Oregon Professional Photographers Association

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OPPA Competition Rules


The purpose of our quarterly competitions is to allow photographers to enter digital images or albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image in preparation for the District and International PPA Competitions (For more information, go to www.ppa.com/ipc) In addition to digital files, printed images and printed albums may be entered at the Annual Open Competition.


Through image competition, OPPA members are also eligible to achieve OPPA exhibition merits toward the OPPA Associate Fellow of Photography degree (silver medal) or the OPPA Fellow of Photography degree (gold medal).

OPPA strives to use the same rules that PPA uses for the IPC (International Photographic Competition) and the District Competitions. This gives you the opportunity to test your images at a local level before entering these larger competitions. These rules pertain to images entered as digital files created by traditional photographic processes as well as those captured electronically with a digital camera or scanner.

Digital Image Submission

Our digital image submissions are managed via PrintCompetition.com, which provides a robust interface for managing our competitions.  There is a minimal ($7/year) fee to use their site.  Here's how to get started:
  1. Please go to www.printcompetition.com http://www.printcompetition.com and create your account.
  2. Log on and choose the OPPA logo for the competition
  3. Then start uploading your images and be sure to enter a title. 
  4. Choose a category from the list below for either quarterly or the Annual Open. If entering a Digital Artist category you must provide guide images.
  5. You can pay your fees through the system as well.
  6. Deadlines for submission and payments are at midnight the Tuesday prior to the competition date.
For Quarterly Competitions, choose a division for each entry. The Divisions are:
  • Portrait
  • Wedding
  • Album
  • Commercial/Illustrative - General
  • Commercial/Illustrative - Photojournalism
  • Fine Art/Landscape/Nature - General
  • Fine Art/Landscape/Nature - Digital Artist entries - guide images required
For the Annual Open Image Competition, choose a category for each entry when you register
  • Portrait (Human Subject)
  • Portrait (Animal Subject)
  • Wedding Portrait
  • Commercial/Architectural
  • Photojournalism/Documentary
  • Fine Art
  • Landscape/Nature
  • Digital Artist - provide guide images
  • Album – General
Image Category Descriptions can be found here.

Registration Deadlines and Fees


Registration opens 30 days prior to the event date.

The registration entry fee is $10 per image or album entered.

All Entries must be registered and submitted by midnight the Tuesday prior to the Photographic Competition.

Please note:
  • No changes to your entry are permitted once submitted; no refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.
  • Entrants are required to register on www.printcompetition.com and create an account to participate
  • All entries must be submitted by the Tuesday prior to the photographic competition – no entries will be taken at the door.

Single-Image Entry Eligibility:

  • Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure except in the Digital Artist category. Digital Artist entries may be created with images not captured by the entrant (such as stock photography) but all artwork must be done by the entrant.
  • All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering, were done by the entrant or under their direct supervision
  • The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere on the face of the entry. An album that has been printed as a studio sample by be entered if the studio name is covered completely (applies to Annual Open Competition only).
  • A maximum of three entries may be submitted per entrant per competition, with the exception of the OPPA Annual Open Photographic Competition when each entrant may enter up to four (4) images/albums.
  • No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment.
  • No two entries shall be of the same subject.
  • Images entered in the Documentary/Photojournalism category must be un-retouched except for conversion to black and white. Any other retouching will result in disqualification of the image.
  • Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4,000 pixels. The best aspect ratio to use for the monitor for your image is a 13:20 ratio of 2600px by 4000px. 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.
  • Files are to be named with image title using underscores for spaces. Example: what_a_beautiful_day.jpg
  • The digital file submitted MUST be for presentation. If for example the print has a mat, the digital file should also have a mat.
  • Members only – Quarterly competitions are open to members only and you must be current on your membership to enter or the submission will be disqualified. The OPPA Annual Open Image Competition is open to anyone to enter. Join OPPA now if you’re not a member.
  • It is not necessary to be present at the image competition to be eligible to participate, however it is strongly recommended.
  • Any image that has been entered at a Quarterly Competition may be entered at the Annual Open Competition. it will be re-judged and may receive a different score (either higher or lower) but it will not receive a second merit at the Open if it received a merit at the Quarterly Competition. Entering an image in the Annual Open Competition enables that image to be eligible for a category or division trophy. The score received at the Annual Open Competition will not replace the score received at the Quarterly Competition and will not have any bearing or standing for Photographer of the Year.
  • Please note that while judges strive for consistency, an image may receive a different score when it is re-judged by a new panel of judges. This is not reflective of one panel being easier or harder than another panel but reflect how that judging panel felt about that image at that particular moment in time.
  • To give your vertical images the best possible opportunity for impact, digital vertical images will be viewed vertically at the quarterly competition. If that image is entered digitally at the Annual Open Competition, it will be viewed horizontally, as per PPA District and IPC standards. For this reason, you may want to consider entering a vertical image as a printed entry instead of a digital entry.


Digital Album Entry Eligibility:

  • Entrant must have captured and created the original exposures.
  • All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering, were done by the entrant or under their direct supervision
  • The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere on the face of the entry.
  • A maximum of three entries may be submitted per entrant.
  • No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment.
  • No two entries shall be of the same subject
  • All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4,000 pixels, have an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10.
  • Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
  • An entry shall contain a minimum 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
  • Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits, i.e. 01.jpg, 02.jpg, 03.jpg, etc.
  • All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file name should use underscores for spaces for example what_a_wonderful_summer_wedding.zip
  • Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.


Entries Not Allowed:

  • Images previously entered in any Annual OPPA print competition may not be entered (Images from quarterly competitions are eligible for entry at the Annual Open competition).
  • Images previously merited in a PPA competition may not be entered including any image from a merited album.
  • Images previously merited in District Competition scoring an 80 or above.
  • No image or album will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment.
  • No two entries shall be of the same subject (except in albums).
  • An image entered in an album cannot then be entered as an individual submission in any other OPPA competition.
  • Any entry that has been reproduced 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 jury panel violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall be disqualified. Digital Artist entries may use images that were produced by other artists with that artist’s permission.

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