COMPETITION PRINTS – ARE YOU READY?

COMPETITION PRINTS – ARE YOU READY?

YEAH, YOU, THE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER:  LISTEN UP
It IS EASY TO DODGE COMPETITION – TELL YOURSELF YOU WILL ENTER NEXT TIME….
 
and maybe you will,  but first ask yourself “what will I lose by waiting?”  “What’s the big deal?”

For the answer to that, we went to our 2013 grand winner, MARV HESTON, and asked a few simple questions.
Give Marv’s answers a read, you will, as I did, find within them an “aha” moment.

Q.
How helpful are the judges’ comments to your work at SPPA competition? Does this competition help in creating your work for the next competition or for refining your art?

A.      Comments from the judges help me to see images without parent eyes.

You know how parents are, they always think that their kids are perfect, even when that child has just been arrested for driving 125 mph the wrong way on the freeway after leaving the scene of a bank robbery, with a still warm pistol in his lap… and the mother always says “He’s a good boy”.

Well the same is true for photographer’s and their children, we take a good picture and we think it’s perfect, or at least as perfect as we could do with the circumstances the client/day gave us.  Well hearing judges’ comments helps me see my images for what they really are and that helps me see where my images can be improved.  Improved for competition and improved for my clients.  Most of want to make the most wonderful images we can for clients and being able to see our images objectively helps us do that.

The other thing judges’ comments help me with is shooting better images to start with.  A judge might say something like “I think this image could have been improved if the maker shot it from a lower angle”, so next time I’m shoot a “great” image I think could this be improved it I shot it from a different angle and this has made a significant difference in how I shoot.

Q.
Taking the highest marks for your work, does this help with your Marketing?  Discussion with Brides?  Displaying awards?  Etc.,
A.      Funny you should ask, I had a wedding in August where I learn at the Premiere of the couples images that they had hired me because I had won awards.  I’m proud of my work and I do display my awards for clients to see, but the awards are a secondary to the images that won the awards.  What I mean by that is, if an image wins an award or merits, it’s a good image by professional standards, if it’s a good image – my clients will see it as a GREAT image and clients are hiring me for my ability to produce great images.  What the awards do is confirm for the client that their opinion is shared by my professional photography piers and that reinforcement helps them know that I am as good as they think I am.  Wow that sounds arrogant, but you do have to sell yourself to clients and an award or two does really help.

Q.
Pricing is the cost worth the value?
A.      ABSOLUTELY!  First and foremost I’m proud of the images I can create because of having entered competition.  I’ve learned to see my photo-children objectively, which helps me create better images for my clients, and creating really great images for clients helps me sell more.  My typical wedding client starts by booking me to create a 20 page album for their wedding – and I do create a beautiful 20 page album, but then I go on to create a larger album that includes great images from their wedding with a little “competition polish” on those images.  The result is, that on average my wedding clients spend an additional $400-$600 adding more pages to their albums.  Why?   Because I create pages with great “competition polished” images that they “just have to have” in their albums.

So I get “paid” back in several ways from entering competition.

  1. I get the pride of creating great images – and this boost my confidence to handle any client that comes my way and that comes across to the client
  2. My potential clients see not one or two but hundreds of “competition” images that Wow them and that leads to them to choose me for their event
  3. Clients see the awards I’ve been given at competition and it confirms for them that I am a good photographer and that helps them have confidence in booking me
  4. I sell more product because I can make “must have” images that the client simply cannot leave at my studio

I estimate that print competition generates $3,000 to $4,000 in Plus business for me annually.  Now it has taken a while for me to get to that point,    but I entered my first competition 6 years ago, so it doesn’t take that long in the bigger picture (pun intended).

NOW THINK AGAIN.
Enter SPPA Annual Competition and get more out of it than you will ever put in!
 
For Rules of Entry – digital or print – go to:  http://seattleppa.com/2013-annual-print-competition-rules

NOVEMBER 5TH, 2013 – JUDGING WILL START AT 4:00PM

2013 Annual Print Competition

READY, SET, GO……THE SPPA ANNUAL PRINT COMPETITION IS ON!

NOVEMBER 5TH, 2013 – JUDGING WILL START AT 4:00PM

Here is your best opportunity to begin preparing for PPA and PPW conventions by having your prints judged NOW at the Seattle affiliate – SPPA – annual competition. In addition to being scored, each image submitted for competition will receive detailed comments on the print’s merits and areas for improvement by our panel of PPA trained print judges. This is an opportunity that you can’t get at the state or national level of judging.

To prepare for competition, please go to http://seattleppa.com/2013-annual-print-competition-rules/ and learn about the 12 elements of judging, image categories and cost of submissions.

All Professional Photographers are invited to participate in this event. PPW current members are invited to participate at the SPPA member rate. What a deal!

Begin selecting up to FOUR of your best of the best images now and DON’T FORGET TO to pass the word on to your associates. This is an awesome learning event so mark your calendar for November 5th.

Location and submission forms can be found at:
http://seattleppa.com/2013-annual-print-competition-rules/

Get your copy now!

SPPA is proud to present it’s first SPPA Prestige Annual.  The SPPA Prestige Award is awarded to the photographer whose body of work in annual competition exhibits the highest excellence in capturing, creating, and printing exquisite images based on PPA standards as determined by a jury of PPA qualified Judges.

This magazine honors our 2012 Prestige Award winner, Marv Heston. Marv is a three time winner! The publication also features the entire crop of this year’s entries. If you are a member you can pick up your complimentary copy at the next meeting if you haven’t already.  You can download a digital copy or purchase additionals by clicking here.

2012 Annual Print Competition Winners

Highest Combined Score – SPPA Prestige Award:  Marv Heston

Open Division
Architecture  – Susan Marsidi  – “Architectural Wonder”
Illustrative – Barbara Roser  – “Hot, Wet, Wonderful….”
Nature  – Ken Lapp  – “Just the right resting spot”
Landscape – Marv Heston – “Perfect Storm”
Best in Division – Open:  Ken Lapp – “Just the right resting spot”

Portrait Division
Child/Children  –  Lara Grauer  –  “Dad’s Joke”
Family (Tie)  –  Barbara Roser  –  “Loving Heart, Loving Hands”
Family (Tie)  –  Elena Scott  –  “My Son is Here”
High School Senior  –  Russell Lorne  –  “Kelsie”
Outdoor  –  Marv Heston  –  “Seaside Passion”
Studio  –  Rob Resing  –  “Lady in Red”
Best in Division – Portrait: Rob Resing  –  ““Lady in Red”

Wedding Division
Photojournalistic  –  Susan Marsidi  –  “Rain or Shine here we come”
Posed  –  Marv Heston  –  “Winter Wedding”
Best in Division – Wedding: Marv Heston  –  “Winter Wedding”

Judges Choice Awards:
Judge 1 – Victoria Lapp – “Building 5 Star Accommodations”
Judge 2 – Andrew Crain – “Seeing Red”
Judge 3 – Rob Resing – “Jokers Wild”
Judge (Alt) – Susan Marsidi – “Architectural Wonder”

People’s Choice Award:  To Be Determined

 

See the winning images here!

Last Call for Entries for The Annual Competition

Last Call for Print Entries!  

Our Annual Print Competition is coming up next Tuesday, on Feb. 7th. 

LOCATION:   The Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle WA,  98122

DATE / TIME:   Tuesday February 7th between the hours of 5:00pm-10:00pm

Print Check-in starts at 5:00pm.  Print Competition starts promptly at 5:45pm.

See complete details, rules, and entry form here:  http://seattleppa.com/2012-sppa-annual-print-competition/

Prints and digital files are accepted.  Digital images will be accepted for ALL entries.

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic prints, photographic albums, digital albums and prints to be judged relative to the 12 Elements of a Merit Print.   More information on Merit Print Elements.

The judges this year are:

Ralph Allen III, M.Photog., CR, FP
Faye Johnson, M.Photog., FP
Joanne Murray, Cr. Photog., FP

Also, for those of you who plan to compete in our monthly print competitions in 2012 to vie for the coveted SPPA Photographer of the Year award, to be eligible you need to have at least one entry in the annual competition.  The requirements for the Photographer of the Year are as follows:

  • Contestants must participate in a minimum of five competitions (any category) during the year.
  • Contestants must compete in three of four categories.
  • Contestants must have at least one entry in the SPPA Annual Photography Competition.
  • Contestants must be an SPPA active member in good standing.

The Entry form is available on our website here:  http://seattleppa.com/2012-sppa-annual-print-competition/

Entry Payment and sign up must be submitted by  10:00 pm Saturday, February 4th, 2012. Payment can be made via PayPal to info@seattleppa.com

Images must be submitted no later than Midnight,  Sunday Feb, 5, 2012

Annual Print Competiton – Feb 7th!

2012 SPPA ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

For more information and to see the NEW RULES for 2012, click here.

Prints and digital files are accepted.  Digital images will be accepted for ALL entries.

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic prints, photographic albums, digital albums and prints to be judged relative to the 12 Elements of a Merit Print.   More information on Merit Print Elements.

LOCATION:   The Polish Home, 1714 18th Ave, Seattle WA,  98122

DATE / TIME:   Tuesday February 7th between the hours of 5:00pm-10:00pm

Print Check-in starts at 5:00pm.  Print Competition starts promptly at 5:45pm.

Start preparing your images now for competition!