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Image Competition

PPSV hosts quarterly Image Competitions, which are open to PPSV members and non-members alike. Though the competition is open to all, only PPSV members in good standing will be awarded merits and are able to compete for quarterly and annual awards.

The purpose of PPSV Image competitions is to allow photographers to enter digital images to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image.  These competitions allow members to test out their images and receive feedback in preparation for District and International PPA Competitions (For more information, go to Each image entered receives a constructive critique from one or more of the evening’s judges. This is a great way to improve your work.

PPSV strives to use the same rules that PPA uses for the MIR (Merit Image Review process). However, while there are no scores given at PPA Merit Image Reviews (merit/no merit only), PPSV continues to use the traditional scoring system (65-100) as illustrated above. This gives you the opportunity to test the strength of your images at a local level before entering these larger competitions.

To better serve you, PPSV Image Competition is moving to is an online management system for image judging and scoring.

Why PrintCompetition.Com?

  • This is the standard platform used by professional photography associations throughout the country
  • This new platform will allow Image Competition to be completed in shorter time
  • Image scores will be emailed or texted message directly to you
  • Audio Clips of judge’s commentary is available for your review*
  • Individual judges scores breakdown *
  • Pre-game app to scope out the competition *
  • Post-game app to research results *
  • Enter into other Print Competitions throughout the USA

* Included with Premium membership in the website

We encourage you to become a member before our first Image Competition on March 15, 2023. Membership in the Print Competition website is not required to watch image competitions but it is required to enter image competitions.

Steps for Becoming a member

  1. Create an Account at
  2. Enter your email address and choose a password. Be sure to click on PPSV (Professional Photographers of the Sacramento Valley) and then click “register” at the bottom.
  3. Choose your membership level (Basic is $13/year or Premium is $17/quarterly) - The unpaid registered account can be used to watch the competition without entering images and that is free.
Steps for Entering the PPSV Image Competition:
  1. Log-in to your account
  2. Choose the PPSV Logo (available once a competition is open for registration)
  3. Scroll down to the “Create New Image Entry” and click on the link
  4. Enter the Image Title
  5. Select the Image Category
  6. Click on the “Create New Entry” link
  7. Scroll down to the “Entries for the Upcoming Event” section and upload your image(s)
  8. Once uploaded, click on the “Pay Image Fees” link (located in the red bar above the “Create New Image Entry” link) and pay according to the number of entries uploaded. Any entries not paid for prior to the competition night will be removed from the competition. Note: once paid, fees may not be refunded.

See video demo for further details on how to enter in an image.

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