Oregon Professional Photographers Association

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Annual OPPA Open Competition

Join us for our Annual OPPA Open Image Competition!

For 2017, we are holding the Annual Open Image Competition on Saturday, November 11th. It will be held in conjunction with LUMINATE at the Art Institute of Portland –mark your calendars now!

The Annual OPPA Open accepts only digital images.

Everyone is welcome – Members and non-members and you do not have to be present to enter. This will be a great event to come and learn from your peers by seeing what makes a great image.

For the OPPA Open we use our normal competition rules. These are the same rules that PPA uses for the IPC (International Photographic Competition) and the District Competitions. This helps you test your images on a local level before entering these larger competitions.

Review the OPPA Image category description page to select the correct category for your submissions.

Participants can enter up to 4 digital images including digital albums.

Eligibility of previously-judged images

The images that have merited in an OPPA quarterly competition are eligible to be “re-judged” at the OPPA Annual Open Image Competition. The score received at the Annual Competition will not change the score received during Quarterly Competitions nor will a second merit be given for a score over 80. The re-judged score will be used only for purposes of trophy eligibility.

Note that images that have merited in past PPO, PPW (or other state PPA affiliate), District or IPC (national PPA) competitions are not eligible for entry in any OPPA image competition including the Annual Open competition.

Categories & Awards for Entry

  • Portrait (Human Subject)
  • Portrait (Animal Subject)
  • Wedding Portrait
  • Commercial/Architectural/Fashion
  • Photojournalism/Documentary
  • Fine Art
  • Landscape/Pictorial
  • Digital Artist
  • Album
  • First Time Entrant (top 4 scores)
  • Color
  • Black and White
  • CPP Award
  • ASP State Elite Award
  • Vendor awards will be given at the discretion of the Awards, Merits & Degrees director.
Trophies will be awarded for each category based on the judges’ determination. Only images that have scored an 80 or above will be eligible for trophies. If an image submitted from a Quarterly Competition is re-judged at the Annual Open and scores below an 80, it will not be eligible for trophy awards but will still be eligible for Photographer of the Year awards which are based on scores received at Quarterly Competitions.

Trophies will be awarded at the OPPA Annual Awards Banquet in December.

All Submissions must be received by 6 AM Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Please go to www.printcompetition.com and either create or sign into your account in order to participate in the competition. Choose the OPPA competition for November 11th, 2017.

Please see our competition tips page for instructions on how to prepare your digital images.


OPPA follows PPA’s national standard of The Twelve Elements of a Merit Image for judging:
  1. Impact
  2. Technical excellence
  3. Creativity
  4. Style
  5. Composition
  6. Presentation
  7. Color Balance
  8. Center of Interest
  9. Lighting
  10. Subject matter
  11. Technique
  12. Story Telling
Competition images are evaluated by a panel of judges who are trained within the Professional Photographers of America system. They use a numeric scoring system to evaluate an image based on how well it meets the “12 Elements of a Merit Image”.

100 – 95 Exceptional
94 – 90 Superior
89 – 85 Excellent
84 – 80 Deserving of a Merit
79 – 75 Above Average
74 – 70 Average
69 – 65 Below Exhibition Standards

We look forward to seeing your images and showcasing the winners at our Annual Awards Banquet in December.

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