No branding can be on the film, or the entry will be disqualified.
  1. Commercial / Illustrative Short Film
    Commissioned and Self-Commissioned non-wedding related films of any type, style or format.
  2. Wedding / Engagement Short Film
    Directed Engagement, Elopement or Wedding films of real wedding clients that may include multiple days of shooting.
PREMIERE CATEGORY
The Premiere category is for first-time entrants to any professional print competition including first-time entrants at WPPI.
Prints in this category may contain any style, subject matter, and genre of photography and are also eligible for submission of the digital file in the In-Camera Artistry division.
Note: This Category is not eligible for a Grand Award.
IN CAMERA ARTISTRY DIVISION
For purists or those seeking a challenge, the In-Camera Artistry Division rewards technical and creative excellence without the benefits of external post-processing. The process works by extracting the JPEG embedded in a RAW file providing certainty that what the judges see projected on the calibrated LCD screen is SOOC (Straight out of camera.)
Judging uses the same criteria as prints, albums and filmmaking.
  1. Wedding
    Images captured during the course of a real wedding.
  2. Personal
    Images created of any subject matter that is not taken on a wedding day.
ALBUM DIVISION
The Album Division is an opportunity to showcase the art of presentation weaving technical and artistic artistry with compelling storytelling and design.
Photos used as part of an album entry can be entered as individual photographic prints as well. All images must represent the work of the entrant except for the inclusion of historical photos for up to 20% of the overall content. You may submit an individual image(s) from an album as a print in the appropriate category.
  1. Wedding: Single Photographer
    A real wedding couple's day documented by a single photographer with allowances for unattended cameras providing additional coverage.
  2. Wedding: Multiple Photographers
    A real wedding couple's day captured by multiple photographers or a studio.
  3. Engagement
    Engagement, and Pre or Post Wedding narratives of real couples portrayed by a single photographer, multiple photographers or a studio.
  4. Event / Informal
    Any non-wedding or engagement album: This includes, but is not limited to, photojournalism, special projects, parties (not wedding receptions), graduations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, etc.
IMPORTANT NOTICES
Entrants must be at least 18 years of age as of the date of entry. CONTEST IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
Applicants agree that any entry, or part thereof, may be used by Wedding and Portrait Photographers International, Rangefinder® in any part of their publications, affiliated publications, printed materials or electronic media, such as, but not limited to, their websites or their affiliate's websites.
Each submitted entry, in its entirety, must be a single work of original material taken by the Contest entrant.
By entering the Contest, entrant represents, acknowledges and warrants that the submitted entry is an original work created solely by the entrant, that the entry does not infringe on the copyrights, trademarks, moral rights, rights of privacy/publicity or intellectual property rights of any person or entity, and that no other party has any right, title, claim or interest in the photograph.
Entries that include sculptures, statues, paintings, and other works of art will be accepted as long as they do not constitute copyright infringement or fraud, provided that entrants must be prepared to provide a release form as described below in Third Party Releases/Licenses. When photographing the work of others, it must be as an object in its environment and not a full-frame close up of another person's art.
If the entry includes other people, you must be prepared to provide a signed written personal release from all persons who appear in the entry submitted, authorizing use of the entry as provided below in Third Party Releases/Licenses. If you are unable to provide a personal release, upon request by Sponsor and in the form provided by Sponsor, then your entry may be disqualified. You do not need to send the release with your entry. If you win, we will contact you if a model release is needed.
The entries will be judged in accordance with the Judging Criteria, as defined below. The entry must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsors, contain obscene, provocative, defamatory, sexually explicit, or otherwise objectionable or inappropriate content. Entries deemed inappropriate will be disqualified.
Online entries must be made by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. Authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an internet access provider, online service provider, internet domain owner, or other person or organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.
Image file specifications - Applies to all WPPI competitions
SizeAt least 1920 pixels on the longest dimension
Resolution72 ppi or 300 ppi are acceptable, image is projected at 72ppi
ModeRGB color mode (even black-and-white images)
FormatJPEG file format unless directed to also upload RAW
Color ProfilesRGB or Adobe 1998 - Untagged space for color profiles is also acceptable.
File NamingThe file names of the images you upload don’t have to be anything specific for the print categories. The naming is irrelevant.
If a submission is submitted and correctly entered, the submission will be judged.
JUDGING CRITERIA AND CONSIDERATIONS
SCORE KEY DEFINITION
100SupremePlatinum award. A benchmark that exhibits the best possible use of all skills, creativity and uniqueness.
95-99ExceptionalGold Distinction. Approaching the highest level of imagination, creativity and technique.
90-94OutstandingGold Award. Exhibiting outstanding skills in all areas and originality.
85-89ExcellentSilver Distinction. Excellent use of imagination, skill and technique.
80-84Above AverageSilver Award. Above average skill and technique in most areas.
75-79Standard PracticeNo award. Good salable work consistent with standard professional practice.
70-74Below StandardNo award. Requires improvement in technique.
60-69Below ProfessionalNo award. Not up to professional standards.
JUDGING
  1. 3 or more qualified members of WPPI will judge each entry in the competition for photographic artistry and craftsmanship. The decision of the judges is final.
  2. Judges will bring attention to what was good and what needs work with one word answers. You may purchase a more in-depth critique when purchasing your entries.
  3. Contest consists of a panel of judges reviewing images on a digital display and an averaged score being determined.
  4. Winners will be selected by the judging panel at the end of the individual scoring round.
  5. 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.
  6. Decisions of the judges are final and binding.
  7. Third, Second, and First Place will be announced online and in Print in Rangefinder® Magazine
  8. A judge may not judge an image in which they have been directly involved in the postproduction of the image.
  9. A judge may judge an image whose creator is known to them if they are able to submit an unbiased score.
  10. A judge should not refrain from judging an entry where they assume they know the creator. But they may step down if appropriate. An unbiased score must be given.
LEGAL AND LIABILITY
WHO MAY NOT ENTER
Employees of Emerald Expositions and each of their affiliates, subsidiaries and agents, and their immediate family members (spouse or children), or persons living in the same households of such individuals, whether or not related are eligible to enter competitions held by WPPI and Rangefinder and be part of the Honors of Excellence program but are not eligible to win a first, second or third place award or a Division Grand Award.
ENTRANT LICENSES/RELEASES
If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any photograph is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.
By participating, ALL ENTRANTS grant the Sponsors and their designees, licensees or affiliates (the Authorized Parties) a non-exclusive, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, display and post the entries online so that viewers may view all competing entries. In addition, each WINNER grants to the Authorized Parties a license for use of his/her winning entry in connection with the Contest and promotion of the Contest, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to, print or digital publication in Rangefinder® magazine showcasing the winners; and promotions related to the contest. Authorized Parties will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such use.
THIRD PARTY RELEASES/LICENSES
Winners authorize Emerald Expositions' Photo Group to reproduce, distribute, display and create derivative works of the photograph entry in connection with WPPI 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition and promotion of WPPI 16x20 Print , Album and Filmmaking Competition, in any media now or hereafter known, including but not limited to: publication in Rangefinder® showcasing the winners; exhibit of the work at the WPPI show; The WPPI 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition live gallery; the WPPI 16x20 Print Competition Web site and on Rangefinderonline.com, wppionline.com or related Photo+ Group websites; and in exhibits and promotions related to the 16x20 Print, Album and Filmmaking Competition.
LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
By participating, entrants agree to release, discharge and hold harmless Rangefinder®, and each of their respective partners, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising agencies, agents and their employees, officers, directors, and representatives from any claims, losses, and damages arising out of their participation in this Contest or any Contest-related activities and the acceptance and use, misuse, or possession of any prize awarded hereunder.
Sponsors assume no responsibility for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, or delay in operation or transmission; communications line failure; theft or destruction of or unauthorized access to Contest entries or entry forms; or alteration of entries or entry forms. Sponsors are not responsible for any problems with or technical malfunction of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web site, human errors of any kind, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other persons' computers related to or resulting from participation, uploading or downloading of any materials related to this Contest.
CONDITIONS
This Contest is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Certain restrictions may apply. Entries void if the Sponsor determines the entry to not be an original, or if the entries are illegible, incomplete, damaged, irregular, altered, counterfeit, produced in error or obtained through fraud or theft.
Participants also agree (a) to be bound by these Official Rules; (b) that the decisions of the Judges are final on all matters relating to the Contest; and (c) if he/she wins that Sponsor may use each winner's name, photograph, likeness, and/or voice in any publicity or advertising relating to the Contest or future promotions without compensation or approval (except in Tennessee and where prohibited by law). All federal, state and local taxes, fees and surcharges on prizes are the sole responsibility of the prize winners. In the event that the selected winner(s) of any prize are/is ineligible or refuses the prize, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsors, in their sole discretion, may choose whether to award the prize to another entrant.
WPPI reserves the right to make changes to the above competition rules at any time without prior notice.
RIGHT TO CANCEL OR SUSPEND CONTEST
If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, due to infection by computer virus, bugs, worms, trojan horses, denial of service attacks, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes beyond the control of Sponsors that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Contest, Sponsors reserve the right, at their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual(s) who tamper with the entry process, and/or to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend the Contest. If Sponsors elect to cancel or terminate the Contest, Sponsors will not retain any rights in the submitted photographs and will return the entry fees.
COMPETITION PRIZES AND AWARDS
Entries that score 80+ will receive downloadable, printable certificates that will be available in your member login area.
An entry that scores:
80-84Receives a Silver award
85-89Receives a Silver Distinction award
90-94Receives a Gold award
95-99Receives a Gold Distinction award
100Receives a Platinum award
A maximum of 2 entries per year entered into the first half or second half online competitions may contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation. 2-4 entries per year entered into the annual competition may contribute to your Honors of Excellence designation.
The top 5 and equal scoring 5th entries of each category will be rejudged to determine the first, second and third place winner.
First place winners from categories within the Wedding, Photojournalism, Portrait, Creative and Filmmaking Divisions will be eligible to win the First and Second Half Grand Award.
THE POTENTIAL WINNERS ARE REQUIRED TO EXECUTE THE FOLLOWING: (1) AN AFFIDAVIT OF ELIGIBILITY AND LIABILITY RELEASE; (2) WARRANTY OF OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE; (3) PUBLICITY RELEASE; AND (4) ANY OTHER AFFIDAVITS AND/OR RELEASES OR ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS THAT MAY BE REQUIRED BY PRIZE SUPPLIER(S). UNLESS PROHIBITED BY LAW, THE POTENTIAL WINNERS MUST SIGN THESE DOCUMENTS NO LATER THAN 15 DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION IN ORDER FOR SPONSORS TO AWARD THE PRIZE. NONCOMPLIANCE OR RETURN OF PRIZE NOTIFICATION AS UNDELIVERABLE MAY RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION AND, AT SPONSORS' DISCRETION, SELECTION OF AN ALTERNATE WINNER.
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