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Your 2021-22 Print Chair:

Susanna Poeffel, CPP

571 S. 33rd Avenue

Columbus, NE 68601

(402) 564-7069

2022 Annual Print Competition (Digital entries only)

Location: Lincoln, Nebraska at The Graduate Hotel 


Jury Chair: Keith Howe, M. Photog., M. Artist, MEI, Cr., D.F.Ph., Hon. F. Ph

Juror: Rich Newell, M. Photog.Cr., CPP

Juror: Christi Newell, M. Photog.Cr., CPP 

Juror: Patty Geist, M. Photog.Cr. 

Juror: Jim Trapp, M. Photog.Cr., CPP 

Juror: Joseph Giitter, M. Photog.Cr., CPP 

To register: Please log into Then search or look for PPofN (not PPN), select that option and then follow the website prompts.

If you have questions with this process please contact your Print Chair.

2022 PPofN Annual Print Competition

Registration opens Wednesday, January 5th at 12:00 Noon.

Early Deadline: Monday, January 24th at Midnight

Late Deadline: Wednesday, February 2nd at 12:00 Noon


2022 North-Central District and International Photographic Competition Dates:

District Judging Dates: May 16th-19th, 2022

District Early Registration: TBA

District Late Registration: TBA

IPC Judging Dates: September 11th-15th, 2022

IPC Early Registration: TBA

IPC Late Registration will be TBA


View & download Non-Annual Print Competition Rules here

View & download State Photographic Open Competition Rules here – Annual Print Competition

View & download State Artist Competition Rules here – Annual Print Competition

Sample Artist Print with Guide Images
Return From Enchanted Island
(Provided with permission from Keith Howe)

*Please note the following general rules that apply to all entries…

To be eligible for awards, you MUST be a current PPofN Member in good standing and all dues paid.

Please be careful when registering your images for competition, if you are a Master check the box, non-master check the box, etc. Images can and will be disqualified for improper registration and case fees forfeited.

Any Image that that scores an 80 or above at Districts,  IPC or a previous state competition where a merit or credit was awarded, cannot be entered into any case within PPofN competitions including 8×10.

Natural progression for an image – Summer/Fall Competition (PPofN), Annual State Competition( PPofN), Districts (PPA), IPC (PPA)

Hand Carried Cases can be labeled boxes, however, all prints shall be unwrapped at the time of drop off and must be picked up at the conclusion of competition. PPofN holds no liability to the return of hand carried cases that are not picked up.

All print and digital competition entries must be done online at *You will register your physical prints AND digital prints through this site. There is an annual fee for the site that gives you access to watch the print judging live online, and also includes notification texts when your print is about to be judged, and will text message updates with your scores afterwards.


Please log into and register. Then search or look for PPofN (not PPN), select that option and then follow the website prompts.

If you have questions with this process please contact your Print Chair


Participating in print competitions gives you the opportunity to:

  • Engage with the passionate and supportive photographic competition community
  • Improve upon your finest work
  • Learn to look at your work subjectively
  • Gain invaluable insight and critique from leading photographers
  • Earn recognition and admiration from your peers
  • As a result, become a better photographer and improve your business


The 12 Elements of a Merit Image

Twelve elements have been defined as necessary for the success of an art piece or image. Any image, art piece, or photograph will reveal some measure of all twelve elements, while a visually superior example will reveal obvious consideration of each one.The judges consider a set of 12 elements that are deemed the “gold standard” to define a merit image. When choosing your images, consider these 12 elements.

1.) Impact is the sense one gets upon viewing an image for the first time. Compelling images evoke laughter, sadness, anger, pride, wonder or another intense emotion. There can be impact in any of these twelve elements.

2.) Technical excellence is the print quality of the image itself as it is presented for viewing. Retouching, manipulation, sharpness, exposure, printing, mounting, and correct color are some items that speak to the qualities of the physical print.

3.) Creativity is the original, fresh, and external expression of the imagination of the maker by using the medium to convey an idea, message or thought.

4.) Style is defined in a number of ways as it applies to a creative image. It might be defined by a specific genre or simply be recognizable as the characteristics of how a specific artist applies light to a subject. It can impact an image in a positive manner when the subject matter and the style are appropriate for each other, or it can have a negative effect when they are at odds.

5.) Composition is important to the design of an image, bringing all of the visual elements together in concert to express the purpose of the image. Proper composition holds the viewer in the image and prompts the viewer to look where the creator intends. Effective composition can be pleasing or disturbing, depending on the intent of the image maker.

6.) Presentation affects an image by giving it a finished look. The mats and borders used, either physical or digital, should support and enhance the image, not distract from it.

7.) Color Balance supplies harmony to an image. An image in which the tones work together, effectively supporting the image, can enhance its emotional appeal. Color balance is not always harmonious and can be used to evoke diverse feelings for effect.

8.) Center of Interest is the point or points on the image where the maker wants the viewer to stop as they view the image. There can be primary and secondary centers of interest. Occasionally there will be no specific center of interest, when the entire scene collectively serves as the center of interest.

9.) Lighting —the use and control of light—refers to how dimension, shape and roundness are defined in an image. Whether the light applied to an image is manmade or natural, proper use of it should enhance an image.

10.) Subject Matter should always be appropriate to the story being told in an image.

11.) Technique is the approach used to create the image. Printing, lighting, posing, capture, presentation media, and more are part of the technique applied to an image.

12.) Story Telling refers to the image’s ability to evoke imagination. One beautiful thing about art is that each viewer might collect his own message or read her own story in an image.

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