TNPPA 2016 Competition Rules




  • It is a benefit to the Active, Associate, Senior Active or Honorary Life membership levels in good standing to be able to enter into the Annual Image Salon. All other memberships must upgrade their membership to the above mentioned levels to enter the image salon. Membership must be current, registration and case fees detailed below must be received by deadline, image titles MUST match on the registration and digital filename otherwise the entry will not be accepted. Please do not ask for exceptions, this puts the salon chairman in an unfair position and is unfair to the other image submitters.
  • The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter digital files and/or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. (For more information go to: 
  • Entries in the Master Artist category are judged based on not just the final image result but also the execution of technique and degree of difficulty. Guide images may be added to the digital canvas. 
  • Scoring will be as follows: Exceptional 95-100, Superior 90-94, Excellent 85-90, Deserving of a Merit 80-84, Above Average 76-79, Average 74-75, Acceptable 70-73. 
  • Images scoring 78-79 will be reviewed at the conclusion of each category by the judges to possibly improve the score for a merit. 

Entry into the competition permits use of images with proper credit given by TNPPA on its website, Facebook page, and other marketing material.


1. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure.
2. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the Salon Chairperson, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law then that entry shall be disqualified and any merit awarded will be revoked.
3. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
4. No entry will be eligible that has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment.
5. No two entries in the same case shall be of the same subject.
6. Entry media is digital files.
7. If an image is awarded an exhibition merit in any category it may not be submitted again in any category including albums at any time by any entrant at TNPPA.
8. A total of six (6) entries are allowed. Only four (4) entries are required to be eligible for cumulative score awards.
9. The Jury Chairperson will have the authority to decide on any question not specifically covered by
these rules and the Chairperson’s decision will be final. Any entries not following these rules may be disqualified.
10. An entry in the Master Artist category may be reproduced from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person as long as the maker is willing and able to provide appropriate written permission for use at any time before, during or after the competition.


You must designate one of the below categories for each entry:
P-1 Child (Individual)
P-2 Male (Individual)
P-3 Female (Individual)
P-4 Bridal Portrait
P-5 Group
P-6 Pets
P-7 High School Seniors

I-1 Abstract
I-2 Pictorial
I-3 Photojournalism (Sports, News, etc.)

C-1 Illustrative
C-2 Industrial
C-3 Architectural

MA-1 Image Enhancement
MA-2 Digital Creation
MA-3 Collages (Sports, Dance, etc.)

SE-1 Wedding Casual
SE-2 Wedding Album (one event)
SE-3 Storybook Album (Senior, Baby, Family)
SE-4 Wedding Formal

1. Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4,000 pixels. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of sRGB or Adobe RGB 1998, and be saved at a JPG quality setting of 10 if file size allows it. Total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB.
2. Files are to be named: Image_Title (use _ for spaces: See_Spot_Run,jpg).
3. Entries in the Master Artist category may have guide images. The guide images should be submitted on the digital canvas.

1. All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4,000 pixels, have an embedded color profile of sRGB or Adobe RGB 1998, and should be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10.
2. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
3. An album entry shall contain a minimum of 5 pages/spreads up to a maximum of 36 pages/spreads.
4. All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named:
(use _ for spaces:
5. The category abbreviation SE-2 or SE-3 must be embedded in the IPTC metadata under Caption/Description for each individual page/spread file.
6. The member’s name (First Name [space] Last Name) must be embedded in the IPTC metadata under Creator/Author for each individual page/spread file. For a multi-maker album use LastName_FirstInitial of each maker.
7. The title must be embedded in the IPTC metadata under Title/Document and the viewing order (2 digits) added for each individual page or spread file.
For example, Kaylee_Senior_Album_01 for cover, Kaylee_Senior_Album_02 for the first page or spread, Kaylee_Senior_Album_03 for the second, etc. 8. Studio identification or entrant’s name may not appear on any file within the album entry.

1. Entry fee per case containing up to six (6) entries is $75 per member and must be prepaid online upon submission of digital files.
2. Deadline for entry of digital submissions and payment of entry fee is Sunday August 14th at Midnight EST.
3. Online competition registration opens on Friday July 22nd and ends on Sunday August 14th at Midnight EST.

1. All entries are to be submitted digitally and the case fee paid online at under Events> Competition by Sunday August 14th at Midnight EST.
2. If email receipt confirming submission is not received within 72 hours, contact the Salon Chairperson at
3. All submissions must fulfill the entire requirements of this document or they may be disqualified.

Note: Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of entry. The decision of the Salon Chairperson is final.


  • Best of Show –chosen by the judges from reviewing all images receiving a minimum score of 80 in each category. 
  • 1st Place – chosen by the judges from reviewing all images receiving a minimum score of 80 in each subcategory exclusive of the Best of Show designation. 
  • Distinguished – chosen by the judges from reviewing all images receiving a minimum score of 78 in each subcategory exclusive of Best of Show and 1st Place designation.
  • Most Improved - D. E. Dickerson Award – the most improved photographer from the previous year based on a cumulative case score. 
  • Stan Baker First Timer Award – This award is to go to the highest overall case score of the maker who has prior to the time of the current TNNPA salon, never submitted to any state, regional, or IPC competition.
  • Joe Bass Memorial Award – the highest scoring image in the Illustrative category. 
  • CPP Award – the highest scoring image entered by a Certified Professional Photographer. 
  • ASP Award – the highest scoring image by an ASP (American Society of Photographers) member. 
  • People’s Choice Award – chosen by popular vote of the convention attendees (not always given). 
  • Presidential Award - the highest scoring overall image or album. 
  • TNPPA Photographer of the Year - W. W. (Bill) Carrier, Jr. Award awarded for the highest cumulative case score. 
  • Top Ten Photographers –the ten entrants with the highest cumulative case scores based on the highest 4 entries by an entrant. 
  • Judge’s Choice Award – each judge will chose one entry from the competition to receive their judge’s ribbon (not always given). 
  • Tank Award – awarded to the PPA Tennessee Local Affiliate with the highest cumulative case average for all members. 

Cumulative score refers to the highest 4 entries by an entrant.

Ties will be broken by judges.

Out-of-state members are eligible for one Best of Show, one 1st Place and two Distinguished awards across all categories.