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Photo competition scores - what do they mean?

06/08/2022 7:41 PM | Lisa Hill (Administrator)

At the state level, all images will be judged and given a numerical score. Images can receive scores up to 100 points, dependent on how well the image meets the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Images that receive a score of an 80 or above will be awarded a GPPA merit (see previous blog to learn about merits). 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. Only members of GPPA who have been active for a minimum of one year are eligible for the awards. However, the competition is open to ALL! A great way to earn scores and get feedback on images you want to take to the next levlel.

Scores and meaning:

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

Why you should order a critique and how it will help you:

One of the best ways to improve your work is to have your images critiqued by an official IPC juror. New this year – GPPA is offering critiques for $10/image! You’ll sign up for the critiques at the time you register your images for competition. The critique will allow you one-on-one time with one of the GPPA judges via an online platform.

The critique will help you improve your image so you can be more successful as you enter future competitions!

You can find all the rules HERE.

You also have an opportunity to watch competition live via the printcompetition.com website. More info on printcompetition.com in the next blog.

2021 Merit Image: Stairway To Heaven | Brad Budd

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