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Image Competition

Image Competition is by far, the most intense photographic education you can get. Through this process, you will learn to see and view your work in a more objective way, all the while developing a more refined skill set which carries over into your everyday work. We welcome everyone to participate in image competition. Newcomer or seasoned veteran, we all have something to offer and something to learn.

Image competition through our State Affiliate, MOPPA, is based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image, as established by the Professional Photographers of America. 

While PPA merits are NOT earned from our competition, MOPPA does offer it's own awards to be given to Missouri members of Missouri Professional Photographers Association.   

Fellowship Points are also awarded based on the above mentioned awards and honors. You can read more about those here MOPPA Fellowship.

This is a DIGITAL ONLY competition.

All images MUST be pre-registered and uploaded to PrintCompetition.com

Dates & Cost

COMPETITION DATE: Saturday, July 9, 2022

ENTRY OPENS: Wednesday June 1, 2022

DEADLINE DATE: July 4, 2022 at 10 PM CST

Registration fee for MOPPA members is $15 per image, and for non-MOPPA members, $20 per image. 

A maximum of TEN images are allowed.

Your total case score is determined by 4 top scores. 

Our jurors will evaluate each image based on the 12 Elements of a Merit Image.  Submitted images are graded on a 100-point scale.

Awards will be awarded to Missouri members of Missouri PPA.  Only members of MOPPA are eligible for Missouri PPA awards.

MOPPA Image Competition Awards List

Master (MOPPA): (Ribbons for 2nd and 3rd, Trophy for 1st)

Awarded to those that have earned their Master’s Degree with National PPA and are members of MOPPA.

  • Wedding (1,2,3)
  • Portrait (1,2,3) 
  • Illustrative (1,2,3) 
  • Artist (1,2,3) 
  • Best In Show
  • POTY (Photographer of the Year)

Non-Master (MOPPA): (Ribbons for 2nd and 3rd, Trophy for 1st)

Awarded to those that have not yet earned their Master’s Degree with National PPA and are members of MOPPA.

  • Wedding(1,2,3) 
  • Portrait (1,2,3)
  • Illustrative (1,2,3) 
  • Artist (1,2,3) 
  • Best In Show
  • POTY (Photographer of the Year)

MOPPA Top 10

4/4 Pins (All Eligible)

**Trophies for MOPPA - Photographers must have a Missouri address/ business registration for their studio/place of business or live within metro areas. (KC, STL).

MOPPA SUBCATEGORY Awards: Top 3 Case Scores

Subcategories: ALL entries scoring 80 or above are ELIGIBLE :

  • RAW Image 
  • Newborn 
  • Child 
  • High School Senior
  • Man 
  • Woman
  • Family/Group (if wedding, please categorize it as a wedding image) 
  • Still Life 
  • Landscape 
  • Pet/Animal 
  • Wedding 
  • Commercial/Architectural


CPP AWARD is given to the person who has the highest scoring Image of all Certified Professional Photographers (Presented by a CPP)


Clarification for Categories:

For the purposes of image competition in MOPPA, categorization of images should use these guidelines if unsure:

Portrait: Consist of Portrait Images. Subcategories will include (and must be photographic in nature.  No painted images are allowed in this category, place in Creative Open/Artistic Category):

  • Newborn
  • Senior
  • Man
  • Woman
  • Child
  • Families/Groups (if wedding, please categorize as wedding image)
  • Animal Portrait 

Illustrative: Subcategories will include (and must be photographic in nature):

  • Landscape 
  • Still Life
  • Commercial/Architectural
Wedding: (photographic images):
*Wedding category must only include images
taken from an actual wedding day event. In the interest of fairness, styled shoot images will not be eligible. Images from styled shoots may be placed in the regular portrait categories.

Wedding category images may include:

  • Bride
  • Groom
  • Bridal Party
  • Candids
  • Details 
Artist (must include reference images):
Artist category shall include any image that no longer is photographic in appearance, including PAINTED IMAGES, COMPOSITES, and RESTORATIONS. Reference images should be included with submissions as part of the image presentation. If anyone should have any questions regarding image submission and categorization, please contact MOPPA for clarification. 

Additional Rules

  1. Entry form must be complete.
  2. Entry fee is per image. Case score will be compiled of top 4 scores. Image file names must match the image titles on the entry form.
  3. Entrants agree that any entered photograph may be used by MOPPA/ Develop in any publication or on the website. Model releases must be available for all recognizable individuals submitted.
  4. Images that were created during a seminar of any sort or under the supervision of an instructor will be disqualified.
  5. Any entry that has earned a seal of approval or merit is not eligible and will be disqualified.
  6. Images entered in MOPPA competition will be judged for photographic artistry and craftsmanship, based on the 12 elements of a merit image as outlined by the Professional Photographers of America. The decision of the judges and the competition chair is final.
  7. Total case score will be comprised of the top four image scores from your case. The bottom two scores will be dropped.
  8. Rules for this competition may be modified without notice.

Digital File Submission Instructions

The Professional Photographers of America has gone to a system of digital submissions to prints at the International Print Competition. Due to this, we have decided that it is in our best interest to offer a digital competition. This allows our members to be judged at the same size as they will be at IPC as well as learn calibration and color management skills. The below requirements and settings will help with accurate representation on the competition monitor.

Images saved with long side at 4000px. Quality 10.

Images can be submitted online at https://www.printcompetition.com

Membership for the site is required at a negligible fee.

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