The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic prints, digital files, physical albums, and/or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. For 2019 we have adjusted our categories to align with PPA's IPC categories. Through this competition, GPPA members are also eligible to achieve GPPA exhibition merits. Non-members and Out-of-State Members may compete as well, but are not eligible for GPPA Member Awards.

These rules pertain to images entered as physical prints or digital files created by traditional photographic processes, as well as those captured electronically with a digital camera or scanner:

1. All entries must be registered at For first time entrants, click on the new artist registration tab and fill out the info required. Pick GPPA and Register. Please read the entry form carefully and answer all required questions. All Physical prints must have a label.

2. Entrants may submit either prints, digital files or a combination for judging.

3. Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image (print or file) entered. 

NOTE: For print entries, the digital file submitted MUST match both the image and presentation. If, for example, the submitted print has a mat and the digital file does not show the mat, the entry will be disqualified.

4. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry


Registration Opens: August 1, 2019. Register at

Registration Ends: September 15, 2019.

No Late Registration This Year

Physical Print Cases Must Be Mailed to:

Tara Ruby  

215 Burnt Pines Rd 

Ludowici, GA 31316

And must be received by Monday September 23rd.


This contest is open to all photographers. You Do Not need to be a member of GPPA to participate.

1. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure.

2. All processing, manipulation, and printing or rendering, were done by the entrant or under their direct supervision.

3. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold GPPA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of GPPA's display, publication and promotion, or other use of each image submitted to GPPA.

4. The entrant’s name SHALL NOT appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.

5. A maximum of eight (8) entries may be submitted per entrant.

6. No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment.

7. No two entries shall be of the same subject.

8. Entry media includes photographic prints, digital files, physical and digital albums and physical prints.

9. Once an image has been awarded an exhibition merit (80+) in any category of GPPA’s Georgia Photographic Competition, it may not be entered again in any other category, at any time, by any entrant. No image that receives a merit may be entered more than once under any condition, including any image from a merited album.


You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.

  • PORTRAIT: Images can portray a subject or subjects and should reflect the personality of the subject(s).
  • WEDDING: Images created at or in connection with a wedding
  • ILLUSTRATIVE: Capturing the beauty of nature, wildlife, photojournalism, sports, industry and architectural areas is considered illustrative. Portraits and weddings are not appropriate for this category.
  • ARTIST COMPETITION: A conceptual image altered or manipulated from its original condition. Creations can be a subtle application using post processing techniques, digital painting or a dramatic combination of details to suggest a larger story. The artist is responsible for the idea behind the image and the work done to create the finished art piece. Images can be either Creative or Artist Restoration. Entries in the Artist category shall include any subject and must have guide images attached if used. Guide images, must be included on the submitted digital canvas or mounted/included on the face of the print.

  • ALBUM: Albums can be of events, such as weddings, bar mitzvahs, or non-event portrait and storytelling albums
  • STUDENT: Consists of portrait, wedding and/or illustrative images submitted by GPPA Student members.


Portrait - General 

This sub-category includes families, groups, couples and adults (18 and older), relationships, models and fashion portraits & artistic figure studies.

Portrait - Child

This sub-category must contain a child or children from birth up to age11 .

Portrait - Senior & Teens

This sub-category portrays a male or female age 12 to 18

Portrait - Pets & Animals

This sub-category captures an animal(s) portrait using structured lighting in a studio or outdoor environment, where the animal is controlled by the owner or photographer.

Illustrative - Commercial

Illustrative - Fine Art / Digital Painting

Illustrative - Landscape/Nature/Wildlife

Illustrative - Sports / Photojournalism


1. Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4000 pixels. For example, in Photoshop, go to Image/Image Size and change the inches to pixels and type in 4000 on the longest dimension. Make sure your resolution is minimum of 200.

2. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and must be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. In most cases, total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files may be accepted when necessary so long are they are saved with the setting of JPEG/10.

3. Files are to be named, Image_Title (use _ for spaces, e.g. See_Spot_Run.jpg). DO NOT include the maker name in the title of the file.


1. All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4000 pixels, have an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. (See Digital Entries for clarification.)

2. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.

3. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.

4. Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits, i.e. 01 jpg, 02 jpg, 03 jpg, etc.

5. All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named: Album_Title (use _ for spaces, e.g.

6. Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.


  1. Images may be submitted in any shape and size on a mount board a minimum of 80 square inches to a maximum of 480 square inches, with the largest dimension no longer than 24”.
  2. Print entries must be mounted on a standard mount material (double weight mat board, gator board, ΒΌ” foam, or Sintra). Recommended mounting thickness is 1/8” to 3/8”. “Float” mounting is accepted at entrant’s risk for damage. Images on metal and mounted to another standard material must have rounded corners and smooth edges. No mount that could potentially damage other entries or pose a danger to print handlers will be accepted. Masonite, glass, stretcher frames or conventional frames will not be accepted.
  3. No material may be added to the front or back of an entry that may damage another entry.
  4. A digital reference file must be submitted with each print entry. This file must match the submitted print entry, both image and presentation (if a real mat is used on the print, a reasonable facsimile must be used in the digital file). File specifications are the same as under the Digital Submission categories.
  5. If a print is submitted and correctly entered, the print will be judged.
  6. Physical Print Cases Must Be Mailed to: Tara Ruby  215 Burnt Pines Rd Ludowici, GA 31316 And must be received by Monday September 23rd.


  • $55.00 for GPPA member participants registered by 11pm, Sunday, September 15, 2019.
  • $65.00 for non-member participants registered by 11pm, Sunday, September 15, 2019.
  • Premium Members of will be able to upload their entries for free. members will need to pay a “Maker Fee” of $7.00 to enter their images.

Please review thoroughly! Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of entry. The decision of the GPPA Georgia Photographic Competition Committee is final.


All images will be judged and given a numerical score. Images can receive scores up to 100 points, dependent on how they meet the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Images that receive a score of an 80 or above will be awarded a GPPA merit. All 80 and above scored images from each category will be reviewed and a First Place designation and two Distinguished Award designations will be given.

See what scores mean:

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

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