The 2015 DPPA Print Competition will be held Tuesday, November 17th at the Laurel Park Holiday Inn in Livonia, MI. Click here for the DPPA print competition rules and forms. Note the size and mounting rules have changed, so don’t make any assumptions if you submitted images for competition in the past.
I strongly urge you to enter print competitions like the DPPA’s. Here’s why:
• There is no better way to improve your skill and confidence as a photographer than to enter a print competition. Preparing to submit entries to the DPPA competition (selecting and tweaking images, discussing choices with peers) forces you to look deeper at your own photography.
• We take the time to bring in a juried panel of print judges – the same caliber of judges you would encounter at a regional or national competition. If your prints do well at DPPA, you can be assured that they will be competitive at the regional shows next year.
• If you win a competition, you know your work is as good as or better than any other photography your customer sees. That knowledge alone should give you the confidence to build your sales and justify your prices.
• Award-winning prints give you the confidence to pursue PPA’s Merits and Degrees program. With a PPA degree, you are not only recognized by your peers, but a degree can help you to justify higher prices for your work.
Of course, the real winners are the photographers who enter the competition and don’t win. The judges will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses. Their suggestions and comments can be the focus you need to take your designs to the next level.
Interested in submitting a competition print? Join our class October 12 or call 810-239-8671.